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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.

Congratulations to the following 2017 PhD Program award winners:

  • Excellence in Research Assistance: Laura Bosco

  • The William C. Olson Award for outstanding teaching by a PhD student: Eleni Ekmektsioglou

  • The Samuel L. Sharp Memorial Prize for creative work in international relations at the graduate level – Anne Kantel

Selected Student Awards:

  • 2015 Alumna Davina Durgana was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in the Science category.
  • Lucas Dolan was the Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace, Middlebury College Language Schools.
  • Tim Seidel received the 2016 Edward W. Said Award from the Global Development Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

  • Jiajie He won the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.

  • Brandon Sims was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship in Hindi from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Selected Student Publications:
  • Laura Bosco authored "UN Peacekeeping Data" in "The Known Knowns and Known Unknowns of Peacekeeping Data," International Peacekeeping, Govinda Clayton, editor (forthcoming in print).

  • Julis Fischer-Mackey and Professor Robin Broad published "From Extractivism toward Buen Vivir: Mining Policy as an Indicator of a New Development Paradigm Prioritizing the Envirornment," Third World Quaraterly (forthcoming).

  • Jiajie He's article "Normative Power in the EU and ASEAN: Why They Diverge?" was published in International Studies Review 18 (1), 2016.

  • Jennifer Joel is the co-author of "Human Subjects Protection in the African Context," African Evaluation Journal 4 (10), 2016.

  • Abby Lindsay and Professor Sikina Jinnah authored "Diffusion through Issue Linkage: Environmental Norms in US Trade Agreements," Global Environmental Politics 16 (3), 2016.

  • Tim Seidel published his piece "'Occupied Territory is Occupied Territory': James Baldwin, Palestine, and the Possibilities of Transnational Solidarity," in Third World Quarterly 37 (9), 2016.

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.