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School of International Service, PhD


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The SIS PhD program congratulates its newly minted PhDs

Meet our new PhDs

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    Degree Requirements

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    Spring 2015 Commencement

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  • Tom Long Picture

    Thomas Long successfully defended his dissertation "Convincing the Colossus: Latin American Leaders Face the United States" in July 2013.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Relations

The PhD program at American University's School of International Service (SIS) trains students to produce knowledge in order to engage with, contribute to, or solve puzzles and problems in international affairs. The curriculum provides training in international relations that is both multi-disciplinary and policy relevant and which enables our graduates to go on to careers in university teaching and research, government, and non-government organizations in the United States as well as around the globe.


Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or kneil@american.edu

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or sisgrad@american.edu