Located in Washington, DC, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is ranked consistently among the top ten schools of international relations. More than 3,000 students, from undergraduates to PhD candidates, representing 150 countries, are taught by over 100 full-time faculty. SIS’s policy-practitioner relationships and global university partnerships help to place 80 percent of its students in internships, and enable 40 percent of graduate students, and 80 percent of undergraduates, to study abroad. The School's faculty, practicing adjuncts and interdisciplinary curriculum prepare graduates for global service in government, non-profits and business.
As a product of an increasingly research active and collaborative environment, SIS faculty possess a deep understanding of the disciplinary foundations in which global solutions emerge. SIS experts in global governance, international markets, corruption, democratization, transnational security, and global health contribute to the theoretical underpinnings of actions employed across international sectors. From research examining political realities related to water governance to the exploration of corruption in emerging markets, SIS faculty scholarship addresses great social and economic challenges that occur in international affairs. Regional expertise is also varied, encompassing Latin America, ASEAN, India, Japan, China, Europe, Africa, and Russia. This work is rooted in academic literature but also increasingly applied to policy-relevant communities. As such, faculty research is closely connected to the actions taken on the frontlines of international affairs.
Notable funders include the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Carnegie Corporation of New York, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), German Marshall Fund (GMF), Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson International Center, and the Department of State to name a few.