Faculty in the EMIR in DC Program are well-known scholars, researchers, and senior-level practitioners.  They have earned their reputation for influential research and directly shaping policy at a national and global level.

Syracuse-based research and practitioner faculty

EMIR in DC Faculty
 Bill Banks 

 William Banks [wcbanks@syr.edu]

INSCT Founding Director William C. Banks is a SU College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor and SU Maxwell School Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs. During 2015-2016, Banks was Interim Dean of SU Law. A teacher at SU for more than 38 years, under his leadership, INSCT has risen from its inception in 2003 to become a recognized leader in research and education on national and international security and terrorism.

A highly regarded and internationally recognized scholar, topics of Banks’ wide-ranging research include national security and counterterrorism law; laws of war and asymmetric warfare; drones and targeted killing; transnational crime and corruption; cybersecurity, cyberespionage, and cyber conflict; human security; emergency and war powers; emergency preparedness and response; prosecuting terrorists; civilian-military relations; and government surveillance and privacy. Banks is most recently the co-author (with Stephen Dycus) of Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2016). He is the author, co-author, and/or editor of numerous other titles, including National Security Law (Aspen, 2016) and Counterterrorism Law (Aspen, 2016)—books that have helped set the parameters for these fields of study—as well as Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare(Oxford UP, 2012) and New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates on Asymmetric Warfare (Columbia UP, 2011).

The subjects of Banks’ more than 100 published book chapters and articles range from the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles, to terrorism in South America, to the role of the military in domestic affairs. Recent writing includes “Regulating Cyber Conflict;” “Regulating Drones: Military Law and CIA Practice and the Shifting Challenges of New Technologies;” “Exceptional Courts in Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA);” and “Programmatic Surveillance and FISA: Of Needles in Haystacks.” Additionally, Banks has spearheaded numerous interdisciplinary research projects for INSCT, including New Battlefields, Old Laws: From the Hague Conventions to Asymmetric Warfare; Controlling Economic Cyber Espionage; and Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters, a collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UN CTED).

A graduate of the University of Nebraska (B.A. 1971) and the University of Denver (J.D. 1974; M.S. 1982), Banks joined the faculty of the SU College of Law in 1978. In 1998, he was appointed a Professor of Public Administration in SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and he was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in the same year. He founded INSCT in 2003, and he became the first SU College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor in 2008.

Among his public service appointments, Banks has served as a Special Counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee (for the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Stephen G. Breyer); on the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security; as a member of the InfraGard National Members Alliance Board of Advisors; on the Advisory Council for the Perpetual Peace Project; on the Executive Board of the International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC); as an Editorial Board member at The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, The Netherlands; and as a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Banks also is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

Matt Bonham 

 G. Matthew Bonham [gmbonham@syr.edu]

Course: Comparative Foreign Policy (PSC 783)

Dr. Bonham is Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School.  He is the former Chair of the International Relations Program.  His research has focused on the problem of representing and comparing the cognitive maps of policy officials, and the use of such representations to develop computer models of foreign policy decision-making. His recent research has examined cultural factors in international communication as reflected in figurative language, such as metaphor and metonymy.  He is currently conducting research on communicative aspects of the "War on Terrorism." 

Matt was a Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and he is also a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the American Political Science Association (APSA),  the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Margaret Hermann

Margaret (Peg) Hermann [mgherman@syr.edu]

Course: Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management (PAI 600 / ECS 600)

Dr. Hermann is Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School. Her research focuses on political leadership, foreign policy decision making, the comparative study of foreign policy, and crisis management. Hermann has worked to develop techniques for assessing the leadership styles of heads of government at a distance and has such data on over 300 leaders. She is currently involved in exploring the effects of different types of leaders and decision processes on the management of crises that cross border and boundaries as well as lead governments to experience crises. Her leadership style measures have also been applied to the leaders of transnational NGOs and international organizations. 

