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SIS Scholars

SIS is unique among international affairs schools in the breadth and depth of its multidisciplinarity, with political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, demographers and specialists in international development, global health, energy, communications, and the environment working together. Experts in global governance, democratization, international organizations, climate change and resource provision, trade and international markets, corruption, transnational security, global health and others contribute to a greater understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and practice of international affairs in both scholarship and practice. Regional expertise is also varied, encompassing the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Russia and Eurasia. This multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work undertaken at the SIS is rooted in academic literature but also increasingly applied to policy-relevant communities.

To learn more about our scholarly expertise and specific research interests of our faculty, please visit the profiles below.



AMITAV ACHARYA

As the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center, Professor Amitav Acharya's academic interests cover Southeast Asia, multilateralism and global governance, and human security. 

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GORDON ADAMS

Professor Gordon Adams has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. 

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AKBAR AHMED

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, is deeply involved in interfaith dialogue and the study of global Islam and its impact on contemporary society. 

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ADAM AUERBACH

Adam Auerbach, who will join SIS in the Fall as Assistant Professor, specializes in political economy, institutional theory, and research methodology, with a regional focus on South Asia and India in particular.

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BOAZ ATZILI

Assistant Professor Boaz Atzili is interested in international security with an emphasis on territorial conflicts and the politics of borders, the international aspects of state weakness and failure, deterrence of violent non-state actors and the states that host them, and the origins of military doctrine.

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DANIEL BERNHOFEN

Professor Daniel Bernhofen, who joined the school in Fall 2013, specializes in the theoretical, empirical and historical aspects of globalization and international trade.

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ROBIN BROAD

Professor Robin Broad is a leading scholar and participant in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization.

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DAVID BOSCO

Assistant Professor David Bosco’s work focuses on international organizations, international law, and multilateralism.

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CHARLES CALL

Associate Professor Charles Call’s research and interests focus on post-war governance and peace-building, democratization, human rights and policing, and justice and security sector reform.

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CHRISTINE CHIN

Associate Professor Christine Chin’s research focuses on the political economy of transnational migration, gender studies, and intercultural relations.

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KEN CONCA

Professor Ken Conca's research and teaching focus on global environmental governance, environmental peacebuilding in war-torn societies, environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system, and international water policy.

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KEITH DARDEN

Associate Professor Keith Darden focuses on the sources of national loyalties and their effects on patterns of insurgent violence, secession, and voting.

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MARIA DEJESUS

Assistant Professor Maria De Jesus specializes in the area of health inequalities, with a particular focus on cross-cultural communication and health promotion.

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MICHELLE EGAN

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.

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DANIEL ESSER

Assistant Professor Daniel Esser’s research examines governance and program evaluation in fragile settings, in particular in the context of institution-building in cities in the Global South and resulting frictions between local and international interests and approaches.

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JONATHAN FOX

Professor Jonathan Fox specializes in transparency and accountability, democracy and governance, social and environmental policy, transnational civil society dynamics, immigration, and Latino youth civic and political participation.

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CAROLYN GALLAHER

Associate Professor Carolyn Gallaher is a broadly trained political geographer whose work blends insights from political economy and cultural studies.

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AGUSTINA GIRAUDY

Assistant Professor Agustina Giraudy was formerly an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

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JAMES GOLDGEIER

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.

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GARRETT GRADDY

Assistant Professor Garrett Graddy is a cultural and political geographer, researching the political ecologies and political economies of food and agriculture.

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TAMAR GUTNER

Tamar Gutner is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education and an associate professor. Her research and teaching interests include international organizations, global environmental politics, and international political economy.

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AUSTIN HART

Austin Hart will join the SIS in the Fall as Assistant Professor and specializes in the study of political campaigns and voting behavior in the American and comparative contexts.

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RANDALL HENNING

Professor Randall Henning's research focuses on international monetary policy, European monetary integration, macroeconomic policy coordination, G20 summits and East Asian regionalism.

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PATRICK THADDEUS JACKSON

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of International Relations. His research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory, the philosophy of science, sociological methodology.

