International Relations Program Staff

The staff of the International Relations Program is dedicated to student service. We strive to create a warm, friendly, and collegial environment that fosters the development of meaningful connections among all members of the International Relations community. The academic and professional success of our students is our ultimate goal. 

Our staff members welcome your visits to our office in 225 Eggers Hall in the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. You may also contact us by phone at 315-443-2306, by email at, or schedule an appointment with us.

Matthew R. Cleary

Matthew ClearyChair, International Relations Program
Associate Professor, Political Science

Professor Cleary is an Associate Professor in Political Science, a Robert D. McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence, and the Chair of the International Relations Program. His main research interests are in Latin American politics and he has published work on democratic institutions, indigenous politics, and civil-military relations in the region. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Professor Cleary has taught at Syracuse since 2005.

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Francine D’Amico

Francine D'AmicoDirector of Undergraduate Studies
Teaching Professor of International Relations

Professor D'Amico teaches undergraduate courses on international law & organizations, global governance, and Latin America & the Caribbean. Her research focuses on issues relating to gender and international relations and the experiences of women in non-gender-traditional occupations. She serves as the director of academic advising for all undergraduate majors/minors and as faculty advisor for the International Relations Learning Community, the Model United Nations Club and Team, Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society, Oxfam at SU, and the SU-UNICEF student organization. She was named "Faculty Advisor of the Year" for 2010-2011 by the College of Arts and Sciences, and she serves on the University Senate and the LGBT Committee. She has been a member of the faculty at Syracuse University since Fall 2000.

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Terrell A. Northrup

Terrell A. NorthrupMinor Coordinator
Associate Teaching Professor - International Relations and Political Science

Professor Northrup is the coordinator and advisor for the International Relations-based minors in Global Political Economy and Global Security Studies and serves as the faculty advisor for the International Relations Club. She teaches International Relations and Political Science courses, including Introduction to International Relations (PSC 124), International Relations Honors (PSC 139), Global Community (MAX 132), and Globalization and the Information Age (IRP 322). Her research interests focus on conflict resolution, the role of identity in conflict, and political and policy implications of the information age. She has been a member of the faculty at Syracuse University since 1989.

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Amy Kennedy

Amy KennedyAcademic Advisor

Amy joined the International Relations Program as the academic advisor in 2012. She advises prospective majors, newly-declared majors, and sophomore and junior IR majors. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School. Prior to her current role, Amy worked in the international development and food security sector in Washington, D.C. She has extensive study abroad experience including Semester at Sea as an undergraduate, and coursework in the U.K., France, and Uganda as a graduate student.

Angela Allen

Angela AllenAdministrative Assistant

Angela provides professional front office reception to the International Relations Program office suite, administrative support to the Chair, budget preparation/management, maintenance of departmental files, database and website management, and back-up support to other members of the program’s team. Angela brings 30+ years of administrative/executive assistant experience to the International Relations Program.