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A number of SIS faculty teach courses or have professional interests related to social enterprise. Here is a partial list of people you might want to study or consult with.

Director of the Social Enterprise Program


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Professor Robert Tomasko created and leads the Masters Program in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service. This is one of the first graduate degrees offered worldwide in social entrepreneurship.  

He also holds a faculty appointment at American University where he has taught graduate courses in corporate social responsibility, leading social innovation, effective activism, social enterprise management, innovation techniques, and social entrepreneurship.  

Prior to this he has spent 25 years as a practice leader and a partner at two large international management consulting firms. His clients have included Coca-Cola, Exxon, Ford, Infosys, Marriott, Mitsubshi, Telstra, Toyota, UNICEF, and the US Navy. He led an Arthur D. Little, Inc. study of the impact of the US pharmaceutical industry on Puerto Rico’s socioeconomic development, and for seven years he evaluated the performance of the American companies who were signatories of the Sullivan Principles on how well they violated the apartheid laws of South Africa.  

He has written 4 management books and spoken about the ideas in them to business audiences in 6 continents. His latest book is titled Bigger Isn’t Always Better. His articles have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. 

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He has a Masters degree from Harvard and a Bachelor of Science from Case Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the board of directors of StartingBloc, a competitive fellowship program for young social entrepreneurs that offers institutes in social innovation in cooperation with leading business and public policy schools, an advisor to UnSectored, and an Echoing Green Brain Trust member.

Affiliate Faculty

  1. Sara Agarwal, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Sara has 18 years of international experience at the cross section of business and the social sector. She spent 8+ years in the technology sector (for Hewlett Packard and Microsoft) focused on business development in the public sector in emerging/de… More

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  2. Stephanie Fischer, Executive-In-Residence

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Stephanie Fischer is the Director of Experiential Learning and an Executive in Residence at American University in the School for International Service. Stephanie teaches courses in social enterprise, nonprofit management and professional competencie… More

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    (202) 885-6829

  3. Alene Gelbard, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Alene H. Gelbard, PhD, is founder and principal of ACCESS Partnerships that increases the abilities of businesses to partner with community organizations for community well-being. ACCESS Partnerships is the successor of a program that she created and… More

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  4. Louis Goodman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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) 885-1603

  5. Krista Hendry, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  6. David Hirschmann, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Hirschmann has written approximately 55 publications, with topics including Reengineering and Performance Measurement in USAID; Development Management/ Bureaucracy/ Administration, and Planning; Women and Development; Women and Political Particip… More

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    (202) 885-1655

  7. Sarah Knight, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Sarah Cleeland Knight is Faculty Director of the SIS Honors Program and Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Dr. Knight's research focuses on international political economy. She is interested in identifyi… More

    (202) 885-1613

  8. Nanette Levinson, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange. Currently Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab, she also serves as Editor of the International Communication Section, The Internati… More

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    (202) 885-1480

  9. Eric Meade, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Eric Meade is principal at the Whole Mind Strategy Group, where he accelerates the shift to a better world by grounding the emotional charge of the past, creating the space for innovative thinking about the future, and providing tools and processes t… More

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  10. John Passacantando, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  11. Nancy Sachs, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Dr. Nancy Sachs teaches graduate courses in social enterprise, executive leadership, and intercultural communication at SIS as well as courses in strategic thinking and corporate responsibility at the Kogod School of Business. In addition to teaching… More

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    (202) 885-6687

  12. Krista L Tuomi, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Krista Tuomi is a professor in the International Economic Policy program at the School of International Service, American University. After teaching for many years in her home country, South Africa, she is enjoying the highs and lows of teaching econ… More

    Send email to Krista L Tuomi

    (202) 885-1684