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Kristi AndersenKristi Andersen is professor emeritus of political science and Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy Emeritus. She is an expert on women and politics, political parties, and American political history. She has written recently on how political parties and other civic organizations in the U.S. work to incorporate immigrants into American political life; other writings have focused on various aspects of the gender gap, civic participation, the prospects for electing more women to Congress, and the changing meanings of U.S. elections.

Andersen has been recognized for her contributions to political discourse. After Suffrage: Women in Partisan and Electoral Politics Before the New Deal won the Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association. Her earlier book, The Creation of a Democratic Majority, 1928-1936, has been influential in shaping political scientists' thinking about New Deal realignment.Her most recent book, New Immigrant Communities: Finding a Place in Local Politics, examines the role of political parties and community organization in helping to incorporate immigrants into American civil and political life.

Andersen is active in her community; she has been a member of the Cazenovia, New York, Town Council since 2005, and serves as a member of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association. She is also a regular panelist on WCNY-TV’s weekly news talk show, “The Ivory Tower Half Hour.” Andersen received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1976.


William Banks

William C. Banks, professor of public administration and international affairs, is an internationally recognized expert in constitutional, national security, and counterterrorism law and studies the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles, terrorism in South America, and the role of the military in domestic affairs. He is the founding director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT).

Banks is the co-author of National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law,considered the definitive texts on these subjects. He has authored or edited numerous other books, including CounterinsurgencyLaw: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare and New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates on Asymmetric Warfare. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy .

Banks served as a Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and worked on the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Stephen G. Breyer. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.


Michael Barkun

Michael Barkun, professor emeritus of political science, is a frequent commentator on a range of issues relating to domestic terrorism, political extremism, right-wing extremist groups, and the relationship between religion and violence. He has published 12 books, including his two latest, Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America and Chasing Phantoms: Reality, Imagination, and Homeland Security Since 9/11. Other writings focus on political extremism.

Barkun has consulted with the FBI, providing training and background presentations on the radical right. He serves on the editorial boards of Terrorism and Political Violence and The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and was the editor of Communal Societies from 1987 to 1994. He edits the Religion and Politics book series for the Syracuse University Press. Barkun earned a PhD from Northwestern University.


Jacob BendixJacob Bendix is associate professor of geography and an adjunct associate professor of environmental and forest biology at SUNY-ESF. He researches the effects of disturbance (fire and flood) on plant species patterns and biodiversity, primarily in the western U.S. His recent projects have included analyses of the ecological impacts of Native American fire use on California vegetation and of the effects of wildfire on riparian plant communities. Bendix has a particular interest in the ways in which human activities may alter natural processes (e.g. through wildfire control policies). He has also conducted research on how news media cover environmental issues: as an environmental scientist he is interested in how the scientific aspects of these issues are presented and as a citizen he is concerned with their impact on policy formulation. Bendix earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Georgia in 1992.


Matt Bonham

G. Matthew Bonham, professor of international relations and political science and co-director of the Newhouse-Maxwell public relations/international relations program, works in the area of international political communications. His research involves information technology and the development of computer simulation models of policy decision making. He has studied relations between the U.S. and Russia, the Middle East and Central Asia, and the expansion of the European Union. Bonham is currently conducting research on communicative aspects of the war on terrorism, as well as cultural obstacles to improving relations between the U.S. and Iran. He also has done research on active learning and collaborative learning through applications of technology. Bonham earned a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad Boroujerdi is professor of political science, founding director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program, and an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also a past president of the International Society of Iranian Studies.

Boroujerdi’s Middle East focus is on Iran, Syria and Iraq. His current research involves political elite in post-revolutionary Iran. He is the author of Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft and Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism, as well as more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. He is the general editor of the Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East series published by Syracuse University Press.

Boroujerdi has consulted with a number of organizations, both domestic and international. As one of the world's leading experts on Iran, he is interviewed frequently by national and international news media. Boroujerdi received a PhD from American University.


