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School of International Service, PhD


Contact Professor Matthew Taylor, the Interim Director of Doctoral Studies, at 202-885-2474 or mtaylor@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 Spring 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.  
  • 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. 
  • Emma Fawcett, SIS doctoral candidate, has been offered a position in the GFDD/Funglode Fellows Program in the Dominican Republic. GFDD, a program founded by former Dominican President Fernandez, does research and policy work on sustainable development issues. 
  • 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. 
  • Daniel Dye, SIS doctoral candidate, received the Kimberly Miller Award for Outstanding Commitment to European Studies and Community Spirit.  
  • 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.
  • Mehzrad Boroujerdi, SIS PhD program class of 1990 and current Associate Professor at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, was selected as an O'Hanley Scholar for outstanding teaching and research. You can learn more about the award by clicking here.
  • 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




in Costume

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