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School of International Service, PhD

Spring 2016 Commencement

This spring the SIS PhD program celebrated three students completing their PhDs. Suzanne Ghais, Tiana Jackson, and Sonja Kelly defended their dissertations in the spring of 2016.

SIS PhD 2016 Grads

2016 graduates Sonja Kelly and Suzanne Ghais with Program Director Boaz Atzili and SIS Dean James Goldgeier

Meet our new PhDs

Suzanne Ghais (Spring 2016)

Dissertation: Inclusivity and Peacemaking in Internal Armed Conflicts

Committee: Anthony Wanis-St. John (Chair); Ronald Fisher; P. Terrence Hopmann (John Hopkins Univ.); Timothy Sisk (Univ. of Denver)


Tiana Jackson (Spring 2016)

Dissertation: Sincerity or Strategy: Organizational Responses to Interagency Cooperation

Committee: Sharon Weiner (Chair); Shoon Murray; Carl LeVan

Sonja Kelly (Spring 2016)

Dissertation: Why Financial Inclusion Policy and Regulation?

Committee: Steven Silvia (Chair); Rachel Robinson; Elisabeth Rhyne (Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International)

Suzanne Ghais at graduation

Suzanne Ghais receives her hood at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony

Tiana Jackson at Graduation

Tiana Jackson receives her diploma at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony

Sonja Kelly at Graduation

Sonja Kelly receives her hood at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony

SIS Grad Suzanne Ghais with Prof. Wanis-St. John

Spring 2016 Graduate Suzanne Ghais with her dissertation chair Professor Anthony Wanis-St. John



Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or