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SIS Faculty: Intellectual Contributions


Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam received the gold award in the political science category of the Foreword IndieFab Award.

Professor Jeff Colgan published "Mechanisms of informal governance: evidence from the IEA," in the Journal of International Relations and Development, 13 June 2014.

Professor Jonathan Fox delivered the keynote address at the first Global Partners Forum, in Washington DC, on May 14-15, 2014, hosted by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).

Professor Paul Wapner published "Climate Suffering," in the May issue of the journal Global Environmental Politics.

Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer Fanta Aw, president and chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, spoke at the association's annual conference in San Diego, CA on May 27.

Scholar in Residence Maina Chawla Singh was invited to speak at IAS-Nantes, France on May 13th. Her lecture was titled "’Global Indians’: Exploring Identity and Integration in three Indian Diaspora Communities".

Professor Eve Bratman published "Contradictions of Green Development: Human Rights and Environmental Norms in Light of Belo Monte Dam Activism," in the May issue of the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Professor Matthew M. Taylor published "The Limits of Judicial Independence: A Model with Illustration from Venezuela under Chávez," in the May issue of the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Professor Malini Ranganathan was invited to speak at the "Cities at the Center of the World" Conference in April, held jointly by the Woodrow  Wilson Center and George Mason University's Center for Global Studies.

Professor Derrick Cogburn was elected to the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NetMundial. He participated in the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on The Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paolo on the 23rd and 24th of April.

Professor Paul Williams was elected to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law on April 14.

Professor Judith Shapiro presented a lectured on China's environmental challenges at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies on Friday, April 4, the final lecture of a semester-long series on China and the environment.

Professor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace will present her book-research and analysis of the US Farm Bill at an invited conference at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. This transatlantic meeting on Food, Agriculture and Health Policy will be held in Bellagio, Italy in May, 2014.

Professor Malini Ranganathan published "Paying for Pipes, Claiming Citizenship: Water Reforms and Political Agency at the Urban Periphery," in the March issue of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Professor Robin Broad published an article, "Responsible mining: Moving from a buzzword to real responsibility" in the March 2014 issue of The Extractive Industries and Society Journal.

Professor Nina Yamanis presented a lecture, "Confronting Social, Economic, and HIV-Related Challenges for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Microfinance/Health Leadership Intervention Trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania" at the Five College Culture, Health and Science Program in Amherst, MA on March 13.

Professor Judith Shapiro delivered a talk on China's Environmental Challenges in Lima, Peru, on March 12, 2014. Co-sponsors were WWF-Peru and the Ministry of the Environment. Also on the panel were Tao Hu, head of WWF-China, Ernesto Raez, advisor to the Minister of the Environment, and Juan Carlos Rivera, Director of Conservation for WWF-Peru.

Professor Carl LeVan published "Analytic Authoritarianism and Nigeria," in the journal Commonwealth and Comparative Politics on March 03.

Professor Nina Yamanis was selected as a Fellow for the 2014-2015 Fordham Research Ethics Training Institute, Fordham University. She will be working on the "Ethics of Participation in a Randomized Controlled Trial among Young Men in Tanzania" at the HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute over the summer.

Professor Patrick Thaddeus Jackson was interviewed by E-International Relations, February 12. Professor Jackson discussed provincialism in U.S. International Relations (IR) theory, broadening theorists’ understanding of truth and validity, sci-fi, and the influence of Conduct of Inquiry on the IR field.

Professor Adams Gordon presented a lecture, "Rethinking US Enduring Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities" as part of the 2013-2014 Rethinking Seminar Series for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab DC, February 12.

Professor Malini Ranganathan published "'Mafias' in the waterscape: Urban informality and everyday public authority in Bangalore," in the February issue of the journal Water Alternatives.

Scholar in Residence Johanna Mendelson-Forman's article, "Conflict Cuisine: Teaching War Through Washington's Ethnic Restaurant Scene," has been published in the Public Diplomacy Magazine.

Professor Judith Shapiro presented a paper on China's Evolving Environmental Civil Society at an invited conference at the Center for International and Strategic Studies about China's Economic Decision-Making, February 27, 2014.

Professor Carl LeVan joined the Advisory Board of the nonprofit Advancing Investments & Trade in Africa (AITA) on February 26.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam has been awarded the German Peace Prize at the Karachi Literary Festival. It was also short listed for the Coca Cola Best Non-Fiction book at the Festival.

