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An online list of Maxwell School experts, available for comment on the news and trends of the day.  For further recommendations on Maxwell experts, contact Jill Leonhardt, director of communications, at 315-443-5492 or jlleonha@maxwell.syr.edu.

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KRISTI ANDERSEN
andersen@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9341

Kristi Andersen PhotoKristi Andersen is a Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy and an expert on women and politics, political parties, and American political history. She has written recently on how political parties and other civic organizations in the U.S. work to incorporate immigrants into American political life; other writings have focused on various aspects of the gender gap, civic participation, the prospects for electing more women to Congress, and the changing meanings of U.S. elections.

Andersen has been recognized for her contributions to political discourse. After Suffrage: Women in Partisan and Electoral Politics Before the New Deal won the Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association. Her earlier book, The Creation of a Democratic Majority, 1928-1936, has been influential in shaping political scientists' thinking about New Deal realignment.Her most recent book, New Immigrant Communities: Finding a Place in Local Politics, examines the role of political parties and community organization in helping to incorporate immigrants into American civil and political life.

Andersen is active in her community; she has been a member of the Cazenovia, New York, Town Council since 2005, and serves as a member of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association. She is also a regular panelist on WCNY-TV’s weekly news talk show, “The Ivory Tower Half Hour.” Andersen received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1976.

 

WILLIAM C. BANKS
wcbanks@law.syr.edu
315-443-3678

William_BanksWilliam C. Banks is a professor of public administration and international affairs and law and an internationally recognized expert in constitutional, national security, and counterterrorism law. He is the founding director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University and the co-author of National Security Law, the definitive text on this subject. Since 1987, when the Federation of American Scientists asked him to provide a legal perspective on first use of nuclear weapons, Banks has helped set the parameters for the relatively new field of national security law.

Banks teaches, lectures, and writes extensively on domestic and international terrorism, emergency powers, war powers, emergency preparedness and response, civil/military relations, and appropriations powers. Recent articles have included "The Death of FISA," "Legal Sanctuaries and Predator Strikes in the War on Terror," and "Targeted Killing and Assassination: The U.S. Legal Framework."He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.

Banks worked on the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Stephen G. Breyer as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 1994. Banks received a J.D. in 1974 and an M.S. in 1982 from the University of Denver.

 

MICHAEL BARKUN
mbarkun@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9339

Michael_BarkunMichael Barkun, a professor emeritus of political science, is a frequent commentator on a range of issues relating to domestic terrorism, political extremism, right-wing extremist groups, and the relationship between religion and violence. He has published 11 books, including his latest, Chasing Phantoms: Reality, Imagination, and Homeland Security Since 9/11. Other writings focus on political extremism.

Barkun has consulted with the FBI, providing training and background presentations on the radical right. He serves on the editorial boards of Terrorism and Political Violence, The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Nova Religio and was the editor of Communal Societies from 1987 to 1994. He edits the Religion and Politics book series for the Syracuse University Press.

Barkun’s contributions won the the 2003 Distinguished Scholar award from the Communal Studies Association and the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights for his book Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement. Barkun earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1965.

 

JACOB BENDIX
jbendix@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3819

Jake_BendixJacob Bendix is associate professor of geography and an adjunct associate professor of environmental and forest biology at SUNY-ESF. He researches the effects of disturbance (fire and flood) on plant species patterns and biodiversity, primarily in the western U.S. His recent projects have included analyses of the ecological impacts of Native American fire use on California vegetation and of the effects of wildfire on riparian plant communities. Bendix has a particular interest in the ways in which human activities may alter natural processes (e.g. through wildfire control policies). He has also conducted research on how news media cover environmental issues: as an environmental scientist he is interested in how the scientific aspects of these issues are presented and as a citizen he is concerned with their impact on policy formulation. Bendix earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Georgia in 1992.

 

CATHERINE BERTINI
cbertini@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-1341

Catherine_BertiniCatherine Bertini, a professor of public administration and international affairs, has been a leader on international food and hunger issues for decades. As Executive Director of the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) from 1992-2002, she transformed the agency into the world’s largest and most responsive humanitarian relief organization, delivering life-sustaining food aid to over 700 million people in more than 80 countries. In 2003 she was awarded the World Food Prize. Bertini next served as Undersecretary-General for Management of the United Nations, with responsibility for the organization’s human, financial, and facilities resources.

Previously, Bertini served as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Food and Consumer Services, managing a $33 billion budget that included the food stamp program and WIC. In 2007-2009 she served as senior fellow of agriculture development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is currently the co-chair of the Global Agricultural Development Project, a Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs initiative that has influenced US government policy to prioritize global agricultural development. In 2011, Bertini chaired a project on girls in rural economies for the Chicago Council.. She received a B.A. from SUNY Albany.

