Ifedapo Adeleye

School of Continuing studies   

Ifedapo Adeleye is Associate Professor of the Practice and Faculty Director of the Master’s in Human Resources Management Program. 

A passionate management educator, he has over a decade of experience facilitating courses in international HRM, and compensation, performance, talent and diversity management. Prior to joining Georgetown SCS, he held academic positions at University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he won the Outstanding Faculty Award, and Lagos Business School, where he led corporate education to a three-year ascension in the global FT ranking. 

Dapo maintains close links with industry through research, consulting and professional education, and has worked with many leading organizations across several sectors, including: GE, Coca-Cola, Chevron, Lafarge, Ericsson, Etisalat, Airtel, MTN, GTBank and Novartis. He is a respected scholar and has published over 40 journal articles, books, chapters, and cases. An avid world traveler, he has lived on three continents, and visited about 50 countries.

Dr. Adeleye received his PhD in International Management from University of Manchester, UK, and holds Master’s degrees in Economics and HR from Cardiff University, UK, and a BSc in Economics from University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and a Compensation Management Specialist. 

Sahar Akhtar

mcdonough school of business

Michael Barker

McCourt School of Public Policy

Debbie Barrington

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Debbie S. Barrington, PhD, MPH is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Science at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Her research interests focus on the social epidemiology of cardiovascular risk factors among black Americans, the study of the interplay between socio-familial resources, perinatal and cardiovascular health across the life course, and the inquiry into the role these interactions play in the production and reproduction of racial and ethnic health disparities within and across generations.   Dr. Barrington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Princeton University, a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University, and a Doctorate degree in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University.  Dr. Barrington was previously Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Science at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Amos Beimel

Computer Science      

W. Ian Bourland

art and art history

Ian Bourland (SFS '04), joins the faculty of Art and Art History with a focus on global contemporary art. Ian worked as an art critic in Chicago and New York before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2012. For the past six years Ian was on the faculty of Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where he taught courses on modern and contemporary topics, critical theory, photography, and the art of Africa and its diasporas. While he continues his work as a critic, Ian's scholarly work explores the intersections of photography and film with changes in the global order since 1960. His monograph on Nigerian-born artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode will be released with Duke University Press in 2019. Beyond his academic work, Ian enjoys time in the mountains and deserts of the American west and traveling to southern Africa.

NaLette Brodnax

McCourt school of public policy

Nalette Brodnax is an Assistant Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.  She received a joint Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. 

Professor Brodnaxs' research interests include education policy, policy diffusion, and computational social science. She specializes in data science, randomized experiments, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, and econometrics.  In the private sector, she has worked with a range of companies and organizations including Eli Lilly, Nokia, and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Benjamin Buchanan

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Ben Buchanan is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he conducts research on the intersection of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and statecraft. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International  Affairs. His first book, The Cybersecurity Dilemma, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He has written journal articles and peer-reviewed papers on artificial intelligence, attributing cyber attacks, deterrence in cyber operations, cryptography, election cybersecurity, and the spread of malicious code between nations and non-state actors. He is also a regular contributor to War on the Rocks and Lawfare, and has published op-eds in the Washington Post and other outlets. Ben received his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He earned masters and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University. 

Anne Calderon

Spanish and Portuguese

Jasmina Chauvin

Mcdonough school of business


Jasmina Chauvin joins the Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy group at the McDonough School of Business as Assistant Professor. In her research, she studies the competitive and corporate strategies of firms, with a focus on emerging market settings. Her dissertation evaluated the effects of infrastructure investments on firm behavior and leveraged matched employer-employee datasets from Brazil.

Jasmina received her Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 2018. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration / International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Before her doctorate studies, Jasmina worked in research, government consulting, and in finance. She is coming back home to the hilltop, having completed her BSFS at the School of Foreign Service in 2005.

Kasey Christopher


Kasey Christopher comes to Georgetown after three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she enjoyed teaching introductory biology, developmental biology, and courses on scientific communication. She will be joining the Department of Biology as an Assistant Teaching Professor, where her primary responsibilities will include teaching introductory and upper level biology courses and directing the RISE & Teach program, through which senior Georgetown students serve as student teachers in DC public school STEM classrooms.

