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School of International Service, PhD


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

SIS PhD Program News & Events

Information about our newly minted PhDs and photos from Spring 2016 commencement are available here.

The most recent issue of the PhD Program's newsletter, The International can be viewed by clicking here. Past issues of the newsletter can be found here.

Selected Student Awards:
  • Anne Kantel and Prof. Boaz Atzili received the A. Leroy Bennett Award from the International Studies Association for their paper "Accepting the Unacceptable: Lessons from West Germany's Changing Border Politics."
  • Ela Rossmiller was awarded a fellowship from the Polish Ministry of Education's Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange. 
  • Edward Lucas Received the University's 2016 Samuel L. Sharp Award for Creative Work in International Relations at the Graduate Level.

  • Timothy Seidel received the University's 2016 Alan Taylor Memorial Award for Excellence in Middle Eastern Studies and University Service.

  • Emma Fawcett received the University's 2016 William C. Olson Award for Outstanding Teaching by a PhD Student.

Selected Student Publications:

For information about registration, graduation, add/drop, and other university events and deadlines, please consult American University's Academic Calendar at




in Costume

PhD student DeRaismes Combes (aka Marie Antoinette) offers homemade treats to fellow SIS students on Halloween.