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NSLC Program—Mastering Leadership

Leadership for an Interconnected World (1 or 2 credits)

Course Description: In this course, we will place the concept of leadership within a global context, approaching it from both academic and practical perspectives.  We will explore what it means to be a leader by examining different leadership styles, attributes of good leaders, and the role of vision, goals, and strategy. Our exploration will focus on the most important aspects of leadership by employing instructor-led discussions, class exercises, and lectures that build on the NSLC Mastering Leadership program.

Course Outline

Professor for Sessions at University of California--Berkeley: Kate Tennis is a PhD candidate at SIS. In the past, she has taught World Politics, Global Public Health, Engineering and Sustainability, and Statistics. This will be her third summer teaching for NSLC. Her research focuses on global South-North migration, international migration management, and security. She holds an MA in international relations and diplomacy from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a BA in international development studies from McGill University--Quebec. In addition to her current work, she has conducted in research on refugee policy coordination between EU member states, regionalism in the EU, UN voting cohesion, and HIV/AIDS policy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor for Sessions at Northwestern: Leah Gates is a doctoral candidate in international relations and adjunct instructor at American University's School of International Service. She has previously taught World Politics for first-year undergraduates, as well as a number of courses for NSLC, including International Business, Global Public Health, and Engineering: Sustainable Development and Design. During the academic year, she also advises undergraduates who are applying for competitive fellowships and grants. Her dissertation research analyzes the role of gender power structures in explaining organizational tolerance towards persistent forms of misconduct in U.S. military organizations. She is also active in research on teaching, including projects on using games in the classroom and the university experiences of LGBTQ students.

Professor for July 17-22 Session at American University: Rachel Nadelman is a PhD candidate at American University's School of International Service. She has dedicated both her professional work and studies over the last decade to international development in Latin America and the Caribbean, with substantial research and development project experience in Nicaragua, Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, El Salvador and Haiti. Working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Nadelman's international development work crossed from the economic to the public health realm in terms of both the impact of the environment and our environmental choices on our well-being and the need to focus on mental health and psycho-social support in development. In 2014 Nadelman spent six months in El Salvador for her doctoral fieldwork, investigating the country's unique suspension of metallic mining across the country. Her dissertation investigates the unique processes, actions, and actors that drove El Salvador to freeze its mining industry at a time when the majority of Latin American nations are intensifying their economic reliance on resource extraction. Since 2009, Nadelman has been a Visiting Lecturer for the Global Health Residency Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. Nadelman earned her BA in comparative literature (French and English) from Brown University--Rhode Island and her MA in international affairs (international development) from The New School--New York.

Professor for July 24-29 Session at American University: deRaismes Combes is currently completing her doctoral degree at the School of International Service at American University. She is looking at the security/power implications of the discursive framing of 9/11 on contemporary American identity. Combes received her AB in French and war & peace Studies at Dartmouth College and later completed a dual master's program in Paris on international relations and 'la sociologie des conflits'. She has lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, which has helped foster a strong interest in power, security, and identity;the effects of words and images;and why/how the world gets constructed in specific ways. Her scholarship has included work on the Arab/Israeli conflict, ethnic and civil wars, as well as the more broadly theoretical underpinnings of international relations.

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