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Dean's Office Leadership

For a list of administrative units and contact information for their assistant deans, directors and staff, please use the drop-down menus in the school’s faculty and staff directory.


David M. Van Slyke

David M. Van Slyke

Dean, Maxwell School

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Ph.D., Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Public and nonprofit management, government contracting, public-private partnerships, policy implementation, strategic management

Carol Faulkner

Carol Faulkner

Professor, History Department

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Maxwell School

Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar

Ph.D., Binghamton University, 1998

Areas of Expertise

19th-century America, U.S. women, gender, sexuality, social movements
Andrew S. London

Andrew S. London

Professor, Sociology Department

Associate Dean for Research, Maxwell School

Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar

Senior Research Associate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research

Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Areas of Expertise

Medical sociology; HIV/AIDS; demography; aging and the life course; families, poverty, welfare and low-wage work; carework; veterans; LGBT/sexuality studies
Gladys McCormick

Gladys McCormick

Associate Professor, History Department

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Maxwell School

Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Advisory Board Member, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Latin America and the Caribbean, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Mexico

Academic Department Leadership


Susan Branson

Susan Branson

Professor and Chair, History Department

Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 1992

Areas of Expertise

Early American women, early American society and culture, science and American society
Renée de Nevers

Renée de Nevers

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Chair, Social Science Ph.D. Program

Interim Director, Master of Arts in International Relations Program and Executive Master's in International Relations Program

Senior Research Associate, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1992

Areas of Expertise

International security, international relations, private military and security companies
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Christopher DeCorse

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Anthropology Department

Senior Research Associate, Maxwell African Scholars Union

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989

Areas of Expertise

General anthropology, African archaeology and history, African diaspora studies, culture contact, colonialism and change, archaeology and popular culture
Shana Kushner Gadarian

Shana Kushner Gadarian

Professor and Chair, Political Science Department

Merle Goldberg Fabian Professor of Excellence in Citizenship and Critical Thinking

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2008

Areas of Expertise

American politics, political psychology, political communication, public opinion, experimental methods
Peng Gao

Peng Gao

Professor and Chair, Geography and the Environment Department

Ph.D., University of Buffalo, State University of New York, 2003

Areas of Expertise

River environment and morphodynamics, Geospatial-based (GIS, remote sensing, and UAV) urban planning and reforming
Colleen Heflin

Colleen Heflin

Associate Dean, Chair and Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Senior Research Associate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2002

Areas of Expertise

Social policy, poverty policy, child and family policy

Osamah F. Khalil

Professor, History Department

Chair, International Relations Undergraduate Program

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Areas of Expertise

U.S. foreign relations, modern Middle East, Cold War, Arab-Israeli conflict
Devashish Mitra

Devashish Mitra

Professor and Chair, Economics Department

Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs

Senior Research Associate, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1996

Areas of Expertise

International trade, political economy, development economics, Indian economy
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Merril Silverstein

Professor and Chair, Sociology Department

Professor, Human Development and Family Science, Falk College

Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging

Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research

Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1990

Areas of Expertise

Aging, family, intergenerational relationships, demographic, policy and cultural contexts, quantitative methods
Junko Takeda

Junko Takeda

Professor, History Department

Interim Chair, Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Daicoff Faculty Scholar

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2006

Areas of Expertise

Early modern European history, France, Mediterranean, economic globalization, immigration, history of medicine

Research Centers and Institutes Leadership


Keith J. Bybee

Keith J. Bybee

Professor, Political Science Department

Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media

Vice Dean (College of Law)

Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor (College of Law)

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1995

Areas of Expertise

Public law, the judicial process, the politics of race, legal theory, political philosophy
Hamid Ekbia

Hamid Ekbia

University Professor, Maxwell School

Director, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Ph.D., Indiana University, 2003

Areas of Expertise

Political economy of computing, artificial intelligence, global development
Catherine M. Gerard

Catherine M. Gerard

Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Research Director, Collaborative Governance

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

M.A., University of Toronto

M.P.A., SUNY-Albany

Areas of Expertise

Leadership, organizational development, total quality management.
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Ryan Griffiths

Professor, Political Science Department

Research Co-Director, International and Intra-State Conflict

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2010 

Areas of Expertise

International relations, comparative politics
Sebastian Karcher

Sebastian Karcher

Associate Director, Qualitative Data Repository, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Research Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2014 

Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat

Professor, Sociology Department

Lerner Chair in Public Health Promotion and Population Health, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Co-Director, Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab

Research Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY, 2008

Areas of Expertise

Rural demography, social and structural determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality

Jennifer Karas Montez

Jennifer Karas Montez

University Professor, Sociology Department

Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies

Director, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab

Senior Research Associate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Areas of Expertise

Demography, political economy and population health, life course and aging
Tina Nabatchi

Tina Nabatchi

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration

Director and Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Public management, policy and law; public participation; collaborative governance; conflict resolution

Areas of Expertise

Harm Reduction, drug use behavior, mental and behavioral health, applied research

Areas of Expertise

American politics, political representation and legislature behavior, health care policy, citizenship and democracy, public engagement, gun politics and policy
Farhana Sultana

Farhana Sultana

Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

Research Director, Environmental Conflict and Collaboration

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Political ecology, international development, water governance, climate change, environmental justice, sustainability, citizenship, human rights, decolonizing, transnational feminisms, South Asia

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Professor, Political Science Department

Director, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

Areas of Expertise

Russian politics, comparative politics, security studies
Michael J. Williams

Michael J. Williams

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Director, International Affairs Seminar Series, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Ph.D., London School of Economics & Political Science, 2006

Janet M. Wilmoth

Janet M. Wilmoth

Professor, Sociology Department

Director, Aging Studies Institute

Dissemination Core Lead, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Senior Research Associate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1995

Areas of Expertise

Sociology of aging and the life course, demography, health
Yael Zeira

Yael Zeira

Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Research Co-Director, International and Intra-State Conflict

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Ph.D., New York University, 2012

Areas of Expertise

Middle East politics, comparative politics, political conflict and violence