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May Program



Constance Freeman  [

 Course: Development in Africa: Challenges, Constraints & Strategies 

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.  During the last decade, while serving as the Regional Director of East and Southern Africa for the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC), she managed a staff of forty providing intellectual guidance to over a hundred African lead research initiatives in 23 countries.

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.


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.


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.