Hermann has been president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and the International Studies Association (ISA) as well as editor of Political Psychology and the International Studies Review. She developed the Summer Institute in Political Psychology and was its director for nine years. Among her books are Describing Foreign Policy Behavior; Political Psychology: Issues and Problems; Leaders, Groups, and Coalitions Understanding the People and Processes in Foreign Policymaking. Her journal articles and book chapters include: Assessing Leadership Style: A Trait Analysis; Using Content Analysis to Study Public Figures; The Effects of Leaders and Leadership in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding; Transboundary Crises through the Eyes of Policymakers; Policymakers and Their Interpretations Matter; The Experiment and Foreign Policy Decision Making; The Study of American Foreign Policy; and Leadership, Terrorism, and the Use of Violence.

Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology, Northwestern University; B.A., DePauw University.

Robert Murrett

Robert Murrett [rbmurret@syr.edu]

Courses: US Intelligence Community: Governance & Practice (PAI 738); US Defense Strategy, Military Posture & Combat Operations, 2001-Present (PAI 730)

Robert B. Murrett is a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and serves as the Deputy Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT). He holds a courtesy faculty appointment with the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute and is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, both at the University. In 2016, Murrett was the recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award and Professorship at the Maxwell School. In addition, he is a staff member at the RAND Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses, and chairs the MITRE Intelligence Advisory Board. 

Sean O'Keefe 

Sean O'Keefe [scokeefe@syr.edu]

Courses: Executive Education Seminar (PAI 895); Public Management of Technological Development (PAI 700)

Sean O’Keefe is University Professor and the Howard and Louise Phanstiel endowed Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  He is the 17th faculty recipient in the nearly 150 year Syracuse history to be designated University Professor, the most senior faculty appointment conferred by the institution.  Concurrently, he is a Distinguished Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a partner institution with the Syracuse Maxwell School in Washington, D.C.

Previously, O’Keefe was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Group Inc, the US based corporate division of the global aerospace corporation. Prior to joining Airbus, O'Keefe was a company officer and Vice President of the General Electric Company following service as Chancellor of the Louisiana State University. On four separate occasions O'Keefe served as a presidential appointee when he led NASA, as Secretary of the Navy, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Deputy Assistant to the President, and as Comptroller and CFO at the Defense Department.  His first presidential appointment followed nearly a decade with the US Senate Appropriations Committee concluding as staff director of defense subcommittee.  Between public service posts and at various times in his career, he held faculty appointments at the Pennsylvania State University, LSU and Syracuse.  Following completion of his graduate degree at the Syracuse Maxwell School, his public service experiences began as a Presidential Management Intern in the inaugural class of the program in 1978.  

O'Keefe is the recipient of the Defense Department's Distinguished Public Service Award, the faculty recipient of the Syracuse University Chancellor's Award for Public Service; the Department of Navy's Public Service Award and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from five higher education institutions, including Loyola University, New Orleans, his undergraduate alma mater. On three occasions, Irish American Magazine designated O'Keefe as among the Top 100 Irish Americans, Syracuse University presented him the distinguished alumni Arents Award for Excellence in Public Service, and the Meridian International Center honored him with the Corporate Leadership award.

O'Keefe is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and serves on the board of directors of the Partnership for Public Service. His graduate course offerings include public management, national security policy, technology management, leadership and participation in various executive education programs.

Washington, DC based faculty - senior international policy practitioners

 Bennett Caplan

Bennett Caplan [bacaplan@syr.edu ]

Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section M002)

Bennett Caplan is an international trade attorney and consultant; currently President of Global Management Trade Services and Head of Secretariat at FIVS, a trade association for the alcohol beverage industry;  MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; JD, Boston College Law School; BA, Columbia College 

Bejoy Das Gupta

Bejoy Das Gupta [bdasgupt@syr.edu ]

Course: Issues in Global Economic and Financial Security (PAI 715, Section M001)

Dr. Bejoy Das Gupta has more than twenty years’ experience in the analysis of macroeconomic policy, capital flows and financial sector; communicating research to bankers, asset managers and senior officials; providing policy advice, leading missions, and organizing/participating in conferences; and developing/maintaining high-level contacts with senior officials and the private sector. He is currently Chief Economist for Asia at the IIF, where he has been responsible for analyzing emerging markets in the Asia/Pacific region since 1993. Prior to joining the IIF, Dr. Das Gupta served as Economist for the International Lead and Zinc Study Group in London, an inter-governmental commodity organization, and in investment banking with Grindlays Bank.