Professor Sherry Mueller and SIS alum Mark Overmann published, Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development, 2nd ed., George Town Press, April 2014.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is the winner of the International Studies Association (ISA) Theory Section 2013 Best Book Award. He won the award for his book, The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations: Philosophy of Science and its Implications for the Study of World Politics, Routledge, 2011. The award was announced on February 13.

Professor Gordon Adams has written a chapter for the book, "The Future of American Defense" published by the Aspen Strategy Group on February 7.

Professor Derrick Cogburn was selected to the High-Level Multistakeholder Committee of the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETMundial) on February 5.

NRSD Alumnus Aaron Sutch ('11) has co-authored a report for the Mountain Institute. The report, "Using Solar PV to Create Economic Opportunity and Energy Diversity in West Virginia," outlines potential economic and energy diversity benefits a thriving solar industry would bring the state of West Virginia and gives policy recommendations to facilitate industry growth.

Professor Susan Shepler was selected as the George Arnhold Professor at the Georg Eckert Institute in Germany for 2014-2015 on January 23.

Professor Randolph B. Persaud's student Aparna Devare published her dissertation. Her book is available on Amazon.

Professor Emeritus Larman Wilson, co-authored, "The Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations" with David Dent, January 2014.

A number of SIS students have been accepted to present their research at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which will be held at the University of Kentucky, April 3-5, 2014. These ten students, selected from over 4000 applicants nationwide, will represent SIS at NCUR 2014:

  • Evan Anderson, “The Politics of Urban Development in Turkey”
  • Allison Blauvelt, “Negotiating in the Shadow of the Law: Cultural Property Restitution in the European Union”
  • Anjali Mehta, “The Dance Dilemma: An Analysis of the Implications of Dance on Soft Power During the Cold War”
  • Sarah Palazzolo, “¡Escucha! Creating a Political Space for Immigration Reform”
  • Randi Saunders, “Stigma, Shame and STIs: College Women Negotiating Female Sexuality and Sexual Health”
  • Priyanka Srinivasa, “‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: ‘Homeland Politics’ and Shifting Trends in the Political Assertion of the Hindu American Community”
  • Melis Cengiz, “Democratic Consolidation in Norway, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine”
  • Edward Dioguardi, “Nile Waterfronts and Bridges: The Nature of Commodification and "Depublicization" in Contemporary Cairene Spaces”
  • Nallely Mejia, “Trends in Age at First Birth for Hispanic Women in the United States”
  • Sagatom Saha, “Attracting Foreign Direct Investment in the Central Asian Republics: How to Invest Dangerously”

Professor Arturo Porzecanski has published "Brazil's Place in the Global Economy" in the journal Perspectives on the Americas.

Professor Emeritus Larman Wilson has released the second edition of his book The Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations, from Scarecrow Press.

Professor Kristin Diwan has written a chapter for the newly published Sectarian Politics in the Persian Gulf, from Hurst.

Professor Daniel M. Bernhofen's article, "Preferences, rent destruction and multilateral liberalization: The building block effect of CUSFTA," was published in the Journal of International Economics in January.


Professor Loubna Skalli-Hanna published “Young women and social media against sexual harassment in North Africa” in The Journal of North African Studies on December 11.

Professor Robin Broad, with John Cavanagh, published “The development and agriculture paradigms transformed: Reflections from the small-scale organic rice fields of the Philippines” in The Journal of Peasant Studies on October 30.

Professor David Bell Mislan's article, "What follows the storm? Research on the effect of disasters on conflict and cooperation," was published in the Global Change, Peace, and Security on Oct 11.

An SIS panel was featured in the Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education newsletter for Fall/Winter 2013. Director of Peace Corps Programs Stephen Angelsmith, Professor Fanta Aw, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow and MA Candidate in International Development Sarah Ellison, Professor Amanda Taylor, and PPIA and IIPP Fellow Kafia Ahmed all participated in the panel. The article can be accessed by clicking here and scrolling down to “Expanding Access to International Education: Think Pathway, not Pipeline.”

SIS graduate students Charlie Christian, Joanna Fisher, Moses Jackson, Christina Kehoe, Courtney Owen, Valerie Puleo, Erin Rosner, and Heather Speight have published the results of their summer 2013 practicum, “Water, Cooperation, and Peace” on environmental peacebuilding in the Middle East.

