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Assistant Dean for MA Programs

Senior Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Michael Schroeder is Senior Professorial Lecturer and Assistant Dean for Masters Education at the School of International Service. Dr. Schroeder's teaching and research is focused on the United Nations system, political leadership and global governance & international organizations. He is currently working on a book investigating why some executive heads of international organizations are viewed as more successful leaders than others and the strategies these leaders used to help their organization adapt to changes in world politics. He has also conducted research on U.N. crisis management, electoral assistance and peace operations, the development of international norms, transnational advocacy campaigns, international mediation, and inter-organizational cooperation. His research is published in Global Governance (2013) and International Studies Review (2014). His work has also appeared in The Washington Post Monkey Cage, The Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, The Huffington Post and The Hill. Dr. Schroeder has taught a range of courses at the graduate and undergraduate level including Introduction to International Relations, International Cooperation, International Organization, The United Nations and Leadership in World Politics.


Ph.D. Political Science, The George Washington University; M.A. Political Science, University of British Columbia; B.A. International Relations, University of British Columbia

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  • Spring 2017

    • SISU-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Comparative/Global Governance
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Michael Bluman Schroeder (2017). "Looking back, Looking Ahead: The New Scretary-General and UN Reform." Global Policy Journal.  Online version available here.

Michael Bluman Schroeder (2017). "A Fool's Errand? The Secretary-General and United Nations Reform." Global Policy Journal 8(2)  (w/ Richard Ponzio). Shortened online version available here.

Michael Bluman Schroeder (2014). “Executive Leadership in the Study of International Organization: A Framework for Analysis.” International Studies Review 16(3): 339-361.

 Michael Bluman Schroeder (2014). “NGO Transnational Advocacy for Accountability: From Declarations of Anti-Impunity to Implementing the Rome Statute.” (with Alana Tiemessen.) in Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice. Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard (eds.) New York: Oxford University Press.

 Michael Bluman Schroeder (2013). “The Politics of Change at the United Nations: The Evolution of Electoral Services, 1989-2006.” Global Governance 19(2): 207-226.  

Media Appearances

"Hitting the Reset on the UN?" Stimson Spotlight. (September 18, 2017). (w/ Richard Ponzio)

"5 Things to Know about the new United Nations Secretary-General." The Washington Post Monkey Cage. (October 13, 2016).

"A Global Plan for Responding to the European Refugee Crisis," The Hill (September 16, 2015) (w/ Phil Orchard).

"Getting the WHO to take the Reins in Global Pandemics." Health Affairs Blog. (August 24, 2015).

"What Ebola Tells Us About the World Health Organization." Points of Order. (January 9, 2015)

Global Epidemics Need Global Leadership and Ebola Won’t be the Last.” Huffington Post (October 29, 2014). (w/ Peter Rosenstein)

Chiseling Away at Peace in Syria.” The Hill. (July 17, 2014).

Where Have All the Great Powers Gone?” U.S. News & World Report (March 21, 2014) (w/ David Banks).

The Red Line Statement was Not Inherently a Blunder.” The Huffington Post (September 9, 2013). (w/ Peter Rosenstein).

U.S. Must Wait for UN Chemical Weapons Report Before Acting on Syria.” Christian Science Monitor (September 5, 2013).