Professor Newman received his BA in International Relations from Stanford University and his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
His research focuses on international political economy, with a special interest in global regulatory issues. He has completed a project on European global leadership in the area of data privacy and is currently working on international economic governance. His work examines the intersection of comparative political economy and international political economy, specifically how domestic institutions, through transgovernmental cooperation, shape international affairs.
He is the author of Protectors of Privacy: Regulating Personal Data in the Global Economy (Cornell University Press: 2008) and co-editor of How Revolutionary was the Digital Revolution: National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technologies (Stanford University Press: 2006). His work has appeared in a range of journals including Governance, International Organization, and the Journal of European Public Policy.
As the Assistant Director, Moira Todd manages the Mortara Center's finances, human resources, communications, and extensive event programming. In addition, she liaises with Mortara Center faculty, university departments, and broader Washington and global communities. Moira hails from Upstate NY and holds a B.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Events and Communiations Coordinator
As the Events and Communications Coordinator, Alex Phelan is involved in program administration and event programming. Alex has a B.A. in Human Rights and American Studies from Bard College and an M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She previously worked for the Bard Graduate Center, a graduate program on design history and material culture in Manhattan. After eight years in Brooklyn and a brief stint in New Orleans she is very happy to be back in the D.C. area where she grew up.
TEACHING ASSISTANTS TO SECRETARY ALBRIGHT
Friederike Kaiser, German and European Studies Program
Friederike is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in German and European Studies and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She specializes in transatlantic trade and security and has lived and worked in Germany, Canada, and the U.S. Prior to beginning her degree at Georgetown, Friederike worked for Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts in Key West, Florida. She also has interned in the executive office of the German Marshall Fund, a public policy organization dedicated to enhancing cooperation between the U.S. and Europe. In the summer of 2017, Friederike worked at BMW’s Washington, D.C.-based Government and External Affairs Office. Friederike speaks German and French, and is an executive board member of Georgetown Women in International Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
Kirby Neuner, Security Studies Program
Kirby Shea Neuner grew up in Hackettstown, NJ. After graduating from Williams College in 2015 with a B.A. in History, Kirby moved to the Washington, DC area to begin work at development firm Democracy International. During his two years with DI, Kirby participated in an international observation mission that assessed and reported on Egypt's 2015 parliamentary elections and managed multiple USAID-funded analytical projects, including a governance assessment in Haiti and conflict assessment in Senegal. He has also served on multiple NJ-based congressional campaign policy teams and written and edited for DC-based Young Professionals in Foreign Policy's online journal, Charged Affairs, and he currently coaches a youth travel baseball team out of the DC/Northern Virginia area.
Mortara Student Assistants
Student Program Assistant
Vinitha is a sophomore in the SFS majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in Justice and Peace Studies. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. In her free time, she plays for Georgetown’s Pep Band.
Student Clerical Assistant
Lev Sugarman is a sophomore in the SFS from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Security. In his free time, he enjoys discovering new music and is involved with Georgetown’s J Street U chapter.