 

G. MATTHEW BONHAM
gmbonham@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3827

Matt_BonhamG. Matthew Bonham, professor of political science and co-director of the Newhouse-Maxwell public diplomacy program, works in the area of international political communications. His research involves information technology and the development of computer simulation models of policy decision making. He has done research on relations between the United States and Russia, the Middle East and Central Asia, and the expansion of the European Union.  He is currently conducting research on communicative aspects of the war on terrorism, as well as cultural obstacles to improving relations between the United States and Iran. He also has done research on active learning and collaborative learning through applications of technology. He has worked as a political economist for the World Bank's Sindh Project in Karachi; an organizational behavior specialist for the Battelle Human Affairs Research Centers; a consultant for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Policy Planning and Research; and as a learning specialist for the Battelle Columbus Laboratories. He received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

MEHRZAD BOROUJERDI
mborouje@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5877

Mehrzad-Boroujerdi-expertsMehrzad Boroujerdi is an associate professor of political science, founding director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program, and an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.

Boroujerdi’s Middle East studies focus is on Iran and political Islam. His current research is on political elite in post-revolutionary Iran. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism, which has been translated into Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, and is the general editor of the Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East series published by Syracuse University Press. Boroujerdi has consulted with a number of organizations, both domestic and international. As one of the world's leading experts on Iran, he is interviewed frequently by national and international news media.

 

STEVEN BRECHIN
sbrechin@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4303

Steve_BrechinSteven R. Brechin is professor of sociology whose academic interests include environmental relationships among states, organizations, and society. His current research investigates measures used by developing countries to manage their environmental resources, particularly biological diversity. Brechin's research in Belize explores whether various governance models encourage civic engagement and democratic process. He is also interested in the sociology of global climate change and is researching cross-national public opinion on climate change to explain country differences; his broader work focuses on how democracies might engage in climate change mitigation as preventative action. Brechin received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1989. 

 

STUART BRETSCHNEIDER
sibretsc@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4661

Stuart_BretschneiderStuart Bretschneider, professor of public administration and international affairs, is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His current research interests include e-government, e-democracy, public management information systems, collaboration and governance of public service delivery networks, forecasting and decision making in public organizations. He also does work on the evaluation of energy, environmental and science policy. Bretschneider has published dozens of articles in journals including Management Science, Information Systems Review, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He was director and past president of the International Institute of Forecasting and served as associate editor for the International Journal of Forecasting. Bretschneider was also managing editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He has been a consultant to the U.S. General Accounting Office; the states of New York, Ohio and Kentucky; and several Fortune 500 companies. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from Ohio State University in 1980.

 

WALTER BROADNAX
broadnax@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4120

Walter_BroadnaxWalter Broadnax, distinguished professor of public administration and international affairs, has had a long and distinguished career in public administration and public policy as both a practitioner and as an academic. Before joining the Maxwell School, he served as president of Clark Atlanta University, as dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, and as professor at the University of Maryland, where he directed the Bureau of Governmental  Research.

Broadnax was Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1996, overseeing the Social Security Administration restructuring. He also has held key positions in state government, as President of the New York Civil Service Commission and as the Director of Children, Youth, and Adult Services for the State of Kansas.

While teaching at Harvard University’s Kennedy School during the 1980s, Broadnax served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Executive Development Program, advising the Governor on effective strategies for strengthening his leadership team while promoting a new way of training senior executives. He was founding director of the Innovations in State and Local Government Program which became a model for governments worldwide and eventually secured a $50 million endowment from the Ford Foundation. Broadnax earned a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School in 1975.

 

LEONARD E. BURMAN
leburman@maxwell.syr.edu

Leonard_BurmanLeonard E. Burman, the Maxwell School’s Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, is a nationally recognized tax policy and public finance expert with more than 25 years of experience in a range of academic, government, and public policy organizations. Prior to coming to Syracuse, he was director of the Tax Policy Center, which he co-founded, and a fellow at the Urban Institute. Previously, he was deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis at the Department of the Treasury and a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC.

Burman testifies frequently before congressional committees on tax and budget policy issues, he also appears regularly in national and regional media, and he is a blogger for Forbes.com as The Impertinent Economist. He is the author of scores of articles and op-eds. His most recent book is Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know, which he co-authored with Joel Slemrod. He also authored The Labyrinth of Capital Gains Policy: A Guide for the Perplexed and co-edited Taxing Capital Income and Using Taxes to Reform Health Insurance. He is past president of the National Tax Association.  Burman earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.

