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SIS PhD Program News & Events

Information about our newly minted PhDs and photos from Spring 2015 commencement are available here.

The Spring 2015 issue of the PhD Program's newsletter, The International is now available and can be viewed by clicking here. Past issues of the newsletter can be found here.

Selected Student Awards:
  • Davina Durgana received the University's 2015 Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level Award.

  • Jiajie He Received the University's 2015 Samuel L. Sharp Award for Creative Work in International Relations at the Graduate Level.

  • Emma Fawcett received the University's 2015 Harold Davis Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Latin American Studies.

  • Edward Lucas received the University's 2015 William C. Olson Award for Outstanding Teaching by a PhD Student.

  • Yelena Osipova won a fellowship with the Rising Experts Program at the Center on Global Interests, a Global Excellence Scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation, a Dissertation Grant from the Center on Public Diplomacy at University of Southern California, and an American University Doctoral Student Research Award.

Selected Student Publications:
  • Ela Rossmiller, SIS doctoral candidate, was recently profiled in the Polish Press for her volunteer work educating kids in rural Poland about American culture. Ela's visit was sponsored by NIDA, an organization that promotes educational opportunities for Polish youth. The article is available here.

  • Suzanne Ghais, SIS doctoral candidate, and Anthony Wanis-St. John, Associate Professor at SIS, had their book chapter "International Conflict Resolution: From Practice to Knowledge and Back Again" published in The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition. The article is a substantial statement on the state of knowledge about international conflict, statecraft, and conflict resolution published.

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




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