International Affairs Experts
The George Washington University is home to leading scholars who bring an impressive range of expertise and experience to the study and practice of international affairs. Contact us to set up an interview:
Susan Ariel Aaronson, Research Professor of International Affairs, is the Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub. Her research focuses on AI governance, data governance, competitiveness in data-driven services such as XR and AI, and digital trade.
Alyssa Ayres is dean of the GW Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a foreign policy practitioner and award-winning author with senior experience in the government, nonprofit, and private sectors. Her expertise includes United States relations with the larger South Asian region.
Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, is an expert on humanitarianism, international affairs, global governance and the Middle East. His current research projects range from international paternalism and the changing architecture of global governance to the relationship between human rights and humanitarianism.
Nathan Brown is director of the GW Institute for Middle East Studies. His areas of expertise include the government and politics of the Middle East, democratization and constitutionalism and rule of law in the Arab world. Brown’s research focuses on comparative politics and Middle Eastern politics.
Christina Fink, a practice professor of international affairs, is an expert on Southeast Asia, in particular Myanmar. Her current research includes political reform and development in Myanmar and the role of civil society in Myanmar and Southeast Asia.
Bruce Dickson, professor of political science and international affairs, is an expert on Chinese domestic politics, regimes and regime change, comparative politics and U.S.-China relations. Dickson’s research focuses on political dynamics in China, especially the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party; the political consequences of economic reform in China; the Chinese Communist Party’s evolving strategy for survival; and the changing relationship between state and society.
Donald C. Clarke
Donald C. Clarke, a professor of law, is a specialist in Chinese law. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has published extensively on subjects ranging from Chinese criminal law and procedure to corporate governance. His recent research has focused on Chinese legal institutions and the legal issues presented by China’s economic reforms.
Alexander Downes, associate professor of political science and international affairs, is an expert on international security, civilian victimization in war and the consequences of foreign-imposed regime change. His research focuses on the consequences of foreign-imposed regime change for intervener-target relations and outcomes in target countries; alliance choices of minor powers allied with a major power in decline; the effectiveness of population relocation strategies in counterinsurgency; and the effectiveness of international humanitarian law at reducing civilian casualties in war.
Graciela Kaminsky, a professor of economics and international affairs, is an expert on macroeconomics, international finance, and monetary policy. Her research covers a variety of topics in macroeconomics and international finance, including financial globalization, international borrowing cycles, sovereign debt crises, currency and banking crises, financial contagion, and inflation stabilization policies.
Richard Grinker is a professor of anthropology and international affairs. He is a cultural anthropologist specializing in ethnicity, nationalism, and psychological anthropology, with topical expertise in autism, Korea, and sub-Saharan Africa. He is also the director of GW's Institute for Ethnographic Research and editor-in-chief of of the journal Anthropological Quarterly.
Henry Hale, professor of political science and international affairs, specializes in political regimes, ethnic politics, federalism, democratization, political parties and politics of post-Soviet countries. He has completed extensive research on post-Soviet Eurasia and is currently working on identifying politics and political system change with a special focus on public opinion dynamics in Russia and Ukraine.
Hope Harrison, a professor of history and international affairs, is an expert on Germany, Russia, the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the politics and culture of memory. She is the author of “After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present.”
Jennifer Brinkerhoff is a professor of international affairs, international business, and public policy and public administration. Her areas of expertise include public-private partnership, governance, NGOs, development management and diasporas. She has previously consulted for multilateral development banks, bilateral assistance agencies, NGOs, and foundations.
Jisoo Kim is the Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures and director of the GW Institute for Korean Studies. She specializes in gender and legal history of early modern Korea. Her broader research interests include crime and justice, forensic medicine, history of emotions, literary representations of the law, and gender and sexuality.
Dina Khoury, professor of history and international affairs, is an expert on the history of the Middle East. Her research and writing focuses on war and memory, specifically on the early modern and modern history of the Middle East.
Kathryn Kleppinger's research and teaching center on the related fields of French cultural studies and contemporary French and Francophone Literature. Her research aims to propose alternative ways of thinking about France’s (and Europe’s, more generally) immigration debates. In addition, she has published articles on Francophone literature from several regions, including Algeria, Morocco, Congo, and Cameroon.
Eric Kramon, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, is an expert on the political economy of development, democratic accountability, African politics, vote buying, ethnic politics and distributive politics. His research focuses on barriers to accountability and good governance in developing democracies, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Laura A. Dickinson
Laura A. Dickinson is the Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law and Professor of Law. Her work focuses on national security, human rights, the law of armed conflict and foreign affairs privatization. Her prizewinning book, “Outsourcing War and Peace,” examines the increasing outsourcing of military and security functions, considers the impact of this trend on core public values and outlines mechanisms for protecting these values in an era of privatization.
Marc Lynch, professor of political science and international affairs, is an expert on Middle East politics, Arab media and public opinion, Islamist movements and public diplomacy. His research interests include the Arab Spring, President Obama’s involvement in the Middle East and political Islam in the West.
Maggie Chen is a professor of economics and international affairs. Professor Chen's areas of expertise include foreign direct investment, international trade, and regional trade agreements. She has worked as an economist in the research department of the World Bank and a consultant at the World Bank, International Finance Cooperation, Inter-American Development Bank, and U.S. congressional Budget Office