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Program Director

Jessica Trisko Darden

Jessica Trisko Darden

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Assistant Professor

Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor with the School of International Service where she is affiliated with the GGPS and IPCR programs. Her research focuses on the influence of international actors on intrastate conflict and political viole... [More]

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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 Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., and the Chair of its ASEAN Studies Initiative. He is... [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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202-885-6729
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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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202-885-1764
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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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Austin Hart

Austin Hart

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Assistant Professor

Austin Hart is Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods and Coordinator of the Graduate Methods Program at SIS. He specializes in political campaigns, public opinion, and statistical analysis. His forthcoming book (Cambridge University Press) anal... [More]

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202-885-1640
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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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202-885-1688
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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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202-885-6561
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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, 2015) 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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202-885-1674
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James Mittelman

James Mittelman

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Distinguished Scholar in Residence

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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202-885-1643
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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 urban politics, comparative social movements, collective violence, urban policing, criminal justice, immigration and racial and ethnic discrimination in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Her publ... [More]

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202-885-1666
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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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202-885-1662
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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

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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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