Dr. Christopher received her BS in Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 2008 and earned her PhD in Genetics from Yale University in 2014, where she studied the role of the small organelle known as the cilium in signaling during embryonic development. While she remains passionate about developmental biology and genetics, her career path is now wholly focused on scientific pedagogy and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Elizabeth Cross



Elizabeth Cross is a historian of late eighteenth-century France and its empire, with an emphasis on the history of political economy and capitalism.  She studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2017.  Her current book project traces the history of the last French East India Company during the late Old Regime and the French Revolution, exploring how revolutionary political transformations and global, imperial politics shaped economic institutions on the national level.  Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Newberry Library, among others.  In 2017-2018, she held an appointment as Assistant Professor of History at Florida State University.

Eric Dunford

McCourt School of Public Policy

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Eric T. Dunford is an assistant teaching professor and researcher in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is also the Associate Director of the Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy program (MS-DSPP) at the McCourt School. His research focuses on the organizational behavior and tactical adaptation of violent non-state organizations. He is currently involved in a number of projects regarding event data integration, conflict diffusion processes, mapping diplomatic networks, and leveraging online video game data to examine cohesion patterns within competitive groups.

Edward Egan

mcdonough school of business

Edward J. Egan, Ph.D., is a visiting assistant professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is an applied micro-economist who conducts corporate finance and strategy based research in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. His research is primarily policy-relevant, and has received awards from the Government of Canada and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 

Egan previously held positions as the director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice University’s Baker Institute, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School, and as the innovation policy fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Egan is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first high-tech startup at the age of 19. He worked as a venture capitalist in Vancouver, Canada. Egan remains active as an economic advisor to local, state and federal governments, as well as an economic consultant to firms ranging from pre-incorporation startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

Victor Fernandez-Mallat

Spanish and portuguese

Victor Fernandez-Mallet completed my PhD in Modern Languages at the University of Montreal (Canada) in 2014. Before joining Georgetown University, he held the following positions: Assistant I in Spanish linguistics at the University of Bern (Switzerland), part-time Lecturer in Spanish linguistics at the University of Basel (Switzerland), and Lecturer in Spanish linguistics at the University of Washington (USA). Professor Fernandez-Mallet is currently interested in variation in forms of address; language attitudes and ideologies; Spanish in the U.S.; and linguistic/semiotic landscapes.

Clare Fieseler

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Clare Fieseler is an ecologist focusing on threatened marine ecosystems. She is completing a PhD in Ecology at UNC Chapel in summer 2018. She received a masters degree in Environmental Management and a certificate in International Development from Duke University. She is active in the field of global conservation policy, having served on the board of the Society of Conservation Biology and working as an Innovation Fellow for the DC-based organization, Conservation X Labs. Clare uses photography, photo mosaics, and 3D technology to study the impact of climate change on the Caribbean’s resilient but rapidly disappearing coral reefs. Her conservation biology research examining coral resilience has been funded by several grants from the National Geographic Society. A passionate advocate for women in the sciences, Fieseler recently co-produced an award winning short film on the topic and is developing a web series for National Geographic. Her photographic work is represented by National Geographic Creative. Of note, Clare is an alum of the School of Foreign Service. She completed a BSFS in 2006 with a concentration in STIA-Environment and was an undergraduate assistant in the lab of Dr. Janet Mann.

Harrison Frye

Mcdonough school of business


Harrison P. Frye is a faculty fellow at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2017. His research is primarily in political philosophy, with a focus on the nature of social freedom and the moral evaluation of the market. His work has appeared in journals such as a Politics Philosophy & Economics and Economics and Philosophy.

Sharat Ganapati

walsh school of foreign service

Sharat Ganapati is an economist working at the intersection of international trade, industrial organization, and environmental economics. He is interested in how changes in economic policy or technology can shift geographic patterns of production and alter market behavior. Recent research investigates how firms leverage globalization to increase market power, measures the burden of carbon taxes on firms and consumers, and highlights how regional trade agreements help increase product variety.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 2017. Prior to his doctoral work, Sharat received undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago and worked as an economic consultant in California and Washington D.C.

