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    Christopher Blattman, Ph.D., MPA/ID

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches on the political economy of development, African politics, applied statistics, and the causes of war and violence. He has also been faculty at Yale University and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s in Public Administration and In [ ... ]

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    Mahmood Mamdani, Ph.D.

    Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology

    Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior [ ... ]

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    Richard Pious, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Richard M. Pious, professor of political science and Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Chair in History and American Studies, taught at Columbia College from 1968 through 1972, and joined the Barnard faculty in 1973. He also taught at York University, Toronto. Professor Pious's teaching includes courses on American politics, constitutional and public law, and political decision making. Professor Pious has written widely on A [ ... ]

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    Judith Matloff,

    Adjunct faculty

    Judith Matloff writes mainly about areas of turmoil abroad. She was a staff foreign correspondent for 20 years, lastly as the Africa and Moscow bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Economist, Financial Times and Newsweek. Matloff has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Program, Harvard-Rad [ ... ]

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    Kimberly Marten, Ph.D.

    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science

    Kimberly Marten is a professor (and the former department chair) in the political science department at Barnard College, Columbia University. She specializes in international relations and international security. She serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Development and Fund-Raising Committee of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and is also a faculty member of Columbia's Saltzman Institute of War [ ... ]

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    Macartan Humphreys, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Macartan Humphreys (Ph.D., Harvard, 2003) works on the political economy of development and formal political theory. Ongoing research focuses on civil wars, post-conflict development, ethnic politics, natural resource management, political authority and leadership, and democratic development. He uses a variety of methods including survey work, lab experimentation, field experimentation, econometric analysis, game theoreti [ ... ]

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    Michael Taussig, M.D., Ph.D.

    Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology

    I began fieldwork in 1969. I have returned every year. My writing has spanned different things in roughly the following order; two books in Spanish for local people on the history of slavery and its aftermath, and books and articles in academic journals on the: 1) commercialization of peasant agriculture, 2) slavery, 3) hunger, 4) the popular manifestations of the working of commodity fetishism, 5) the impact of col [ ... ]

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    Anne Nelson,

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Nelson specializes in the area of international media development and has worked extensively as an analyst, evaluator, and practitioner in the field. She has taught at Columbia University since 1995, integrating student online publications on their research. Nelson is a graduate of Yale University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship for work on media and Na [ ... ]

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    Scott Smith,

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Scott Smith was a political affairs officer in the United Nations for 12 years, most of those working on Afghanistan, including as the senior political affairs officer and team leader for Afghanistan within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations between 2007 and 2009, and Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, between 2009 and 2010. He also participated in the [ ... ]

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    Eric Olson, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Eric Olson is a former U.S. Navy SEAL who rose to become a four-star admiral and commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He retired in 2011 after almost four decades of active service. A Naval Academy graduate, Olson received his MA from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he studied political and military affairs with an emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. His overseas service included assignments in Israe [ ... ]

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    Lori Fisler Damrosch, J.D.

    Henry L. Moses Prof. of Law and Intl. Organization

    Professor Damrosch joined the Columbia faculty in 1984. From 1984 to 1989 she was an associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. Her principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations. She is named the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization. Her publications include International Law: Cases and Materials, 4th edition with Pugh [ ... ]

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    Robert Jervis, Ph.D.

    Adlai E. Stevenson Professor and Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Robert Jervis is the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. He is a coeditor of the Security Studies Series published by Cornell University Press, serves on the board of nine scholarly journals, and has authored over 100 publications. Dr. Jervis is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also served a [ ... ]

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    John Dinges, M.A.

    Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism

    Dinges is in charge of the school’s radio curriculum, which he revamped to emphasize public radio journalism. He received a BA from Loras College and an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. Dinges began his career as a reporter and copy editor for The Des Moines Register & Tribune. He was a freelance correspondent in Latin America for many years, during the period of military governments and ci [ ... ]

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    Philip C. Bobbitt, J.D., Ph.D

    Director, Center for National Security Law

    One of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt's interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Club of Madrid. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on Internation [ ... ]

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    Neil G. Boothby, Ed.D.

