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Maxwell School Leadership, Faculty and Staff


Gretchen Purser

Gretchen Purser

Associate Professor, Sociology Department

Research Director, Advocacy and Activism

Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Co-Director, Lender Center for Social Justice

400H Eggers Hall | 315.443.5848 | gwpurser@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Work and labor, urban poverty, law and punishment, housing and homelessness, precarity, social theory, ethnography, community-based action research

Areas of Expertise

Ethics and public policy, management ethics, leadership

Dennis C. Rasmussen

Dennis C. Rasmussen

Professor, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

313B Maxwell Hall | 315.443.5877 | dcrasmus@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Political theory, history of political thought

Jane M. Read

Jane M. Read

Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

Director, Integrated Learning Major, Environment, Sustainability and Policy

Senior Research Associate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Senior Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

123 Eggers Hall | 315.443.4279 | jaread@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Geographic information systems and remote sensing, human-environment interactions, geohumanities, indigenous livelihoods, Latin America

Sara Reckless

Sara Reckless

Adjunct Professor, Maxwell in Washington, D.C.

Senior Transition Advisor, USAID Office of Transition Initiatives

sereckle@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Political transitions, conflict prevention and stabilization, countering violent extremism

Grant Reeher

Grant Reeher

Professor, Political Science Department

Director, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

313 Eggers Hall | 315.443.5046 | gdreeher@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

American politics, political representation and legislature behavior, health care policy, citizenship and democracy, public engagement, gun politics and policy

JoAnn L. Rhoades

JoAnn L. Rhoades

Administrative Assistant, Anthropology Department

209 Maxwell Hall | 315.443.2200 | jlrhoade@syr.edu


Gretchen Ritter

Gretchen Ritter

Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Professor, Political Science Department

Faculty Affiliate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

500 Crouse-Hinds Hall | 315.443.2494 | ritterg@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

History of women's constitutional rights; contemporary issues concerning democracy and citizenship in American politics

Jacqueline Rivera

Jacqueline Rivera

Program Coordinator, Maxwell in Washington, D.C.

CSIS | 202.888.6365 | jriver09@syr.edu


Jonnell A. Robinson

Jonnell A. Robinson

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Geography and the Environment Department

Co-Director, Community Geography

Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry

215C Lyman Hall | 315.443.4890 | jdallen@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Community geography, participatory geographic information systems (GIS)

Lars Rodseth

Lars Rodseth

Associate Professor, Anthropology Department

Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center

516 Eggers Hall | 315.443.9710 | rodseth@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Political and historical anthropology, social theory, history of the human sciences, kinship, nationalism, violence, ideology, South Asia, Tibet, United States

Dennis Romano

Professor Emeritus, History Department

Dr. Walter Montgomery and Marian Gruber Professor of History, Emeritus

dromano@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Renaissance Italy, early modern social and cultural history, Venice

Stuart Rosenthal

Stuart Rosenthal

Professor, Economics Department

Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute

426 Eggers Hall | 315.443.3809 | ssrosent@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Urban economics, state and local public economies, real estate finance and housing

Michah Rothbart

Michah W. Rothbart

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall | 315.443.2868 | mwrothba@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Nonprofit and public financial management, public budgeting, education policy

Alexander Rothenberg

Alexander Rothenberg

Assistant Professor, Economics Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall | 315.443.9056 | adrothen@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Urban economics, development economics, applied econometrics

Robert A. Rubinstein

Robert A. Rubinstein

Distinguished Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology Department

Professor, International Relations

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

405A Maxwell Hall | 315.443.3837 | rar@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Peace, conflict and international security, medical anthropology and public health, methods, history and theory

Mark Rupert

Mark Rupert

Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

410A Maxwell Hall | 315.443.1748 | merupert@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

International relations, political economy, politics of globalization, right-wing populism politics of globalization

Tod Rutherford

Tod Rutherford

Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

535 Eggers Hall | 315.443.2605 | trutherf@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Economic restructuring, labor and the automobile industry, labor market processes and policies, regional development

Chie Sakakibara

Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

144D Eggers Hall | 315.443.3679 | csakakib@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous geographies, environmental humanities, humanistic geography, Arctic studies 


Tammy Salisbury

Tammy Salisbury

Administrative Assistant, Social Science Ph.D. Program

413 Maxwell Hall | 315.443.2275 | mtsalisb@syr.edu


S. N. Sangmpam

S. N. Sangmpam

Professor by Courtesy Appointment, Political Science Department

Professor, African American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

217 Sims Hall | 315.443.9943 | SnSangm@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Theoretic comparative politics, empirically oriented social/political theory, Third World politics and political economy, African politics, international politics, African American politics