Nell Haynes


Nell Haynes has recently taken a position as Assistant Teaching Professor in Anthropology at Georgetown University. Her research addresses themes of gender and Indigeneity in Latin America. Specifically she is interested in the ways that notions of who counts as “authentically indigenous” become expressed through and troubled by popular culture and media in Bolivia and Chile. Nell earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at American University in 2013 with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in Anthropology and Theater. Nell has previously worked in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies programs at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, University College London, and Northwestern University. After publishing her first book, Social Media in Northern Chile in 2016, she is currently working on her second book, based on fieldwork in La Paz, Bolivia. Tentatively titled Chola in a Choke Hold: Remaking Indigeneity through Lucha Libre, the book explores how exhibition wrestling featuring women as chola characters reflects and contributes to current debates over the nature of indigeneity in Bolivia. Nell has also published in a number of edited and co-authored books, as well as journals including International Journal of Communication, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, and Media, Culture & Society. Her courses concentrate on Indigeneity, Latin America, gender & sexuality, linguistic anthropology, performance, borders & migration, media, and popular culture.

Pamela Herd

Mccourt school of public policy

Pamela Herd is a Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty she was Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison (UW-Madison). While at UW-Madison she was affiliated with the Institute for Research on Poverty, Population Health Sciences, Center for Demography and Ecology, Center for Demography of Health and Aging, Neuroscience/Public Policy Program, and the Department of Consumer Sciences.

Her research has focused on health, education, women’s issues, and public policy topics affecting aging, including several longitudinal studies supported by the National Institutes for Health, National Institute for Aging, from 2010-2018. She has received numerous awards for her research, is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Dr. Herd received her Ph.D in sociology from Syracuse University.

Zachary Herz


LaMonda Horton-Stallings

African american studies

LaMonda Horton-Stallings is Professor of African American Studies. Prior to Georgetown, she held appointments at the University of Maryland College-Park, Indiana University, and the University of Florida.  Her first book, Mutha' is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (2007), critically engages folklore and vernacular theory, black cultural studies, and queer theory to examine the representation of sexual desire in fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy, neo-soul, and hip-hop created by black women. Her second book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (Univ. of Illinoi Press, 2015), explores how black sexual cultures produce radical ideologies about labor, community, art, and sexuality. It has received the Alan Bray Memorial Award from the MLA GL/Q Caucus, the 2016 Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women's Studies from the Popular Culture Studies Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), and it was a 2016 Finalist for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ Studies.

 She has also  published essays in African American Review, South-Atlantic QuarterlyGLQSigns: Journal of Women in Culture and Societythe Journal of Bisexuality, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Black Camera, Obsidian III, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, CR: The New Centennial Review, Western Journal of Black Studies, Feminist Formations, MELUS, and numerous edited collections.

Vanessa Hurley

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Vanessa Hurley is joining the Health Systems Administration department as an assistant professor. Her research interests lie at the intersection of organizational learning and quality improvement, with a particular focus on health care collaboratives and their role in elevating patient-centered innovations. In addition to having worked as a health policy analyst for the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, she has experience as a project manager in rural and community health center settings across the Northeast. Vanessa graduated with a PhD in health policy (with an emphasis on organizations and management) from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 and earned a master in public health and bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Alexandra Johnson


Joseph Johnson

French and Francophone STudies


Joseph R. Johnson joins Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies. His research centers on medieval languages and literatures, especially in their original manuscript forms. Before coming to Georgetown, Joseph studied at New York University (Ph.D., 2017) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stephanie Kim

school of continuing studies

Stephanie K. Kim is an education scholar with a keen interest in higher education, mobility and migration, and Asian studies. Her scholarship has appeared in journals and volumes across education and area studies and has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Korea Foundation, Institute of International Education Fulbright Program, and Comparative and International Education Society. Her work and professional activities have also been prominently featured in major media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Times Higher Education. She is currently working on a book project on higher education reform and evolving student mobility patterns between South Korea and the United States. Most recently, she was named by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a 2018-2019 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar.

At Georgetown University, she is Assistant Professor of the Practice in the School of Continuing Studies and serves as Faculty Director of Higher Education Administration, a new master's program that she is building and launching in Fall 2018. Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.

Kostadin Kushlev


Kostadin Kushlev is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown University, Dr. Kushlev completed a postdoctoral appointment with Ed Diener and Shigehiro Oishi at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of British Columbia, under Elizabeth Dunn and Toni Schmader. His passion for knowledge and the pursuit of truth through research was originally sparked at Reed College, his alma mater. 

