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International Development Program | SIS

Candace Gibson
Program Coordinator
(202) 885-1657


American University has one of the largest concentrations of faculty, referred to as Scholar-Practitioners, focused on international development. The development faculty is distinguished by its scholarly reputation, its diversity, its combination of theory and field experience, its commitment to teaching, and its maintenance of a strong collegial relationship with the students in the program.


Program Director

  1. Louis Goodman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Louis Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America and in Asia. His current research focuses on public goods, regional alliances and development. He has published widely on civil-military relations in Latin America, on … More

    Send email to Louis Goodman

    (202) 885-1603

IDP Faculty

  1. Adam Auerbach, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Auerbach’s research and teaching interests include the political economy of development, local governance and representation, and comparative political institutions, with a regional focus on South Asia and India in particular. His first book project … More

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  2. Robin Broad, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development, established and heads SIS’s International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, … More

    Send email to Robin Broad

    (202) 885-1478

  3. Susanna Campbell, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Prof. Campbell’s research and teaching address war-to-peace transitions, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international development and humanitarian aid, global governance, IO and INGO behavior, and the micro-dynamics of civil war and peace. She uses mix… More

    Send email to Susanna Campbell

    (202) 885-1428

  4. Lauren Carruth, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Professor Lauren Carruth is a medical anthropologist specializing in humanitarian assistance, global health, food security, refugees, and the Horn of Africa. Most of her continuing ethnographic work focuses on the lasting social and health system eff… More

    Send email to Lauren Carruth

    (202) 885-6694

  5. Maria Clark, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Maria Donoso Clark has worked in international development for over 30 years and in more than 25 countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Clark spent 25 years with the World Bank in several senior-level position… More

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  6. Cindy Collins, Adjunct Instructor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

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  7. Erin Collins, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Professor Collins is a human geographer. Her work focusses on the political economy and cultural politics of transformation in Southeast Asian cities. Her current research looks at how people claim and defend space in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom… More

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  8. Marion Dixon, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Marion Dixon is a member of the International Development Program at American University's School of International Service. A broadly-trained sociologist, Dr. Dixon researches agriculture and food system change, with a focus on North Africa. She is c… More

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  9. Daniel Esser, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Esser's current research investigates the social foundations of political legitimacy in non-democratic settings. This new line of inquiry builds on his widely cited work on urban governance, development effectiveness amid armed conflict, an… More

    Send email to Daniel Esser

    (202) 885-1892

  10. Jonathan Fox, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Jonathan Fox focuses on the relationship between citizen participation. transparency and accountability, from both scholarly and practitioner perspectives. He has carried out extensive research in rural Mexico, and with Latino immigrant organization… More

    Send email to Jonathan Fox

    (202) 885-6231

  11. Scott Freeman, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Dr. Scott Freeman is an environmental anthropologist who works extensively in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is currently concerned with the bureaucracies of international aid projects, and how bureaucratic and financial procedures in inte… More

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    (202) 885-6685

  12. John Heath, Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  13. David Hirschmann, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Hirschmann has written approximately 55 publications, with topics including Reengineering and Performance Measurement in USAID; Development Management/ Bureaucracy/ Administration, and Planning; Women and Development; Women and Political Particip… More

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    (202) 885-1655

  14. Jordanna Matlon, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Dr. Matlon is an urban sociologist interested in questions of race and belonging in Africa and the African diaspora, and the ways “blackness” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, class, and national identity – illuminates our underst… More

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    (202) 885-6720

  15. Johanna Mendelson-Forman, Adjunct Professor

    SIS - School of Intl Service

    Johanna Mendelson Forman is a Scholar in Residence at American University’s School of International Service where she teaches Conflict Cuisine: An Introduction to War and Peace around the Dinner Table. Connecting war and food is something that came f… More

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  16. Rachel Robinson, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the global health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality education. Her book, Intimate Interventions: Preventing Pregnancy and Pr… More

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    (202) 885-1636

  17. Vidyamali Samarasinghe, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Vidyamali Samarasinghe is a Professor in the International Development Program of the School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C. Currently she is the Director of the International Development Program. Vidyamali Samarasing… More

    Send email to Vidyamali Samarasinghe

    (202) 885-1487

  18. Thespina Yamanis, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and structural conditions to global health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to improve health among vulnerable groups. Sh… More

    Send email to Thespina Yamanis

    (202) 885-6562

IDP Affiliate Faculty

  1. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Mohammed Abu-Nimer, of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, serves as Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute. He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in confl… More

    Send email to Mohammed Abu-Nimer

    (202) 885-1656

  2. Amitav Acharya, Distinguished Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    AMITAV ACHARYA is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., and the Chair of its ASEAN Studies Ini… More

    Send email to Amitav Acharya

    (202) 885-3153

  3. Akbar Ahmed, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Named “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC, A… More

    Send email to Akbar Ahmed

    (202) 885-1641

  4. Jeffrey Bachman, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Jeff Bachman is a Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs MA Program. His teaching and research interests focus primarily on U.S. foreign policy and human rights. He is also interested in the rol… More

    Send email to Jeffrey Bachman

    (202) 885-6826

  5. Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Send email to Derrick L. Cogburn

    (202) 885-2400

  6. Maria De Jesus, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

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

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    (202) 885-6392

  7. Michelle Egan, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Michelle Egan teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including: The European Union, Relations of West European Nations, International Relations of Europe, Comparative European Politics, Economics, and Society, Transatlantic… More