 

KEITH J. BYBEE
kjbybee@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9743

Keith_BybeeKeith J. Bybee is a professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and a professor of law who holds the Alper Judiciary Studies Professorship at the SU College of Law.  He is the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Judiciary, Politics, and the Media, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between SU’s Maxwell School, College of Law, and Newhouse School of Public Communications.  Bybee's teaching and research focus on American law and courts, the politics of race and ethnicity, legal and political theory, the history of American legal thought, and the role of courtesy and hypocrisy in the judicial process.  He is associate editor of the Journal of Law and Courts (sponsored by the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts Section) and past president of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.  His most recent book is Acceptable Hypocrisies: Common Courtesy and the Rule of Law (Stanford University Press, 2012).  Bybee earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1995.

 

ANDREW WENDER COHEN
awcohe01@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3320

Andrew_CohenAndrew Wender Cohen is associate professor of history whose areas of expertise include modern United States history; law, political economy, and the state; and social history and class formation. He has written extensively on labor and unions, campaign spending and PACs, and smuggling and racketeering in America, including The Racketeer's Progress: Chicago and the Struggle for the Modern American Economy, 1900-1940 and the forthcoming Contraband: The War on Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century. Cohen has won numerous research grants and awards in the past two decades; most recently, in 2010, he was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, given to scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. Cohen received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

 

BILL COPLIN
wdcoplin@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3709

William_CoplinBill Coplin is professor of public affairs, the only Maxwell program serving exclusively undergraduates. Over the past decade he has published two books and written many articles on the need to better prepare high school students and undergraduates for careers, college, and citizenship through a skills approach. He has developed a community project-based approach to citizenship education, which is used in more than 50 high schools throughout New York State. His blog, Coplin Talks 10 Skills,  http://coplintalks10skills.wordpress.com/, is  directed at high school teachers and others serving students. He is the founder of the 3CSkills Collaborative, http://www.3cskills.org,  which develops materials on improving skills for students and teachers. Although his primary interests are in the areas of reforming high school and college education, he has also published in the fields of international relations, public policy, and political risk analysis. Go to billcoplin.org for more information. Coplin received a Ph.D. in international relations from American University in 1964.

 

FRANCINE D'AMICO
fjdamico@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-8215

Francine_DAmicoFrancine D’Amico is associate professor of international relations. Her areas of expertise include international law and organizations, particularly the United Nations; women in the military; race and gender in world politics; and Latin American politics and international relations. She is the co-author of Gender Camouflage: Women and the U.S. Military; Women in World Politics: An Introduction; and Women, Gender and World Politics: Perspectives, Policies, & Prospects. A monograph titled "Breaking Ranks: Women in Military, Police, & Fire Services Worldwide," which examines the experiences of women in gender non-traditional occupations, is forthcoming. D’Amico is a past president of the Northeastern Political Science Association and the International Studies Association-Northeast region. She received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1989.

 

CHRISTOPHER R. DECORSE
crdecors@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4647

Chris_DeCorse HeadshotChristopher R. DeCorse is professor of anthropology whose research interests include culture contact and change, and material culture studies, with a primary area specialization on the archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnography of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Sierra Leone and Ghana. Since 1985, he has directed work in the central region of coastal Ghana, particularly at the African settlement at Elmina, the site of the first European trade post established in sub-Saharan Africa. DeCorse has published extensively, including Record of the Past: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology; West Africa During the Atlantic Slave Trade: Archaeological Perspectives; An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast; Anthropology: A Global Perspective, co-authored with Raymond Scupin; and In the Beginning, with Brian Fagan. DeCorse earned a Ph.D. from UCLA in 1989.

 

RENEE DE NEVERS
rdenevers@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-7093

Renee_DeNeversRenee de Nevers is assistant professor of public administration and international affairs. Her research interests are on international security, with a current focus on sovereignty and the war on terror. She is the author of Comrades No More: The Seeds of Change in Eastern Europe and the co-author of Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches. Previously, she was a program officer at the MacArthur Foundation, with responsibility for grantmaking in international peace and security. She has been a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. de Nevers received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1992.

 

THOMAS H. DENNISON
thdennis@syr.edu
315-443-9060

Tom_DennisonThomas Dennison is a professor of public administration and international affairs, director of Maxwell’s certificate program in Health Services Management and Policy, and co-director of the Central New York Master of Public Health program, a collaboration between Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He has a broad, real-world perspective on health care systems, having served as chief executive officer of a hospital, administrator of a nursing home, and executive director of a network of ambulatory care centers. His teaching and research focus on the administration, financing, and delivery of health care.

Previously, Dennison served as a director for PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising government and local agencies on health care delivery, with a particular emphasis on home health care, community-based services, and long-term care. He is active in current policy discourse as the Chair of the Commission for a Healthy Central New York, Chair of the Onondaga County Department of Health Advisory Board, and as a board member of the Foundation for Long Term Care and the Home Care Association of New York. He received a Ph.D. in health planning and administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1987.