Stuart BretschneiderStuart Bretschneider, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and International Affairs, is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His current research interests include e-government, e-democracy, public management information systems, collaboration and governance of public service delivery networks, forecasting and decision making in public organizations. He also does work on the evaluation of energy, environmental and science policy. Bretschneider has published dozens of articles in journals including Management Science, Information Systems Review, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He was director and past president of the International Institute of Forecasting and served as associate editor for the International Journal of Forecasting. Bretschneider was also managing editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He has been a consultant to the U.S. General Accounting Office; the states of New York, Ohio and Kentucky; and several Fortune 500 companies. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from Ohio State University in 1980.


Walter Broadnax

Walter Broadnax, distinguished professor emeritus of public administration and international affairs, has had a long and distinguished career in public administration and public policy as both a practitioner and as an academic. Before joining the Maxwell School, he served as president of Clark Atlanta University, as dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, and as professor at the University of Maryland, where he directed the Bureau of Governmental Research. He is a nationally and internationally known scholar-practitioner and accomplished speaker in the field of public policy and management.

Broadnax was deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1996, overseeing the Social Security Administration restructuring. He served as president of the New York Civil Service Commission and as the director of Children, Youth, and Adult Services for the State of Kansas.

While teaching at Harvard University’s Kennedy School during the 1980s, Broadnax served as chairman of the Massachusetts Executive Development Program, advising the Governor on effective strategies for strengthening his leadership team while promoting a new way of training senior executives. He was founding director of the Innovations in State and Local Government Program which became a model for governments worldwide and eventually secured a $50 million endowment from the Ford Foundation. Broadnax earned a PhD from the Maxwell School.


Leonard BurmanLeonard E. Burman, the Maxwell School’s Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics, is a nationally recognized tax policy and public finance expert with more than 25 years of experience in a range of academic, government, and public policy organizations. Prior to coming to Syracuse, he was director of the Tax Policy Center, which he co-founded, and a fellow at the Urban Institute. Previously, he was deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis at the Department of the Treasury and a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC.

Burman testifies frequently before congressional committees on tax and budget policy issues, he also appears regularly in national and regional media, and he is a blogger for as The Impertinent Economist. He is the author of scores of articles and op-eds. His most recent book is Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know, which he co-authored with Joel Slemrod. He also authored The Labyrinth of Capital Gains Policy: A Guide for the Perplexed and co-edited Taxing Capital Income and Using Taxes to Reform Health Insurance. He is past president of the National Tax Association. Burman earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.


Keith Bybee

Keith J. Bybee is professor of political science at Maxwell and the Alper Judiciary Studies Professor at SU’s College of Law. He is the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Judiciary, Politics, and the Media, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between SU’s Maxwell School, College of Law, and Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Bybee's teaching and research focus on American law and courts, the politics of race and ethnicity, legal and political theory, the history of American legal thought, and the role of courtesy and hypocrisy in the judicial process. His most recent book is All Judges are Political—Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Law and Courts (sponsored by the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts Section) and past president of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. Bybee earned a PhD from the University of California, San Diego.


Andrew CohenAndrew Wender Cohen is a professor of history whose areas of expertise include modern United States history; law, political economy, and the state; and social history and class formation. He has written extensively on labor and unions, campaign spending and PACs, and smuggling and racketeering in America, including The Racketeer's Progress: Chicago and the Struggle for the Modern American Economy, 1900-1940 and the forthcoming Contraband: The War on Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century. Cohen has won numerous research grants and awards in the past two decades; most recently, in 2010, he was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, given to scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. Cohen received a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth F. Cohen is associate professor of political science and assistant professor in the Family Medicine Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University (by courtesy appointment). Her research interests include contemporary and modern political thought, the history of political thought, immigration, and citizenship. She is the author of three books. Her first book, Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics, examines debates surrounding individuals who hold some but not all elements of full democratic citizenship. Her second book, The Political Value of Time (2017), is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Her most recent book, Immigration in Our Time (under review with Russell Sage Foundation Press), explores immigration reform, assessing the ways in which the U.S. might enfranchise undocumented immigrants despite deep political disagreements over their presence. Cohen earned a PhD in political science from Yale University in 2003. 



Bill CoplinWilliam Coplin is professor and chair of the undergraduate public affairs program and the author of dozens of articles on the need to better prepare high school students and undergraduates for careers, college, and citizenship through a skills approach. He has developed a community project-based approach to citizenship education, which is used in more than 50 high schools throughout New York State. He is the author of 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College. Although his primary interests are in the areas of reforming high school and college education, he has also published in the fields of international relations, public policy, and political risk analysis. Go to for more information. Coplin received a PhD in international relations from American University.


