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Faculty members at the School of International Service (SIS) demonstrate a commitment to innovative research. Their work crosses a breadth of disciplines, and is influential to both the policy-driven and academically-charged reader. SIS faculty are regularly invited to speak and present at national and international events, published in a wide range of publications, awarded external funding for innovative research, and recognized for their outstanding achievements.

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APPEARANCES: Lectures, Panels, & Presentations

Professor Judith Shapiro was featured at the Book America Expo's China as the Global Market Forum event May 27-29.

Professor and Emeritus Dean Louis Goodman made a presentation on April 4 at the Virginia Washington regional Conference of the Korean-American Association of Scientists and Engineers in Vienna, Virginia entitled "Korean Genetic Resources and Washington DC Cherry Trees." It discussed the Korean geographic origins of Yoshino cherry trees an their possible implications for soft power diplomacy.

Professor Robin Broad was one of 12 speakers who spoke at the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, 2014 Symposium on "Private Actors, Global Impact: The Private Production of Norms in Transnational Regulation," Univ of Pennsylvania Law School, November 15, 2014. This was also a Continuing Education event.

Professor Sarah Snyder will speak about Human Rights Before Carter at the Washington History Seminar, organized by the National History Center and the Wilson Center on December 8, 2014.

Professor Sarah Snyder will speak about Human Rights and the Cold War at UNC-Chapel Hill on September 25, 2014.

Professor Judith Shapiro spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars on Environmental Filmmaking in China as part of the DC Chinese Film Festival. The event was recorded for broadcast on Voice of America's Mandarin service, September 5, 2014.

Professor Daniel Esser recently delivered a lecture and led a seminar on "Urban Violence and Armed Conflicts: Cities as Hubs, Symbols, Stages and Prey" at the Chief of Staff of the Army's Strategic Studies Group (SSG) in Arlington, VA. The SSG advises General Ray Odierno on strategic challenges facing the US Army and is currently comprised of 25 senior officers and NCOs holding one-year fellowships.

Professor Judith Shapiro gave the keynote address to the Mid-Maine Global Forum, a community-based foreign policy group, at Colby College. She spoke on China's Environmental Challenges. Her talk was recorded for broadcast to Maine Public Radio, 8 August 2014.

Professor Jonathan Fox delivered the keynote address at the first Global Partners Forum, in Washington DC, on May 14-15, 2014, hosted by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).

Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer Fanta Aw, president and chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, spoke at the association's annual conference in San Diego, CA on May 27, 2014.

Scholar in Residence Maina Chawla Singh was invited to speak at IAS-Nantes, France on May 13, 2014. Her lecture was titled "’Global Indians’: Exploring Identity and Integration in three Indian Diaspora Communities".

Professor Malini Ranganathan was invited to speak at the "Cities at the Center of the World" Conference in April 2014, held jointly by the Woodrow Wilson Center and George Mason University's Center for Global Studies.

Professor Judith Shapiro presented a lecture on China's environmental challenges at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies on April 4, 2014, the final lecture of a semester-long series on China and the environment. 

Professor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace will present her book-research and analysis of the US Farm Bill at an invited conference at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. This transatlantic meeting on Food, Agriculture and Health Policy will be held in Bellagio, Italy in May, 2014.

Professor Nina Yamanis presented a lecture, "Confronting Social, Economic, and HIV-Related Challenges for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Microfinance/Health Leadership Intervention Trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania" at the Five College Culture, Health and Science Program in Amherst, MA on March 13, 2014.

Professor Judith Shapiro delivered a talk on China's Environmental Challenges in Lima, Peru, on March 12, 2014. Co-sponsors were WWF-Peru and the Ministry of the Environment. Also on the panel were Tao Hu, head of WWF-China, Ernesto Raez, advisor to the Minister of the Environment, and Juan Carlos Rivera, Director of Conservation for WWF-Peru.

Professor Gordon Adams presented a lecture, "Rethinking US Enduring Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities" as part of the 2013-2014 Rethinking Seminar Series for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab DC, February 12, 2014.

Professor Judith Shapiro presented a paper on China's Evolving Environmental Civil Society at an invited conference at the Center for International and Strategic Studies about China's Economic Decision-Making, February 27, 2014.