 

DONALD H. DUTKOWSKY
dondutk@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-1918

Don_DutkowskyDonald Dutkowsky is professor of economics. His primary interests focus on macroeconomics, monetary policy, and banking. His current research uses macroeconomic data and estimation techniques to assess how various types of monetary policy affect output growth and inflation. He also studies consumer and corporate behavior, including their money-holding decisions; the effects on banking of sweep programs in bank checkable deposits; and monetary policy. Dutkowsky has published more than 40 works in scholarly journals, newspapers, and textbooks. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Buffalo in 1982.

 

MIRIAM F. ELMAN
melman@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-7404

Miriam_ElmanMiriam F. Elman is associate professor of political science whose current research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the relationship between national security and democratic political development; democratization in the Middle East; the role of religious political parties in promoting and moderating violence; and the city of Jerusalem as viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Elman’s writings have appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, the International History Review, Asian Security and other journals. She is the editor of Paths to Peace: Is Democracy the Answer? and the co-editor of Bridges and Boundaries: Historians, Political Scientists, and the Study of International Relations and Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1996.

 

MADONNA HARRINGTON MEYER
mhm@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9440

Madonna Harrington MeyerMadonna Harrington Meyer is professor of sociology. Her work emphasizes aging, health care, gender, and social policy. Harrington Meyer is the co-author of Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age, winner of the 2008 Gerontological Society of America Kalish Award. Her 2009 publications include "Shifting Risk and Responsibility: The State and Inequality in Old Age" in the New Politics of Old Age Policy; "A New Social Security Agenda," with Carroll Estes, Public Policy and Aging Report; "Longevity, Mortality and Morbidity," with Christine Himes, in Aging in America; and "Why All Women (and Most Men) Should Support Universal Rather than Privatized Social Security," in Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare and the Campaign Against Entitlements. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Florida State University.

 

MARGARET (PEG) HERMANN
mgherman@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4022

Peg_HermanMargaret (Peg) Hermann is Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. Her research focuses on political leadership, foreign policy decision making, the comparative study of foreign policy, and crisis management.  Hermann has developed techniques for assessing the leadership styles of heads of government at a distance and currently has such data on over 250 world leaders. She has been president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and the International Studies Association (ISA), as well as editor of the journals Political Psychology and the International Studies Review. Her books include The Psychological Examination of Political Leaders; Describing Foreign Policy Behavior; Political Psychology: Issues and Problems; and Leaders, Groups, and Coalitions: Understanding the People and Processes in Foreign Policymaking. Her over 100 articles have appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the International Studies Quarterly, and the American Political Science Review. Hermann received a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University.

 

CHRISTINE L. HIMES
clhimes@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9064

Christine HimesChristine L. Himes is director of the Maxwell School's Center for Policy Research and professor of sociology with expertise in the areas of family care giving, demography and population projections, and patterns of health and mortality in later life. Himes recently was awarded a research grant from the National Institute on Aging to examine the role of obesity in health and functioning at older ages. She has served as a consultant to the Bureau of the Census and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Himes received a Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989.

 

GEORGE KALLANDER
glkallan@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4832

George_KallanderGeorge Kallander is assistant professor of history whose expertise includes Korean, Japanese, and Mongolian history and culture. He has authored or co-authored a dozen articles, most recently “Till Death Do Us Part: Koryo-Mongol Relations in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.” His numerous presentations and guest lectures include participation in the summer 2007 Korean Studies Summer International Program at Yonsei and Sogang Universities in Seoul, Korea. He speaks Korean, reads Classical Chinese and French, and has studied Mongolian and Japanese. Kallander earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2006.

 

THOMAS M. KECK
tmkeck@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5862

Tom_KeckThomas M. Keck is the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.  His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, American constitutional development, and the use of legal strategies by movements for social change on both the left and right. He is the author of The Most Activist Supreme Court in History: The Road to Modern Judicial Conservatism, which was published to wide acclaim in 2004.  His work also has appeared in the American Political Science Review and Law and Society Review.  Keck is currently writing a book that examines the impact and independence of American courts in the context of polarizing legal and political conflicts regarding abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, and gun rights.  Keck received a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1999.

 

NORMAN KUTCHER
nakutcher@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4387

Norman_KutcherNorman Kutcher is associate professor of history, specializing in the cultural, social and intellectual history of late imperial (1500-1900) and modern China and the forces that shape rulership in China. His book Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State is in part a study of the changing role of Confucianism as a limit on the emperor's power. Kutcher’s current research focuses on the domestic aspects of imperial power. He is currently at work on a study of eunuchs in late imperial China. In 2010-2011 he will be a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. He has written on subjects ranging from Chinese nationalism, to the 1989 student movement, to the American missionary experience in China. Kutcher received a J.D. from Boston College in 1985 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1991.

