Maxwell announces new chair appointments

The Maxwell School at Syracuse University is pleased to announce the following appointments:

Douglas Armstrong, Professor and Chair, Anthropology

Doug ArmstrongDouglas V. Armstrong is a Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence and a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and specializes in global historical archaeology, archaeology of the African diaspora, the Atlantic world, ethnohistory, colonialism, ethnogenesis, culture contact and culture change, GIS, public policy, and world heritage archaeology. Armstrong is currently engaged in research in the Caribbean and in New York State. In Barbados, his current research explores the shift from small-scale farming to large-scale agro-industrial capital based sugar production and plantation slavery. In New York, his research has focused on archaeological studies that explore social activism associated with social reform movements of the 19th century, including abolition and women’s rights. Armstrong has authored numerous books, monographs, articles, chapters, and formal reports.

Stuart Rosenthal, Professor and Chair, Economics

Stu RosenthalStuart S. Rosenthal is a Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics and a Senior Research Associate in Maxwell’s Center for Policy Research. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in economics from Bowdoin College. Before joining Syracuse University in 1999, Professor Rosenthal held positions at Virginia Tech University, the University of British Columbia, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. His research is in the area of urban economics, real estate finance and housing, and state and local public economics. This includes work on a wide range of housing and mortgage issues, the determinants of urban renewal and decay, the influence of agglomeration on productivity, and entrepreneurship. Rosenthal serves on the editorial boards for a number of academic journals. Since 2007, Professor Rosenthal has been serving (with William Strange) as managing editor of the Journal of Urban Economics. His work has appeared in leading journals including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, and Real Estate Economics. In 2013, Professor Rosenthal received the RSAI Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement.

Norman Kutcher, Associate Professor and Chair, History

Norm KutcherNorman Kutcher is a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at the Maxwell School. He holds a JD from Boston College and a PhD from Yale. His specialties include the cultural, social, and intellectual history of late imperial China. He has written two books, Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State first published in 1999, and a forthcoming one called Emperor and Eunuch in the Great Age of Qing Rule. He has written numerous articles and has advised recent PhD students. Professor Kutcher’s research interests include late Imperial China, the Imperial Household in the Qing dynasty, eunuchs, and the Yuanming Yuan, or Old Summer Palace. He was also a Fellow at the National Humanities Center and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.


Matthew Cleary, Associate Professor and Chair, International Relations (UG)

Matt ClearyMatthew R. Cleary is an associate professor of political science at Maxwell and a Robert D. McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence. He earned a PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004 and specializes in Latin American politics, political institutions, democratization, and ethnic politics. Among his recent publications are “Confronting Coup Risk in the Latin American Left,” (with Eric Rittinger) in Studies in Comparative International Development (2013) and The Sources of Democratic Responsiveness in Mexico (2010). He is currently working on a variety of research projects relevant to Latin American politics, including a book-length project on indigenous autonomy in southern Mexico, and a paper on the adoption of legislative gender quotas in Europe and Latin America.


Brian Taylor, Professor and Chair, Political Science

Brian TaylorBrian Taylor is a professor of political science at Maxwell. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtained in 1998.  Taylor has authored three books, The Code of Putinism (forthcoming 2018), State Building in Putin's Russia: Policing and Coercion After Communism (2011), and Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000 (2003) as well as multiple articles and book chapters. Postdoctoral awards include being named a Carnegie Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar. His research focuses on the role of state coercive organizations, such as the military and the police, in domestic politics. His geographic area of specialization is Russia and the post-Soviet region.



Andrew London, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration; Professor, Sociology; Interim Chair, Social Science

Andrew LondonAndrew London is the associate dean for finance and administration, professor of sociology, and a Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar, as well as the interim chair of the Social Science Program.  He is also a faculty associate of the Aging Studies Institute and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Policy Research. He received a PhD in sociology and demography for the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.  Prior to coming to Syracuse University in 2002, he was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA and an assistant to associate professor of sociology at Kent State University.  At Syracuse University, he was chair of Sociology for seven years and founding co-director of the interdisciplinary LGBT Studies Program for six years.  In 2015, he received the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. London has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has co-edited two books. His research focuses on the health, care, and well-being of the stigmatized and vulnerable, including persons living with HIV/AIDS, caregivers, welfare-reliant and working poor women and their children, LGBT-identified persons, persons with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, older adults, and veterans. In his research, teaching, and advocacy work, he is particularly concerned with how social factors, policies, programs, and institutions can mitigate or exacerbate vulnerability, disadvantage, and social exclusion across the life course.

Prema Kurien, Professor and Chair, Sociology

Prema Kurien Prema Kurien is the founding director of the interdisciplinary Asian/Asian American Studies program at Syracuse University. She was a Dr. Thomas Tam Visiting Professor in 2014-2015 at CUNY. She obtained a PhD degree in 1993 from Brown University. Her recent research focuses on race and ethnic group relations, as well as the role of religion in shaping group formation and mobilization among contemporary ethnic groups. She also focuses on the ways in which religion becomes the axis around which such groups mobilize to challenge racial discrimination and to make claims regarding their “cultural citizenship.” She has received postdoctoral fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Louisville Institute, and the New Ethnic and Immigrant Congregations Project. Kurien’s work has been recognized with a Contribution to the Field award in 2014 by the Asian and Asian American section of the American Sociological Association, two national book awards for her works (A Place at the Multicultural Table in 2009 and Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity in 2003), and three national article awards. Her third and most recent book, Ethnic Church meets Mega Church: Indian American Christianity in Motion, was published in June 2017.