The broad research questions that guide Dr. Kushlev’s research are: (1) What makes people happy? (2) What are the consequences of being happy for health? and (3) How can we increase individual and societal well-being? His current research program explores how constant connectivity to the Internet via smartphones impacts people’s relationships, well-being, and health, as well as how we can harness technology to improve well-being and promote positive behavioral change. To answer those questions, Dr. Kushlev employs a combination of correlational, longitudinal, and experimental methods, together with advanced statistical modeling. Beyond the walls of the ivory tower, Dr. Kushlev has written for the New York Times, and his research has generated broad interest in public outlets, including The Economist, BBC, NPR, CBC, Slate, and Time Magazine. Dr. Kushlev is proud to have grown up in Bulgaria and enjoys travelling, biking, dancing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Kai Liu



Kai Liu is transitioning to Georgetown University in 2018 as Professor of Physics, and will become a McDevitt Chair in Physics in 2019. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1998. He then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California - San Diego. He joined the University of California - Davis faculty in 2001, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and Professor in 2008. His research interest is in experimental studies of magnetism and spin transport in nanostructured materials. His recent efforts include investigations on spin and ionic transport, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, novel spin textures, magnetic recording,  and low density metal foams, which have potential applications in information storage and nanoelectronics. He was recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005) and a UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship (2007). He is also elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK, 2011), American Physical Society (2012) and IEEE (2016).  He served as the General Chair for the 61st Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2016 MMM). He currently serves as Secretary for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Commission on Magnetism (2018-2020), and as an Associate Editor for APL Materials.

Lizhi Liu

mcdonough school of business

Lizhi (Liz) Liu is an Assistant Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She studies the political economy of development, with a special focus on trade (especially e-commerce), economic reform, and emerging markets (especially China). She holds degrees in Political Science (Ph.D.) and Statistics (M.A.) from Stanford University, and International Relations (LL.B.) from Renmin University of China. In her spare time, Liz enjoys spicy food, martial arts novels, traveling, and online shopping - the last of which is coincidentally her research topic.

Kevin Martin

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Kevin W. Martin is a former (2017-2018) member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University. He holds a Ph.D. in the History of the Middle East and North Africa and an M.A. in Arab Studies (both with distinction) from Georgetown University, as well as a B.A. in History (summa cum laude) from the University of Houston. Dr. Martin has received three Fulbright awards for study and research in Damascus, Syria, where, during three years of residence, he served as a Research Associate at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO). His teaching fields include the modern Middle East, the modern Levant (Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq), Middle East historiography, and various aspects of the cultural history of the modern Arab world. His research field is the cultural history of the Modern Levant, with a particular focus on post-WWII Syria. 

Dr. Martin is currently working on his second book, We Have Discovered America!: The United States in the Syrian Imagination, 1946-1963. His first book, Syria’s Democratic Years: Citizens, Experts, and Media in the 1950s, was published by Indiana University Press in 2015. He has also published with the Brookings Institution Press, The International Journal of Middle East StudiesHistory CompassThe Journal of Cold War Studies, and The Middle East Journal. 

Evan Medeiros

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Dr. Evan S. Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies. Most recently he served as the Managing Director for Asia at Eurasia Group, the international political risk firm. Prior to this position Evan was involved in all aspects U.S.- China relations in the Obama White House. As Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian affairs National Security Council (NSC), and then NSC Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy, and intelligence affairs. 

Before joining government Evan worked for seven years as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he specialized in research on the international politics of East Asia, China's foreign policies, and U.S.- China relations. He also served from 2007-2008 as a policy adviser to Secretary Hank Paulson working on the U.S.- China Strategic Economic Dialogue at the Treasury Department. 

Evan holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; a M.Phil degree in international relations, University of Cambridge (where he was a Fulbright Scholar); a M.A. degree in China studies, University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies; and a B.A. degree in analytic philosophy, Bates College (Maine).  

Paul Miller

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Dr. Paul D. Miller is a Professor in the Practice of International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and co-chair of the Global Politics and Security concentration in the MSFS program. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. As a practitioner, Dr. Miller served as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council staff; worked as an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency; and served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. His most recent book, American Power and Liberal Order, was published by Georgetown University Press in 2016. He is a contributing editor of the Texas National Security Review and Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy.

Donald Moynihan

mccourt school of public policy

Donald Moynihan is a Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the first holder of a McCourt Chair. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty he was the Epstein & Kellett Professor of Public Affairs in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a Faculty affiliate at UW-Madison’s Department of Political Science, Institute for Research on Poverty, UW Institute for Clinical & Translational Research, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, European Union Center of Excellence, and Center for Demography of Health and Aging.