 

W. HENRY LAMBRIGHT
whlambri@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3308

Henry_LambrightW. Henry Lambright is professor of public administration and international affairs and political science and director of the Science and Technology Policy Program of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration.  His research interests include federal decision-making on space technology, environmental and energy policy, the relation of science and policy, technology transfer, and administrative leadership. Lambright has written scores of articles and has written or edited seven books, including a biography, Powering Apollo:  James E. Webb of NASA and Space Policy in the 21st Century. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966.

 

ROBERT D. MCCLURE
rdmcclur@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5846

Robert_McClureRobert D. McClure is Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy and professor of political science and public affairs. He previously served as senior associate dean of the Maxwell School and director of the University Honors Program. His interests include political leadership and the presidency; democratic institutions, particularly Congress and political parties; and mass communication. McClure's publications (authored and co-authored) include Political Ambition: Who Decides to Run for Congress; Misguided Democracy: The Policy of Free-Lance Politics; and The Unseeing Eye: The Myth of Television Power in National Elections, which was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the field's most influential books written in the past 50 years. Previously, McClure served as legislative assistant to former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton and as a journalist for the Scripps-Howard Newspapers and the St. Petersburg Times. He earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1969.

 

INES MERGEL
iamergel@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5100

Ines MergelInes Mergel is assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and an expert on social technology in the public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.  She teaches classes on new media management, government 2.0, and networked governance.  She has written extensively about social media technologies in the U.S. Federal government, as well as informal social networking activities among public managers.  She recently won the George Fredrickson Public Administration Times best article award for her work on social media strategies in government.

Before joining the Maxwell School, Mergel was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Program on Networked Governance at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  She received her Doctor of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland in 2005,where she studied information management.

 

DON MITCHELL
dmmitc01@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3533

Don_MitchellDon Mitchell is professor of geography specializing in issues related to migratory labor and agricultural landscapes; urban public spaces (including their privatization); the homeless, hungry, and other marginal populations in U.S. cities; and cultural geography. He is the author of four books, The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space; Cultural Geography: A Critical IntroductionThe Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape; and The People's Property? Power, Politics and the Public (coauthored with Lynn Staeheli), as well as numerous articles on public space, homelessness, migratory workers, and culture. In 1998 Mitchell was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and in 2002 held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Oslo. Mitchell is the founder and director of The People’s Geography Project, which brings the insights of radical and critical contemporary geography to lay audiences, activists, and teachers. He is a member of the steering committee of the Community Geography Project, an innovative program that works with community groups to map and analyze significant social, economic, and political problems in Central New York and to suggest alternative pathways for constructing a more just city and region. He earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1992.

 

DEVASHISH MITRA
dmitra@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-6143

Mitra, DevashishDevashish Mitra is professor of economics and the Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs.  His research interests include international trade, political economy and development economics, especially in India.  He has studied the role of politics in general and of interest groups in particular in determining trade policy, as well as the impact of trade on productivity growth and labor market outcomes.  Mitra’s current work examines unilateralism versus reciprocity in freeing international trade, the labor-market impact of the Indian trade reforms, and outsourcing/offshoring.  He is an editor or co-editor of several professional publications and his work has appeared in numerous well-known journals.  Mitra earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1996.

 

MARK MONMONIER
mon2ier@syr.edu
315-443-5641

Mark_MonmonierMark Monmonier is Distinguished Professor of Geography. His research focuses on the history of cartography in the twentieth century; the use of maps for surveillance and as analytical and persuasive tools in journalism, politics, public administration, and science; map design; and environmental cartography. In 2001, he was awarded the American Geographical Society’s O. M. Miller Medal for contributions to cartography. Monmonier has authored 13 books, including How to Lie with Maps; Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather; Bushmanders and Bullwinkles: How Politicians Manipulate Electronic Maps and Census Data to Win Elections; Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy; Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection; and From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame. Monmonier has been editor of The American Cartographer and president of the American Cartographic Association. He has published numerous papers on map design, automated map analysis, cartographic generalization, the history of cartography, statistical graphics, and mass communications. His current research projects include a history of cartographic coastlines and their diverse uses in navigation, science, and emergency planning. Monmonier received a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1969.

 

TINA NABATCHI
tnabatc@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-8994

Tina NabatchiTina Nabatchi is assistant professor of public administration and international affairs.  Her research focuses on citizen participation and deliberation, collaborative governance, and conflict resolution in relation to public administration and management.  Nabatchi is also the co-director of CNYSpeaks, a Maxwell School project that seeks to engage residents of the Central New York area on issues such as the revitalization of downtown, developing arts and entertainment, and civility in public discourse.  Her research has been published in numerous academic and practitioner journals, as well as in book chapters and stand-alone research reports.   She received a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.

