Maxwell School announces Montonna Professor, Dean’s Award Recipients
Osamah F. Khalil, associate professor of history and chair
of the undergraduate program in international relations, was recently awarded
the Dr. Ralph E. Montonna Endowed Professorship for the Teaching and Education
of Undergraduates. He will hold the professorship for the 2021-22 academic
Khalil is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and the
modern Middle East. He is the author of “America’s Dream Palace: Middle East
Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State” (Harvard University
Press, 2016) and the editor of “United States Relations with China and Iran:
Towards the Asian Century” (Bloomsbury, 2019). He has been a frequent media
commentator and contributor to the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The
Hill, Al Akhbar and Al Jazeera. In 2018, he received the Chancellor’s Citation
for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction. He received a Ph.D. in
history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011.
He is the second recipient of the annual award; Gretchen
Purser, associate professor of sociology, was the inaugural recipient.
The Dr. Ralph E. Montonna Endowed Professorship for the Teaching
and Education of Undergraduates was established with a gift from the honoree’s
daughter, the late Mary Lou Williams ’50 B.A. (AmSt). Montonna earned a B.S. in
chemistry from Syracuse University in 1916 followed by a Ph.D. from Yale
University. In 1946, he was named director of research at Syracuse University.
He died in 1952. Of note: His grandson is a Maxwell School alumnus: Brian T.
Williams ’11 earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history in 2011.
“Every faculty member rose to the challenge during the
pandemic, giving rise to many strong nominations,” says Maxwell School Dean
David M. Van Slyke.
As a result, the Maxwell School Dean’s Office has
additionally recognized two faculty members for their undergraduate teaching
and mentoring. Daniel McDowell, associate professor of political science and
director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Political Science,
received the Maxwell School Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Mentoring. Kristy
Buzard, associate professor of economics, was awarded the Maxwell School Dean’s
Award for Innovative Teaching. The dean’s office gave these one-time awards to
acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of these faculty during the pandemic.
McDowell teaches courses such as International Relations and
International Political Economy. His research focuses on the politics of money
and finance with an emphasis on the role of the United States, the
International Monetary Fund and China. He authored “Brother, Can You Spare a
Billion? The United States, the International Monetary Fund and the
International Lender of Last Resort” (Oxford University Press, 2017). He
received a Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in 2012.
Buzard is a Melvin A. Eggers Faculty Scholar whose research
focuses on the formation and maintenance of international trade agreements as
well as innovation and gender discrimination. Her courses include Microeconomic
Analysis and Game Theory and Economic Strategy. Her numerous published works
include “Self-enforcing Trade Agreements and Lobbying,” printed in the Journal
of International Economics. She received a Ph.D. in economics from the
University of California, San Diego, in 2012.