After graduating from the London School of Economics, he received M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Economics from Christ Church, Oxford. He is a recipient of several prizes, including the AMEX Bank Review Awards in International Economics and Finance in 1988. He was born in Calcutta, India, where he completed his early education.

 Paul Fekete

Paul Fekete [pjfekete@syr.edu]

Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section M002)

Paul Fekete is a Senior International Trade Advisor, USAID; former Principal of Global Trade Associates; former Vice President with The Services Group; former Chief of Mission, Integrated Framework Initiative, World Bank, Malawi; former Senior Vice President, Samuels International; MA, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; BA in History, Bates College

Constance Freeman

Constance Freeman [cjfreema@syr.edu]

Courses: Development in Africa: Challenges, Constraints & Strategies (PAI 702, Section M002); African Conflicts: Causes & Consequences (PAI 715, Section M008)

Constance Freeman is a 40-year veteran of African affairs and issues, who has served as an Economic Councilor at the US Embassy in Nairobi and most recently as Director of the Canadian IDRC (International Development Research Center) Regional Office for East and Southern Africa.

She has Ph.D. and MA degrees in Development Economics from the School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a BA from the American University in Washington, D.C. She has spent over forty years living and working on Africa and traveling widely in Africa and Asia.

From 1999-2001, Freeman was Professor of Economics/Senior Advisor, African Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), Washington, D.C. Previously she served as Director of African Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C. where she was consulted widely as an African expert by the press, government and corporations.

During her 14 years as a U.S. diplomat, Dr. Freeman was the Director of the Economic Policy Staff for the African Bureau where she helped craft U.S. economic policy for sub-Saharan Africa; she worked as Economic Counsellor at the American Embassy in Nairobi where she developed U.S. economic policy towards Kenya and she served at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

Dr. Freeman worked in Cameroon and Brazzaville as Peace Corps Country Director and earlier in her career on the Professional Staff of the Foreign Assistance Sub-Committee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. There she played a major role in shaping foreign assistance, development bank and Peace Corps legislation.

As an academic, Dr. Freeman taught at the University of Zambia in the early seventies and has lectured for over 20 years throughout the U.S. and Africa on African issues. She authored numerous reports and evaluations for the U.S. government during her 20-year diversified career and published a number of articles after she retired from government. "The Three Economies of Africa" was published in December 2000 by ISS in Pretoria.

Philip French

Philip French [pcfrench@syr.edu

Course: Current Policy Issues in US-Latin American Relations (PAI 703, Section M001)

Philip C. French spent 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, in addition to two tours in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Following a tour in Madrid as Consul General, Mr. French was assigned in 2001 to San Salvador as Deputy Chief of Mission and later served as acting Chief of Mission.  He was posted to Caracas as Deputy Chief of Mission in 2007 before his final assignment as Team Leader for the Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team in Fallujah, Iraq from 2008 to 2009.

From 2011 until 2016 Mr. French served as Executive Director of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the national security interests of the U.S by enhancing citizen knowledge of foreign affairs.  He currently chairs the inter-agency working group for the State Department’s International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS), the system by which the U.S. Government provides and shares the cost of common administrative support at its more than 250 diplomatic and consular posts overseas.   Mr. French is also a part-time Coordinator in the Department of State’s Political Military Action Team.  A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, Mr. French spent the 1996-97 academic year as Diplomat in Residence at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.  

 Shannon Green

Shannon Green [sgreen@csis.org]

Course: Statecraft & Smartpower in the Digital Era (PAI 715, Section M007)

Shannon N. Green is director and senior fellow of the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS. She brings deep experience in human rights, civil society strengthening, and international development, with over 13 years in the U.S. government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Green was senior director for global engagement on the National Security Council staff. In that role, she developed and coordinated policies and initiatives to deepen and broaden U.S. engagement with critical populations overseas, including spearheading the president’s Stand with Civil Society Agenda and young leader initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. She was also involved in the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and in efforts to discredit and delegitimize ISIL and counter its propaganda. From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Green worked at the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led the development of policies, strategies, and programs to advance political reform and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She contributed to USAID’s response to the Arab Spring, initiating new programs to support civil society and enhance the transparency and credibility of elections and other political processes across the region. In 2009, Ms. Green joined the interagency elections team in Afghanistan, where she coordinated the international election observation effort and put measures in place to enhance women’s participation. From 2004 to 2008, she served in USAID’s Asia and Near East Bureau, where she was responsible for managing strategic planning, performance reporting, and budget formulation processes and pioneering new development approaches in fragile, conflict, and post-conflict environments. Prior to joining the government, she worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Environmental Change and Security Project and for nongovernmental organizations combating HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Green received her B.A. in political science and history from the University of Georgia and her M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from American University. 

