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School of International Service, PhD


Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or kneil@american.edu

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 sisgrad@american.edu

SIS PhD Program News & Events

  • The Fall 2014 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.  
  • Willow Williamson had her book chapter "Opening up Thinking Space for Improvised Collaborative Public Diplomacy" published in Music and Diplomacy.
  • 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.
  • Namalie Jayasinghe, SIS doctoral candidate, has been awarded a year long dissertation fellowship from the American Association for University Women. Namalie's dissertation focuses on post-tsunami Sri Lanka and explores how socio-cultural values and expectations of gender roles translate into disaster response programs and policies, potentially maintaining gender inequality despite efforts at gender mainstreaming. 
  • Kia Hall is the recipient of the American University Student Award for Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level. Dr. Hall was also recently awarded a Humanity in Action Diversity Fellowship.
  • deRaismes Combes, SIS doctoral candidate, received the William C. Olson award for Outstanding Teaching by a PhD Student for Outstanding Teaching in World Politics. 
  • 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.
  • Information about our newly minted PhDs and photos from Spring 2014 commencement are available here.

For information about registration, graduation, add/drop, and other university events and deadlines, please consult American University's Academic Calendar at http://american.edu/provost/registrar/schedule/academic-calendar.cfm




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