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Areas of Expertise

Democratization

The study of democratization is a growing field, especially in relation to foreign policy of western countries. This field investigates why, how, and when democratic political regimes emerge, why they collapse or stabilize, and why democratization can sometimes be problematic. Special attention is often paid to the ways that democratization does or does not help marginalized groups, such as women, native peoples, and other minorities.

Professor Val Moghadam
International Affairs and Sociology
Current Research: Women and democratic transitions after the Arab Spring; social policy after the Arab Spring

Professor Tony Jones
International Affairs and Sociology

Professor Denis Sullivan
International Affairs and Political Science
Current research: Civil Society vs. ‘The Deep State’ in Egypt

Professor Berna Turam
International Affairs and Sociology
Current Research: Freedom and Democracy


Gender and Globalization

As our world grows ever smaller with the increase in globalization, special attention is needed to examine how globalization affects marginalized groups. The study of gender and globalization looks specifically at the ways that globalization affects women by investigating transnational networks, labor markets, and political and societal shifts.

Professor Val Moghadam
International Affairs and Sociology
Current Research: Women and democratic transitions after the Arab Spring; social policy after the Arab Spring


International Conflict and Negotiation

Conflict and Negotiation deals with the ever-present need to resolve or end international conflict and foster multilateral cooperation. Researching why and when conflict occurs, and what can be done to end it, is a critical need in today’s world.

Professor Mai’a Cross
International Affairs and Political Science

Professor Denise Garcia
International Affairs and Political Science
Current Research: Robotic Arms Control, International Policy

Professor Denis Sullivan
International Affairs and Political Science
Current Research: US policy toward Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Professor Dov Waxman
International Affairs and Political Science
Current Research: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


International Economics and Economic Development

Professor Bilge Erten
International Affairs and Economics

Professor Catalina Herrera-Almanza
International Affairs and Economics


International Law

Professor Denise Garcia
International Affairs and Political Science

 

Space, Urbanism, and Mobility

Migration and increasing urbanization make space and the city increasingly contentious areas. Faculty who specialize in these fields study the ways in which people move and by what means, and how groups of people interact with migrants and their spaces.

Professor Berna Turam
International Affairs and Sociology
Current Research: Politics of Space, Urban Contestation, City and Government, Muslim Spaces in Europe


The Middle East and North Africa

Professor Val Moghadam
International Affairs and Sociology
Current Research: Women and democratic transitions after the Arab Spring, Social policy after the Arab Spring

Professor Denis Sullivan
International Affairs and Political Science
Current Research: Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on Jordan and Lebanon; Egypt’s ‘Deep State’ and the return of a military-backed regime

Professor Berna Turam
International Affairs and Sociology

Professor Dov Waxman
International Affairs, Political Science, Jewish Studies
Current Research:  The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; The Politics of Israel in the American Jewish Community, The Changing Relationship between Diaspora Jews and Israel.


Europe and the European Union

Professor Mai’a Cross
International Affairs and Political Science
Current Research: EU integration, EU crises, EU foreign and security policy, European Defence Agency, epistemic communities, soft/smart power

Professor Denise Garcia
International Affairs and Political Science

Professor Tony Jones
International Affairs and Sociology
Current Research:Developmental and Adaptational Challenges in the Mediterranean Region and Implications for  Regional Security; European Neighborhood Policy.

Professor Ioannis Livanis
International Affairs and Political Science
Current Research: Europe and EU Policy Compliance in the CEE; European Neighborhood Policy and Western Balkans administrative reform; Administrative Shirking and the Greek Debt Crisis.

 


Latin America and the Caribbean

Professor Amilcar Barreto
International Affairs and Political Science

Professor Catalina Herrera-Almanza
International Affairs and Economics

 


Africa

Professor Bilge Erten
International Affairs and Economics

Professor Catalina Herrera-Almanza
International Affairs and Economics