Professors Vidyamali Samarasinghe and Loubna Skalli-Hanna were selected on November 22 to receive the She’s the First award, which honors women in leadership for their dedication and commitment to women's rights. Click here to learn more about the She’s the First student organization, which raises awareness for girls’ education in the developing world.

Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies Akbar Ahmed’s book The Thistle and the Drone was selected by Jonathan Benthall as a Book of the Year in the November issue of The Times Literary Supplement.

Professor Amitav Acharya’s Consociational Security Order concept was incorporated in an address by Liu Zhenmin, Vice Foreign Minister of China. The concept was introduced in Dr. Acharya’s article “The Evolving Security Situation in Asia and the Role of China,” published in International Studies Quarterly.

Professor Judith Shapiro published "China's Environmental Challenges" in The World Financial Review on November 26.


On September 23, a delegation from the Institute on Disability and Public Policy, including Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar, and Program Coordinator Ms. Kerry Honeycutt, participated in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Meeting on Disability and Development (#HLMDD) UN Headquarters in New York.The theme of the meeting is “The Way Forward: A Disability Inclusive Development Agenda Towards 2015 and Beyond.”

Professor Hillary Mann Leverett published "Obama’s Refusal to Respect Iran’s Sovereign and Treaty Rights Continues to Thwart Diplomacy, Leaving America on the Self-Defeating Path to War" (with Flynt Leverett) in goingtotehran.com on November 12th.

Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer published "Evaluation in Violently Divided Societies: Politics, Ethics and Methods" in the Journal of Peacebuilding & Development on September 19.

Maria Glenna, SIS/MA., published a conflict resolution/political science op-ed article for the Search for Common Ground News Service.

Professor Susan Benesch has just been named a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Associate Dean Leeanne Dunsmore and Director of Operations for Online Programs Matthew Meekins published an article in IIE Networker detailing TOQUES, the AU approach to online higher education.

Professor Loubna Skalli-Hanna was the keynote speaker on September 11 at the National Defense University for their symposium on "The Next Generation of Leaders in MENA," organized by the Near East Center for Strategic Studies.

Professor Susan Shepler will receive a grant from the Spencer Foundation for her project, "Education, State Fragility, and Armed Conflict in West Africa." Currently a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria, she is studying the effects of formal education on armed conflict in four countries in West Africa – Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Professor Ji-young Lee has been selected as one of five fellows for the East Asia Institute Fellow Program. She will present her research at seminars and give lectures in institutions in China (Peking University), Korea (EAI), and Japan (Keio University) over the next year.

Professor Robert Pastor contributed a chapter, "The Caricature and the Man," to ZBIG - The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Professor Robin Broad will be a panelist at Yale University's "Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue" September 14-15.

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action has recognized the book in which Professor Amanda Taylor contributed a chapter and was on the research team, A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, as the Honorable Mention for the 2013 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Book Prize.

Professor Christopher Rudolph has been elected as the president of the SIS faculty.

Professor Loubna Skalli-Hanna published "Sun, Sea and Sex Scandal: Morocco's Shady Status as a Sex Tourism Hotspot" in Think Africa Press on August 28.

Professor Derrick L. Cogburn recently presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). In addition to his paper presentation, he was asked to conduct a special session with the 2013 Ralph Bunche Summer Fellows about graduate school academics and his research projects. The Ralph Bunche Fellowship program competitively selects undergraduate students from across the country to take part in a series of professional development and mentoring experiences.

Professor Garrett Graddy's new article, "Situating In Situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes and Beyond," has been published in Antipode.

Professor Ryan Vogel spoke on "Drone Warfare under the Law of War" at Fordham Law School's Human Rights and the Use of Drones in International Law Symposium in April. More recently, he published "Droning On: Controversy Surrounding Drone Warfare Is Not Really About Drones" in the Brown Journal of World Affairs' spring/summer edition.

Professor Ji-young Lee's article, "Diplomatic Ritual as a Power Resource: The Politics of Asymmetry in Early Modern Chinese-Korean Relations," appeared in the Journal of East Asian Studies in the May-August 2013 issue. She also contributed two chapters, "Politics of South Korea" and "Politics of North Korea," to Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science.

Professor Maria de Jesus published an article, "The Impact of Mass Media Health Communication on Health Decision-Making and Medical Advice-Seeking Behavior of U.S. Hispanic Population" in the July 2013 issue of the Health Communication Journal.