 

JOHN L. PALMER
jlpalmer@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9439

John PalmerJohn L. Palmer is an economist with significant expertise in Medicare and Social Security financing issues. From 2001-2007, he served as one of only two public trustees for the Medicare and Social Security programs - a position to which he was originally appointed by President Clinton and then reappointed by President Bush. Palmer is Dean Emeritus of Maxwell School, which he led for 15 years, and in 2003 was named University Professor, Syracuse University’s highest faculty rank. Palmer has had a long-standing interest in income security and health care issues and was a founding member and president of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Previously, he was assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, and senior fellow of the Urban Institute. Palmer is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He  earned a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1971.

 

DEBORAH PELLOW
dpellow@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4216

Deborah_Pellow HeadshotDeborah Pellow is professor of anthropology whose research focuses on cultural and sub-cultural groups living in urban areas of plural society under conditions of social change. Her primary geographic area of interest is West Africa, particularly Ghana and northern Nigeria. Pellow has also done research in Shanghai, China, while a visiting professor of history at Fudan University, and in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan, while a Fulbright lecturer. She is director of the Maxwell program, Integrated Studies in Space and Place, which explores how status, politics, social relations, and cultural meanings are expressed through people’s creation and use of physical space. Pellow is the author of four books and numerous articles. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern in 1974.

 

DAVID POPP
dcpopp@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-2482

David_PoppDavid Popp is associate professor of public administration and international affairs. He is an economist with research interests in environmental policy and the economics of technological change. His research focuses on the links between environmental policy and innovation; Popp is particularly interested in how environmental and energy policies shape the development of new technologies to combat climate change. His work has been published in a variety of economic and policy journals, including American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Popp is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Network Member in the Energy & Climate Economics Research Group of CESifo, an associate editor of Energy Economics, and serves on the editorial council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He has served as a consultant for the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and on the Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1997.

 

GRANT REEHER
gdreeher@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5046

Grant_ReeherGrant Reeher is associate professor of political science. His research and teaching interests focus on American politics, the democratic process, legislative politics, and the political role of the Internet. He has published on legislative politics, distributive justice, health care policy, and democratic politics and the Internet, and is currently at work on two books: one on health care reform and distributive justice, and the second on the Internet and political life, focused on the 2004 election cycle.  Reeher is the author of First Person Political: Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service; Narratives of Justice: Legislators’ Beliefs About Distributive Fairness; co-author of Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action; and co-editor of Education for Citizenship and The Insider's Guide to Political Internships. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in 1992 from Yale University.

 

DAVID J. ROBINSON
drobinson@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5631

David_RobinsonDavid J. Robinson is DellPlain Professor of Latin American Geography whose research focuses on the reconstruction of past geographies of Latin America, especially settlements and population patterns. His current interests include the early impact of Hispanic colonialism on Andean village communities, the establishment of the colonial mail system in the eighteenth century, and the work of French army engineers in producing regional geographical reports of Mexico in the 1860s. Robinson is editor of the Journal of Latin American Geography; U.S. Representative to the Geography Commission, Panamerican Institute of Geography and History; and has written extensively on Latin American geography, both in English and Spanish. His English language books include Migration in Colonial Spanish America and Studies in Spanish American Population History. His Spanish books include Collaguas (vols. I-III) and Bandos de Buen Gobierno. He earned a Ph.D. in geography from University College in London.

 

ROSS RUBENSTEIN
rrubenst@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3832

Ross RubensteinRoss Rubenstein is professor of public administration and international affairs whose research focuses on public finance and education policy -- including funding equity and adequacy in education, performance and efficiency measurement, resource allocation, and merit-based financial aid for college. He has also studied state lotteries and school grade span organization, i.e., K-8 vs. separate elementary and middle schools. Rubenstein is co-editor of Measuring School Performance and Efficiency: Implications for Practice and Research and of Economic Inequality and Higher Education: Access, Persistence and Success and has published scores of articles in publications including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, National Tax Journal, Journal of Education Finance, Public Budgeting and Finance, and Public Administration Review. Rubenstein has conducted training programs in public finance and budgeting for government officials from numerous countries and served as a staff member on Georgia’s Education Reform Study Commission. Rubenstein received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1997.

 

ROBERT A. RUBINSTEIN
rar@syr.edu
315-443-3837

Robert RubinsteinRobert A. Rubinstein is professor of anthropology and international relations. He is a political and medical anthropologist. As a political anthropologist, he focuses on three areas: international security and conflict resolution, multilateral peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions, and cross-cultural negotiation. In medical anthropology, he focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in health, coordination among disaster responders, and on international health and infectious disease. Rubinstein has conducted anthropological field research in Yucatan, Mexico; Corozal District, Belize; Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt; and in Atlanta, Chicago, and Syracuse in the U.S. He has written scores of journal articles and book chapters. Rubinstein is the author or editor of six books, including The Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict: Culture and International Security; Doing Fieldwork: The Correspondence of Robert Redfield and Sol Tax; and Peace and War: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Rubinstein earned a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1977, and an M.P.H. degree from the School of Public Health of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983.

