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Faculty Profiles


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  1. Shoon Murray, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Shoon Murray’s writes about the American foreign policy political process. Her most recent books are The Terror Authorization: The History and Politics of the 2001 AUMF (June 2014) and Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy … More

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    (202) 885-1630

Full-Time Faculty

  1. 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.

    Send email to Philip Brenner

    (202) 885-1605

  2. Elizabeth Cohn, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Elizabeth Cohn is an Assistant Professor specializing in U.S. foreign policy and Latin America. Her research interests include the U.S. promotion of democracy and Latin America. She is also deeply interested in pedagogies of teaching and is a fre… More

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    (202) 885-2317

  3. Stephen Dalzell, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Steve Dalzell is a professorial lecturer at SIS. Dr. Dalzell’s research interests include urban security, civil-military operations, and various aspects of US military strategy, force structure and personnel management. His current research focuses o… More

    Send email to Stephen Dalzell

    (202) 885-6821

  4. Garret Martin, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Garret J. Martin is an Editor at Large at the European Institute, based in Washington, DC, a Board Member for 'European Affairs', and a Term faculty in the School of International Service. He has written widely on transatlantic relations, both in… More

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    (202) 885-6327

  5. David Mislan, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    David Bell Mislan joined the SIS faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor. He is affiliated with the USFP program at the graduate level and the Foreign Policy & National Security and Peace, Global Security, & Conflict Resolution groups at the underg… More

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    (202) 885-6134

  6. Jerome Moriarty II, Instructor

    SIS - School of International Service

    J. Thomas Moriarty II is a professorial lecturer at the School of International Service. Over the years, he has served as a policy adviser and consultant to the Department of Defense and the US Senate Armed Services Committee on counterterrorism, nat… More

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    (202) 885-2494

  7. Anthony Quainton, Distinguished Diplomat in Residence

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Ambassador Anthony Quainton is the Diplomat-in-Residence and a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, having previously served in the United States Foreign Service and held ambassadorships to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru.

    Send email to Anthony Quainton

    (202) 885-1669

  8. Sally Shelton-Colby, Diplomat in Residence

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby has held a number of senior positions in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors and in international organizations. She has been Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmen… More

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    (202) 885-6575

  9. Sarah Snyder, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Sarah B. Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations who specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. Her book, Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the … More

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    (202) 885-6587

  10. Jordan Tama, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the politics, processes, and institutions of U.S. foreign and national security policy making. His research has investigated presidential-congressional relations in foreign policy, foreign policy bipartisanship, sanctio… More

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    (202) 885-2332

  11. Stephen Tankel, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Stephen Tankel is an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Professor Tankel specializes in international security with a focus on … More

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    (202) 885-2369

  12. Sharon Weiner, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Sharon K. Weiner writes about the intersection of organizational politics and U.S. national security policy. Her book Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise (MIT Press 2011) examines the role o… More

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    (202) 885-1634

  13. Joseph Young, Associate Professor and Department Chair, JLC

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Young's interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and internation… More

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    (202) 885-2618

  14. Guy Ziv, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Guy Ziv is an assistant professor in the School of International Service's U.S. Foreign Policy Program. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, and international negotiations. His curren… More

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    (202) 885-3147

Affiliated Faculty

  1. David Barno, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

    Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) was senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan from 2003–2005. Barno is an authority on military operations, the changing character of conflict, civil-military issues, and leader developm… More

    Send email to David Barno

    (202) 885-6163

  2. Nora Bensahel, Distinguished Scholar in Residence

    Dr. Nora Bensahel is a widely published expert on U.S. defense policy, military operations and force structure; coalition and alliance operations; and leader development. Bensahel has held senior positions at the Center for a New American Security an… More

    Send email to Nora Bensahel

    (202) 885-6144

  3. Max Paul Friedman, Professor

    CAS - History

    Max Paul Friedman specializes in 20th-century U.S. foreign relations. A graduate of Oberlin College and U.C. Berkeley, he was a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow and has taught at Boulder, Buenos Aires, Tallahassee, and Cologne. His first book, Nazi… More

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    (202) 885-2154

  4. 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

  5. Julie Mertus, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Julie Mertus has written widely on human rights and gender, conflict, the Balkans, U.S. foreign policy and U.N. institutions. She is the author or editor of ten books, including Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy, named "… More

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    (202) 885-2215

  6. Daniel Schneider, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Before coming to American University, Professor Daniel Schneider served as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also the Department of Justice's Resident Legal Advisor to Russia. He later served as a con… More

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    (202) 885-1687

  7. 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

Adjunct Faculty

  1. Gregory Aftandilian, Adjunct Instructor

  2. Charles Cushman Jr, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Chuck Cushman is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute. Previously, he spent a decade at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He was Acting Director of the School in his last year a… More

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  3. John Deni, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Dr. John R. Deni is a Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute (SSI). He previously worked for 8 years as a political advisor for… More

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  4. Nicholas Dujmovic, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Nicholas Dujmovic is a member of CIA’s History Staff at the Center for the Study of Intelligence, the Agency’s “think tank.”

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  5. Brian Finlay, Adjunct Instructor

    Brian Finlay is the Vice President at Stimson, a non-profit public policy think tank in Washington DC. He also directs the Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiative. That effort looks for innovative government responses - at the international, n… More

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  6. Daniel Gerstein, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Dr. Gerstein also serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security since August 2011. Dr. Gerstein has extensive experience in the security and defense sectors in a variety of positions while servin… More

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  7. Peter Howard, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Peter Howard focuses on US foreign policy and international security. He studies how the implementation of foreign policy programs produces rule-based regional security regimes, conducting research in Estonia on NATO Expansion and US Military Exc… More

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    (202) 885-1541

  8. James Jochum, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  9. Stuart Johnson, Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecture

  10. Michael Miklaucic, Adjunct Instructor

  11. Aki Peritz, Adjunct Instructor

  12. Michael Warner, Adjunct Professor