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SIKINA JINNAH

Assistant Professor Sikina Jinnah's research focuses on the changing dynamics of power and influence in global environmental politics.

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MILES KAHLER

Professor Miles Kahler specializes in the areas of international relations and international political economy, particularly international institutions and global governance, Asian regional institutions, the evolution of the nation-state, and the political economy of international finance.

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JI-YOUNG LEE

Assistant Professor Ji-Young Lee is a Korea and East Asia expert whose research interests include international relations theory, East Asian security and foreign policy, the diplomatic history of East Asia and the nexus between international political economy and security.

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JULIE MERTUS

As the co-director of the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program, Professor Julie Mertus has written widely on human rights, U.S. foreign policy, refugee and humanitarian law and policy, gender and conflict and post-war transitions.

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SHOON MURRAY

Shoon Murray is an Associate Professor and program director of U.S. Foreign Policy. Her teaching and research interests include American Foreign Policy, decision-making theory, and the role of public opinion, the media, and interest groups in the making of foreign policy. 

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SIMON NICHOLSON

Assistant Professor Simon Nicholson's research and teaching interests focus on the politics of food and agriculture, global environmental and energy politics, and issues to do with emerging technologies. 

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ARTURO PORZECANSKI

Distinguished Economist in Residence Arturo C. Porzecanski is an expert in international finance, emerging markets and Latin American economics. 

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MALINI RANGANATHAN

Assistant Professor Malini Ranganathan was previously a post-doctoral fellow in the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy strategic initiative at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign's Beckman Institute. 

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RACHEL ROBINSON

Associate Professor Rachel Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on African countries’ health policies and programs as well as the emergence and impacts of local reproductive health NGOs. 

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CATHY SCHNEIDER

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). 

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MICHAEL SCHROEDER

Michael Schroeder, Professorial Lecturer & Director of the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program (GGPS), focuses on multilateral organizations and the UN system. 

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SUSAN SHEPLER

Associate Professor Susan Shepler's research interests include youth and conflict, reintegration of former child soldiers, post-conflict reconstruction, refugees, education and economic development, nonprofits and globalization, and childhood studies. 

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STEVE SILVIA

Associate Professor Stephen Silvia specializes in comparative labor markets and comparative industrial relations, with a focus on Germany and the European Union. 

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SARAH SNYDER

Assistant Professor Sarah Snyder specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism and United States human rights policy. 

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JORDAN TAMA

Assistant Professor Jordan Tama specializes in the United States foreign policy-making process, presidential and congressional relations, national security strategy development, intelligence and counterterrorism policy, and blue-ribbon commissions. 

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STEPHEN TANKEL

Assistant Professor Stephen Tankel's research focuses on terrorism, insurgency, the evolution of violent non-state actors, and political and military affairs in South Asia.

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MATTHEW TAYLOR

Assistant Professor Matthew Taylor’s research and teaching interests include the development of Brazil, socioeconomic corruption and organized crime, judicial politics, and Latin American political economy. 

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ROBERT TOMASKO

Director of the Social Enterprise Program at American University, Robert Tomasko created and leads the first graduate degree program in social entrepreneurship in a school of international relations. 

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ANTHONY WANIS-ST.JOHN

Anthony Wanis-St. John is the Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program and Associate Professor whose expertise and research interests emphasize international negotiation, military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations and peace processes. 

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PAUL WAPNER

Professor Paul Wapner’s research focuses on global environmental politics, environmental thought, transnational environmental activism, and environmental ethics. 

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SHARON WEINER

Associate Professor Sharon Weiner's research focuses on security and the interface between institutional design, bureaucratic politics, and U.S. defense and foreign policy. 

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NINA YAMANIS

Assistant Professor Nina Yamanis’s research focuses on improving the health and well-being of underserved populations in developing countries. 

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JOSEPH YOUNG

Associate Professor Joseph Young holds a joint appointment with the School of Public Affairs (SPA). His research interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. Specifically, he studies insurgency, civil war, interstate war, and terrorism.

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