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Faculty Profiles


Program Director

Randolph Persaud

Randolph Persaud

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Associate Professor

Dr. Persaud is the author and editor of books, articles, and journals, and is currently working on a study of the nuances of American hegemony.

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CRS Core Faculty

Amitav Acharya

Amitav Acharya

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Professor

Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center. Previously, he was Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol, Professor at York University, Toronto, and at Nanyang... [More]

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202-885-3153
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Akbar Ahmed

Akbar Ahmed

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Professor

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor and was First Distinguished Chair of Middle East & Is... [More]

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202-885-1641
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Adam Auerbach

Adam Auerbach

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Assistant Professor

Auerbach’s research and teaching interests include the political economy of development, local governance and representation, and comparative political institutions, with a regional focus on South Asia and India in particular. His dissertation and fi... [More]

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Keith Darden

Keith Darden

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Associate Professor

Prof. Darden’s research focuses on nationalism, state-building, and the politics of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. His forthcoming book, Resisting Occupation in Eurasia (Cambridge University Press), explores the development of durable national loyaltie... [More]

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Michelle Egan

Michelle Egan

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Professor

Professor Michelle Egan teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including: The European Union, Relations of West European Nations, International Relations of Europe, Comparative European Politics, Economics, and Society, Transatlantic... [More]

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Carolyn Gallaher

Carolyn Gallaher

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Associate Professor

I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns of violence of militias, paramilitaries, privat... [More]

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202-885-1827
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Agustina Giraudy

Agustina Giraudy

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Assistant Professor

Professor Giraudy's book, Democrats and Autocrats (Oxford University Press, 2015), explores the multiple pathways towards subnational undemocratic regime continuity within democratized countries. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal... [More]

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202-885-1610
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Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Pek Koon Heng teaches courses on International Relations and International Political Economy in Southeast and East Asia. She also directs SIS’s summer graduate program on “Globalization and Regionalism in East Asia” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In ... [More]

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Ji-Young Lee

Ji-Young Lee

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Ji-Young Lee’s research focuses on East Asian international relations, security, and diplomatic history. Her first book examines Chinese hegemony in early modern East Asia and is currently under review. Her second project investigates how China’s... [More]

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Carl LeVan

Carl LeVan

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Assistant Professor

LeVan focuses on comparative political institutions, democratization, and African security.  His book,"Dictators and Democracy in African Development: The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria" (Cambridge University Press, 2014) explains tw... [More]

202-885-2457
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Clarence Lusane

Clarence Lusane

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Professor

Dr. Clarence Lusane is a full Professor of Political Science and International Relations, and the former Program Director for Comparative and Regional Studies in the School of International Service. He teaches courses in comparative race relations, m... [More]

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James Mittelman

James Mittelman

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University Professor

James Mittelman is University Professor of International Affairs, and was founding Chair of Comparative and Regional Studies at American University. His work focuses on globalization, development, and political economy, with emphasis on sub-Saharan A... [More]

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Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson

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Associate Professor

Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the politics of population, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. She has studied the process of population policy adoption, the emergence of reproductive heal... [More]

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202-885-1636
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Cathy Schneider

Cathy Schneider

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Associate Professor

Cathy Lisa Schneider writes and teaches on social movements, collective violence, policing, criminal justice, immigration and racial and ethnic discrimination in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Her publications include the books Police ... [More]

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Quansheng Zhao

Quansheng Zhao

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Professor

Dr. Quansheng Zhao is Professor of international relations and Chair of Asian Studies Program Research Council at American University; serving as Director of the Division of Comparative and Regional Studies for three terms (1999-2008). Zhao received ... [More]

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CRS Scholar in Residence

Maina Chawla Singh

Maina Chawla Singh

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Scholar in Residence

Dr. Maina Singh has lectured widely at international institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Michigan, Indiana, Brandeis, and at the Library of Congress. She was Scholar-in-Residence, Haddasah-Brandeis Institute(2008); Fellow at Schu... [More]

