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Marcelline Babicz

Laura Bosco

Laura Bosco

Research Interests: International Peace and Security; Peace Operations; Protection of Civilians; United Nations and International Organizations; US Defense Policy; Qualitative and Mixed Methods

email: ljbosco@gmail.com

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Brandon Brockmyer

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Research Interests: Cognitive biases in international relations; Latin American leftism; US foreign policy decision making processes; BRICS; Economic development strategies; International peacekeeping and conflict resolution

email: bb7597a@student.american.edu

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Elliott Bynum

Katy Collin

Research Interests: Elections; Referendums and direct democracy; Democratization; Peacebuilding; Peacekeeping; United Nations

email: Katy.collin@gmail.com

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deRaismes Combes

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Research Interests: Identity studies with a focus on nationalism; Security, terrorism, 9/11; Political and social theory, particularly post-structuralism; Discourse, rhetoric, narrative, and linguistic approaches  

email: deRaismes@gmail.com

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Arunjana Das

Lucas Dolan

Research Interests:  Transatlantic security focusing on U.S.-German relationship; NATO policy in Russia's near abroad; U.S. grand strategy; IR theory and metatheory, especially Realist-Constructivism, Pragmatist approaches to IR, as well as questions of epistemology and methodology

email: ld4276a@student.american.edu

Eleni Ekmektsioglou

Tyler Evans

Yumna Fatima

Research Interests: International security;Contemporary conflict;Militancy;South Asia

email: yf7699a@student.american.edu


Emma Fawcett

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Research Interests: Political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean; Economic development and tourism in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba

email: emma.fawcett@american.edu

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Julia Fischer-Mackey

Julia Fischer-Mackey

Research Interests: Politics of development; Sustainable development; Water and sanitation; Gender; Global health; US government development policy; Program evaluation. Regions: Latin America and Africa.

email: jf3983a@student.american.edu


Eric Franqui

Eric Franqui

Research Interests: I am interested in modern state building, particularly in post conflict urban spaces. My MA research was on Medellin's periphery comunas and the effects of hard power policies in enclaves previously absent of any real state presence. Congruent to this interest is the co-opting of non-state actors in state-building processes by weak or client-based governments

email: eric.franqui@american.edu

Alice Friend

Research Interests: National security policy; Bureaucratic politics; Crisis decision-making; African security; Civil-military relations

email: Alice.Friend@american.edu

Yoonbin Ha

Jiajie He

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Research Interests: Security studies in general; Ethnic conflicts and civil wars; Ethnic politics in China and Southeast Asia

email: jh3983a@student.american.edu

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Anne Kantel

Anne Kantel
Research Interests: Global Environmental Politics; International Water Governance; Political Violence; IR Theory; Ethnography

email:anne.kantel@american.edu

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Min Jung Kim

Asifa Koul

Ji Young Kwon

Ji Young Kwon

Research Interests:  East Asian security issues; Chinese foreign relations

email: jk9975a@american.edu

Goueun Lee

Jong Eun Lee

Jong Eun Lee

Research Interests: Field of Peace and Conflict Resolution, on the role of international regimes and organizations in transforming the underlying conditions in conflict zones

email:  jl4375a@student.american.edu

Jyahyun Lee

Jyahyun Lee

Research Interests: International Relations Theory, with specific focus on realism and constructivism, Ideas, norms and institutions in Asian Regionalism, Asian Security

email: jl7281a@student.american.edu

Abby Lindsay

Abby Lindsay

Research Interests: Global environmental policy; Water governance; Science and technology studies; International development and aid; International negotiations; Environment and trade

email: Abby.Lindsay@american.edu

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Patrick Litanga

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Research Interests: Post-conflict reconstruction; Conflict resolution; Child soldiering; Political economy of land in post conflict settings

email: plitanga@yahoo.com

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Edward Lucas

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Research Interests: Maritime Security; Maritime Piracy; International Conflict; International Security