PUBLICATIONS: Articles, Op-Eds, Chapters

2015

Assistant Professor Jessica Trisko Darden's article,"Assessing the significance of women in combat roles," was published in the International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis (September 2015, vol. 70, no. 3).

Assistant Professor Carl Levan has a new co-edited book with Joseph Fashagb and Edward McMahon entitled, African State Government: Subnational Politics and National Power (Palgrave MacMillan 2015).

Assistant Professor Carl Levan along with Todd Eisenstadt (SPA) and Tofigh Maboudi contributed an op-ed, "Crafting a new constitutions doesn't necessarily lead to democracy. Here's what does.," to Washington Post's Monkey Cage (August 19).

Assistant Professor Krista Tuomi's and co-author Barbara Boxer's article, "The costs and benefits of early-stage business tax credits: a case study of two US states," was published in Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance (June 2015).

Assistant Professor Maria DeJesus's article, "How religiousity shapes health perceptions and behaviors of Latina immigrants: is it an enabling or prohibitive factor?," was published in Psychology, Health, & Medicine (May 2015).

Assistant Professor Jordan Tama's article, "The politics of strategy: why government agencies conduct major strategic reviews," was published in the Journal of Public Policy (May 2015).

Assistant Professor Maria DeJesus and co-authors Claudia Carrete, Cathleen Maine, and Patricia Nalls published their article, "Attitudes, perceptions and behaviours towards HIV testing among African-American and East African immigrant women in Washington, DC: implications for targeted HIV testing promotion and communication strategies," in Sex Transm Infect (April 2015).

Assistant Professor Carl Levan and co-authors Todd Eisenstadt (SPA) and Tofigh Maboudi had their article, "When Talk Trumps Text: The Democratizing Effects of Deliberation during Constitution-Making, 1974-2011," published in American Political Science Review (August, vol 109, no. 3).

Associate Dean Nanette Levinson's article, "A tri-decennia view of knowledge transfer research: what works in diffusion and development contexts," was published in The Journal of International Communication (July 2015, vol 21, no. 2).

Associate Dean Patrick Thaddeus Jackson's article, "Must International Studies Be a Science?," was published in the Journal of International Studies (June 2015, vol 43, no.3).

Professor Jonathan Fox's article, "Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say?," was published in World Development, 72(August 2015).

Professor Robin Broad and John Cavanaugh (Institute for Policy Studies) co-authored a chapter, "El Salvador Gold: Toward a Mining Ban," in Ending the Fossil Fuel Era (MIT Press 2015) edited by Thomas Princen.

Professor Robin Broad and coauthor John Cavanaugh (Institute for Policy Studies) had their article, "Poorer Countries and the Environment: Friends or Foes?" published in World Development, 72(August 2015).

Professor Robin Broad's article, "Corporate Bias in the World Bank Group's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes: A Case Study of a Global Mining Corporation Suing El Salvador," was published in University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (vol 36, 4, 2015).

Professorial Lecturer Jeffrey Bachman published two articles one, "The Lawfulness of U.S. Targeted Killing Operations Outside Afghanistan," in Studies in Conflict &Terrorism (August 2015) and the other, "The New York Times and Washington Post: Misleading the public about US drone strikes" in Journalism Studies (August 2015).

Assistant Professor Nina Yamanis's article, "Young Men's Social Network Characteristics and Associations with Sexual Partnership Concurrency in Tanzania," is published in AIDS Behavior, volume 19 (8).

Associate Professor Daniel Esser's article, "Countering the Risks of Vocationalisation in Master's Programmes in International Development," was published in Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences 8(2).

Assistant Professor Shadi Mokhtari's article, "Human Rights and Power Amid Protest and Change in the Arab World," is published in Third World Quarterly, Volume 36 (6).

Associate Professor Boaz Atzili's blogpost, Oren's Op-ed Lacks Historical Context, was featured in Mideast Matrix on June 17, 2015.

Professorial Lecturer Stephen Dalzell's article The Soldier and the Street was featured in the International Relations and Security Network on June 5, 2015.

Assistant Professor Jordan Tama co-authored the report, United on Goals, Divided on Means: Opinion Leaders Chicago Council Survey Results 2014, with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, released June 2, 2015.

Assistant Professor Malini Ranganathan's article, "Storm Drains as Assemblages: The Political Ecology of Flood Risk in Post-Colonial Bangalore," was published in Antipode (April 2015).

