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Faculty Profiles


Program Director

  1. Gina Lambright, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Gina M. S. Lambright is a Professorial Lecturer at American University’s School of International Service and currently serves as interim Program Director for the Comparative and Regional Studies Program. Her research interests include the quality and… More

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CRS Core Faculty

  1. Amitav Acharya, Distinguished Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

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

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    (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 the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution a… More

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    (202) 885-1641

  3. Adam Auerbach, Assistant Professor

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    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. Philip Brenner, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Philip Brenner has published widely on U.S./Cuba relations, U.S./Latin American relations, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. His most recent book is A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution Under Raul Castro.

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    (202) 885-1605

  5. Dylan Craig, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dylan Craig is a professorial lecturer of International Relations in the School of International Studies. His most recent work is on proxy wars, the intermediarization of violence more generally, and the "sovereign interstices" to which these interme… More

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    (202) 885-6193

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Louis Goodman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS

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    Louis Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America and in Asia. His current research focuses on public goods, regional alliances and development. He has published widely on civil-military relations in Latin America, on … More

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    (202) 885-1625

  11. 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

  12. Austin Hart, Assistant Professor

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    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

  13. 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

  14. Balbina Hwang, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  15. 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, 2016) examines how Chinese hegemony in … More

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    (202) 885-6561

  16. Carl LeVan, Associate Professor

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    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

  17. Claire Metelits, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

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

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  18. Svetlana Savranskaya, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  19. 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

  20. Andrew Spath, Instructor

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    Andrew Spath joined the SIS faculty in 2014. His teaching and research focus on politics of the Middle East, authoritarianism, protest and repression, research methods, and simulations. He has conducted extensive field research in the Middle East wit… More

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    (202) 885-6208

  21. Elizabeth Thompson, Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Elizabeth F. Thompson is the Mohamed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace at American University. She is a historian of political movements, democratization, and international intervention in the Middle East. She is author of two books: Justice Interr… More

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  22. 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. Her research focuses on international influences on intrastate conflict and political violence, par… More

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    (202) 885-6568

  23. Yang Zhang, Assistant Professor

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    Professor Yang Zhang’s research covers the areas in comparative historical sociology, political sociology, contentious politics, political networks, and organizational decision making, with a regional focus on China. His book project examines the eme… More

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    (202) 885-1678

  24. 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

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    (202) 885-1662