Maxwell School announces 2021 faculty promotions

Faculty Promotions 2021
















The Syracuse University Board of Trustees has approved promotions for six faculty members at the Maxwell School. Two of them, Dimitar Gueorguiev and Guido Pezzarossi, were granted tenure in their promotion from assistant to associate professor.

Gueorguiev, associate professor of political science, specializes in comparative political economy, authoritarian institutions, governance and survey methods. He co-authored a book on Chinese governance institutions titled “China's Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State” (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His latest book, “Retrofitting Leninism: Participation without Democracy in China” is under contract with Oxford University Press and scheduled for release later this year. He was honored in 2020 with the Maxwell School’s Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 2014.

Pezzarossi, associate professor of anthropology, specializes in the archaeology of colonialism, historical anthropology, postcolonial theory, new materialism, and the archaeology of food. In 2019 he received two honors from Syracuse University[JAS1] : the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research at the Maxwell School and the Graduate School’s Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2014.

The four additional faculty members who were promoted received tenure previously. They are: Alan Allport, who was promoted to professor of history; Shana Kushner Gadarian, who was promoted to professor of political science; Matt Huber, who was promoted to professor of geography and the environment; and Junko Takeda, who was promoted to professor of history.

Allport’s research interests include 20th century Great Britain history with a focus on the first and second world wars. His recent book "Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War: 1938-1941" (Knopf Doubleday, 2020), traces the history of Great Britain in the early years of WWII. Previous books, published by Yale University Press, include: "Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945" and "Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War," for which he received the Longman History Today Book of the Year Award. Allport received a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

Gadarian serves as chair of the political science department and is a senior research associate for the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. She was recently named a 2021 Carnegie Fellow, an honor that provides funding to support her research project, “Pandemic Politics: How COVID-19 Revealed the Depths of Partisan Polarization,” which investigates the long-term impacts of the pandemic on health behaviors and evaluations of government performance. Her co-authored book, “Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World” (Cambridge University Press, 2015), was awarded the 2016 American Political Science Association’s Robert E. Lane Award for best book in political psychology. She earned a Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2008.

Huber serves in the dual role as director of graduate studies for the Department of Geography and the Environment. His research focuses on the relationship between oil and American politics, the political economy of mineral extraction and the industrial ecologies of agricultural fertilizers. He received the Maxwell School’s 2014 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research. His book, “Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital” (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), earned the 2014 James Blaut Award from the Association of American Geographers. He received a Ph.D. from Clark University in 2009.

Takeda’s research focuses on early modern globalization, state-building and revolutions, migration, medicine, and disease. Her recent book, “Iran and a French empire of Trade, 1700-1808: The Other Persian Letters” (Oxford University Press, 2020), explores how early 18th-century trans-imperial trade between France and Persia worsened tensions between India, Russia, Turkey and Persia. Takeda is the recipient of the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, the Georges Lurcy Fellowship, the Society for French Historical Studies Research Award and a visiting research fellowship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Honors from the University include the O'Hanley Faculty Scholar Award, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Research and Teaching and the Junior Meredith Teaching Recognition Award. Additionally, she is the Maxwell School's inaugural Daicoff Faculty Scholar. Takeda earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2006.


--Jessica Youngman