Assistant Professor Jessica Trisko Darden's article, "Cash or Combat? America's Asian Alliances During the War in Afghanistan," was published in Asian Security (March, 2015, Vol. 11, no. 1).

Assistant Professor Malini Ranganathan's article, "Water marginalization at the urban fringe: environmental justice and urban political ecology across the North-South divide," was published in Urban Geography (February 2015, vol. 36, no. 3).

2014

Professor Marion Dixon's article, Biosecurity and the multiplication of crises in the Egyptian agri-food industry, will be published in Geoforum's May 2015 issue.

Director of the Social Enterprise MA Program, Professor Robert Tomasko, and SIS/MA students Michael Cobb, Caitlin Rosser, and Andreas Vailakis published Cause for Reflection in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on February 20, 2015.

Assistant Professor Malini Ranganathan and Carolina Balazs co-authored Water Marginalization at the Urban Fringe: Environmental Justice and Urban Political Ecology Across the North-South Divide in Urban Geography, February 12, 2015.

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer David Armitage and Peter Doran published Deterrence Paper No. 4: Some Damn Foolish Thing in the Baltic States - Coming to Terms with Hybrid War, Center for European Policy Analysis, January 29, 2015.

Assistant Professor Craig Hayden published Scope, mechanism, and outcome: arguing soft power in the context of public diplomacy in the Journal of International Relations and Development advance online publication, March 13, 2015.

Professor Gregory Aftandilian published "Maneuvering the Islamist-Secularist Divide in the Arab World: How the United States Can Preserve its Interests and Values in an Increasingly Polarized Environment." This monograph was published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College, October 28, 2014.

Professor Philip Brenner contributed a chapter to Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military, edited by John R. Deni.

Professor Daniel Esser published "Security Scales: Spectacular and Endemic Violence in Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan" in the journal Environment & Urbanization, August 2014.

Professor Anders C. Hardig published "Beyond the Arab revolts: conceptualizing civil society in the Middle East and North Africa," in the journal Democratization, July 21 2014.

Professor Jeff Colgan published "Mechanisms of informal governance: evidence from the IEA," in the Journal of International Relations and Development, June 13 2014.

Professor Eve Bratman published "Contradictions of Green Development: Human Rights and Environmental Norms in Light of Belo Monte Dam Activism," in the Journal of Latin American Studies, May 2014.

Professor Matthew Taylor published "The Limits of Judicial Independence: A Model with Illustration from Venezuela under Chávez," in the Journal of Latin American Studies, May 2014.

Professor Paul Wapner published "Climate Suffering," in the May issue of the journal Global Environmental Politics.

Professor Eve Bratman published "Contradictions of Green Development: Human Rights and Environmental Norms in Light of Belo Monte Dam Activism," in the May issue of the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Professor Malini Ranganathan published "Paying for Pipes, Claiming Citizenship: Water Reforms and Political Agency at the Urban Periphery," in the March issue of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Professor Robin Broad published an article, "Responsible mining: Moving from a buzzword to real responsibility" in the March 2014 issue of The Extractive Industries and Society Journal.

Professor Carl LeVan published "Analytic Authoritarianism and Nigeria," in the journal Commonwealth and Comparative Politics on March 3, 2014.

Professor Malini Ranganathan published "'Mafias' in the waterscape: Urban informality and everyday public authority in Bangalore," in the February 2014 issue of the journal Water Alternatives.

Scholar in Residence Johanna Mendelson-Forman's article, "Conflict Cuisine: Teaching War Through Washington's Ethnic Restaurant Scene," has been published in the Public Diplomacy Magazine.

Professor Sherry Mueller and SIS alum Mark Overmann published, Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development, 2nd ed., George Town Press, April 2014.

Professor Gordon Adams has written a chapter for the book, "The Future of American Defense" published by the Aspen Strategy Group on February 7, 2014.

NRSD Alumnus Aaron Sutch ('11) has co-authored a report for the Mountain Institute. The report, "Using Solar PV to Create Economic Opportunity and Energy Diversity in West Virginia," outlines potential economic and energy diversity benefits a thriving solar industry would bring the state of West Virginia and gives policy recommendations to facilitate industry growth.

Professor Randolph B. Persaud's student Aparna Devare published her dissertation. Her book is available on Amazon.

Professor Emeritus Larman Wilson, co-authored, "The Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations" with David Dent, January 2014.