email: edward.r.lucas@gmail.com

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Christoff Luehrs

Balazs Martonffy

Balazs Martonffy

Research Interests: International and Transatlantic Security; Decision-making; Bureaucratic Politics

email: balazs.martonffy@student.american.edu

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Rachel Hannah Nadelman

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Research Interests: International Development; Mining/natural resources and foreign direct investment; Environment and development; The global economy; Community/social movement voice in development processes; Transnational advocacy networks

email: rachelnadelman@gmail.com

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Yelena Osipova

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Research Interests: Public and Cultural Diplomacy; Soft Power; International Communication; New/Digital Media & IR; Russian foreign policy; Eurasia

email: yelena.osipova@american.edu

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Chayanit Poonyarat

Chayanit Poonyarat

Research Interests: Ethnic conflict and civil wars in Asia; State-building; Nation-building

email: cp4796a@student.american.edu

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Manaswini Ramkumar

Manaswini Ramkumar

Research Interests:  UN Peace Operations; South Asian Military Forces; Professional Military; Education; Indian Foreign/Security Policies

email: mr2976a@student.american.edu

Manuel Reinert

Manuel Reinert

Research Interests: Global governance; International security; Political violence; Peace and conflict; Middle East and African studies

email: manuel.reinert@american.edu

Sharon Rogers

Noah Rosen

Noah Rosen

Research Interests:  Peace processes;conflict resolution;peacebuilding;facilitated dialogue;asymmetrical conflict; identity politics;social movements

email: nr3486a@american.edu

Ela Rossmiller

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Research Interests: Construction of state-sponsored memory regimes following political transformations; Memory work; Historical justice; Political transformations in Central and Eastern Europe; Apology diplomacy; Memory as an international export and tool for nation-branding; Political discourse

email: er1618a@student.american.edu

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Cherie Saulter

Cherie Saulter

Research Interests: International development; Political economy of inequality; Identity politics; State-building

email: cherie.saulter@gmail.com

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is a PhD student at American University’s School of International Service. Her research interests include energy coercive capacity, Russia/Ukraine relations, and transnational crime and corruption. She is also a Research Fellow at Pherson Analytics, LLC, where she trains graduate students as well as US Government and corporate professionals to improve their analysis through the use of structured analytic techniques. Additionally, since 1998, Ms. Saunders has managed and participated in research projects aimed at understanding, documenting, and combating transnational crime, corruption, and terrorism. Her recent research work has included Russian engagement in Africa, organized crime and corruption in Ukraine, threat finance in the Sahel-Saharan region, violent extremist organizations in southern Libya, illicit trade in arms and weaponry from the former Soviet Union, the history of warlordism in post-Soviet Tajikistan, drug trafficking in post-Soviet Central Asia, organized crime and corruption in Russia's aluminum trade, post-Soviet Central Asia's involvement in the African drug and weapons trade, terrorist groups in post-Soviet Central Asia, human trafficking, and domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States and the Russian Federation. Ms. Saunders holds a M.A. in International Development from American University, and a dual B.A. in International Relations and Russian Language and Literature from Tufts University.

email: ks7512a@american.edu

Timothy Seidel

Research Interests: Peacebuilding, nonviolence and conflict resolution;comparative politics;theological studies;postcolonial theory;anti-oppression practice;Middle East studies;interpretivist research methods including discourse, narrative, and ethnographic approaches.

email: timothy.seidel@american.edu

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Mashal Shabbir

Brandon Sims

Michael Stanaitis

Michael Stanaitis

Research Interests: Global Governance; Hegemony; Human Rights; International Political Economy; Quantitative Methods

email: stanaitis@american.edu

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Kate Tennis

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Research Interests: International Migration; Border Control; International Cooperation; Security

email: kate.tennis@american.edu

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Willow Williamson

Di Wu

Research Interests: Public Diplomacy and global media; East Asian Relations

email: di.wu@american.edu

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