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    (202) 885-1764

  8. Stephanie Fischer, Executive-In-Residence

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Stephanie Fischer is the Director of Experiential Learning and an Executive in Residence at American University in the School for International Service. Stephanie teaches courses in social enterprise, nonprofit management and professional competencie… More

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    (202) 885-6829

  9. Carolyn Gallaher, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns of violence of militias, paramilitaries, privat… More

    Send email to Carolyn Gallaher

    (202) 885-1827

  10. Agustina Giraudy, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Giraudy's book, Democrats and Autocrats (Oxford University Press, 2015), explores the multiple pathways towards subnational undemocratic regime continuity within democratized countries. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal… More

    Send email to Agustina Giraudy

    (202) 885-1610

  11. T. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches global environmental and agricultural policy and politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and postcolonial studies in current research on agricultural biodiversity conservation, ag… More

    Send email to T. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

    (202) 885-6269

  12. Gerbrand Groen, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Groen teaches Cross-cultural communication as well as Intercultural Competence at American University since 2006, prior to which he served as a management consultant in global business management, human resource management and cross-cultura… More

    Send email to Gerbrand Groen

    (202) 885-2659

  13. Austin Hart, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Austin Hart is Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods and Coordinator of the Graduate Methods Program. He specializes in the study of political behavior as well as statistical and experimental research methods. His substantive work focuses on ci… More

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    (202) 885-1640

  14. Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim, PhD, obtained a BSc in Political Science from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University – Egypt. He was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the FEPS Department of Public Administration in 2001… More

    Send email to Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim

    (202) 885-3673

  15. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Pek Koon Heng teaches courses on International Relations and International Political Economy in Southeast and East Asia. She also directs SIS’s summer graduate program on “Globalization and Regionalism in East Asia” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In … More

    Send email to Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

    (202) 885-1688

  16. Carl LeVan, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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, 2015) explains tw… More

    (202) 885-2457

  17. Nanette Levinson, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange. Currently Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab, she also serves as Editor of the International Communication Section, The Internati… More

    Send email to Nanette Levinson

    (202) 885-1480

  18. Jennifer Poole, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Professor Poole’s research and teaching interests fall at the intersection of international trade, labor economics, and development economics. With an emphasis on Brazil, her broad research agenda considers the effects of global integration on local … More

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    (202) 885-6689

  19. Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr Ranganathan is a critical geographer and political ecologist with an interest in urban environmental justice in both the South and North. Her research focuses on water and land in the city of Bangalore/Bengaluru in India. Specifically, she uses et… More

    Send email to Malini Ranganathan

    (202) 885-6901

  20. Assistant Dean for MA Programs, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Michael Schroeder is Senior Professorial Lecturer and Assistant Dean for Masters Education at the School of International Service. Dr. Schroeder's teaching and research is focused on the United Nations system, political leadership and global govern… More

    Send email to Assistant Dean for MA Programs

    (202) 885-1664

  21. Susan Shepler, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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 Ebola. In addition to h… More

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    (202) 885-2454

  22. Matthew M. Taylor, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Taylor's research and teaching interests include state capacity, corruption, and Latin American political economy. He has lived and worked extensively in Brazil, most recently as a member of the faculty at the University of São Paulo, from … More

    Send email to Matthew M. Taylor

    (202) 885-2474

  23. Jessica Trisko Darden, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service and Associate Director of Bridging the Gap. For 2017-2019, she is an inaugural Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He… More

    Send email to Jessica Trisko Darden

    (202) 885-6568

  24. Anthony Wanis-St. John, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John researches international negotiation and mediation: military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations and peace processes in particular. He has created several advanced courses on negotiation for SIS, ranging fro… More

    Send email to Anthony Wanis-St. John

    (202) 885-1544

Adjunct Faculty

Thierry Van Bastelaer: Vice-President and Senior Fellow, International Health Division, Abt Associates

Jose Garzon: Senior Advisor at U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance

Komal Bazaz Smith: Innovation Learning Specialist, Center for Development Innovation (DAI), U.S. Global Development Lab USAID

Courtney Roberts: Principal and Owner, Moonshot Global Consulting, LLC


Skills Institute Instructors

Jacqueline Bass - Director Livelihoods and Food Security, FHI 360

Alberto Begue - Independent Senior Education Consultant

Nicholas Brown - Project Manager, DAI

Jacob Gray - Deputy Director, Local Capacity Development, ACDI/VOCA

John Heath - Senior Evaluation Officer, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank

Stephen Ladek - Principal, International Solutions Group

Jacobo Menajovsky - Data Scientist Consultant

Patricia Morris - President, Women Thrive Worldwide

Kristi Ragan - Chief of Party, Center for Development Innovation, US Global Development Lab, DAI

Mark Robilliard - Co-founder, Color Accounting International


Coralie Bryant

Miguel Carter

Julie Feinsilver

Jacob Meerman

Johanna Mendelson-Forman

Joan Nelson

Teijia Reyes


Skills Institutes

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Intensive three-day courses, training students in state-of-the-art international development techniques

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Tinker-Walker Fellowships

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Through the Irene Tinker-Millidge Walker Fellowship, students can receive financial support to offset the costs of including overseas field experience in their research, internship, or practicum.

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