Professor Arturo Porzecanski has published "Brazil's Place in the Global Economy" in the journal Perspectives on the Americas.

Professor Emeritus Larman Wilson has released the second edition of his book The Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations, from Scarecrow Press.

Professor Kristin Diwan has written a chapter for the newly published Sectarian Politics in the Persian Gulf, from Hurst.

Professor Daniel M. Bernhofen's article, "Preferences, rent destruction and multilateral liberalization: The building block effect of CUSFTA," was published in the Journal of International Economics in January 2014.

OTHER NOTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS: Awards, Appointments and Service

2015:

Professor Robin Broad has been made a Fellow of the Samdhana Institute, based in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Professor Christine Chin's book, Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City (Oxford University Press, 2013), was named the co-winner of the PEWS Distinguished Book Award for 2015.

Associate Professor Matthew Taylor's paper, "State Capacity and Bureaucratic Polarization in Brazil" was awarded the Best Paper Award from the Political Institutions (LAPIS) section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Professor Randall Henning was quoted in a New York Times article about the European Central Bank’s stimulus program, citing his recent paper on the subject.

2014:

Professor Paul Wapner's summer workshop was featured in Psychology Tomorrow Magazine's article Environmentalism and the Mind.

Professor Philip Brenner served on the State Department Foreign Service Selection Board, a promotion review panel for foreign service officers being considered for senior appointments.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam received the gold award in the political science category of the Foreword IndieFab Award.

Professor Derrick Cogburn was elected to the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NetMundial. He participated in the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on The Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paolo on the 23rd and 24th of April.

Professor Paul Williams was elected to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law on April 14.

Professor Patrick Thaddeus Jackson was interviewed by E-International Relations, February 12. Professor Jackson discussed provincialism in U.S. International Relations (IR) theory, broadening theorists’ understanding of truth and validity, sci-fi, and the influence of Conduct of Inquiry on the IR field.

Professor Carl LeVan joined the Advisory Board of the nonprofit Advancing Investments & Trade in Africa (AITA) on February 26.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam has been awarded the German Peace Prize at the Karachi Literary Festival. It was also short listed for the Coca Cola Best Non-Fiction book at the Festival.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is the winner of the International Studies Association (ISA) Theory Section 2013 Best Book Award. He won the award for his book, The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations: Philosophy of Science and its Implications for the Study of World Politics, Routledge, 2011. The award was announced on February 13.

EXTERNAL RESEARCH AWARDS: Grants and Fellowships

Dean James Goldgeier
Project: Bridging the Gap
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Inc.
Overview: Launched more than a decade ago, Bridging the Gap pursues work on future U.S. and global foreign policy challenges that is theory driven, policy relevant, and problem/solution oriented. In collaboration with a team of scholars around the country, Dean Goldgeier seeks to train, develop, and mentor an expanded cohort of scholars in political science and international studies – as well as law, public and international policy, and other related disciplines – to produce policy-relevant scholarship and theoretically grounded policy work, as they launch and build their careers in academic and policy institutions. As in past years, a new cohort of doctoral students from across the country and overseas will attend the New Era Foreign Policy Conference, a multi-day program held at the School of International Service each Spring; and a new cohort of mostly full-time faculty from across the country and overseas will attend the International Policy Summer Institute, a week-long program held at the School of International Service each Summer.




Professor Akbar Ahmed
Project: Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Empire
Sponsor: Mercator Foundation
Overview: Professor Akbar and his team embarked on an ambitious tour of Europe this past summer to examine the continent’s historical experience with Islam in an effort to draw lessons about the relations between the West and the Muslim world today. His work provides scholars and the general public examples of how both Western and Islamic communities integrate while maintaining their own integrity. The overarching goal of this work is to demonstrate how different religions can mutually exist, create art together, and worship freely while respecting the distinct characteristics and cultural standards that set them apart.




Assistant Professor Maria De Jesus
Project: The Role of a m- Health Technology in Breast Cancer Prevention among Hispanic Women
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Overview: Maria De Jesus’s research project has two main aims. First, she will develop and implement a quantitative survey and conduct in-depth interviews to examine the structural, predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling factors that may enhance or inhibit preventive health care use among Hispanic women. Second, she has designed a randomized control educational intervention trial that develops, implements, and evaluates mobile health (m-Health) communication strategies to deliver personalized, culturally and linguistically tailored educational messages for disease prevention to Hispanic women in the metropolitan Washington region.