Francine DAmicoFrancine D’Amico is associate professor of international relations. Her areas of expertise include international law and organizations, particularly the United Nations; women in the military; race and gender in world politics; and Latin American international relations. She is the author of “Critical Feminism: Gender-at-Work in Waging War,” in Making Sense of IR Theory 2E and co-editor of three anthologies: Gender Camouflage: Women and the U.S. Military; Women in World Politics: An Introduction; and Women, Gender, and World Politics: Perspectives, Policies, & Prospects. A monograph titled "(Dis)United Nations: Sexual Minorities, International Law, & UN Politics" which examines lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender politics and international relations theory, is forthcoming. She received a PhD from Cornell University.


Chris DeCorseChristopher R. DeCorse is professor of anthropology whose research interests include culture contact and change, and material culture studies, with a primary area specialization on the archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnography of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Sierra Leone and Ghana. Since 1985, he has directed work in the central region of coastal Ghana, particularly at the African settlement at Elmina, the site of the first European trade post established in sub-Saharan Africa. DeCorse has published extensively, including Record of the Past: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology; West Africa During the Atlantic Slave Trade: Archaeological Perspectives; An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast; Anthropology: A Global Perspective, co-authored with Raymond Scupin; and In the Beginning, with Brian Fagan. DeCorse earned a PhD from UCLA in 1989.


Renee DeNeversRenee de Nevers is associate professor of public administration and international affairs. Her research interests are on international security, with a current focus on sovereignty and the war on terror. She is the author of Comrades No More: The Seeds of Change in Eastern Europe and the co-author of Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches. Previously, she was a program officer at the MacArthur Foundation, with responsibility for grantmaking in international peace and security. She has been a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. de Nevers received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1992.


Tom DennisonThomas Dennison is professor of practice of public administration and international affairs, director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, program advisors for Maxwell’s certificate program in Health Services Management and Policy, and co-director of the Central New York Master of Public Health program, a collaboration between Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He has a broad, real-world perspective on health care systems, having served as chief executive officer of a hospital, administrator of a nursing home, and executive director of a network of ambulatory care centers. His teaching and research focus on the administration, financing, and delivery of health care.

Previously, Dennison served as a director for PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising government and local agencies on health care delivery, with a particular emphasis on home health care, community-based services, and long-term care. He is active in current policy discourse as the Chair of the Commission for a Healthy Central New York, Chair of the Onondaga County Department of Health Advisory Board, and as a board member of the Foundation for Long Term Care and the Home Care Association of New York. He received a Ph.D. in health planning and administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1987.


Donald Dutkowsky

Donald Dutkowsky is professor of economics. His primary interests focus on macroeconomics, monetary policy, banking, and personal finance. His current research examines how the Federal Reserve’s payment of interest on bank reserves affects bank lending, monetary policy, and other bank behavior. He also studies the effects of excise taxes on pricing behavior.

Dutkowsky has published more than 65 works in scholarly journals, edited books, newspapers, and textbooks and he is a frequent media commentator on a wide range of economics topics. He earned a PhD in economics from the University at Buffalo.


Miriam Elman

Miriam F. Elman is associate professor of political science specializing in international relations and U.S. national security, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her current research focuses on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. national security challenges in the Middle East, and the domestic politics of the Middle East.

Elman’s op-eds on the Middle East and U.S. - Middle East policy have been frequently featured in international, national, and local print and online media. She has authored and co-authored over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and government reports and is the editor and co-editor of five books including Paths to Peace: Is Democracy the Answer?; Democracy and Conflict Resolution: the Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking; and Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City. She received a PhD from Columbia University.


Shana Gadarian

Shana Kushner Gadarian is an associate professor of political science whose primary research interests include American politics, political psychology, political communication, and experimental methods. She studies how the tone and content of the political media environment influences how Americans seek political information and form opinions. She is particularly interested in how citizens learn and form attitudes when politics is threatening, whether threats come from terrorism, public health outbreaks, or media coverage.

