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PoppThe 154 members of the Maxwell faculty are distinguished not only for their research and publications, but also for their excellence in teaching. The roster includes seven Guggenheim Fellows, five American Council of Learned Societies Fellows, 15 Fulbright Research Fellows, 11 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows, one MacArthur Fellow, and one World Food Prize Laureate. (Available online: an exhaustive list of  faculty honors, awards, and titles.)

In a typical year, Maxwell faculty members publish dozens of books and monographs and hundreds of book chapters and journal articles. Their work provides up-to-date material for the classroom. A steady stream of grants from private foundations and public sources flows to Maxwell faculty members and research centers. Graduate students become deeply involved in such scholarship, initially as apprentices and ultimately as partners.

Teaching at the Maxwell School is highly regarded. Faculty members work closely with students as mentors and as advisors. During the past two decades, 37 Maxwell faculty members have been honored with Syracuse University’s highest award for teaching and scholarship, the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement. Syracuse University also recognizes teaching excellence in the annual naming of two Meredith Professors; in only the past few years, nine Maxwell teachers have received this honor.

Many professors have practical experience in the world of public and international affairs. Their teaching effectively combines theory with practice and brings fresh insight into current issues in public policy and public life. With their extensive networks, faculty members play a strong and influential role in placement and career counseling.

Faculty Listing, A-F

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Lamis Abdelaaty
Assistant Professor, Political Science
PhD, Princeton University, 2014
International relations, human rights and humanitarian action, asylum and migration

Alan Allport
Assistant Professor, History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007
Modern British and European history, war and society

Kristi Andersen
Professor, Political Science
Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor
Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976
American politics, political parties, public opinion, women and politics, immigration

Douglas V. Armstrong
Professor, Anthropology
Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
Global Historical Archaeology; Archaeology of the African Diaspora; the Atlantic World; Ethnohistory; Colonialism; Ethnogenesis; Culture contact and culture change; GIS; Public Policy and World Heritage Archaeology; Collections Management. Areas: Carribean, American Northeast, California, Africa

Elizabeth Ashby
Assistant Professor, Economics
Director of Advising
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2006
Public Economics, Labor Economics

Badi H. Baltagi
Distinguished Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1979

William C. Banks
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor (Law)
Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
J.D., University of Denver, 1974
National security law, domestic and international terrorism, emergency powers, covert war powers, problems of official corruption, civil/military relations, appropriations powers

Michael Barkun
Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1965
Millenarian and utopian movements, radical right, terrorism

Hossein Bashiriyeh
Lecturer, Political Science
Ph.D., Political Theory, University of Liverpool, England, 1982
Political sociology of the Middle East

Jacob Bendix
Associate Professor, Geography
Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1992
Biogeography, fluvial geomorphology, human impacts on environmental systems, media coverage of the environment

David H. Bennett
Professor Emeritus, History
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1963
Political extremism in America, 20th-century American history, modern military history

James P. Bennett
Associate Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Ph.D., MIT, 1978
International relations theory

Catherine Bertini
Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1971
International relations, foreign affairs, international organizations, United Nations, leadership, humanitarian relief, agricultural development, education of girls, hunger and food security.

Robert Bifulco
Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Director of Graduate Studies, PAIA
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2001
Education finance and policy; program evaluation

G. Matthew Bonham
Professor, International Relations and Political Science
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967
International relations, public diplomacy, international political communications, foreign policy decision-making, linguistic analysis, the European Union, Scandinavia, the Russian Federation, and Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy in the Islamic World

Susan R. Borker
Associate Professor Emerita, Sociology
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1971
Quantitative methods, sex and gender, work and labor force issues, health care

Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Professor and Chair, Political Science
Provost Faculty Fellow for Internationalization
O’Hanley Faculty Scholar
Ph.D., American University, 1990
Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, Political elites

Susan Branson
Professor, History
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 1992
Early American women, Early American society and culture, science and American society

Richard G. Braungart
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1969
Political sociology, life course and generational politics, political psychology

Stuart Bretschneider
Maxwell Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1981
Quantitative methods, computers, information management

Walter Broadnax
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Public Administration and International Affairs
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1975
Public policy and management

Stuart Brown
Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
Senior Research Associate, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1985
International macroeconomics and finance, international political economy

Hans C. Buechler
Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1966
Culture change, migration, urban problems, political anthropology, Andes, Latin America, Spain, Switzerland

John S. Burdick
Professor and Chair, Anthropology
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1990
Political anthropology, social movements, the anthropology of religion, urban anthropology, race and racism, Latin America, Brazil

Leonard Burman
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics
Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1985
Federal tax policy, budget policy, tax expenditures, the individual alternative minimum tax, the changing role of taxation in social policy.

