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Cindy Collins

Cindy Collins

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Adjunct Instructor

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Maria De Jesus

Maria De Jesus

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health communication and promotion, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research examines the role of cross-cultural heal... [More]

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202-885-6392
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Daniel Esser

Daniel Esser

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Esser investigates aid effectiveness in the context of local, national and global development policies and programs. He focuses on three interrelated fields: [1] local (in particular urban) governance in the context of armed conflict, [2] global ... [More]

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202-885-1892
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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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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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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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Caleb Rossiter

Caleb Rossiter

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Professor Caleb Rossiter returned to full-time teaching in SIS in the fall of 2009 after a two-year break, during which he served as counselor to the chairman of a congressional foreign policy subcommittee. During that period, he also taught a semina... [More]

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202-885-2365
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Susan Shepler

Susan Shepler

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Associate Professor

Dr. Shepler's research interests include youth and conflict, reintegration of former child soldiers, post-conflict reconstruction, refugees, education and economic development, NGOs and globalization, transitional justice, and childhood studies. In a... [More]

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202-885-2454
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Krista Tuomi

Krista Tuomi

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Assistant Professor

Krista Tuomi is an Assistant Professor in the International Economic Relations program. Prior to this post, she lectured at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she focused on growth theory, game theory and macroeconomic policy. She also ... [More]

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202-885-1684
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Patrick Ukata

Patrick Ukata

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Patrick Ukata is the Director of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) project here at American University (AU). AU signed a five-year management and consultancy agreement in January of 2004 to assist with the development and building of a pri... [More]

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202-885-3965
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Thespina Yamanis

Thespina Yamanis

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and economic conditions to global health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to improve health among the most vulnerable gro... [More]

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202-885-6562
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