Faculty

Our core and affiliated faculty are leading scholars in their fields, committed to collaborative learning and pushing the boundaries of knowledge in international affairs.  Through their leadership of research seminars, active participation in Mortara events, and in their outstanding mentoring and teaching, they help to make Georgetown a world class university.  


CORE FACULTY

MKThe Hon. Madeleine K. Albright, Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy

 

 

 

Kathleen McNamara

Kathleen R. McNamara, Professor, Government Department and School of Foreign Service

 

 

 

Abraham NewmanAbraham Newman, Director, Mortara Center and Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and 

- Chair of the Georgetown University International Theory and Research Seminar (GUITARS).
- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Emma Rhodes, BSFS '20

 

 

JVJames Raymond Vreeland, Professor of International Relations in the School of Foreign Service

 

 

 

AFFILIATED FACULTY

Fida AdelyFida Adely, Associate Professor and Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies

- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Eric Menna, BSFS '18
- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

 

Raphael A. Calel  Raphael A. Calel, Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

- Co-chair of the Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar

 

 

Charlotte CavailleCharlotte Cavaillé is an Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University 

- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

Marwa DaoudyMarwa Daoudy, Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

 

 

Raj Desai

Raj Desai, Associate Professor of International Development

- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Bessie Zavidow, BSFS '18

 

 

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David M. Edelstein, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service (SFS)

- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Adam Potter, '20
- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

 

Mark GiordanoMark Giordano, Associate Professor and Director of the STIA Program

- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Signe Stroming, BSFS '19

 

 

Toshihiro Higuchi

Toshihiro Higuchi, Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service

                - Co-chair of International History Seminar 

 

 

 

 

Shareen JoshiShareen Joshi, Assistant Professor

- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Schuyler Colloredo-Mansfeld, BSFS '19

 

 

 

Diana KimDiana Kim, Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program

- Co-chair of the Current Research on Issues and Topics in Comparative Scholarship (CRITICS) Seminar
- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

 

 

Marko Klasnja Marko Klasnja, Assistant Professor, SFS and

- Co-chair of the Current Research on Issues and Topics in Comparative Scholarship (CRITICS) Seminar
- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

Charles A. KupchanCharles A. Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department

               - Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Arjun Mehrotra, BSFS '20 

 

 

JL Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service

- Co-chair of Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar 

 

 

Paasha Mahdavi Paasha Mahdavi, Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

- Co-chair of the Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar

 

 

Emily MendenhallEmily Mendenhall is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program in the School of Foreign Service

- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

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 John R. McNeill, University Professor in the School of Foreign Service

- Co-chair of International History Seminar 

 

 

 

Irfan NooruddinIrfan Nooruddin, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service

- Chair of the Political Economy Seminar

 

 

 

Jenny GuardadoJenny Guardado Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service (SFS)

- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Saisha Mediratta, BSFS '20

 

 

Lahra Smith

Lahra Smith, Associate Professor, African Studies Program 

- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

 

Yuhki TajimaYuhki Tajima is Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program

- Mortara Faculty Fellow

 

 

Jen TobinJen Tobin, Assistant Professor McCourt School of Public Policy

- Chair of the International Development Working Group 

 

 

Erik VoetenErik Voeten, Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in World Affairs

- Mentor to Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Meghna Sigha, BSFS '19

 

 

Mohamed ZayaniMohamed Zayani, Professor at SFS-Qatar

 

 

 

 

Andrew ZeitlinAndrew Zeitlin, Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy

- Co-chair of the International Development Working Group

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Filiz Kahraman

Filiz Kahraman is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. She received her doctoral degree from the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington in 2017.

Filiz’s research examines law and social change from international and comparative perspectives. Her book manuscript, based on her dissertation, Claiming Labor Rights as Human Rights: Legal Mobilization at the European Court of Human Rights, provides a comprehensive analysis of the causes and consequences of mobilizing labor rights at an international human rights court. As part of this research project, she created a database of labor cases (n=1,267) brought before the European Court of Human Rights and conducted fieldwork, funded by the National Science Foundation and other institutions, in Turkey and the UK. Her research has appeared in Law & Social Inquiry and is forthcoming in an edited volume from University of Toronto Press. She has also been invited to contribute a co-authored article to the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.

Visiting Researchers

 

Lena Lee AndresenLena Lee Andresen is a PhD student in economics at ETH Zurich and a visiting researcher at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on influences of geopolitical and financial sector interests in the lending process of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She also currently serves as advisor to the IMF Executive Board. Prior to this, she has worked as a senior economist at the Swiss National Bank, as investment strategist at UBS, and as a political analyst at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. She holds a Master of Arts in economics from the University of St. Gallen and a Master of Arts in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

 

Simon Frankel Pratt

Simon Frankel Pratt is a post-doctoral researcher, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, where he is currently also a lecturer. His research focuses on institutional change, strategic innovation, and normative evolution in national and international security sectors. 

His project in DC examines the private intelligence industry and practices of government contracting. His past work has focused on issues in international relations theory and on US counter-terrorism policies, and may be found in recent publications in International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, and Terrorism and Political Violence.

 

Ann TownsAnn Towns (PhD, University of Minnesota) is associate professor in political science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research deals with questions about norms, international hierarchies and resistance in international politics, generally with a focus on gender. She is currently conducting a large research project on gender norms and practices in diplomacy, an inter-state institution that has long been dominated by men but where more women have entered within the past decade. As part of this project, she will carry out field work among diplomats in D.C. during 2017-2018. Her work on gender and diplomacy has been awarded a 6-year Wallenberg Academy Fellowship by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Towns is the author of Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society (2010, Cambridge University Press). Her research has also appeared in International Organization, European Journal of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, Millennium, Party Politics, NORA, Cooperation & Conflict and Women & Politics, etc. A volume entitled Gendering Diplomacy and International Cooperation, co-edited with Karin Aggestam, is forthcoming with Palgrave MacMillan. Towns is associate editor of International Studies Quarterly and a member of the editorial boards of Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics, Politicsand Internasjonal Politikk.