Leadership and staff

The EMIR in DC has staff working both on-campus and in Washington on student services, from recruiting and admissions to advising and career services.  As one of the several executive degree options at Maxwell, the EMIR in DC Program is part of the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA), the home of Maxwell's professional degree programs.

Washington-based staff

Ryan Williams

Assistant Dean for Washington Programs
Ryan Williams
  [ rywillia@maxwell.syr.edu ]

Ryan Williams directs the Undergraduate Washington Semester Program as well as all DC-based graduate student programs.  He also teaches the 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

Michael Schneider

Director, Washington Public Diplomacy Program
Michael Schneider
  [ mischnei@maxwell.syr.edu ]

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.  Dr. Schneider also teaches in our fall semester Global Security & Development Program.  In the 1980s, Dr. Schneider was Deputy Associate and Acting Associate Director of 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.

 Samantha Clemence

Washington Program Coordinator
Samantha Clemence
  [ saclemen@maxwell.syr.edu ]

Samantha Clemence is our Washington Program Coordinator.  She previously worked as the Global Programs Coordinator in the International Relations Office and susequently in the Public Administration and International Affairs Department for four years, and she helped to build the DC Program from her perch on campus.  Samantha manages the myriad administrative responsibilities of the Center, including financial and faculty/staff support elements of the office.  She also advises students on career and internship opportunities in Washington DC.  She helps bridge academic training at Maxwell with the practicalities of preparing for a global career.  Samantha holds a BA in English from Hollins College and an MS in Forest and Natural Resource Management from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Melissa Morton

Program Coordinator
Melissa Morton
   [ memorton@maxwell.syr.edu ]  

Melissa Morton serves as a part-time Program Coordinator for Maxwell-in-Washington.   She helps arrange our program schedule and class meetings, gather and disseminate information for you, as well as other administrative and logistics concerns.  Melissa mainly works from home, but you will receive important messages and information from her electronically.

  Pat Tyson

Program Coordinator
Patricia Tyson
  [ patyson@maxwell.syr.edu ]

Patricia Tyson serves as a part-time Program Coordinator for Maxwell-in-Washington.  She helps administer the student apartments as well as a host of other administrative duties.  Pat is a native of Washington and worked at the State Department for most of her career.  She is a tremendous resource for information about the area, its history, and life in Washington.  You will see Pat a couple of evenings per week at CSIS./p>

 Syracuse-based staff

EMIR in DC Staff
Robert Bifulco

Associate Dean and Chair, Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) 
Robert Bifulco, Jr.  [rbifulco@maxwell.syr.edu]

Dr. Robert Bifulco is the Associate Dean, Chair and Professor for the Public Administration and International Affairs Department at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is an accomplished teacher and scholar, holding appointments as Senior Research Associate with the Center for Policy Research (CPR) and Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) at the Maxwell School, and as co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. In addition, he was affiliated with CALDER and Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Connecticut. He had been fortunate to have his research supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Connecticut State Department of Education and by the New York State Education Department.  

Prior to Syracuse University, he taught at the University of Connecticut where he received the Distinguished Professor award. Dr. Bifulco has taught courses on Public Budgeting, State and Local Finance, Economic Analysis, Education Policy, Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis, and Program Evaluation.  

His research focuses on the evaluation of educational policies and programs generally with specific interests in the interactions of school segregation, school policies, and student outcomes.  He has also conducted research on the measurement of school performance, educational resource disparities, and peer effects.  He has published articles evaluating whole-school reform, school accountability programs, charter schools, magnet schools and other forms of school choice which have appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, and the American Economic Journal–Economic Policy among others.  

He received his Ph.D. and M.P.A. in Public Administration from Syracuse University along with an M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy from Rice and Bucknell Universities, respectively.   

Stuart Brown

Professor of Practice and Vice Chair, Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) 
Stuart Brown  [ssbrown@maxwell.syr.edu]

Dr. Stuart Brown is a Professor of Practice and Vice Chair of the Public Administration and International Affairs Department at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs specializing in international macroeconomics and finance and international political economy.    

He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Steve Lux

Director, Executive Education
Steven Lux  [sjlux@maxwell.syr.edu]

Steven Lux is currently the Director of Executive Education at the Maxwell School, Steve is responsible for overseeing the School’s mid-career graduate degree programs (roughly 150 full and part-time students from thirty countries around the world) and developing and managing various executive management training for both domestic and international audiences. Steve also teaches graduate level courses at the Maxwell School on subjects related to non-governmental organizations and civil society. Prior to his work with the Maxwell School, Steve spent 12 years designing and managing development programs in South East Asia across a range of topics including health (i.e. family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition) and rural development (i.e. agricultural production, microcredit, small business development). Starting as a World Teach volunteer in Thailand in 1991, Steve’s career path allowed him to live and work also in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and to become fluent in Thai and Vietnamese. Steve’s last assignment before returning to Syracuse University full-time in 2004 was as Regional Director of a Thai NGO, the Population and Community Development Association. Steve also has experience as an information systems analyst while working for Computer Science Corporation (CSC) from 1989 – 1991. Steve is a graduate of Jamesville-Dewitt High School and his wife and three children are residents of DeWitt since 2003. Steven Lux has an AB degree in Economics from Harvard College (1989) and a MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (1997).

Margaret Lane

Assistant Director, Executive Education
Margaret Lane  [melane02@maxwell.syr.edu]

Margaret Lane serves as the Assistant Director of Executive Education Programs and the Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program.  She is the contact for admissions and financial aid for the EMIR in DC. 

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