Randall Griffin 

Randall Griffin [rbgriffi@syr.edu]

Course: Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management (PAI 700 / ECS 600)

Randall Griffin’s career spans nearly thirty years of public safety experience in the local career fire service, federal service and academia. After 9/11/2001, Captain Griffin was detailed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC where he worked with other federal agencies to develop technologies to protect first responders from emerging threats.  Since 2007, Mr. Griffin has taught graduate courses in leadership and public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and in 2013 he helped to establish the Executive Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management at Georgetown University. 

A native of New York, Mr. Griffin earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oswego State University and an Associate’s degree from the fire protection program at Corning Community College. Mr. Griffin serves on a number of national boards, including the U.S. Attorney General sanctioned, Inter Agency Board for Equipment Interoperability and Standardization. Mr. Griffin has received numerous awards for his work including that for valor and for distinction in teaching.

James Keagle James Keagle [jmkeagle@syr.edu]

Course: National Security & Defense Transformation (PAI 715, Section M006)

James Keagle is the Director of the Transforming National Security seminar series at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University. Prior to this position, Dr. Keagle was the National Defense University's Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to these positions, he served as a professor of National Security Strategy at NDU. In that role Dr. Keagle worked as a research faculty member assisting with NDU’s modeling and simulation and work with interagency education and training. A Latin American specialist, Dr. Keagle served as Deputy Director of the Defense Department's Bosnia Task Force, Cuba Desk Officer for DOD, and Political Officer at Headquarters US Southern Command in Panama. He earned a PhD in Politics from Princeton University.  Dr Keagle has led NATO Professional Military Education transformation teams to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Romania, and the Czech Republic.  He also has an honorary doctorate from the Military Technical Academy of Romania and is an honorary professor at Transilvania University and the Defense University of Mongolia.

Melinda Kimble

Melinda Kimble [mlkimble@syr.edu]

Course: Global Sustainability and Public Policy (PAI 715, Section M009)

Melinda Kimble became Senior Vice President of the UN Foundation in January 2006 as the Foundation solidified its leadership role in partnership building.  She joined the Foundation in May 2000 as Vice President for Programs and worked to develop Foundation partnership programs in the areas of Children's Health; Energy & Climate Change; Biodiversity; Peace, Security, and Human Rights; and Women's Health.  A career Department of State Foreign Service Officer from 1971-2000, she held a number of policy level positions, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, overseeing multilateral development issues and debt policy.  In that capacity, she also oversaw U.S. Paris Club debt rescheduling negotiations, and developed a series of policy initiatives. 

Ms. Kimble's work on energy issues began with her assignment to Harvard's Kennedy School in 1979.  Working on her Master's in Public Administration, she concentrated on energy issues related to the Middle East and North Africa.

On returning to the Near East Bureau's Office of Economic Affairs in 1980 she worked on policy analyses targeted on the Persian Gulf energy sector.  She also developed a number of new reporting tools for State economic officers that improved country reporting on the energy sector and provided the field with regular market analyses of global market developments.  In this position she worked closely with the new International Energy Agency at OECD and the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna.  Ms Kimble continued to work on energy questions while serving in North Africa. 

When she returned to the U.S. in 1987 as Deputy, and then, Office Director for Monetary Affairs, she assumed responsibility for energy sector analysis and its relevance in balance of payments crises.  She prepared the successful State Department arguments in support of a Compensatory Financing Facility for Algeria - by illustrating how the natural gas markets had diverged from petroleum markets and that IMF fiscal support was warranted.  She also managed US policy on a range of international debt issues and worked extensively on the restructuring of U.S. military debt to a number of key countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, and Egypt. 