Dr. Moynihan has published extensively on a wide range of topics in public policy administration. His most recent book, co- authored with Ivor Beazley, is Toward Next-Generation Performance Budgeting: Reflections on the Experiences of Seven Reforming Countries (2016). His 2008 book The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform was selected as the winner of the Best Book Award in 2008, Public and Nonprofit Section, by The Academy of Management,  and as the 2012 winner of the Herbert Simon Award Best Book Award by the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous other awards for his research, including the selection of two of his articles as among the 75 most influential articles ever published by the Public Administration Review on its 75th anniversary in 2014. He was elected a Fellow by the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011.

Dr. Moynihan received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Toshihiko Mukoyama


Toshihiko (Toshi) Mukoyama is a Professor at the Department of Economics, Georgetown Univesity. He obtained his B.A. and M.A in economics from University of Tokyo, and M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from University of Rochester.  Prior to Georgetown University, he worked at Concordia University, Federal Reserve Board, and University of Virginia.  His main research area is macroeconomics.  His research topics include the aggregate labor market dynamics, economic growth, and business cycles. 

Nuku Ofori

McCourt School of Public Policy

James Ostler

Mcdonough school of Business

Rebecca Patterson

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Professor Rebecca D. Patterson is the Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and Professor of the Practice of International Affairs in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  Professor Patterson’s research and teaching interests include civil-military relations, nation-building, peacekeeping, and post-conflict economics.  She is the author of The Challenge of Nation-Building: Implementing Effective Innovation in the U.S. Army from World War II to the Iraq War (Rowman & Littlefield).  Most recently, she served as the Deputy Director in the Office of Peace Operations, Sanctions, and Counter Terrorism at the Department of State.  A retired U.S. Army officer with more than 22 years of experience, she served in overseas assignments in Thailand, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Professor Patterson’s previous jobs include: Strategic Advisor in the Commander’s Initiatives Group, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan; Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the National Defense University; economic advisor to the 1st Armored Division while deployed to Iraq; Assistant Professor of Economics and Comparative Politics, Department of Social Sciences at West Point; and CFR International Affairs Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman and the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group.  She holds a PhD from The George Washington University in National Security Policy, a M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Alexandre Poirier


Alexandre Poirier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Georgetown University. After receiving a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics at the University of Montreal, he received his M.A. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Iowa. His research in econometrics has been presented at domestic and international conferences. He has published articles in Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, and Journal of Business & Economic Statistics

Philipp Renczes, SJ

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Kimberley Roberts

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Jessica Roda

Walsh school of foreign service

Growing up in French Guiana with a family descending from Algeria, France, and Spain, Dr. Jessica Roda was exposed to diversity at an early age. Her pluralistic childhood shaped her as a person and professor. Dr. Roda’s research interests include music, performance, international cultural politics, intercultural dialogue, subcultures, and diaspora. She earned doctorates at both Sorbonne University and the University of Montreal; following this, Dr. Roda studied the political implications of Sephardic and Arab-Jewish music as well as the Unesco Convention of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and began an ethnography of Ultra-Religious Jewish Life in Montreal and New York City. Specifically, Dr. Roda is researching the emergence of Hasidic subcultures and their influence on the transformation of kinship, sexuality, and popular culture in the religious Jewish world.

Dr. Roda has published in several peer-review journals, was a guest editor for a special issue on Music and Tourism for MUSICultures (2017), has co-edited with Daniela Moisa La diversité des patrimoines (2015, Presses de l’Université du Québec), and recently published her first monograph Se réinventer au present (2018 Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Prize UQÀM-Respatrimoni). Before joining the Center for Jewish Civilization, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Dr. Roda was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, the Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies (Concordia University), and the Canada Research Chair in Urban Heritage (University of Quebec in Montreal.) Additionally, Dr. Roda has been a visiting scholar at UCLA, Columbia University (Heyman Center) and Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (Department of Anthropology). Beyond her academic life, she is also trained as a pianist, flutist and modern-jazz dancer (City of Paris Conservatory).

