Preston H. Smith II

Chair of Africana Studies and Politics; Professor of Politics

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.

Preston H. Smith II

Ali Aslam

Assistant Professor of Politics

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.

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Calvin Chen

Associate Professor of Politics

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.

Calvin Chen, Luce Associate Professor of Politics

Cora Fernandez Anderson

Assistant Professor of Politics

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 teaches courses on Latin American politics, theories of social movements, human rights movements and sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America.

Cora Fernandez Anderson

Sohail Hashmi

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

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

Adam Hilton

Visiting Lecturer in Politics

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.

Adam Hilton

Kavita Khory

Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics, on leave spring 2019

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

Elizabeth K. Markovits

Professor of Politics; Director of First-Year Seminars; Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative

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: Frank Speech, Plato, and Democratic Judgment (2008). She has published academic articles on rhetoric and politics, on Greek comedy and tragedy, and on women, carework, and democracy in the contemporary United States, as well as numerous op-eds. 

Christopher Mitchell

Assistant Professor of International Relations and Politics

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

Christopher H. Pyle

Class of 1926 Professor of Politics, on leave 2018-19

Chris Pyle is a teacher, scholar, and political activist whose interests range across history, law, and politics, with an emphasis on civil liberties. He currently teaches courses on constitutional law, civil liberties, American politics, American political thought, and decision making in complex organizations.

Christopher H. Pyle Configure Class of 1926 Professor of Politics

Andrew G. Reiter

Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations

Andrew G. Reiter’s teaching and research focus on conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding, and transitional justice. Broadly, he aims to understand how societies can end political violence, maintain peace, and recover from past atrocities. He has published widely on these topics and is the author of Fighting Over Peace: Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and co-author of Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2010).

Andrew G. Reiter Assistant Professor of Politics


Linda Chesky Fernandes

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