Professor, History Department
Chair, International Relations Undergraduate Program
Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program
Professor Khalil is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and the modern Middle East. He is the author of "America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State" (Harvard, 2016) and the editor of "United States Relations with China and Iran: Toward the Asian Century" (Bloomsbury, 2019). He previously served as the interim director of the Middle East Studies program. Professor Khalil teaches courses on the history of U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War, the history of international relations, America and the Middle East, and the Vietnam War and popular culture. In 2018, he received the Chancellor’s Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction.
Havva Karakas Keles
Assistant Director, International Relations Undergraduate Program
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science Department
Prior to joining the International Relations Undergraduate Program, Havva served as Regional Programs Coordinator, Assistant Director of Moynihan European Research Centers, and Project Manager of the Atlantis Transatlantic Dual Degree Program in International Security and Development Policy at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School.
Havva holds a B.A. in translation studies and master’s degrees in international relations and political science. She conducted multilingual archival research in the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and Turkey toward her NSF-supported doctoral work at Syracuse University where she is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science focusing on coalition governments, political leadership, foreign policy, and decision-making.
Havva’s undergraduate teaching at Syracuse covered political affairs in the MENA region, European Union, foreign policy, and political leadership.