Elizabeth Saunders

walsh school of foreign service

Elizabeth N. Saunders is an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service and a core faculty member in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown.  She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior editor at the Washington Post’s political science blog, The Monkey Cage.  Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and U.S. foreign policy, including the presidency and foreign policy, and the politics of using force.  Her book, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, was published in 2011 by Cornell University Press and won the 2012 Jervis-Schroeder Best Book Award from APSA’s International History and Politics section.  She has previously been a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a postdoctoral fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University; a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies; and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.  She holds an A.B. in physics and astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard College; an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Cambridge; and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.

Jordan Schoenfeld

Mcdonough school of business

Jordan Schoenfeld graduated with a PhD from the University of Michigan and then served on the faculty at the University of Utah for three years where he taught in the master's of accounting program. His research focuses on the role of information in the financial markets, shareholder activism, and financial contracting. He has published in the Journal of Accounting and Economies and the Review of Accounting Studies. His research has been cited by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, the Columbia Law School forum, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal. Professor Schoenfeld has given research seminars in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has also given seminars at several well-regarded research institutions including the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and Yale University, among others. Before entering academia,  he worked for Deloitte in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL. He received the CPA license in 2010.

Jamil Scott


Jamil Scott is joining the Department of Government after receiving her Ph.D in political science from Michigan State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics and Psychology from University of Maryland - College Park. 

Jamil is a recipient of the King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellowship. Her research interests lie in the areas of political behavior, political representation, race and ethnicity politics and gender politics. She pays special attention to how the intersection of gender and race can influence the political experiences of women of color. 

Luke Semrau

Mcdonough school of business

Katalin Springel

mcdonough school of business

Katalin Springel is joining the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as an assistant professor in August 2018. Previously, she spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC. Her research studies industrial organization with a particular emphasis on topics pertaining to energy and the environment. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Economics from Central European University. 

Crissa Stephens

Graduate school of arts and sciences

Nicholas Subtirelu


Olúfẹmi Táíwò


Caitlin Talmadge

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Caitlin Talmadge is Associate Professor of Security Studies in the school and the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown. She is a political scientist specializing in international security. Her research and teaching focus on defense policy, civil-military relations, U.S. military operations and strategy, deterrence and escalation, and the Persian Gulf. She is author of The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell, 2015),  which Foreign Affairs named the Best Book in Security for 2016 and which won the 2017 Best Book Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. She also is co-author of U.S. Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy (third edition 2017, Rutledge, with Harvey Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz), and is currently writing a book on nuclear escalation in conventional wars. She has published articles in International SecuritySecurity Studies, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington QuarterlyThe Non-Proliferation ReviewThe New York Times, and elsewhere.

Dr. Talmadge co-leads the Project on Strategic Stability Evaluation, a multi-year, Carnegie-funded effort to understand the effects of emerging technologies on international security. She also currently works on a Minerva grant studying alliances in East Asia. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Dr. Talmadge is a graduate of Harvard (A.B., Government, summa cum laude) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., Political Science). Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She also previously served as a consultant to the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense and was Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Shree Taylor

Mathematics and statistics


Dr. Taylor is a computational mathematician with degrees from Clark Atlanta University (BS/MS) and North Carolina State University (PhD). Years of interdisciplinary experiences have allowed her the ability to collaborate effectively with professionals from various fields.

Dr. Taylor has worked in the biomedical field as a research scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH) in Research Triangle Park, NC. While there, she developed complex mathematical and statistical models in the areas of cancer and pharmacokinetic research. During her time at NIEHS, she interacted with biologists and other scientists to develop physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models. Dr. Taylor also spent time as a guest researcher at The German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Taylor has also worked in the field of national defense as a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses in Alexandria, VA. Her time there was spent on projects of interest to the nation and the interoperability of our military forces. Dr. Taylor designed methodologies for the data collection and development of mathematical models used in analyses, conducted on-site client interviews, and contributed to presentations delivered to top-ranking Navy officials.

Dr. Taylor is the owner, CEO and President of Delta Decisions of DC (Delta Decisions).  Delta Decisions is an analytics firm that helps its clients collect, manage and study their data so that it can be translated into useful information to make informed business decisions.  As a senior consultant of Delta Decisions, Dr. Taylor formulates creative and innovative solutions to address the client’s needs.  Her clients include non-profits, small and large businesses, as well as government agencies.  When working with clients, she uses various techniques, in particular active listening skills, to extract critical information that is used to create a logical and systematic plan to address their unique challenges. Dr. Taylor has refined her ability to learn concepts quickly and apply mathematical structure to develop practical solutions.  She also creatively leverages resources to address client challenges with a focus on integrity and quality. 

