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 fourth floor of the CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) building!

Mark Jacobson

Assistant Dean, Washington Programs
Mark Jacobson
  [ mrjacobs@maxwell.syr.edu ]

Assistant Dean for Washington Programs Mark R. Jacobson oversees year-round academic programs for Maxwell’s D.C. headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the #1-ranked think tank in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index), where Maxwell serves approximately 200 undergraduate, graduate, and midcareer executive students each year.

A scholar-practitioner of foreign policy and national security, Jacobson most recently served as the John J. McCloy Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College and prior to that at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His teaching and research interests include the history of propaganda and political warfare as well as how identity groups have used military service for community validation in the United States.

Jacobson previously served in government in a number of roles as both a civil servant and political appointee, including as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, as the first Deputy NATO Senior Civilian Representative-Afghanistan and as a Presidential Management Intern. Jacobson also worked on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a veteran, having served in both the Army and Navy reserves with mobilizations to Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Jacobson holds degrees from the University of Michigan, King’s College (University of London), and The Ohio State University (from which he earned a PhD in military history).

Michael Schneider

Director, Washington Public Diplomacy Program
Michael Schneider
  [ mischnei@maxwell.syr.edu ]

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

Washington Assistant Director
Samantha Clemence
  [ saclemen@maxwell.syr.edu ]

Samantha Clemence is our Washington Assistant Director.  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.  She 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. 

Jacqueline Rivera
 Washington Program Coordinator

 Jacqueline Rivera [ jriver09@maxwell.syr.edu ]

Jacqueline Rivera serves as the full-time Program Coordinator for Maxwell-in-Washington. Jacqueline provides academic and administrative operations support for Maxwell in Washington’s undergraduate and graduate program including course scheduling, application processes, communication with students, program logistics, events, and faculty support. She helps manage the budget, payroll, and hiring procedures. She provides administrative and technology support for classes held at CSIS. Jacqueline received her BA in Economics from University of Maryland in May 2018.  

Melissa Morton

Program Coordinator
Melissa Morton
   [ memorton@maxwell.syr.edu ]  

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.

  Pat Tyson

Program Coordinator
Patricia Tyson
  [ patyson@maxwell.syr.edu ]

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.


For more information contact maxwellindc@maxwell.syr.edu.