Elliott School Welcomes Senior Faculty Members

December 11, 2014

GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs is pleased to announce the addition of several new senior scholars to the faculty.

photo: Sabina AlkireSabina Alkire joins the Elliott School from Oxford University, where she has directed the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative since 2006. An expert on development economics, Dr. Alkire co-developed the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) with GW Professor James Foster; the MPI is a tool for measuring poverty by looking at factors other than income. In 2010, Foreign Policy magazine named Dr. Alkire one of its “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for her work on the MPI. Dr. Alkire will be the inaugural holder of the Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Professorship in International Affairs, which was established by the former chairman of GW’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Alkire is both a renowned scholar and a leader in the field of international development studies who will elevate the institutional standing of both GW and the Elliott School in the field of economic development.

photo: Hugh GustersonHugh Gusterson joins the faculty as a professor of anthropology and international affairs. His work focuses on the anthropology of science and technology, with a specific focus on international security, nuclear weapons, and the military. Dr. Gusterson’s research bridges the academic-policy divide — a key priority of both GW and the Elliott School. He has served on the faculties of George Mason University  where he received a “Teacher of Distinction” award  the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published seven books and served on the editorial boards of several journals. Dr. Gusterson is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

photo: Allison MacfarlaneAllison Macfarlane joins the Elliott School from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), where she has served as the chairman since July 2012. In this role, she was responsible for the safety and security of 100 civilian nuclear reactors in the United States, as well as oversight of the safe use of radioactive materials for medical and other civilian purposes. Dr. Macfarlane  one of the world’s leading authorities on a wide array of nuclear issues  will be a tremendous addition to our faculty in the fields of science and technology policy. A geologist by training, she has previously held research positions and fellowships at Harvard and Stanford universities as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her alma mater. Dr. Macfarlane will step down as chairman of the NRC on January 1.

photo: Chris KojmA fourth senior faculty member, Christopher Kojm, joined the school in July 2014. Mr. Kojm most recently served as chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2009 to 2014.

“I am delighted to welcome Sabina Alkire, Hugh Gusterson, and Allison Macfarlane to the Elliott School’s faculty, and to welcome Christopher Kojm back to the school’s faculty,” said Elliott School Dean Michael E. Brown. “Our new colleagues are renowned in their fields  and rightly so. They will bring extraordinary expertise and experience to our campus. They will substantially increase GW’s intellectual firepower on some of the world’s most important issues.”

Dr. Alkire will hold a joint appointment with GW and Oxford University beginning in January 2015 until Fall 2016, when she transitions solely to the Elliott School. Dr. Gusterson will begin teaching at GW in Fall 2015, following the conclusion of his fellowship. Mr. Kojm began teaching in Fall 2014 and will teach again in Spring 2015. Dr. Macfarlane will begin teaching at GW  and will assume the directorship of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP)  in January 2015.