Andrew G. Reiter
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.
Ali Aslam is a political theorist whose research and teaching examine how citizens negotiate key concepts like freedom, recognition, and democracy through political struggle. He is author of Ordinary Democracy: Sovereignty and Citizenship Beyond the Neoliberal Impasse (2017) and has published articles on social movements, including Black Lives Matter and Occupy. He teaches courses on grassroots democracy, political economy, democratic theory and practice, and the history of political thought.
Calvin Chen’s research and teaching interests include Chinese politics, the political economy of East Asia, rural economic development, and labor politics. He is the author of Some Assembly Required: Work, Community and Politics in China’s Rural Enterprises (Harvard, 2008). His current research examines the impact of Chinese migration to Italy and Spain.
Anna Daily is a political theorist interested in how formal institutions and social practices affect the lived experiences of groups in democratic societies and how groups work to alter those societies. Her current research lies at the intersection of democratic theory, feminist theory, and disability studies. Her book manuscript, Power and the Politics of Madness, develops a foundational politics of madness, which details the discursive and material barriers that prevent the Mad (commonly called ‘the mentally ill’) from forming a political group in contemporary democratic society with the aim to transform those barriers.
Robert Darrow’s research examines how modern societies are making the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable sources of energy, and the opportunities this transition creates for strengthening democracy. His current project explains how Denmark became a world leader in wind energy production over the course of five decades. Darrow has previously researched the impacts of coal mining on Appalachian communities, and co-authored a study of renewable energy policies at the state and local levels across the United States. He has worked in the electric utility industry on nuclear power issues, and as a journalist reporting on local politics. He teaches courses on comparative politics and political theory.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson’s research explores social mobilization as a possible path towards social change. She has conducted research on human rights movements demanding justice for human rights abuses and their role in the implementation of accountability mechanisms. She is currently researching abortion reform in the Southern Cone focusing on the role of women’s movements and their impact on government policy. She has published her work in the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, and Politics, Groups and Identities and NACLA.
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.”
Adam Hilton’s current research explores the relationship between political parties and social movements and their impact on the development of America’s democratic institutions. Juxtaposing the institutionalization of America’s two-party system with the fluidity of protest, Hilton’s scholarship focuses on intraparty activist insurgencies that remake the internal politics of the major American parties, their coalition dynamics, and the nature of US public policy.
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.
Elizabeth K. Markovits
Elizabeth Markovits teaches courses in political theory, ranging from ancient Greek thought to contemporary feminist and democratic theory. She is the author of Future Freedoms: Intergenerational Justice, Democratic Theory, and Ancient Greek Tragedy & Comedy (2018) and The Politics of Sincerity: Plato, Frank Speech, and Democratic Judgment (2008). Markovits is the contact for faculty recruitment and hiring procedures, mentoring and development, the Teaching & Learning Initiative, and Title IX and diversity and inclusion efforts.
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.
Susanne Mueller-Redwood’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with an emphasis on international organizations, economic policy and domestic-international linkages. Her current research focuses on the foreign politics of authoritarian states. It explores the circumstances under which dictators join international institutions, how they shape these institutions, and how this in turn influences their relationships with other states. In related work, she studies monetary policy and central bank legislation in authoritarian states. She enjoys teaching courses on world politics, the politics of authoritarianism and research methods.
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.
Preston H. Smith II
Preston H. Smith II regularly teaches courses on Urban Policy, Black Migrations, Black Metropolis, and American Politics. He received a Whiting fellowship to study race and social housing in the Netherlands. His research interests include class and African-American politics, neoliberalism, and urban policy, and affordable housing policy. He is the author of Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago as well as numerous articles and book chapters.
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.
Linda Chesky Fernandes
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.