 

HANS PETER SCHMITZ
hpschmit@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5519

HansPeter_SchmitzHans Peter Schmitz is associate professor of political science and co-director of the School’s Transnational NGO Initiative. His areas of expertise include human rights and rights-based approaches to development, non-governmental organizations, global health advocacy, and corporate social responsibility. Schmitz studies organizational effectiveness and accountability for NGOs, as well as global public health issues. He has written two books and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles. Schmitz earned a Ph.D. from the European University Institute (Italy), in 1999.

 

MAUREEN TRUDELLE SCHWARZ
mtschwar@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-4995

Maureen_Schwarz HeadshotMaureen Trudelle Schwarz is a cultural anthropologist and professor of anthropology whose area of specialization is Native North Americans, particularly the Navajo Indians. Her first book studied Navajo perspectives on the human body, with special emphasis on manipulations of the body for ceremonial purposes.  Her interest in contemporary issues has resulted in a series of articles and a book entitled Navajo Lifeways: Contemporary Issues, Ancient Knowledge. Schwarz’s third book, Blood and Voice, considers the life-courses of Navajo women "singers," or ceremonial practitioners, a role frequently believed to be reserved for men. Her current project focuses on how native people negotiate between their own traditional philosophical tenets about health and healing to accommodate biomedical technologies such as organ transplantation. Schwarz earned an M.A. in museum studies in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1995, both from the University of Washington.

 

F. WILLIAM SMULLEN III
bsmullen@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-7099

William_SmullenF. William “Bill” Smullen is director of the Maxwell School’s National Security Studies program, an integrated course of academic and practical instruction for military and civilian officials. The program participants have the benefit of interaction with senior government executives and leaders from business, industry, Congress, and the media. Until 2002, Smullen was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, with whom he had worked for nearly 13 years, first as special assistant when Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then later as Powell’s chief of staff at America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, a nonprofit organization chaired by Powell. Smullen also served as special assistant to Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral William Crowe, Jr. Smullen was a professional soldier for 30 years, retiring from the Army in 1993 as a Colonel. He earned a B.A. in business and economics from the University of Maine in 1962 and an M.A. in public relations from Syracuse in 1974.

 

JAMES B. STEINBERG
315-443-3461

James Steinberg (Expertise)James Steinberg is Dean of the Maxwell School and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law whose areas of expertise include foreign policy and national security.  Prior to becoming Dean, he served as Deputy Secretary of State to Secretary Hillary Clinton and as Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.  He also served as vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.  Steinberg’s extensive career in government service includes positions as deputy national security advisor to President Clinton; director of the State Department’s policy planning staff; deputy assistant secretary for analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Senator Edward Kennedy’s principal aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee; and minority counsel, U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.  He is the author of and contributor to numerous books and articles; his most recent book is Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power (2008) with Kurt Campbell.  Steinberg received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1973 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1978.

 

BRIAN TAYLOR
bdtaylor@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-3713

Brian_TaylorBrian Taylor is associate professor of political science whose research focuses on the role of state coercive agencies, including the military and the police, in domestic politics, particularly in Russia. Taylor is the author of Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000. He has also written a number of articles including “The Soviet Military and the Disintegration of the USSR” in Journal of Cold War Studies and “Law Enforcement and Russia’s Federal Districts” in The Dynamics of Russian Politics: Putin’s Reform of Federal-Regional Relations, Volume II. His articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Cold War Studies, Survival, Millennium, and several edited volumes. Taylor received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998.

 

MARGARET SUSAN THOMPSON
msthomps@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5882

Margaret_ThompsonMargaret Thompson is associate professor of history specializing in the American presidency and Congress, women and religion, Catholic orders, and religion and politics. She has written extensively on the Catholic Church -- nuns in particular -- and is currently writing The Yoke of Grace: American Nuns and Social Change, 1808-1917, a history of Catholic sisters in America. Thompson is also the author of The Spider Web: Congress and Lobbying in the Age of Grant. Thompson earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979.

 

STUART THORSON
thorson@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9802

Stu_ThorsonStuart Thorson is professor of international relations and political science whose research interests focus on the uses of information technology, particularly in support of governance and diplomacy.  He has co-authored two books on conflict resolution and over 40 articles and book chapters in the areas of foreign policy, decision-making, computer modeling, and democratic theory. He has advised domestic and international universities, corporations, and governmental units on uses of information and communications technologies to enhance organizational effectiveness, governance, and distance collaborations. Thorson directs the Syracuse University integrated information technology research collaboration with Kim Chaek University of Technology (DPRK) and is co-director of the Regional Scholars and Leaders Seminar initiative.  He is a founding member of the National Committee on North Korea (US) and a co-founder of the US-DPRK Scientific Engagement Consortium. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota.