From 1991 through 1997, Ms. Kimble applied her economic expertise to the UN sustainable development agenda and shaped US policy vis-à-vis key UN agencies.  She worked closely with UNDP and FAO on a number of initiatives related to agriculture and energy.  In this role, she concentrated on the UN environmental agenda, working on international environmental policy as well as leading negotiations on a series of post-Rio conferences related to Sustainable Development. In 1997, she became Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science and organized the Kyoto negotiations, working closely with senior Department leadership.  Here again, her negotiating skill and knowledge of the energy sector and economics proved relevant - and critical to the final outcome.

This background has shaped her work at the UN Foundation where she has focused on building partnerships around market-based energy initiatives that also reduce the use of conventional fuel.  This focus has led to sustained UNF support for energy efficiency, community renewable energy, and sustainable energy finance.  She has used the experience and knowledge gained in developing these programs with key UN partners to create the International Bioenergy Initiative at the UN Foundation and support a network of UN agencies in a UN Biofuels Initiative.  This partnership initiative is now building country data bases to assess the potential for bioenergy and compiling information on best practices as a component of the G8 Bioenergy Partnership which is led by the Italian Ministry of the Environment.

Ms. Kimble has lived and worked in Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, and Tunisia.  She speaks French and Arabic and holds two masters degrees:  Economics (University of Denver) and MPA (Harvard's Kennedy School of Government).  She is married to a career AID officer, James R. Phippard (retired), and has four adult stepchildren.

Michael O'Hanlon  Michael O'Hanlon    [mohanlon@syr.edu]

Course: Who will Rule in the 21st Century (PAI 700, Section M001)

Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow and co-director with the  Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and director of research for the  Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His most recent book, co-written with James Steinberg, is Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2014).

O’Hanlon is the author of Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget (Brookings Institution Press 2013);  Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy with Martin Indyk and Kenneth Lieberthal  (Brookings Institution Press March 2012);  The Wounded Giant: America’s Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity  (Penguin Press 2011); A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament  (Brookings Institution Press 2010); Toughing It Out in Afghanistan  with Hassina Sherjan (Brookings Institution Press 2010); and  The Science of War  (Princeton University Press 2009). He continues to coauthor Brookings’s  Afghanistan Index. He and Bruce Riedel wrote A Plan A- for Afghanistan  in the Winter 2010/2011 issue of The Washington Quarterly and published a paper on Afghanistan and Pakistan for Brookings’s Campaign 2012 project.

His other recent books include  A War Like No Other , about the U.S.-China relationship and the Taiwan issue, with Richard Bush (Wiley 2007); a multi-author volume, Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007  (Brookings Institution Press 2006); Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era (Brookings Institution Press 2005); The Future of Arms Control , co-authored with Michael Levi (Brookings Institution Press 2005);  Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space  (Brookings Institution Press 2004); and  Crisis on the Korean Peninsula  with Mike Mochizuki (McGraw-Hill 2003).

He has written several hundred op-eds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Financial Times, The Japan Times and Pakistan’s Dawn paper. O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio about 2,000 times since September 11, 2001.

O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989-1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His Ph.D. from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor's and master's degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982-1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French. 

Eliza Patterson

Eliza Patterson  [ epatters@syr.edu

Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section M002)

Eliza Patterson is a graduate of Harvard Law School who has worked in the area of international economic law and policy for the past thirty years. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and most recently in academia. In the private sector as an associate at several major international law firms and consulting firms she represented foreign companies interested in trading with and investing in the United States.  In the US federal government she was involved in multiple international economic negotiations while serving in the Foreign Agriculture Service and the US International Trade Commission. She also served as the Washington representative for international trade for the Port Authority of NY and NJ.  As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught courses on international trade law and policy and economic negotiations at Renmin University in Beijing, China. She previously taught at Washington and Lee School of Law, Georgetown School of law and Columbia University. She currently teaches at Sciences Po in Paris during the spring semester and at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and at Syracuse University's Maxwell School during the fall semester. 
 Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider  [mischnei@maxwell.syr.edu

Courses: Statecraft & Smartpower in the Digital Era (PAI 715, Section M007); Issues in Public Diplomacy (PAI 708, Section M001); Public Diplomacy Research Consultancy (PAI 709, Section M001)