Professor Ray Leki will offer the keynote address at the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research conference in Washington, D.C.on November 7.

University Professor James Mittelman's article "What's in a Name? Global, International, and Regional Studies" appeared in the journal Globalizations in August. He delivered a public lecture titled "The Global Transformation of Universities: Racing for the Top" at Makerere University in Uganda.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Professor Julie Mertus, Professor Simon Nicholson, and Professor Rose Shinko all authored chapters in Making Sense of International Relations Theory (Second Edition, Lynne Rienner Publishers).

Professor Daniel Esser's article, "Social Media and Global Development Rituals: A Content Analysis of Blogs and Tweets on the 2010 MDG Summit," was published in Third World Quarterly (co-authored with Tobias Denskus at Malmö University).

Professor Carolyn Gallaher published "U.S.-Mexico: Border Liaison Groups - the Bread and Butter of Cooperation" (with David Shirk) on the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies blog.

Professor Nina Yamanis was selected as a Health Disparities Scholar for the National Institutes of Health’s Loan Repayment Program. She also was the lead author of the article “An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Recruitment Patterns on RDS Estimates among a Socially Ordered Population of Female Sex Workers in China,” published in Sociological Methods and Research in July.

Professor Judith Shapiro published “China's Environmentalists Adapt” in the September 2013 issue of Current History.

Scholar in Residence Maina Chawla Singh's article, '“Where Have You Brought us, Sir?”: Gender, Displacement, and the Challenges of “Homecoming” for Indian Jews in Dimona, 1950s-60s,' has been published in the Fall 2013 issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.

Professor Loubna Skalli-Hanna discussed child sex tourism in Morocco on Al-Jazeera on August 8.

Professor Emeritus John Richardson’s work in sustainable development and public policy was recognized with the lifetime achievement award from the System Dynamics Society. The award was presented July 23 during the Society’s Annual International System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge, Mass.

Professor Celeste Wallander published “Mutually Assured Stability: Establishing U.S.-Russia Security Relations for a New Century” on the Atlantic Council website in July.

Professor Guy Ziv will serve, beginning in fall 2013, as SIS’s Foreign Policy and National Security Undergraduate Thematic Area coordinator, and Professor Elizabeth Cohn has been named as the faculty coordinator for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning.

Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer recently published “Forgiveness in the Arab and Islamic Contexts: Between Theology and Practice” with Ilham Nasser in The Journal of Religious Ethics.

Ambassador Dane Smith participated in a panel presentation, “President Obama’s Visit to Africa: Potential Impacts and Implications on U.S./Africa Relations,” sponsored by the Africa Working Group of the National Academy of Public Administration July 12.

Kia Hall, SIS/Ph.D., has received the Sylvia Forman Student Paper Prize from the American Anthropological Association for her paper, “The Masculinization of Ereba: Converting Women’s Work into Men’s Capabilities.”

Professor Maina Singh presented a paper, “Contesting Diaspora Stereotypes: Indian-Americans in U.S. Politics,” at “Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues” 6th Global Conference at Mansfield College, Oxford in July. She also addressed members of the Young India Fellowship Program in New Delhi in May. The one-year program brings together 100 young men and women specially selected as potential change-makers for India.

Professor Carl LeVan wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern about the status of a key human rights law. 79 other professors signed the letter. In August, LeVan received a response from the top: a letter from Secretary Kerry promising to vigorously implement the Leahy Law and affirming accountability for human rights violations as a core principle of U.S. foreign policy towards Africa.

Dean Emeritus Louis Goodman recently published “Kal’s Gift” in the Spring 2013 issue of the Latin American Studies Association Forum as the first of a series of articles commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of LASA. He also published, with Professor Johanna Mendelson Forman, “Behind the Middle Class Military Coup” in Open Democracy in July.

Dean James Goldgeier has been named the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) Executive Committee.

Professor Robert Pastor was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from his alma mater, Lafayette College (Pa.).

Professor Mike Schroeder’s article, “The Politics of Change: The Evolution of UN Electoral Services, 1989-2006,” appeared in the April-June 2013 issue of Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations.

Professor Manuel Orozco published Migrant Remittances and Development in the Global Economy (Lynne Rienner Publishers).

Professor Jordan Tama published "Crises, Commissions, and Reform," in the March issue of the journal Political Research Quarterly.