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Sohail Hashmi

Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics; Chair of International Relations

Sohail Hashmi’s teaching and research focus on Middle East politics and on comparative international ethics, particularly concepts of just war in the West and Islam. He teaches a range of courses in both areas, including "The U.S., Israel, and the Arabs," "The U.S. and Iran," "Comparative Politics of the Middle East," "Ethics and International Relations," and "Just War and Jihad.”

Sohail Hashmi, Asian Studies Program Chair, Professor of International Relations, Alumnae Foundation Chair

Sarah Adelman

Associate Professor of Economics; on leave 2021-2022

As an applied microeconomist, Sarah Adelman works with data rather than theory. Her research focus is health and nutrition in developing countries and she spent time in Uganda researching her thesis, and has also worked in Malawi and Liberia.

Sarah Adelman, Associate Professor of Economics

Serin D. Houston

Associate Professor of Geography and International Relations; on leave 2021-2022

Serin D. Houston’s research draws on qualitative methods and a geographic perspective to examine questions of equity and justice from the individual to the global scale. Her book, Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance (2019), uses Seattle, Washington as a lens to analyze the translation of sustainability, creativity, and social justice from theory into praxis within Seattle’s urban governance. Additional research projects focus on U.S. sanctuary policies and social movements; climate change and human migration; and global/local community engagement. Houston teaches courses on world regions, cities, migration, research methods, and sense of place/planet.

Serin D. Houston Assistant Professor of Geography and International Relations

Stephen Jones

Professor of Russian Studies

Stephen Jones teaches courses in European, Russian, Central Asian and South Caucasian politics. Teaching in international relations and Russian studies, Jones focuses on energy, the environment, nationalism, democracy building and revolution. Stephen Jones is a Foreign Member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. He has written many books on the South Caucasus and is currently participating in an oral history project recording the missing voices of people who lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

Stephen Jones, Professor of Russian

Girma Kebbede

Professor of Geography

Girma Kebbede's research and teaching interests are the interrelations between politics and development, human dimensions of environmental change, and socio-economic and political causes and consequences of political conflicts in Africa. His books in these interests include The State and Development in Ethiopia (1992) and Sudan’s Predicaments: Civil War, Displacement and Ecological Degradation (1999), Urban Environmental Health Risks: the Case of Ethiopia (2004), and Environment and Society in Ethiopia (2017). 

Girma Kebbede Professor of Geography

Kavita Khory

Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics; Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives

Kavita Khory’s current research explores transnational political mobilization among South Asian diaspora populations in North America and Europe. Locating contemporary forms of migration from South Asia in broader historical and theoretical contexts, Khory’s work focuses on transnational forms of activism and political violence involving diaspora organizations with ties to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Khory regularly teaches courses on world politics, international security, ethnic conflict, propaganda and war, South Asia, and migration.

Kavita Khory

Jeremy King

Professor of History; on leave 2021-2022

Jeremy King studied Soviet history in college, but then fell prisoner to the tragedies and charms of Central Europe. Trained at Columbia University as a historian of Austria-Hungary and its successor states, he lived for several years in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and a few other cities in the region. King teaches courses on Central Europe since about 1800. Themes and nodal points include nationalism, the state (liberal, democratic, fascist, and communist), "race," law, the Holocaust, public policy, and post-communism.

Jeremy King

Katherine Schmeiser Lande

Associate Professor of Economics; on leave Fall 2021

Katherine Schmeiser Lande analyzes the export decisions of firms, focusing on destination selection and how decisions change over time. Her approach uses firm level modeling and empirical methods to analyze the learning behaviors of firms, regional agglomeration effects, and liberalization policies - particularly in developing and emerging economies. Lande teaches courses on microeconomics, international economics, industrial organization and international trade. She has published in journals such as The Journal of International Economics and The Annals of Regional Science.

Katherine Schmeiser, Professor of Economics

Christopher Mitchell

Assistant Professor of International Relations and Politics; on leave Fall 2021

Christopher Mitchell’s research explores the politics of finance and financial crises, especially in the European Union.  He has conducted research on how the differing forms of bank interdependence produced more generous bank bailouts in Germany than in the US and UK in the 2007-2009 crisis.  His current research is focused on financial reforms in the European Union.  He teaches courses on international political economy, the European Union, and the role of trade in US foreign policy. 

Christopher Mitchell, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Politics

Bryan Nakayama

Visiting Lecturer in International Relations and Politics

Bryan Nakayama's research focuses on the relationship between technology and ways of warfare, specifically in the United States military. Examining topics ranging from the development of space surveillance to the rise of cyber warfare, he is interested in understanding how social beliefs about the future vis-à-vis technology affects how the United States prepares for and wages war. Embracing the multidisciplinary spirit of the international relations major, his work sits at the intersection between political science, social theory, and science and technology studies.

Bryan Nakayama Configure Visiting Instructor in International Relations

Eva Paus

Professor of Economics on the Ford Foundation

Eva Paus has published widely on different aspects of globalization and development. She is the author or editor of seven books and dozens of articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on technological change and the future of work and development, strategies for escaping from the Middle Income Trap, the implications of the rise of China for economic transformation in developing countries, and successful strategies in moving towards high-technology production linked to services.

Eva Paus

Andrew G. Reiter

Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations; Chair of Politics

Andrew G. Reiter’s research and teaching focuses on understanding political violence, determining the most effective strategies to bring about peace, and evaluating the ways in which societies can recover from past violence. He has consulted for many international organizations, governments and NGOs around the world; regularly appears in the media responding to current events and debates; and has published widely on these topics. His most recent book, Military Courts, Civil-Military Relations, and the Legal Battle for Democracy: The Politics of Military Justice (2021), shows how governments use military courts to prosecute civilians and shield the military from accountability for human rights violations.

Andrew G. Reiter Assistant Professor of Politics

Natalie Sabanadze

Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor in International Relations

Natalie Sabanadze is a practicing diplomat, who served as ambassador to the European Union and as Senior Adviser at the Organisation of Security ad Cooperation in Europe. Her current research interests reflect her practical experience and include foreign policy of the European Union, national minorities in the modern international system, nationalism and justice in multinational societies, and diplomacy of small states.

Jon Western

Carol Hoffmann Collins '63 Professor of International Relations and Five College Professor of International Relations

Jon Western's teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, international security, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. He teaches courses such as American Foreign Policy; International Human Rights; International Security Policy; U.S. Foreign Policy, Human Rights and Democracy Promotion; and International Human Rights Advocacy in Theory and Practice.

Jon Western, Dean of Faculty

Staff

Linda Chesky Fernandes

Academic Department Coordinator

Linda is a Francis Perkins graduate ('94) and has been working at the college since 1976. She currently serves as the Department Coordinator for both the International Relations and Politics Departments. She was the recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service in 2017.  

Linda Chesky Fernandes