Michael Schneider directs the Washington Public Diplomacy Program, which is a spring semester requirement for students enrolled in their second year of the dual MA in International Relations and MS in Public Relations Program, a joint initiative of Syracuse University's Maxwell Schoool and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  In the 1980s, Dr. Schneider was Deputy Associate and Acting Associate Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) for policy and programs and served as USIA Liaison with the National Security Council. He was Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State in the mid-1990s. He served as executive secretary of a panel of U.S. and international leaders who examined the Fulbright Exchange Program, and authored the report, Fulbright at Fifty, and a subsequent report to the State Department, Others' Open Doors.  Dr. Schneider served as the Director of Maxwell-in-Washington until 2009.  He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, a masters degree from Columbia University, and a PhD in Political Science from American University.

Christopher Skaluba

Chistopher Skaluba

Course: Comparative Foreign Policy (PSC 783)

Since leaving his role as a senior executive in the federal government, Mr. Skaluba has focused on writing, teaching and consulting about defense policy and international relations — recently publishing multiple essays in the online journal, War on the Rocks, and teaching comparative foreign policy as part of the Maxwell School’s new Executive Masters in International Relations program. Before leaving government service, Mr. Skaluba served as the Principal Director for Strategy and Force Development in the Pentagon’s Policy division. His office was responsible for assessing the future of international security and crafting the Defense Department’s strategies for navigating that future as a means to developing a prepared, capable, and effective U.S. military. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Skaluba served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, the principal advisor to the Department’s leadership with respect to crisis management in the Middle East. Mr. Skaluba served a lengthly tenure as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy, where he formulated and implemented U.S. defense policy for Europe. Accordingly, he conducted defense relationships with 31 European nations and, in the wake of Russian revanchism, helped inaugurate the European Deterrence Initiative. In this capacity and in his previous role and as the Director for European Policy, Mr. Skaluba frequently represented the Secretary of Defense and the Department at bilateral, multilateral, and interagency activities associated with transatlantic security. Prior to his work on Europe, Mr. Skaluba served in the Pentagon’s Policy Planning office, working on a range of projects to include long-term competitive strategy development and the Defense Policy Board. He came to Policy Planning from an exchange assignment at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, where he managed London’s defense relations with Japan and South Korea. Before his assignment in Whitehall, Mr. Skaluba worked as a strategic planner for the Pentagon’s Homeland Defense policy office, helping to craft the inaugural Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support. Mr. Skaluba began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he completed a series of developmental assignments throughout the foreign and defense policy community. Mr. Skaluba’s private sector experience includes the Walt Disney Company’s Management Development Program, Crossroads to Leadership, which he completed while working in various capacities for Disney’s Orlando operations. Mr. Skaluba is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Master of Arts in English from Syracuse. Mr. Skaluba taught numerous classes in writing and rhetoric at Syracuse while pursuing his degrees. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in English and History from the Pennsylvania State University.

 Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams  [rywillia@maxwell.syr.edu]

Course: Washington Internship (PAI 715, Section M004)

Ryan Williams directs all DC-based graduate and undergraduate student programs.  In addition to serving as the faculty sponsor for all Washington internships, he also teaches the undergraduate Global Policy Seminar & Practicum, which meets all-day every Thursday and features guest speakers as well as visits to institutions such as Congress, the National Security Council, the State Department, various foreign embassies, think tanks, and NGOs. Before coming to Washington, Dr. Williams served as the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Maxwell's International Relations Program for six years and previously as the Assistant Director at SU Abroad. In a former life, he worked in investment banking and management consulting on both sides of the Atlantic, in New York and San Francisco, and more extensively in France and Germany. In Europe, Dr. Williams worked on cross-border mergers and acquisitions as well as initial public offerings on the German stock exchange. He holds a BA in German, French, and International Business from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from Tufts University's Fletcher School in Boston and an MBA from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) School of Management in Paris. He also completed both an MA and PhD in Political Science at Maxwell. Dr. Williams' broad academic interests include foreign policy analysis, decision-making, and political psychology. More narrowly, his doctoral research focused on cosmopolitanism, citizenship, and international education.  

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