Gadarian co-authored a book, Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World, which explores how anxiety over policy issues like immigration, public health, terrorism, and climate change affects how Americans seek political information, their trust in government, and public opinion. She currently is working with scholars from Norway, Finland, and Spain to explore the effects of terrorism on social capital, societal resilience, and public opinion across four countries. Gadarian earned a PhD in politics from Princeton University.


Madonna Harrington Meyer

Madonna Harrington Meyer is professor of sociology and the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. Her work focuses on aging, gender, and social policy. Her most recent award-winning book,Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs, examines the challenges faced by the growing population of grandmothers caring for their grandchildren. She co-authored Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age. She currently has three books in progress and also is editor of Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State. Harrington Meyer earned a PhD in sociology from Florida State University.


Peg HermanMargaret (Peg) Hermann is Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. Her research focuses on political leadership, foreign policy decision making, the comparative study of foreign policy, and crisis management. Hermann has developed techniques for assessing the leadership styles of heads of government at a distance and currently has such data on over 250 world leaders. She has been president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and the International Studies Association (ISA), as well as editor of the journals Political Psychology and the International Studies Review. Her books include The Psychological Examination of Political Leaders; Describing Foreign Policy Behavior; Political Psychology: Issues and Problems; and Leaders, Groups, and Coalitions: Understanding the People and Processes in Foreign Policymaking. Her over 100 articles have appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the International Studies Quarterly, and the American Political Science Review. Hermann received a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University.


Matthew HuberMatthew T. Huber is an associate professor of geography whose research focuses on energy, the environment and geography both domestically and internationally. His most recent book, Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom and the Forces of Capital, examines the relationships between energy, capitalism, and the politics of life in the United States and suggests oil’s role in defining popular culture extends far beyond material connections between oil, suburbia, and automobility.  

Huber’s research includes the history and political economy of petrochemical fertilizer production and its linkages to a variety of sustainability concerns. He has also studied the role of capital investment in shaping governance and property relations in mining territories in a variety of contexts including Tanzania, the American West, and fracking in the American Northeast. Huber holds a PhD in geography from Clark University.


George KallanderGeorge Kallander is associate professor of history whose expertise includes Korean, Japanese, and Mongolian history and culture. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen publications, most recently "Salvation through Dissent: Tonghak Heterodoxy and Early Modern Korea." Currently, he is one of three editors for the renewed "Cambridge History of Korea" project and is the lead consultant on Asia in the Middle Ages for ABC-CLIO publishers for their on-line world history project. He speaks Korean, reads Classical Chinese and French, and has studied Mongolian and Japanese. Kallander earned a PhD from Columbia University.


Tom KeckThomas M. Keck is the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, American constitutional development, and the use of legal strategies by movements for social change on both the left and right. He is the author of The Most Activist Supreme Court in History: The Road to Modern Judicial Conservatism, which was published to wide acclaim in 2004. His work also has appeared in the American Political Science Review and Law and Society Review. Keck is currently writing a book that examines the impact and independence of American courts in the context of polarizing legal and political conflicts regarding abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, and gun rights. Keck received a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1999.


Norman KutcherNorman Kutcher is associate professor of history, specializing in the cultural, social and intellectual history of late imperial (1500-1900) and modern China and the forces that shape rulership in China. His book Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State is in part a study of the changing role of Confucianism as a limit on the emperor's power. Kutcher’s current research focuses on the domestic aspects of imperial power. He is currently at work on a study of eunuchs in late imperial China. In 2010-2011 he will be a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. He has written on subjects ranging from Chinese nationalism, to the 1989 student movement, to the American missionary experience in China. Kutcher received a J.D. from Boston College in 1985 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1991.


Henry LambrightW. Henry Lambright is professor of public administration and international affairs and political science and director of the Science and Technology Policy Program of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration. His research interests include federal decision-making on space technology, environmental and energy policy, the relation of science and policy, technology transfer, and administrative leadership. Lambright has written scores of articles and has written or edited seven books, including a biography, Powering Apollo: James E. Webb of NASA and Space Policy in the 21st Century. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966.