Dr. Taylor is delighted to join the Mathematics and Statistics Department as the new Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). 


Xiaoli Tian

mcdonough school of business

Professor Tian's research expertise includes corporate disclosure, earnings quality, governance and corporate taxation. She has published scholarly articles in top journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Previous to Georgetown she has taught at The Ohio State University, University of Iowa, and University of Minnesota.

Geoffrey Traugh


Geoffrey Traugh is a historian of modern Africa. His research explores the history of development, the environment, and economic life, as well as the history of global capitalism more broadly. He received his PhD from New York University in 2018. His book project, “Wealth is in the Soil: Decolonization, Rural Development, and the Making of a National Economy in Malawi,” examines the role of a small, agrarian nation in transforming global ideas about modernization and with it the lives of ordinary rural people in the decades surrounding African independence. He is also working on a second project that asks how global business shaped the history of capitalism in Africa, and looks particularly at how foreign companies worked with states and donors to entrench racialized forms of accumulation on a world scale. His teaching interests include development history, empire and decolonization, environmental history, capitalism and inequality, and global history.

Nitin Vaidya

computer science


Nitin Vaidya is the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair and Department Chair of Computer Science. He received Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He previously served as a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illiniois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored papers that received awards at several conferences, including 2015 SSS, 2007 ACM MobiHoc and 1998 ACM MobiCom. He is a fellow of the IEEE. He has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ACM PODC conference, as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and as the Editor-in-Chief for ACM SIGMOBILE publication MC2R.

Christian Wagner, SJ

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Fr. Christian Wagner, S.J., 46, grew up in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe in 1994, he went on to earn a master’s degree in biotechnology at the European Biotechnology School of the Higher Rhine Universities in France and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Basel in Switzerland. His subsequent work in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Laboratories brought him to the U.S., but after five years, he was searching for a more fulfilling career. The desire for meaningful work took Fr. Wagner to Loyola University Chicago, where he taught biology and began to revisit the idea of becoming a priest, which he’d placed on the back burner since high school. He entered the Society of Jesus in August 2006. As a novice, he served as a chaplain with the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and later earned a master’s degree in philosophical resources from Fordham University, in the Bronx, New York. In a unique experience, he was missioned to Asia, where he spent two years learning Mandarin in Taiwan and China. Then he worked there for one year as a visiting scientist at a research center. In 2014, he was missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Theology. Complementary to this formation, Fr. Wagner completed a three-year spiritual direction course at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, while serving at San Quentin State Prison and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. His academic interests center on Jesuit education in Confucian contexts and in presenting sciences, especially life sciences, as a gateway to a more comprehensive understanding and appreciation of creation.

Cynthia Wei

Walsh School of Foreign Service 

Cynthia Wei joins the Walsh School of Foreign Service as an Associate Professor of Teaching and Director of Science Education. She will be leading efforts at SFS to develop science curriculum for the new university science requirement. Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, Dr. Wei was the Associate Director of Education at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), an environmental research center affiliated with the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role, she led several programs and initiatives, including the postdoctoral fellowship program, undergraduate research internship program, initiatives to broaden participation with underrepresented minorities, and short courses on teaching with case studies. She is currently co-editor for Ecology and Biodiversity section of the online journal, Case Studies in the Environment.

Dr. Wei has also worked on national level science education programs and initiatives through her experience as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, and as a Christine Mirzayan Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. She has also taught science at the K-12 level at St. Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Wei holds a dual-degree PhD in Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University, where she researched learning in honeybees, and postdoctoral research experience studying cognition in corvids at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a B.A. in biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University. 

Xiaofei Zhao

Mcdonough school of business

Xiaofei Zhao is joining the McDonough School of Business as an assistant professor of finance in August 2018. His research covers a range of topics including the impact of labor market frictions on capital market, the effect of material information arrival on jumps and asset pricing, and big data/textual analysis of news articles and corporate filings in various contexts. He has published in the Journal of Financial EconomicsManagement Science, and the Review of Financial Studies. His research won several research awards including the 2012 and the 2015 Crowell Memorial Prize in quantitative investments. His teaching interests include investment management, business finance, and big data analytics and FinTech. Previously he served on the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas for 5 years after receiving a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2013.