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Maxwell / Maxwell in Washington


Leadership and staff

As an extension of the Maxwell School and Syracuse University in Washington, DC, we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment that fosters meaningful connections among faculty, staff, students, and DC area alumni.  Please visit us on the third floor of the Paul Greenberg House! 


Ryan Williams

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

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

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. 

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Melissa Morton

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.

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Patricia Tyson

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 the Greenberg House.



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