Robert McClureRobert D. McClure is Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy and professor emeritus of political science and public affairs. He previously served as senior associate dean of the Maxwell School and director of the University Honors Program. His interests include political leadership and the presidency; democratic institutions, particularly Congress and political parties; and mass communication. McClure's publications (authored and co-authored) include Political Ambition: Who Decides to Run for Congress; Misguided Democracy: The Policy of Free-Lance Politics; and The Unseeing Eye: The Myth of Television Power in National Elections, which was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the field's most influential books written in the past 50 years. Previously, McClure served as legislative assistant to former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton and as a journalist for the Scripps-Howard Newspapers and the St. Petersburg Times. He earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1969.


Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell is distinguished professor emeritus of geography specializing in issues related to migratory labor and agricultural landscapes; urban public spaces (including their privatization); the homeless, hungry, and other marginal populations in U.S. cities; and cultural geography. He is the author of five books, most recently They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape, and the Struggle Over Industrial Farming in Bracero-era California, as well as numerous articles on public space, homelessness, migratory workers, and culture. He has won numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Grant” in 1998.

Mitchell is the founder and director of The People’s Geography Project, which brings the insights of radical and critical contemporary geography to lay audiences, activists, and teachers. He is a member of the steering committee of the Community Geography Project, an innovative program that works with community groups to map and analyze significant social, economic, and political problems in Central New York and to suggest alternative pathways for constructing a more just city and region. He earned a PhD from Rutgers University.


Devashish Mitra

Devashish Mitra is professor of economics whose research interests include international trade, political economy and development economics. He has studied the role of politics in general, and of interest groups in particular, in determining trade policy, as well as the impact of trade on productivity growth and labor market outcomes, especially in India. Mitra’s current work examines the labor-market impact of the Indian trade reforms. He is a co-editor or associate editor of several professional journals and his work has appeared in numerous well-known journals. He is a frequent contributor to the Indian Express and India Today, and has appeared in broadcast media to discuss investment and job growth in India. Mitra earned a PhD from Columbia University.


Mark Monmonier

Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography. His research focuses on the history of cartography in the twentieth century and the use of maps for surveillance and as analytical and persuasive tools in environmental science, journalism, politics, and public administration. Monmonier has authored 18 books, including Adventures in Academic Cartography: A Memoir and Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Artic Winds, and Recurrent Snows. He has published numerous papers on map design, automated map analysis, cartographic generalization, the history of cartography, statistical graphics, and mass communications, and is editor of Volume Six of the History of Cartography (Cartography in the Twentieth Century). His current research project is an exploration of patented cartographic inventions. Monmonier received a PhD from The Pennsylvania State University.


Robert Murrett

Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett (Ret.) is professor of practice of public administration and international affairs and is deputy director of Syracuse University’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. He also is on the adjunct staff of the RAND Corporation, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and chairs the MITRE Intelligence Advisory Board. He is an advisory board member for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and oversees a series of ongoing research projects between Syracuse University and the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center.

During his career in the U.S. Navy, Murrett served throughout the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. He was Operational Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Assistant Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway, and Director for Intelligence, U.S. Joint Forces Command. For the last 10 years, he served as Vice Director for Intelligence, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of Naval Intelligence, and Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He received a master’s degree from Georgetown University.


Tina Nabatchi

Tina Nabatchi is associate professor of public administration and international affairs. Her research focuses on processes of democratic governance, such as public participation and deliberation, collaborative governance, and alternative dispute resolution, particularly in relation to public administration and management. She has consulted on alternative dispute resolution issues with several U.S. federal agencies.

Nabatchi is lead editor of Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Engagement, and the co-author of two books: Collaborative Governance Regimes and Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy. Her award-winning research has been published in numerous academic and practitioner journals, as well as in book chapters and stand-alone research reports. She received a PhD in public affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.


John PalmerJohn L. Palmer is an economist with significant expertise in Medicare and Social Security financing issues. From 2001-2007, he served as one of only two public trustees for the Medicare and Social Security programs - a position to which he was originally appointed by President Clinton and then reappointed by President Bush. Palmer is Dean Emeritus of Maxwell School, which he led for 15 years, and in 2003 was named University Professor, Syracuse University’s highest faculty rank. Palmer has had a long-standing interest in income security and health care issues and was a founding member and president of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Previously, he was assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, and senior fellow of the Urban Institute. Palmer is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1971.