Associate Professor Derrick Cogburn
Project: Regionalization, Institutionalization and Growth of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region
Sponsor: Nippon Foundation
Overview: Derrick Cogburn’s grant will support the third phase of his project to broaden and deepen the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region. IDPP's two overarching goals are to (1) academically train and prepare a cadre of leaders, who, through their knowledge of public policy and disability issues gained through graduate degrees at the intersection of disability and public policy, can substantially improve the policy environment for citizens of the 10 countries of the ASEAN region who possess a physical disability; and (2) to serve as a "think tank" and resource for governments and other organizations across the ASEAN region on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the UN ESCAP-led Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, and other disability policies, particularly on inclusive education.




Associate Professor Chuck Call
Project: New Actors and Innovative Approaches to Peacebuilding? Examining the Role, Innovations and Effectiveness of New Actors in Building Peace
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Inc.
Overview: Chuck Call’s project seeks to identify and examine the results of new and innovative peacebuilding approaches of new actors from the Global South. Project objectives are threefold: 1) to provide a structured, critical analysis of the values, content and impact of recent peacebuilding initiatives of emerging powers, comparing them to one another and to approaches by Western donors and international organizations; 2) to offer new theoretical claims about the role of the Global South in peacebuilding; and 3) to inform key policy audiences of alternative approaches to peacebuilding, their empirical records and theoretical underpinnings.




Professor Steve Silvia
Project: The United Automobile Workers and Employee Representation in German Automobile Producers in the United States
Sponsor: Hans Böckler Foundation
Overview: Steve Silvia’s research project investigates the impact on personnel management and employee participation when transnational enterprises operate in countries with industrial relations systems that differ significantly from those in their home country. Specifically, the project focuses on the three German automobile producers with operations in the United States: BMW in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Mercedes Benz in Vance, Alabama; and Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The research will produce qualitative case studies of the evolution of personnel management and employee participation in the three plants. It will also discuss the larger implications for personnel management and employee participation in multinational enterprises, transnational cooperation among unions, and industrial relations practice in the United States.




Distinguished Professor Miles Kahler & Professor Randall Henning
Project: New Thinking and the New G20: An Expanding Research Network to Support Global Cooperation
Sponsor: Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)
Overview: Under the guidance of both Kahler and Henning, this research project will contribute original research on reform proposals in two key areas: governance of international monetary and financial relations and international collaboration in financial regulation. The initiative will also begin to create research infrastructure—an R-20 research network—that will provide a continuing stream of new ideas, sustain international collaboration and integrate researchers from the large emerging economies (LEEs) into global policy discussions. The American University research team will concentrate on core issues in future governance of the international monetary and financial systems, with specific examination of: 1) surveillance of the global financial system and national economic policies; 2) provision of financial assistance during crises; 3) capital controls; and 4) governance of the international financial institutions (IFIs).




Professor Steve Silvia & Professor Michelle Egan
Project: EU Center for Excellence
Sponsor: American Consortium of European Studies (ACES), European Commission
Overview: The EU center is one of ten nationally designated centers and is the only consortium among the ten. It is run under the direction of Dan Hamilton, Director of the premier think tank Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, one of the top leading think tanks as recognized by foreign policy. As part of its participation, American University will host and organize two workshops in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. The first workshop on transatlantic regulatory issues will be held in conjunction with scholars from all of the partner research universities and is a joint proposal with Brigham Young University. As Chair of EUSA, Michelle Egan is coordinating this project and will also include her colleague at the Washington College of Law, Fernanda Nicola. The second project sponsored by SIS, SPA and WCL will bring judges from the European Court of Justice and potential from the Supreme Court for a presentation and reception on global constitutionalism. Under the direction of Stephen Silvia, AU will also continue to run ACES cases in which he will edit a working paper series. The Center gives AU visibility in Europe among colleagues, and also provides a good venue for faculty in the DC area focusing on EU related issues.




FELLOWSHIPS:

Associate Professor Matthew Taylor, Wilson Fellow

Associate Professor Sharon Weiner, International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security, Council on Foriegn Relations

Distinguished Professor Miles Kahler, Senior Fellow for Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations

Associate Professor Susan Shepler, George Arnhold Professor and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research

Assistant Professor Nina Yamanis, Fordham Research Ethics Training Institute Fellow, Fordham University