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Faculty Profiles


Program director

Philip Brenner

Philip Brenner

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Professor

Dr. Philip Brenner has published widely on U.S./Cuba relations, U.S./Latin American relations, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. His most recent book is A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution Under Raul Castro.

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Full-Time Faculty

Gordon Adams

Gordon Adams

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Professor

Dr. Gordon Adams, a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is extensively used by the nation’s media for comment on U.S. national s... [More]

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202-885-1651
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Elizabeth Cohn

Elizabeth Cohn

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Cohn is an Assistant Professor specializing in U.S. foreign policy and Latin America. Her research interests include the U.S. promotion of democracy and Latin America. She is also deeply interested in pedagogies of teaching and is a fre... [More]

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202-885-2317
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Stephen Dalzell

Stephen Dalzell

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Professorial Lecturer

Steve Dalzell is a professorial lecturer at SIS. Dr. Dalzell’s research interests include urban security, civil-military operations, and various aspects of US military strategy, force structure and personnel management. His current research focuses o... [More]

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202-885-6821
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Garret Martin

Garret Martin

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Garret J. Martin is an Editor at Large at the European Institute, based in Washington, DC, a Board Member for 'European Affairs', and a Term faculty in the School of International Service. He has written widely on transatlantic relations, both in... [More]

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202-885-6327
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David Mislan

David Mislan

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Assistant Professor

David Bell Mislan joined the SIS faculty in 2011 and is assistant professor in the U.S. foreign policy program. His teaching and research interests are foreign policy analysis, international security, and qualitative methods. Dr. Mislan’s most recent... [More]

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202-885-6134
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Shoon Murray

Shoon Murray

Professor Shoon Murray’s writes about the American foreign policy political process. Her most recent books are The Terror Authorization: The History and Politics of the 2001 AUMF (June 2014) and Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy... [More]

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202-885-1630
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Anthony Quainton

Anthony Quainton

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Distinguished Diplomat in Residence

Ambassador Anthony Quainton is the Diplomat-in-Residence and a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, having previously served in the United States Foreign Service and held ambassadorships to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru.

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202-885-1669
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Sally Shelton-Colby

Sally Shelton-Colby

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Diplomat in Residence

Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby has held a number of senior positions in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors and in international organizations. She has been Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmen... [More]

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202-885-6575
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Sarah Snyder

Sarah Snyder

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Assistant Professor

Sarah B. Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. Her book, Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the... [More]

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202-885-6587
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Jordan Tama

Jordan Tama

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the politics, processes, and institutions of U.S. foreign and national security policy making, including presidential-congressional relations, national security strategy, intelligence and counterterrorism policy, and th... [More]

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202-885-2332
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Sharon Weiner

Sharon Weiner

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Associate Professor

Sharon K. Weiner writes about the intersection of organizational politics and U.S. national security policy. Her book Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise (MIT Press 2011) examines the role o... [More]

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202-885-1634
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Joseph Young

Joseph Young

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Associate Professor

Professor Young's interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and internation... [More]

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202-885-2618
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Guy Ziv

Guy Ziv

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Guy Ziv is an assistant professor in the School of International Service's U.S. Foreign Policy Program. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, and international negotiations. His curren... [More]

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202-885-3147
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Affiliated Faculty

Max Paul Friedman

Max Paul Friedman

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Professor

Max Paul Friedman specializes in 20th-century U.S. foreign relations. A graduate of Oberlin College and U.C. Berkeley, he was a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow and has taught at Boulder, Tallahassee, and Cologne. His first book, Nazis and Good Nei... [More]

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CAS - History


Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Pek Koon Heng teaches courses on International Relations and International Political Economy in Southeast and East Asia. She also directs SIS’s summer graduate program on “Globalization and Regionalism in East Asia” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In ... [More]

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202-885-1688
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Julie Mertus

Julie Mertus

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Professor

Professor Julie Mertus has written widely on human rights and gender, conflict, the Balkans, U.S. foreign policy and U.N. institutions. She is the author or editor of ten books, including Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy, named "... [More]

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202-885-2215
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Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider

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Assistant Professor

Before coming to American University, Professor Daniel Schneider served as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also the Department of Justice's Resident Legal Advisor to Russia. He later served as a con... [More]

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Quansheng Zhao

Quansheng Zhao

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Professor

Dr. Quansheng Zhao is Professor of international relations and Chair of Asian Studies Program Research Council at American University; serving as Director of the Division of Comparative and Regional Studies for three terms (1999-2008). Zhao received ... [More]

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Adjunct Faculty

Charles Cushman Jr

Charles Cushman Jr

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Chuck Cushman is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute. Previously, he spent a decade at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He was Acting Director of the School in his last year a... [More]

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Nicholas Dujmovic

Nicholas Dujmovic

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Nicholas Dujmovic is a member of CIA’s History Staff at the Center for the Study of Intelligence, the Agency’s “think tank.”

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Brian Finlay

Brian Finlay

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Adjunct Instructor

Brian Finlay is the managing director at Stimson, a non-profit public policy think tank in Washington DC. He also directs the Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiative. That effort looks for innovative government responses - at the international... [More]

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Daniel Gerstein

Daniel Gerstein

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Gerstein also serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security since August 2011. Dr. Gerstein has extensive experience in the security and defense sectors in a variety of positions while servin... [More]



Peter Howard

Peter Howard

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Peter Howard focuses on US foreign policy and international security. He studies how the implementation of foreign policy programs produces rule-based regional security regimes, conducting research in Estonia on NATO Expansion and US Military Exc... [More]

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202-885-1541
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James Jochum

James Jochum

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Stuart Johnson

Stuart Johnson

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Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecture



Jennifer Kavanagh

Jennifer Kavanagh

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Hillary Mann Leverett

Hillary Mann Leverett

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Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecture

Prof. Leverett brings 25 years of practical experience in U.S. foreign policy, area studies and conflict resolution to her courses. She served in U.S. embassies across the Middle East, at the United Nations, on the State Department’s Policy Planning ... [More]



Michael Miklaucic

Michael Miklaucic

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Adjunct Instructor



Michael Warner

Michael Warner

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Adjunct Professor



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