David PoppDavid Popp is a professor of public administration and international affairs. He is an economist with research interests in environmental policy and the economics of technological change. His research focuses on the links between environmental policy and innovation; Popp is particularly interested in how environmental and energy policies shape the development of new technologies to combat climate change. His work has been published in a variety of economic and policy journals, including American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Popp is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Network Member in the Energy & Climate Economics Research Group of CESifo, an associate editor of Energy Economics, and serves on the editorial council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He has served as a consultant for the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and on the Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1997.


Gretchen PurserGretchen Purser is an assistant professor of sociology who directs the interdisciplinary Labor Studies Working Group in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration. Her research focuses on precarious work and low-wage labor, the reproduction and lived experience of urban poverty, and the politics of punishment in the United States. Purser is an ethnographer with particular methodological expertise in intensive participant observation. She has also been involved in an array of community-based, participatory research projects.

Purser has won numerous research grants and awards including fellowships at the School for Advanced Research and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarship has been published in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; Critical Sociology; Labour, Capital & Society; and Working USA. Her book, Labor on Demand: Dispatching the Urban Poor, is forthcoming from UC Press. Purser received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.


Grant ReeherGrant Reeher is a professor of political science. His research and teaching interests focus on American politics, the democratic process, legislative politics, and the political role of the Internet. He has published on legislative politics, distributive justice, health care policy, and democratic politics and the Internet, and is currently at work on two books: one on health care reform and distributive justice, and the second on the Internet and political life, focused on the 2004 election cycle. Reeher is the author of First Person Political: Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service; Narratives of Justice: Legislators’ Beliefs About Distributive Fairness; co-author of Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action; and co-editor of Education for Citizenship and The Insider's Guide to Political Internships. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in 1992 from Yale University.


Robert RubinsteinRobert A. Rubinstein is a distinguished professor of anthropology and international relations. He is a political and medical anthropologist. As a political anthropologist, he focuses on three areas: international security and conflict resolution, multilateral peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions, and cross-cultural negotiation. In medical anthropology, he focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in health, coordination among disaster responders, and on international health and infectious disease. Rubinstein has conducted anthropological field research in Yucatan, Mexico; Corozal District, Belize; Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt; and in Atlanta, Chicago, and Syracuse in the U.S. He has written scores of journal articles and book chapters. Rubinstein is the author or editor of six books, including The Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict: Culture and International Security; Doing Fieldwork: The Correspondence of Robert Redfield and Sol Tax; and Peace and War: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Rubinstein earned a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1977, and an M.P.H. degree from the School of Public Health of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983.


Amy SchwartzAmy Ellen Schwartz is the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs. Her research concentrates on urban policy, education policy and public finance; much of her work focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of inequality and the ways in which government can make a difference. Her current work on K-12 education issues examines the relationship between student performance and housing and neighborhood change; the role of schools and neighborhoods in shaping childhood obesity; the relationship between school nutrition programs and student performance; immigration and mobility in urban schools; and the efficacy of school reforms. Her research on urban economic development has included work on Business Improvement Districts, housing investment, school choice and investment in infrastructure.

Schwartz has published numerous articles in academic journals including American Economic Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Urban Economics. Her research has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, NIH, IES, NSF, WT Grant Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Schwartz earned a PhD in economics from Columbia University.


Maureen SchwarzMaureen Trudelle Schwarz is a cultural anthropologist and professor of anthropology whose area of specialization is Native North Americans, particularly the Navajo Indians. Her first book studied Navajo perspectives on the human body, with special emphasis on manipulations of the body for ceremonial purposes. Her interest in contemporary issues has resulted in a series of articles and a book entitled Navajo Lifeways: Contemporary Issues, Ancient Knowledge. Schwarz’s third book, Blood and Voice, considers the life-courses of Navajo women "singers," or ceremonial practitioners, a role frequently believed to be reserved for men. Her current project focuses on how native people negotiate between their own traditional philosophical tenets about health and healing to accommodate biomedical technologies such as organ transplantation. Schwarz earned an M.A. in museum studies in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1995, both from the University of Washington.