Kristy Buzard
Assistant Professor, Economics
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2012
International trade and contract theory

Keith J. Bybee
Professor, Political Science
Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor, (Law)
Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1995
Public law, the judicial process, the politics of race, legal theory, and political philosophy

Horace G. Campbell
Professor, Political Science and African American Studies
Ph.D., Sussex University, 1979
Comparative politics of Africa and the Caribbean, African international relations, armaments culture, pan Africanism, peace studies, political economy

Frederick Carriere
Research Professor, Political Science
PCI Senior Fellow, Korean Peninsula Affairs Center
M.A., Cornell University, 1976
Foreign Relations – Korea (North & South), Geopolitics – Northeast Asia, Track II Diplomacy, Culture & History of the Korean Peninsula

James J. Carroll
Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1985
Public school teaching of American history, public policy skills, and constitutional law, using Internet applications

Linda Carty
Associate Professor, Sociology and African American Studies
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1989
Race, class, and gender studies; comparative sociology; international development; post-colonial discourse; Third World feminism

A.H. Peter Castro
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988
Applied anthropology, rural development policy and planning, environmental conflict management,climate change, forestry, food security, refugees, East Africa

Craige B. Champion
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1993
Hellenistic Greece, Greek democracy and republican Rome, ancient imperialism, ethnic identity formation in classical antiquity, the politics of culture in ancient Greece and Rome, classical historiography

Robert Christen
Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
M.S., Ohio State University, 1984

Matthew R. Cleary
Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2004
Latin American politics, political institutions, democratization, and ethnic politics

Andrew Wender Cohen
Associate Professor, History
Otey and Barbara Scruggs History Faculty Scholar
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1999
Modern United States

Elizabeth F. Cohen
Associate Professor, Political Science
On leave 2014-5: Visiting Scholars Program at the Russell Sage Foundation
Ph.D., Yale University
Contemporary and modern political theory, history of political thought, immigration and citizenship

Goodwin Cooke
Professor of Practice Emeritus, International Relations
B.A., Harvard University, 1953
Former U.S. foreign service officer, experience in Asia, Europe, Canada, and Africa; ambassador to Central African Republic

William D. Coplin
Professor and Director, Public Affairs
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., American University, 1964
Public policy analysis, international relations

Francine D’Amico
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Director, International Relations
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1989
International law and organizations, global governance, Latin America and Caribbean

Renée de Nevers
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Public Administration and International Affairs
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1992
International security, international relations, private military and security companies

Christopher DeCorse
Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
General anthropology, historical archaeology, culture contact, Africa, African diaspora

Thomas H. Dennison
Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
Director, Program in Health Services Management and Policy
Associate Director, CNY MPH
Director, Lerner Center for Public Health
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1987
Health care management, health care finance, home and community based care, non-profit governance

Marjorie DeVault
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1984
Gender studies, qualitative methodology, feminist studies, social interaction

Albrecht Diem
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., University of Utrecht, 2000
History of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Dawn M. Dow
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
Race and ethnicity, family, qualitative methods, race, class & gender, sociology of law, theory

Gavan Duffy
Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
Political methodology, political conflict, international relations

Donald H. Dutkowsky
Professor, Economics
Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1982
Macroeconomic and monetary theory and policy, economics education

Michael R. Ebner
Associate Professor and Chair, History
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2004
History of modern Europe, Italy, Fascism, and political violence

Colin Elman
Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1999
International relations, national security, qualitative methods

Miriam F. Elman
Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1996
International relations, national security, Middle East

Gary V. Engelhardt
Professor, Economics
Melvin A. Eggers Economics Faculty Scholar
Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
Housing markets and policies, taxation, saving behavior, pensions, Social Security, and aging

Margarita Estevez-Abe
Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Harvard, 1999
Political economy, Japan, gender

Jerry Evensky
Professor, Economics
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1984
Adam Smith's moral philosophy, ethics and liberal society, economic education

Christopher  Faricy
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
American politics, social policy, political economy, income inequality, public opinion

Carol Faulkner
Professor, History
Ph.D., Binghamton University, 1998
19th-century America, U.S. women, gender, sexuality, social movements

Rafael Fernández de Castro
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair
Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1995
Mexico-U.S. trade and immigration, economic development and political economy of Mexico, social outcomes for Mexican immigrants to the U.S.

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes
Professor, Economics
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2001
Labor economics; applied and theoretical econometrics

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