 

JOHN MARSHALL TOWNSEND
jmtsu44@aol.com
315-443-4851

John_Townsend HeadshotJohn Marshall Townsend is professor of anthropology and adjunct professor at the School of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center. His research interests include human sexuality, sexual attraction, dating and courtship, marriage and divorce, culture and mental illness, and evolutionary psychology. He has published numerous articles and books; his most recent work is What Women Want—What Men Want. His current research includes a study of highly sexually active young adults. Townsend has appeared on national television and numerous radio talk shows, and his work has been profiled in magazine and newspaper articles. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Newhouse Center for the Study of Popular Television. He is an editor for Archives of Sexual Behavior. Townsend received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

CECILIA VAN HOLLEN
cvanholl@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5102

VanHollen, CeciliaAnthropology professor Cecilia Van Hollen studies cultural anthropology; medical anthropology; global health; reproduction; HIV/AIDS; gender; nationalism; and South Asia studies.  Her book, Birth on the Threshold: Childbirth and Modernity in South India, analyzes the impact of modernity on the experiences and decision-making processes of lower class women during childbirth.  She has received two Fulbright Fellowships, a fellowship from the American Institute for Indian Studies, and the Society for Medical Anthropology’s award for best paper published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly in 2012.  Van Hollen served as a trustee of both the American Institute for India Studies (AIIS) and the South Asia Language Institute (SASLI).  She earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco in 1998.

 

DAVID VAN SLYKE
vanslyke@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-8840

David VanSlykeDavid Van Slyke is associate professor of public administration and international affairs and a senior research associate in the Campbell Institute of Public Affairs. His research focuses on privatization and contracting,  specifically how government-nonprofit contracting relationships are structured and managed. He also focuses on strategic management and policy implementation in public and nonprofit organizations. He has published on public and nonprofit management topics in such journals as Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Organization Science, Administration and Society, and The American Review of Public Administration. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1999.

 

SUSAN WADLEY
sswadley@syr.edu
315-443-4198

Wadley, SusanSusan Wadley is professor of anthropology, Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies and co-director of the South Asia Center.  Her areas of expertise include popular religion, oral traditions, and public culture in India.  Wadley also studies Indian gender roles, especially women's changing roles and the relationship of social change to patterns of education, fertility and women's status; globalization; folk arts; community; and social movements.  Wadley’s current research examines culture change in rural India as it responds to globalization.  She has recently worked on a documentary film on Indian art traditions as they change in the 21st century.  Wadley also has edited an introductory textbook on South Asia.  She earned a PhD at the University of Chicago in 1973.

 

MICHAEL WASYLENKO
mjwasyle@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9500

Mike_WasylenkoMichael Wasylenko is professor of economics and senior associate dean of the Maxwell School. He specializes in public finance issues and has published extensively on state and local finance, firm location, tax incentives, and population decentralization within metropolitan areas. Wasylenko co-authored Foreign Investment in the United States: Issues, Magnitudes, and Location Choice of New Manufacturing Plants, 1978 to 1987 and is author or co-author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, technical papers, and invited reviews. He has worked as a fiscal policy advisor to the states of Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and to numerous foreign counties, including Egypt, Hungary, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand. Wasylenko earned a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University.

 

PETER WILCOXEN
wilcoxen@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-0268

Peter_WilcoxenPeter Wilcoxen is associate professor of economics and public administration and international affairs whose principal area of study is the effect of environmental and energy policies on economic growth, international trade, and the performance of individual industries.  He also serves as director of the Maxwell School’s Center for Environmental Policy and Administration. Wilcoxen has published numerous articles and co-authored two books: one on the design of an international policy to control climate change, and one on the design and construction of large scale economic models. Since 1995, Wilcoxen has served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1989.

 

DOUGLAS WOLF
dawolf@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9066

Douglas WolfDouglas Wolf is Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies and professor of public administration. He is a demographer, policy analyst, and gerontological researcher who studies the demographic, health and social aspects of aging, disability and long-term care. He is interested in the well-being and life-course patterns of the older population, including household composition and parent-child co-residence; migration and the spatial dispersion of families; patterns of and trends in disability among the older population; and the use of informal and formal care resources. A primary theme of Wolf's research is the role of family in shaping the choices facing older people and their immediate kin with respect to living and care arrangements. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.

 

JOHN YINGER        
jyinger@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-9062

John_YingerJohn Yinger is Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics; he also directs the Education Finance and Accountability Program, which promotes research, education, and debate about fundamental issues in the nation's elementary and secondary school system. Yinger studies racial and ethnic discrimination in housing and mortgage markets, as well as state and local public finance, particularly education. He has published widely in professional journals, and his book, Closed Doors, Opportunities Lost: The Continuing Costs of Housing Discrimination, won the Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. He served as senior staff economist in the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. Yinger earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1974. 

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