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 Aaronson, research professor of international affairs, specializes in international trade and investment agreements; digital trade; conflict and human rights; and economic growth. Aaronson’s research focuses on the relationship between economic change and human rights; digital trade; and whistleblowers at international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
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.
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.
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
Marlene Laruelle is a research professor of international affairs and director of the GW Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. She is an expert on the rise of populist and illiberal movements in post-Soviet Eurasia, Europe and the United States. She also has expertise on Russia's ideological landscape and its outreach abroad.
Martha Finnemore is University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. Her research focuses on global governance, international organizations, ethics, cybersecurity, internet governance and social theory.
Mona Atia is an associate professor of geography and international affairs and director of the GW Institute for Middle East Studies. Her areas of expertise include Islamic charity and finance, philanthropy and humanitarianism, housing/urban development, the production of poverty knowledge, and the spatial politics of marginalization.
Robert Orttung, assistant research professor of international affairs, is an expert in urban sustainability, comparative politics, Russia, Ukraine and energy security. He has conducted research on the evolution of Putins Russia, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the impact of energy on international relations. He is leading a major research project on urban sustainability in the Arctic.
R. Budd Haemer
R. Budd Haemer is a professorial lecturer in law at GW Law where he teaches Atomic Energy law. He has over four decades of experience in the nuclear industry, both as part of the U.S. Government and in the U.S. commercial industry. As a lawyer, his practice covers a wide range of legal topics necessary for successful support of commercial nuclear power operation, including State and NRC regulatory matters, commercial transactions, employee relations and government affairs.
Sean Roberts, associate professor of the practice of international affairs and anthropology, is an expert on development theory, democracy development, indigenous rights, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union and China. His research is focused on China's development of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as well as democracy development in former Soviet Central Asia.
Salah S. Hassan
Salah S. Hassan, a professor of global marketing and brand strategy, is an expert on sustainability marketing, the future of smart cities, and nation branding. His internationally recognized research advances new frameworks on the analysis of key sustainability imperatives related to creating value, building brand leadership, and investing in a better world to improve quality of life standards.
Scheherazade Rehman is a professor of international business and international affairs. She is an expert on international financial markets, crises management, global economic/political/financial risk assessment and digital technology cybersecurity risk. She has advised a number of institutions including OPIC, USAID, U.S. State Department, The World Bank and IMF.
David Shambaugh, professor of political science and international affairs, is an expert on the domestic politics, foreign relations and military and security of China and international relations of Asia. His research focuses on the globalization of China, China-Europe relations and China’s role in Asia.
Sharon Squassoni, a research professor of international affairs, focuses her research on reducing risks from nuclear energy and weapons. Her expertise includes nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, nuclear arms control, nuclear security and nuclear nonproliferation.
David Shinn, professorial lecturer in the Elliott School of International Affairs, was the U.S. ambassador to both Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, and held foreign service posts in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon and Sudan. Mr. Shinn is an expert on the Horn of Africa and China-Africa engagement, among other regional topics. His research interests include China-Africa relations, East Africa and the Horn, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, conflict situations, U.S. policy in Africa and the African brain drain.
Shirley Graham is an associate professor of practice in international affairs and director of the GW Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs. She is an expert on gender and international peacekeeping, peace and security and women's empowerment.
Robert Sutter, professor of practice of international affairs, specializes in contemporary U.S. policy toward Asia and the Pacific, Taiwan and Chinese foreign relations. His research focuses on contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States.
Richard Thornton, professor of history and international affairs, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy and the history of US-Russian and Sino-Russian relations. His research focuses on American foreign policy since World War II, Twentieth-Century China and Sino-Soviet relations.
Paul Williams, associate professor of international affairs, specializes in international peace operations, warfare in Africa, Africa's international relations and conflict resolution. He has conducted research on war and conflict in Africa, peace operations in Africa and United Nations peacekeeping operations.