    Allan Rosenfield Professor of Forced Migration and Health of Population and Family Health

    Dr. Neil Boothby is an internationally recognized expert and advocate for children affected by war and displacement. As a senior representative of UNICEF, UNHCR and Save the Children, he has worked for more than 20 years with children in crises in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. As director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School, his research focuses on the psychosocial conseq [ ... ]

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    Yuval Neria, Ph.D.

    Director, Trauma and PTSD Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute

    Dr. Yuval Neria is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science and his MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his PhD in Psychology from Haifa University, Israel (1994). He was on faculty of [ ... ]

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    Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

    Chair, Department of Epidemiology

    Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, is a physician and an epidemiologist. Dr. Galea is interested in the social production of health of urban populations. His work explores innovative cells-to-society approaches to population health questions. His primary focus is on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of mass tra [ ... ]

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    Michael G. Wessells, Ph.D.

    Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

    Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former Co-Chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Recently, he was co-focal point on mental health and psychosocial support for the revision of the Sphere humanitarian standards. He has conduct [ ... ]

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    Séverine Autesserre, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Séverine Autesserre is a an expert in war, peace, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. She currently works as a Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Autesserre was awarded an AC4 interdisciplinary research award in 2010 and 2011 (competitive renewal) for her work on international interven [ ... ]

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    Richard K. Betts, Ph.D.

    Leo A. Shifrin & Arnold Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies

    Richard  K.  Betts  is the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies in the political science department, Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Director of the International Security Policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  He was Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations for fou [ ... ]

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    Glenn Denning, Ph.D.

    Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs

    Glenn Denning joined Columbia University's Earth Institute in 2004 as Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director of the Tropical Agriculture and Environment Program. He helped establish the MDG Centre, East and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as its director for five years. With more than 25 years of experience in international agricultural research and development, Denning provided leadership to the MDG [ ... ]

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    Leslie F. Roberts, Ph.D.

    Associate Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health

    Les Roberts did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. Les was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring [ ... ]

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    Gerald R. Martone,

    Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Gerald Martone is Director of Humanitarian Affairs at the International Rescue Committee's headquarters in New York, where he is involved in advocacy initiatives that influence policy and public support for people affected by political oppression, disasters, and violent conflict. Martone was previously Director of Emergency Response with the International Rescue Committee. In this capacity, he oversaw emergency assessmen [ ... ]

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    Mark Mazower, Ph.D.

    Director, Center for International History

    Mark Mazower is a historian and writer, specialising in modern Greece, 20th century Europe and international history. He read classics and philosophy at Oxford, studied international affairs at Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center, and has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford (1988). His books include Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44 (Yale UP, 1993); Dark Continent: Europe [ ... ]

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    Dahlia Simangan,

    AC4 Visiting Scholar

    Dahlia is a visiting PhD student at AC4 from the Australian National University. Her dissertation is examining how United Nations transitional administrations in Cambodia, Kosovo, and East Timor incorporated local perspectives into their post-conflict rebuilding strategies. She focuses on four crucial areas according to the rebuilding component of the 2001 Responsibility to Protect (R2P) document: security, justice [ ... ]

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    Matthew Waxman, J.D.

    Liviu Librescu Professor of Law

    Matthew Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, including issues related to international human rights and constitutional rights; military force and conflict resolution; and terrorism.  He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Before joining [ ... ]

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    Naomi Weinberger, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Naomi Weinberger’s primary academic interests are in international security studies, with expertise in the Middle East. Her publications include Syrian Intervention in Lebanon (Oxford University Press) and many articles on global peace operations and conflict resolution. She is currently pursuing research on Palestinian security sector reform (for a book to be released by Lynne Rienner Publishers) and on the r [ ... ]

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    Matthew Connelly, Ph.D.

    Professor of History

    Matthew Connelly, professor, works on the history of eugenics, migration, and birth control. His most recent book, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, has just been published by Harvard University Press. His research articles have appeared in such journals as Population and Development Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Ameri [ ... ]

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    Jack L. Snyder, Ph.D.

    Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations

    Jack Snyder (Ph.D., Columbia, 1981) is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, co-authored with Edward D. Mansfield; From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics [ ... ]

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    Helen Benedict,

    Professor of Journalism

    Professor Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent nonfiction book is "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press), which won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit In Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and the Ken Book Award in 2010. It also inspired a lawsuit against the Pentagon and Defense Secret [ ... ]

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    Orhan Pamuk,

    Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor of the Humanities

    Orhan Pamuk is one of Turkey's most prominent novelists. Titles (in English) include "The White Castle," "The Black Book," "The New Life," "My Name is Red," "Snow," "Isbanbul: Memories of a City," "Other Colors: Essays and a Story" and his newest book, "The Museum of Innocence." His work has been trnaslated into more than 40 languages and he h [ ... ]

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    Steve Coll,


    Dean Steve Coll is a staff writer at The New Yorker, the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. Over [ ... ]

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    Gary Sick, Ph.D.

    Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute

    Gary Sick is a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. He served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Pe [ ... ]

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    Karen Barkey,


    Karen Barkey is Professor of Sociology and History. She studies state centralization / decentralization, state control and social movements against states in the context of empires. In her recent work she has also explored the issue of toleration and accommodation in pre-modern empires. Her research focuses primarily on the Ottoman Empire, and recently on comparisons between Ottoman, Habsburg and Roman empires. Her firs [ ... ]

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    V. Page Fortna, PhD

    Professor, Department of Political Science

    V. Page Fortna is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  Her research focuses on peacekeeping, war termination, and the durability of peace in interstate and civil wars.  Fortna teaches classes on international politics, war termination, cooperation and security, and research methods.  She is [ ... ]

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    Stephanie Neuman, PhD

    Senior Research Scholar

    Stephanie Neuman is the Director of the Comparative Defense Studies Program and a Senior Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct  Professor  in  the School of International and Public Affairs. Neuman specializes in third world security issues. Her research interests include war and conflict in the third world, defense [ ... ]

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    Lila Abu-Lughord, Ph.D.

    Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science

    My work, strongly ethnographic and mostly based in Egypt, has focused on three broad issues: the relationship between cultural forms and power; the politics of knowledge and representation; and the dynamics of gender and the question of women’s rights in the Middle East . My first book, Veiled Sentiments, was about the politics of sentiment and cultural expression in a Bedouin community in Egypt that made an argumen [ ... ]

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    David L. Phillips,

    Director, Peace-building and Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR)

    David L. Phillips is currently Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies, [ ... ]

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    Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS)

    The Institute of War and Peace Studies was founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower during his tenure as president of Columbia University. Eisenhower created the Institute to promote an understanding of the "disastrous consequences of war upon man's spiritual, intellectual, and material progress." Under its first director, William T.R. Fox, the Institute became one of the foremost research [ ... ]

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    International Security Policy Concentration

    The International Security Policy Concentration (ISP) is designed for students interested in political violence and conflict management, defense policy, military strategy, terrorism and unconventional warfare, arms control, intelligence, peacekeeping, coercion, negotiation, and alternatives to the use of force as an instrument of policy. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding conflict and the political [ ... ]

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    Trauma and PTSD Program

    The Trauma and PTSD Program, in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry and The New York State Psychiatric Institute, is committed to improving the lives of people affected by trauma and bereavement. Our team of dedicated clinicians, research scientists, and staff uphold our mission by: Conducting clinical studies to improve the effects of new treatments for individuals with posttraumatic stre [ ... ]

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    Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

    The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Whether the topic is street crime, family violence, natural disaster, war or human rights, effective news reporting on traumatic events demands knowledge, skill and support. The Dart Center provides journalists [ ... ]

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    United Nations Studies Program (UNSP)

    The United Nations Studies Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) promotes teaching, training, and career development in the pursuit of multilateral solutions to global dilemmas. Under the direction of Elisabeth Lindenmayer, the Program brings together scholars and practitioners to address the main priorities of the UN – security, development, human ri [ ... ]

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    Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)

    The Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) at Columbia University cultivates public intelligence concerning socially and culturally vital ideas that can be advanced by research, education and conversation at the interdisciplinary seams that the social sciences share with the humanities, the sciences and one another. INCITE launched in October 2012 and runs the research, education, and trainin [ ... ]