Part-time and Adjunct Faculty

The Elliott School's part-time and adjunct faculty is comprised of superb scholars whose research makes important contributions to our understanding of the world. Being in the heart of Washington, DC enables us to draw on the tremendous intellectual firepower that abounds in the policy community, think tanks, NGOs, and international organizations.


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Holger Schmidt

Holger Schmidt: Professorial Lecturer
Professor Schmidt received his B.A. from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, his M.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Before coming to the Elliott School in the fall of 2006, Prof. Schmidt held a full-time appointment at the College of William and Mary, and has also taught classes at Georgetown University.

Professor Schmidt's research and teaching interests include the origins, prevention and management of violent conflict, the role of the United Nations in international security affairs, and quantitative methods. His current research focuses on developing a statistical model designed to forecast the severity of internal armed conflict in an effort to help improve the theory and practice of early warning and preventive intervention. Together with Kyle Beardsley (Emory University), Professor Schmidt has compiled a new dataset on UN conflict management efforts in international crises that provides detailed, event-level information about all UN intervention efforts in militarized international crises between 1946 and 2002. Initial results from this project are presented in a research article in the March 2012 issue of International Studies Quarterly. Professor Schmidt served as an advisor for the International Peace Institute's project on "Understanding Compliance with Security Council Demands in Post-Cold War Civil Wars," as well as for a forecasting project undertaken by the Fund for Peace, producer of the "Failed States Index" published annually by Foreign Policy Magazine.

John R. Schmidt: Professorial Lecturer
John R. Schmidt is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service who has served in many key positions at the State Department and at the NSC. His expertise covers a diverse range of geographical and functional issues. As one of the leading NATO experts in the U.S. government, he has headed the NATO office at State and served as NATO director at the NSC. He was Chief of the Balkan Conflict Group during the height of the war in Bosnia and founding Deputy Coordinator for Security and Governance in the civilian stabilization and reconstruction office at State. His favorite posting was in Islamabad where he served as Political Counselor during the three years running up to 9/11. He continues to follow developments in Pakistan closely and has organized and moderated high-level roundtables at the State Department on the future of Pakistan and on the radical Islamic threat. He is an expert on the Pakistani political class, the Pakistan Army, the Kashmir dispute, and the rise of radical Islam in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Despite his busy career, he has managed to find time to write articles on topics drawn from his Foreign Service experience in Survival, The Washington Quarterly, Orbis and The World Today.

Ellen Seats

Ellen Seats: Professorial Lecturer
Ellen Seats holds her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She was a partner at the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease before starting her career in international development. She founded the Trial Counselor's Graduate Degree Program at the College of Micronesia, where she taught law for 3 years. She later directed the American Bar Association's judicial and clinical legal education program in Ukraine before becoming the Senior Elections and Political Process Advisor at USAID Ukraine in 2003. In this capacity she coordinated U.S. government election assistance to Ukraine during the Orange Revolution. As a consultant to the Department of State Assistance Coordinator's Office (EUR/ACE), she designed election assistance strategies for Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus. Throughout her development career, Ms. Seats has worked in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe on democracy and election issues. She is currently the Rule of Law Practice Area Director for Management Systems International.

Leonard Sekelick: Lecturer
Dr. Sekelick received his PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. In addition to teaching Spanish at the Elliott School of International Affairs, he works as a language specialist in Romance languages for the U.S. government and as a consultant for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ.

Christina Sevilla: Lecturer
Christina Sevilla received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1998. Dr. Sevillas is Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President. She is responsible for USTR's consultations and outreach with states and localities on trade policy issues, including matters pertaining to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other agreements. She also manages USTR's private sector trade advisory committee system established by Congress to advise the USTR, the President, and other Executive Branch agencies on trade issues. In this capacity, she assists in coordinating the activities of 31 advisory committees in conjunction with five federal agencies. Under the Bush Administration in 2002, she was named the United States Head of Delegation for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Civil Society Committee, a committee tasked by Trade Ministers of the 34 FTAA countries with improving communication with business, labor, environment, consumer interests, sub-federal governments, and private citizens throughout the Western Hemisphere regarding the FTAA negotiations.