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Judith Tickner

Judith Tickner

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Distinguished Scholar in Residence

J. Ann Tickner joined SIS in September 2012 as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. She is also a Professor Emerita at the University of Southern California where she taught for fifteen years before coming to American University. Her principle areas... [More]



SPA Affiliate Faculty

Todd Eisenstadt

Todd Eisenstadt

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Professor

Professor Eisenstadt's research focuses on the intersection of formal institutions and laws with informal institutions and practices, mostly in democratizing countries in Latin America. He is presently PI (along with Karleen West) of a National Scien... [More]

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SPA - Government


Susan Glover

Susan Glover

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Assistant Professor

Professor Glover teaches and does research in the field of comparative politics, with a concentration on Africa. Her past work has focused on democratic transition and consolidation in multi-ethnic states. She has lived and worked in southern Africa,... [More]

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Eric Hershberg

Eric Hershberg

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Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

Eric Hershberg is Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and Professor of Government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University,... [More]

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Centr Latin Amer Latino Stud


Adrienne LeBas

Adrienne LeBas

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Assistant Professor

Adrienne LeBas (PhD, Columbia University) joined the Department of Government in the fall of 2009. Prior to joining AU, LeBas was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Afri... [More]

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Jie Lu

Jie Lu

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Lu studies local governance, the political economy of institutional change, public opinion and political participation. He works extensively with standardized sampling survey data and qualitative evidence compiled following the anthropological tr... [More]

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202-885-6281
SPA - Government


Saul Newman

Saul Newman

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Associate Professor

Saul Newman is an associate professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University. Since then he has taugh... [More]

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Diane Singerman

Diane Singerman

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Associate Professor

Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines the formal and informal side of politics, gender,... [More]

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CAS Affiliate Faculty

Laura Beers

Laura Beers

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Assistant Professor

Professor Beers's research focuses on modern Britain. She is particularly interested in the ways in which politics both influences and is shaped by cultural and social life, and in the role of the mass media in modern society. Her first book, Your Br... [More]

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CAS - History


Eric Lohr

Eric Lohr

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Professor and Susan Carmel Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture

Eric Lohr published his most recent book, Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union, with Harvard University Press in September 2012. He received his MA in Russian Studies and PhD in History from Harvard University, then taught there as an ass... [More]

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Adjunct Faculty

Assem Akram (Afghanistan)

David Armitage (Europe)

Kuniko Ashizawa (Asia)

Leila Austin (Middle East)

Jennifer Chang (Asia)

David Fowkes (Africa)

Tonya Giannoni (Latin America)

Yohannes Haile (Africa)

Balbina Hwang (Asia)

Nino Japaridze (Eurasia and International Economics)

Keith Jennings (Africa)

Karin Johnston (Europe)

Taewan Kim (Asia)

Surjit Mansingh (India)

Erika Marat (Eurasia)

Gonzalo Paz (Latin America)

Matthew Rojansky (Europe, Russia, and Central Eurasia)

Caleb Rossiter (Africa)

Svetlana Savranskaya (Russia and Central Eurasia)

John Shosky (Central and Eastern Europe)

Associated SIS Faculty

Aaron Boesenecker (Europe)

Charles Call (Latin America)

Christine Chin (Southeast Asia)

Anders Hardig (Middle East and North Africa)

Randall Henning (International Economics; Europe)

Patrick Jackson (Europe; Research Methods)

John King (Latin America; Quantitative Methods)

Shadi Mokhtari (Islam; Middle East)

Mohamed Alaa A. Moneim (Hassan) (Middle East)

Ekaterina Romanova (Eurasia)

Susan Shepler (Africa)

Stephen Silvia (Europe)

Mamuka Tsereteli (Russia and Central Eurasia)

Guy Ziv (Middle East)

Associated Research Centers

Members of the CRS faculty chair a number of university-wide councils including:

These councils conduct a wide range of activities including lecture series, academic certificate programs, and conferences that provide interdisciplinary approach for learning in each field.

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