Yüksel SezginYüksel Sezgin is an associate professor of political science and the director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program. He specializes in legal pluralism, informal justice systems, comparative religious law (Islamic, Jewish, and Hindu), and human and women’s rights in the context of the Middle East, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Sezgin has served as a consultant to major international development agencies including the UNDP, UN Women, WHO, and USAID. His commentaries and opinion pieces on Turkish politics and regional affairs have appeared in a wide range of print and online publications including the Washington Post and Al Jazeera English. He is the author of Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India,which was awarded the 2014 Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Prize by the American Sociological Association. He is currently working a new book tentatively entitled Democratizing Shari'a: How Do Non-Muslim Democracies Apply and Regulate Islamic Law?. He earned a PhD in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Bill Smullen

F. William “Bill” Smullen is director of Maxwell’s National Security Studies program, an integrated course of academic and practical instruction for military and civilian officials. Until 2002, Smullen was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, with whom he had worked for nearly 13 years, first as special assistant when Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then later as Powell’s chief of staff at America’s Promise -The Alliance for Youth, a nonprofit organization chaired by Powell. Smullen also served as special assistant to Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral William Crowe, Jr. After 30 years as a professional soldier, he retired from the Army in 1993 as a colonel.

In 2014, he published his first book, Ways and Means for Managing Up: 50 Strategies for Helping You and Your Boss Succeed, a guidebook for effectively managing from an employee-up perspective. He earned a master’s degree in public relations from Syracuse University.


Jim SteinbergJames Steinberg is University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law whose areas of expertise include foreign policy and national security. Prior to becoming Dean, he served as Deputy Secretary of State to Secretary Hillary Clinton and as Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He also served as vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Steinberg’s extensive career in government service includes positions as deputy national security advisor to President Clinton; director of the State Department’s policy planning staff; deputy assistant secretary for analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Senator Edward Kennedy’s principal aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee; and minority counsel, U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. He is the author of and contributor to numerous books and articles; his most recent book is Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power (2008) with Kurt Campbell. Steinberg received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1973 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1978.


Farhana SultanaFarhana Sultana is an associate professor of geography and faculty affiliate in multiple programs at Maxwell and across Syracuse University. Her research areas of expertise include water governance, climate change, international development, sustainability, and social justice. Sultana has training in both the natural and social sciences, as well as work experience in the United Nations Development Program, managing a multi-million dollar environment program. She currently researches the impact of water policies on gender and poverty in South Asia; the relationship between global water governance strategies, sustainability, and inequality; and climate change adaptation politics transforming international politics and citizenship practices.

Sultana is the author of The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles. Her work has appeared in several dozen publications that include journal articles, book chapters, commissioned reports, and policy papers. She earned a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota, where she was a MacArthur Scholar.


Brian TaylorBrian Taylor is a professor and chair of political science whose research focuses on the role of state coercive agencies, including the military and the police, in domestic politics, particularly in Russia. Taylor is the author of Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000. He has also written a number of articles including “The Soviet Military and the Disintegration of the USSR” in Journal of Cold War Studies and “Law Enforcement and Russia’s Federal Districts” in The Dynamics of Russian Politics: Putin’s Reform of Federal-Regional Relations, Volume II. His articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Cold War Studies, Survival, Millennium, and several edited volumes. Taylor received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998.


Margaret Thompson

Margaret Thompson is associate professor of history and political science specializing in the American presidency and Congress, women and religion, Catholic religious orders, and religion and politics. She has written extensively on the Catholic Church -- nuns in particular -- and is currently writing The Yoke of Grace: American Nuns and Social Change, 1808-1917, a history of Catholic sisters in America. Thompson is also the author of The Spider Web: Congress and Lobbying in the Age of Grant. She is a frequent contributor to media coverage of religious issues. Thompson earned a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Stu ThorsonStuart Thorson is professor emeritus of international relations and political science whose research interests focus on the uses of information technology, particularly in support of governance and diplomacy. He has co-authored two books on conflict resolution and over 40 articles and book chapters in the areas of foreign policy, decision-making, computer modeling, and democratic theory. He has advised domestic and international universities, corporations, and governmental units on uses of information and communications technologies to enhance organizational effectiveness, governance, and distance collaborations. Thorson directs the Syracuse University integrated information technology research collaboration with Kim Chaek University of Technology (DPRK) and is co-director of the Regional Scholars and Leaders Seminar initiative. He is a founding member of the National Committee on North Korea (US) and a co-founder of the US-DPRK Scientific Engagement Consortium. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota.