David Shinn

David Shinn: Professorial Lecturer
Ambassador Shinn received his BA (1963), MA (1964), and PhD (1980) from George Washington University. He has a certificate in African studies from Northwestern University. He served for thirty-seven years in the US Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. He has been teaching in the Elliott School since 2001 and serves on a number of boards of nongovernmental organizations.

An expert on the Horn of Africa, Dr. Shinn speaks at events around the world. He is the coauthor of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement, the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia, and has authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research interests include China-Africa relations, East Africa and the Horn, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, conflict situations, U.S. policy in Africa, and the African brain drain.
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Rhea Siers: Professorial Lecturer
Rhea Siers has worked in the Intelligence Community for over 20 years in a variety of positions ranging from intelligence analysis to and legal and policy issues. Ms. Siers was named a 2005 Senior Fellow at the GW Homeland Security Policy Institute. Her areas of interest include Information Sharing and Collaboration, Counterterrorism, and Network Analysis. She is also involved in research involving the nexus between crime and terrorism, particularly in the area of Intellectual Property Crime.

Ms. Siers graduated from Barnard College (Columbia University) and received a Masters degree in International Affairs from the London School of Economics. She was a Dean's Fellow in Criminal Law at the Washington College of Law (American University) where she received her law degree. Ms. Siers was an honors graduate fellow at the Elliott School of International Affairs where she received a Master's degree in International Policy and Practice with a concentration in Transnational Security issues.

Barney Singer

Barney Singer: Professorial Lecturer
Barney Singer is the vice-president and director of FHI 360 where he provides technical and management leadership to a portfolio of USAID- and foundation-funded international development programs, including the (USAID)/Washington-funded Capable Partners Program, focusing on building the technical and organizational capacities of NGOs, networks and civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world working in health, education, democracy and governance, and other sectors. He also supervises the design and implementation of global training series on advocacy and monitoring and evaluation, interactive web portals, and a series of publications on organizational development topics for NGOs. Professor Singer holds a B.S. from Cornell and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, School of Law.

Mike Skuja

Mike Skuja: Lecturer
Mike Skuja is a human-environment geographer and wildlife biologist specializing in 'rights-based conservation,' which is environmental conservation that respects indigenous and local peoples' rights. Mike has broad experience in wildlife conservation and the illegal wildlife trade, sustainable development, climate change analysis, and rural livelihoods diversification strategies. He has lived and worked in the Caribbean, Central America, East Africa, South Asia and Europe. Mike has analyzed social and environmental problems from both grassroots and policy angles, having worked at the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation and Monitoring Centre, National Geographic Society, the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, Gads Hill Community Development Center, and the Peace Corps (Panama). He is fluent in Spanish and speaks functional Kiswahili and Portuguese.

Linda Stern

Linda Stern: Lecturer
Linda Stern is the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). She joined the Institute in 2007 with over twenty years of work and research in the social justice sector in the U.S., Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. An applied anthropologist by training, she is an expert in action research methods and participatory evaluation, often acting as lead evaluator on NDI's internal evaluations. Before joining NDI, Ms. Stern worked as an advocate for the rights of immigrants and political asylum seekers; managed a US congressional demonstration project on community-coalition building for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); and served as Catholic Relief Services' regional advocacy advisor in the Balkans and Caucuses. She has also held joint positions at Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and the Center for New Directions in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), where she was responsible for designing and evaluating social justice curricula. She currently teaches at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs where she developed the schools' first graduate professional skills course in monitoring and evaluation.

Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn: Professorial Lecturer
Natacha is a sociologist with a PhD from Columbia University. Her dissertation research focused on Bangladeshi immigrants in New York City and the role of remittances in their lives. She has also done research on micro-credit and women's empowerment in Bangladesh and female gangs and juvenile delinquency in ghettos of San Francisco, CA. Her areas of expertise include international migration, remittances, gender, poverty and development, social economics, families, religion, research methods (qualitative and quantitative), and public policy analysis.


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