The Elliott School Welcomes New Faculty
James E. Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Professor Foster's research focuses on welfare economics. His joint 1984 "Econometrica" paper is one of the most cited papers on poverty; it introduced the FGT Index, which has been used in thousands of studies and was the basis for targeting the Progresa/Oportunidades program in Mexico. Other work includes a book project on economic inequality with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen; a paper measuring multidimensional poverty with Sabina Alkire, Director of Oxford University's Poverty and Human Development Initiative; and research on inequality in human development in Latin America with Luis Felipe Lopez Calva, Chief Economist, UNDP, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Charles L. Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
Professor Glaser's research focuses on international relations theory and international security policy. His forthcoming book, Theory of Rational International Politics, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2010. Professor Glaser's research on international relations theory has focused on the security dilemma, defensive realism, the offense-defense balance, and arms races, including most recently "When Are Arms Races Dangerous?" in International Security (2004). Before joining The George Washington University, he was the Emmett Dedmon Professor of Public Policy and Deputy Dean at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Benjamin D. Hopkins, Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs
Professor Hopkins studies the modern history of South Asia, focusing on Afghanistan and British imperialism and the political and cultural constellations that emerged during the period of European colonialism. His first book, The Making of Modern Afghanistan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), examines the failed efforts of the British East India Company to construct a modern Afghan state in the early nineteenth century. His forthcoming co-authored volume entitled Fragments of the Frontier (Hurst & Co.) analyzes the formation and governance of the Frontier, as well as the everyday experiences of its inhabitants.
Llewelyn Hughes, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Professor Hughes' research focuses on the international and comparative political economy of energy markets and the political economy of climate change. He is also interested in the international relations of Northeast Asia and Japanese politics. Previously, Professor Hughes was a research fellow in the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also has broad experience across the public and private sectors, including serving as international aide to Ichiro Ozawa, Secretary General of Japan's governing Democratic Party of Japan, and advising firms in the energy, telecommunications, retail and aerospace sectors. His writings have appeared in International Security, the Financial Times, and The Diplomat, among others.
Harris Mylonas, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Professor Mylonas' research focuses on the processes of nation- and state-building as well as immigrant and refugee incorporation policies. For the 2008-09 academic year, he was awarded a fellowship at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies where he worked on a book manuscript entitled Making Nations: The International Politics of Assimilation, Accommodation, and Exclusion. His work has been published in journals and edited volumes. He has published opinion pieces in the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Newsweek Japan, and The Baltimore Sun. He teaches courses on nationalism, nation-building in the Balkans, qualitative research methods, and European integration.
Cindy Williams, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs
Professor Williams will serve as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs for the fall 2009 semester. She is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is Principal Research Scientist of the MIT Security Studies Program. Her work at MIT includes an examination of the processes by which the U.S. government plans for and allocates resources among the activities and programs related to national security and international affairs, a study of options for reform of military personnel policies, and an examination of the transition to all-volunteer forces in the militaries of several European countries.