John TownsendJohn Marshall Townsend is professor of anthropology and adjunct professor at the School of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center. His research interests include human sexuality, sexual attraction, dating and courtship, marriage and divorce, culture and mental illness, and evolutionary psychology. He has published numerous articles and books; his most recent work is What Women Want—What Men Want. His current research includes a study of highly sexually active young adults. Townsend has appeared on national television and numerous radio talk shows, and his work has been profiled in magazine and newspaper articles. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Newhouse Center for the Study of Popular Television. He is an editor for Archives of Sexual Behavior. Townsend received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Cecilia Van Hollen

Cecilia Van Hollen is associate professor of anthropology who studies cultural and medical anthropology; global health; reproduction; HIV/AIDS; gender; nationalism; and South Asia studies. Her most recent book, Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India, examines the impact of HIV/AIDS on the experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in India, focusing on local responses to global health programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. She also wrote Birth on the Threshold: Childbirth and Modernity in South India, which analyzes the impact of modernity on the experiences and decision-making processes of lower class women during childbirth. She earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco.


David Van SlykeDavid Van Slyke is Dean of the Maxwell School and the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy. His research focuses on privatization and contracting, specifically how government-nonprofit contracting relationships are structured and managed. He also focuses on strategic management and policy implementation in public and nonprofit organizations. He has published on public and nonprofit management topics in such journals as Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Organization Science, Administration and Society, and The American Review of Public Administration. He received a PhD in public administration from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1999.


Sue WadleySusan Wadley is professor of anthropology, Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies and director of the South Asia Center. Her areas of expertise include popular religion, oral traditions, and public culture in India. Wadley also studies Indian gender roles, especially women's changing roles and the relationship of social change to patterns of education, fertility and women's status; globalization; folk arts; community; and social movements. Wadley’s current research examines culture change in rural India as it responds to globalization. She has recently worked on a documentary film on Indian art traditions as they change in the 21st century. Wadley also has edited an introductory textbook on South Asia. She earned a PhD at the University of Chicago in 1973.


Mike WasylenkoMichael Wasylenko is Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics. He specializes in public finance issues and has published extensively on state and local finance, firm location, tax incentives, and population decentralization within metropolitan areas. Wasylenko co-authored Foreign Investment in the United States: Issues, Magnitudes, and Location Choice of New Manufacturing Plants, 1978 to 1987 and is author or co-author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, technical papers, and invited reviews. He has worked as a fiscal policy advisor to the states of Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and to numerous foreign counties, including Egypt, Hungary, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand. Wasylenko earned a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University.


Pete WilcoxenPeter Wilcoxen is professor of economics and public administration and international affairs whose principal area of study is the effect of environmental and energy policies on economic growth, international trade, and the performance of individual industries. He also serves as director of the Maxwell School’s Center for Environmental Policy and Administration. Wilcoxen has published numerous articles and co-authored two books: one on the design of an international policy to control climate change, and one on the design and construction of large scale economic models. Since 1995, Wilcoxen has served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1989.


Doug WolfDouglas Wolf is Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies and professor of public administration. He is a demographer, policy analyst, and gerontological researcher who studies the demographic, health and social aspects of aging, disability and long-term care. He is interested in the well-being and life-course patterns of the older population, including household composition and parent-child co-residence; migration and the spatial dispersion of families; patterns of and trends in disability among the older population; and the use of informal and formal care resources. A primary theme of Wolf's research is the role of family in shaping the choices facing older people and their immediate kin with respect to living and care arrangements. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.


Johnnee YingerJohn Yinger is Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics; he also directs the Education Finance and Accountability Program, which promotes research, education, and debate about fundamental issues in the nation's elementary and secondary school system. Yinger studies racial and ethnic discrimination in housing and mortgage markets, as well as state and local public finance, particularly education. He has published widely in professional journals, and his book, Closed Doors, Opportunities Lost: The Continuing Costs of Housing Discrimination, won the Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. He served as senior staff economist in the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. Yinger earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1974.