Rebecca Schewe

Rebecca Schewe

Associate Professor, Sociology Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Senior Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

426 Eggers Hall | 315.443.9894 | rlschewe@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Environmental and natural resource sociology

Mark Schmeller

Mark Schmeller

Associate Professor, History Department

Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department

509 Eggers Hall | 315.443.4639 | mschmell@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

United States political and intellectual history, 18th and 19th centuries, communications history, legal history, political thought, Atlantic World

Amy Schmidt

Amy Schmidt

Program Coordinator, Citizenship and Civic Engagement

404B Maxwell Hall | 315.443.1602 | aeschm01@syr.edu


Sabina Schnell

Sabina Schnell

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

400C Eggers Hall | 315.443.4339 | dsschnel@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Transparency, open government, anti-corruption, good governance, international and comparative public administration, human resources management, public sector reform in developing countries, development policy and administration

Larry D. Schroeder

Larry D. Schroeder

Professor Emeritus, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence

Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center

334 Eggers Hall | 315.443.2596 | ldschroe@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

State and local public finance, financial management

Tammy Schultz

Tammy Schultz

Adjunct Professor, Maxwell in Washington, D.C.

Director of National Security and Professor of Strategic Studies, U.S. Marine Corps War College

202.550.3921 | tsschult@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

National security, defense policy, U.S. government civilian power 

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Maureen T. Schwarz

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology Department

mtschwar@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Advocate of Native North Americans and their rights, Navajo reservation, issues of representation, personhood, organ transplantation, blood transfusion, medical and religious pluralism.

Milton C. Sernett

Milton C. Sernett

Professor Emeritus, History Department

Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

200 Sims Hall | 315.443.4302 | mcsernet@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

African American religious history, slavery and abolition

Yüksel Sezgin

Yüksel Sezgin

Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center

100F Eggers Hall | 315.443.4431 | ysezgin@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Legal pluralism; informal justice systems; comparative religious law (Islamic, Jewish and Hindu); human and women’s rights in the context of the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Martin S. Shanguhyia

Martin S. Shanguhyia

Associate Professor, History Department

Director, Maxwell African Scholars Union

O'Hanley Faculty Scholar

524 Eggers Hall | 315.443.3829 | mshanguh@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Colonial and postcolonial Africa; environmental and economic history; rural agrarian transformation; access to critical natural resources; development; resource governance; and production and flow of commodities


James Roger Sharp

James Roger Sharp

Professor Emeritus, History Department

313B Maxwell Hall | 315.443.9649 | jrsharp@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

American political history, early national and middle period, 1789-1860

Ying Shi

Ying Shi

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall | 315.443.9442 | yshi78@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Economics of education, labor economics, political economy

Abdulaziz Shifa

Abdulaziz Shifa

Associate Professor, Economics Department

117 Eggers Hall | 315.443.3802 | abshifa@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Economic growth, development, political economy

Saba Siddiki

Saba Siddiki

Associate Professor and Director of the M.P.A. Program, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy

Director, Center for Policy Design and Governance

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Senior Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

426 Eggers Hall | 315.443.4589 | ssiddiki@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Policy design, implementation, and compliance; collaborative policymaking; institutional analysis; sustainability technology and behavior; environmental policy; food policy


merril-silverstein

Merril Silverstein

Professor, Sociology Department

Professor, Human Development and Family Science, Falk College

Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging

Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research

314 Lyman Hall | 315.443.3969 | merrils@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Aging, family, intergenerational relationships, demographic, policy and cultural contexts, quantitative methods

Perry Singleton

Perry Singleton

Associate Professor, Economics Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall | 315.443.3690 | psinglet@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Public finance, health economics

Theresa Singleton

Theresa Singleton

Professor, Anthropology Department

209B Maxwell Hall | 315.443.2435 | tasingle@syr.edu

Areas of Expertise

Historical archaeology, African American history and culture, slavery in plantation America, archaeology of the African diaspora

Rachel Skipper

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruiting, Maxwell School and College of Arts and Sciences

301 Hall of Languages | 315.443.4322 | raskippe@syr.edu


Tara Slater

Tara Slater

Administrative Assistant, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

400 Eggers Hall | 315.443.2367 | tdslater@syr.edu