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Europe, Russia & Eurasia



Keith Darden, who will join the school in Fall 2013 as an associate professor, focuses on the sources of national loyalties and their effects on patterns of insurgent violence, secession, and voting.  His first book, Economic Liberalism and Its Rivals: The Formation of International Institutions among the Post-Soviet States, (Cambridge University Press) won the 2010 Hewett award from ASEEES and an honorable mention for the Shulman prize. His second book, Resisting Occupation: Mass Literacy and the Creation of Durable National Loyalties, (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), explores how the national identities initially introduced to a community through schools account for subsequent patterns of voting, secession, and armed resistance to foreign occupation. Darden is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Problems of International Politics. Click here for more information.



An expert on European politics, Associate Professor and the EU Jean Monnet Ad Personam Chair Michelle Egan focuses her research on international business, transnational regulatory compliance, regional integration, transatlantic relations, comparative political economy, constitutionalism and defense and security issues. Egan is presently working on several grant-funded projects, including work on the European single market and present-day efforts to continue to integrate the European economy. Her most recent book, Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States, will be published by Oxford University Press later this year. In recent years, her research has been published in the Millennium-Journal of International Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, andBusiness Strategy Review. Click here for more information.


James Goldgeier is the Dean of the School of International Service. Prior to joining American University, he was a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He has held appointments at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, the State Department, and the National Security Council staff, the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Hoover Institution, and the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy. His areas of expertise include contemporary international relations, American foreign policy, U.S.-Russia relations, the European Union, transatlantic security and NATO. Among his current projects, Dean Goldgeier and collaborators at Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley, lead the Bridging the Gap initiative, which encourages and trains scholars and doctoral students to produce research oriented policy-relevant scholarship and/or theoretically informed policy work. His books include: America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (co-authored with Derek Chollet), Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (co-authored with Michael McFaul); and Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO. Click here for more information.




Professor Randall Henning's research focuses on international monetary policy, European monetary integration, macroeconomic policy coordination, G20 summits and East Asian regionalism. Currently, he is conducting a project on the relationship between regionalism and multi-lateralism and the political economy of the euro crisis. He also serves as a visiting fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. Click here for more information.




Associate Professor Cathy Schneider researches social movements, political violence, criminal justice, race, ethnicity, and immigration in Europe (particularly France), the United States, and Latin America (particularly Chile).  Her manuscript, Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York 1960-2010 (under review), Violence and State Repression: Debating the Arab Spring, Police Power and Race Riots in Paris, Made in Marseilles: Policing and the Deactivation of Racial Boundaries in Southern France, Violence, Identity and Spaces of Contention in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, Racism, Drug Policy and AIDS, and Framing Puerto Rican Identity. Click here for more information.



Associate Professor Stephen Silvia specializes in comparative labor markets and comparative industrial relations, with a focus on Germany and the European Union.  He also writes about German politics and political parties.  His most recent book, Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era, will be published later this year by the Cornell University Press and focuses on German industrial relations after the Second World War. In recent years, his research has been published in German Politics and Society, Journal of Public Policy, Comparative European Politics, and German Studies Review. Click here for more information.



Associate Professor Sharon Weiner’s research focuses on security and the interface between institutional design, bureaucratic politics, and U.S. defense and foreign policy. Her current project looks at civil-military relations in the United States and especially how the structure of the Department of Defense influences the relationship between the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, and civilian influence over defense policy. Other projects focus on the politicization of military advice in the United States, U.S. relations with Pakistan and India, and U.S. decision making on nuclear weapons issues. Her previous book, Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise (MIT Press 2011), the 2012 recipient of the Louis Brownlow award from the National Academy of Public Administration, examines the role of organizational and partisan politics in the success and failure of U.S. cooperative nonproliferation programs with the former Soviet Union. Click here for more information.