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Get to know more about the SIS Research staff working to help support you and how they can best help you.


  1. Julie Taylor, Director of Research

    SIS - School of International Service

    Julie Taylor comes to SIS with more than 15 years’ experience analyzing international security, political development, and policy issues. As Director of Research, she helps SIS faculty fulfill their research objectives by helping them win research an… More

    Send email to Julie Taylor

    (202) 885-6566

Talk to Julie about...

  • Research goals
  • Research design
  • Identifying grant opportunities
  • Grant narratives
  1. Leila Mahnad Adler, Manager for Research Promotion & Outreach

    SIS - School of International Service

    Leila Adler joined SIS Research as the first ever Manager for Research Promotion and Outreach. She works with faculty members and PhD students to raise the profile of SIS research to relevant constituencies, including public policy institutions and p… More

    Send email to Leila Mahnad Adler

Talk to Leila about...

  • Promoting publications
  • Book incubators and launches
  • Collaborating with other institutions
  • SIS grants and awards
  • Posting working papers
  • Faculty webpages
  1. Courtney Peterson, Part Time Staff

    SIS - School of International Service

    As Assistant Director for Research, Courtney oversees grant proposal and budget preparation, and consults with faculty on funding strategies and specific research projects. Prior to joining SIS, Courtney spent three years at the Elliott School of Int… More

    Send email to Courtney Peterson

    (202) 885-6564

Talk to Courtney about...

  • Grant application consultation and preparation
  • Creating a budget and budget justification
  • Drafting letters of support
  • Coordinating cost-share requests
  • Proposal review and submission
  • Budget and expenses