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May Program


 Professor Philip French  

Philip French  [

 Course: Current Policy Issues in US-Latin America Relations 

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.  

Dr. Margaret Hermann  

Margaret (Peg) Hermann []

Course: Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management

Dr. Hermann is a 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.

Professor Randall Griffin  

Randall Griffin 

Course: Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management

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.

 Keli Perrin  

 Keli Perrin []

Course: Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management

Keli A. Perrin serves as Assistant Director of the Institute for National Security and Terrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on topics related to homeland security, critical infrastructure, emergency management, and privacy law. She is part of a NSF-supported multidisciplinary research team studying the privacy impacts of distributed energy markets. 

For seven years, Perrin administered INSCT’s Research Center, which provides an opportunity for graduate and law students to explore—for real-world clients—research topics such as national security leaks, victim compensation, private security contracting, fusion centers, immigration law and border security policy, mutual aid in disaster response, and the domestic use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Before joining INSCT, Perrin served as law clerk to the Hon. David N. Hurd, US District Judge for the Northern District of New York. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Northern District of New York. Additionally, she is a member of the New York State Emergency Manager’s Association and New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Mass Disaster Response.

Perrin graduated magna cum laude from SU’s College of Law in 2004. A joint degree student, she also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School. Her bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology was earned from the SUNY Institute of Technology, where she majored in thermodynamics.