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SIS Welcomes New Faculty

New members of the SIS faculty. Photo by Jeff Watts.

New members of the SIS faculty. Photo by Jeff Watts.

Five tenure-line faculty members have joined SIS:

  • Professor Daniel Bernhofen joins SIS from the University of Nottingham (UK), where he served as a professor of international economics and the director of the Globalisation and Economic Policy Research Centre. Bernhofen's research interests are in the theoretical, empirical, and historical aspects of international trade and globalization. He obtained both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
  • Associate Professor Keith Trisko Darden specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and Eurasia. He joins SIS from Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where he served as an associate professor of social sciences. Darden received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, has been an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and previously taught at Yale University. He currently co-edits the Cambridge University Press series, Problems in International Politics
  • Professor Jonathan Fox comes to SIS from the department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has held fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Fox received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the author of Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico
  • Assistant Professor Agustina Giraudy spent the 2012–2013 year on leave working on her latest manuscript, which explores the multiple pathways towards subnational undemocratic regime continuity within democratized countries. Giraudy received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has most recently been an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. 
  • Assistant Professor Malini Ranganathan, who also was on leave from 2012–2013, comes to the SIS faculty from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy at the Beckman Institute and the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science. Ranganathan earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on global metropolitan studies, urban environmental politics, and ethnographic research.

In addition, SIS welcomes fifteen new term faculty:

  • David Banks, ABD, George Washington University. Banks has taught courses on diplomacy and security politics.
  • Shawn Bates, J.D., Georgetown University. Bates focuses on alternative dispute resolution and green infrastructure development.
  • Ryan Briggs, Ph.D., American University. Briggs researches the influence of foreign aid on governance in Africa. 
  • Stephen Dalzell, Ph.D., The University of California, Santa Barbara. Dalzell has formerly served as an Army strategist and civil affairs officer. 
  • Doga Eralp, Ph.D., George Mason University. Eralp studies conflict analysis and resolution. 
  • Ali Erol, Ph.D., Howard University. Erol, a native of Turkey, studies international communication and rhetoric and narrative. 
  • Gregory Fuller, ABD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Fuller specializes in international political economy, comparative politics, and European studies.
  • Austin Hart, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Hart will serve as the coordinator of SIS’s graduate methods program and has previously taught courses in research methods and political behavior.
  • Claudia Hofmann, Ph.D., University of Cologne (Germany). Hofmann will serve as the director of the Master of International Service program, taking over for Daniel Masis
  • Victoria Kiechel, M. Arch., Harvard University. Kiechel has previously taught sustainable design courses at SIS. 
  • Garret Martin, Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science. Martin researches transatlantic relations, NATO, and security. 
  • David Ohls, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ohls analyzes the conflict-dampening effects of indirect trade networks. 
  • Lucia Seybert,Ph.D., Cornell University. Seybert researches sustainable development and energy and the environment, among other topics. 
  • Neil Shenai, ABD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Shenai has taught courses in economic development and international economics. 
  • Amanda Taylor, Ph.D., Harvard University. Taylor conducts research on international education and formerly served as SIS’s director of graduate enrollment management.

Several faculty have assumed new administrative roles:

  • Anthony Wanis-St. John takes over for Ron Fisher as director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program.
  • Randolph Persaud replaces Clarence Lusane as director of the Comparative and Regional Studies program.
  • Jeff Bachman comes on board as interim co-director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs, where he will be working closely with co-director Evan Berry, assistant professor at the College of Arts and Sciences. Bachman takes over from Julie Mertus.
  • Stephanie Fischer has been named SIS’s director of experiential learning.