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Marianne Menius
Program Coordinator
SIS 335B


Faculty Profiles

Program Director

  1. Jessica Trisko Darden, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor with the School of International Service and Director of the Comparative and Regional Studies Program.Professor Trisko's research focuses on the influence of international actors on intrastate conflict … More

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    (202) 885-6568

CRS Core Faculty

  1. Amitav Acharya, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    AMITAV ACHARYA is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., and the Chair of its ASEAN Studies Initiative. He is… More

    Send email to Amitav Acharya

    (202) 885-3153

  2. Akbar Ahmed, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor and was First Distinguished Chair of Middle East & Is… More

    Send email to Akbar Ahmed

    (202) 885-1641

  3. Adam Auerbach, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Auerbach’s research and teaching interests include the political economy of development, local governance and representation, and comparative political institutions, with a regional focus on South Asia and India in particular. His dissertation and fi… More

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  4. Keith Darden, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Prof. Darden’s research focuses on nationalism, state-building, and the politics of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. His forthcoming book, Resisting Occupation in Eurasia (Cambridge University Press), explores the development of durable national loyaltie… More

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    (202) 885-6729

  5. Giovanna Maria Dora Dore, Professorial Lecturer

    I am a political economist with an academic background in comparative politics and Asian Studies, a solid research track record in the fields of political economy and public policy, and proven high effectiveness and leadership in working with diverse… More

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  6. Michelle Egan, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Michelle Egan teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including: The European Union, Relations of West European Nations, International Relations of Europe, Comparative European Politics, Economics, and Society, Transatlantic… More

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    (202) 885-1764

  7. Carolyn Gallaher, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns of violence of militias, paramilitaries, privat… More

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    (202) 885-1827

  8. Agustina Giraudy, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Giraudy's book, Democrats and Autocrats (Oxford University Press, 2015), explores the multiple pathways towards subnational undemocratic regime continuity within democratized countries. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal… More

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    (202) 885-1610

  9. Anders C. Hardig, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Anders Härdig is a Professorial Lecturer in the Comparative Politics and Regional Studies (CRS) program at the School of International Service (SIS). His main fields of expertise are international politics and comparative and regional studies wit… More

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    (202) 885-1541

  10. Austin Hart, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Austin Hart is Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods and Coordinator of the Graduate Methods Program. He specializes in the study of political behavior as well as statistical and experimental research methods. His substantive work focuses on ci… More

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    (202) 885-1640

  11. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

  12. Ji-Young Lee, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Ji-Young Lee’s research focuses on East Asian international relations, security, and diplomatic history. Her book, "China's Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination" (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2016) examines how Chinese … More

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    (202) 885-6561

  13. Carl LeVan, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    LeVan focuses on comparative political institutions, democratization, and African security.  His book,"Dictators and Democracy in African Development: The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria" (Cambridge University Press, 2015) explains tw… More

    (202) 885-2457

  14. Claire Metelits, Professorial Lecturer

    Claire Metelits received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on non-state armed actors and governance, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. She worked as an advisor to US Army TRADOC and US Africa Comman… More

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  15. Shadi Mokhtari, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Shadi Mokhtari specializes in human rights, Middle East Politics and Political Islam. She has an extensive background in human rights and women’s rights issues in the Middle East and Muslim World. She is the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Huma… More

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    (202) 885-6570

  16. Rachel Robinson, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the politics of population, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. She has studied the process of population policy adoption, the emergence of reproductive heal… More

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    (202) 885-1636

  17. Cathy Schneider, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Cathy Lisa Schneider writes and teaches on urban politics, comparative social movements, collective violence, urban policing, criminal justice, immigration and racial and ethnic discrimination in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Her publ… More

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    (202) 885-1666

  18. Andrew Spath, Instructor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Andrew Spath joined the SIS faculty in 2014 in the Global Governance, Politics, and Security program. His teaching and research is focused on Middle East politics and society, authoritarianism, contentious politics, and political violence. He is a do… More

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    (202) 885-6208

  19. Matthew M. Taylor, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Taylor's research and teaching interests include state capacity, corruption, and Latin American political economy. He has lived and worked extensively in Brazil, most recently as a member of the faculty at the University of São Paulo, from … More

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    (202) 885-2474

  20. Quansheng Zhao, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

    Send email to Quansheng Zhao

    (202) 885-1662