Campus Advisories

GW classes canceled; administrative and academic offices closed on March 21

04:27am, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

GW classes are canceled, administrative and academic offices are closed, and activities and events will not take place on Wednesday, March 21 at all of our Washington metropolitan area campuses and locations because of inclement weather.

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International Development Studies Core Faculty

Sean R. Roberts

Director, International Development Studies Program

Professor of Practice of International Affairs

Christina Fink
Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs

Affiliated Faculty


Barbara D. Miller
Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs


Stephen C. Smith
Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Director, Institute for International Economic Policy

James Foster 

Professor of Economics and International Affairs 


James H. Williams
Associate Director, Office of International Activities, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs

William K. Cummings
Professor of International Education and International Affairs


Mona Atia
Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs

Marie D. Price
Professor of Geography and International Affairs

Public Administration

Jennifer Brinkerhoff

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Special Initiatives
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs

Public Health

Elanah Uretsky
Assistant Professor of Global Health and International Affairs

Director, Dual Master of Arts / Master of Public Health Program 

Part-time Faculty / Development Practitioners

The Elliott School's prime location in the heart of Washington DC attracts a wide variety of highly qualified and experienced development practitioners who act as professorial lecturers in the International Development Studies Program.

Suren Avanesyan

Suren Avanesyan is the Senior Advisor, Rule of Law, Governance and Anti-Corruption in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this capacity, Mr. Avanesyan provides technical guidance and policy advice to the Bureau, the field missions and the US Government on issues relating to the justice sector and governance reform efforts in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans. He has provided key support to the Innovation Working Group and several components of the Civil Society Working Group under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mr. Avanesyan has served as a Senior Advisor and Political Officer to the Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to joining USAID, he worked in the World Bank and in several for-profit and not-for-profit international development organizations in Washington, DC. Mr. Avanesyan has worked in Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He teaches graduate courses in governance and rule of law as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He practiced criminal law in Russia and is a native Russian speaker. Mr. Avanesyan completed his MA (1998) and JD (1999) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and LL.M. in International Legal Studies (2001) at New York University School of Law. He can be contacted at

Melissa Bradley

Melissa L. Bradley has more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She has recently been appointed Director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative and Executive in Residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University. In this role she will manage the day-to-day operations of the Entrepreneurship Initiative including the Kogod Incubator, Entrepreneurship Venture Fund and Kogod Advisory Council. Since 2012 Melissa has been a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she serves as an expert lecturer on Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, Peer to Peer Economies and Innovation. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises. Clients include Aspen Institute, William Penn Foundation, Council of Michigan Foundations, and The Philanthropy Network. Bradley served as a Presidential Appointee under President Obama from 2012-2015. In this role she was Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, served at the Department of Education and was responsible for securing over $20 million in public-private partnerships to support national service and My Brother’s Keeper. From 2014-2015 she served as Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund, a White House Initiative committed to scaling ‘what works’ in our communities. Melissa has been a serial entrepreneur as Founder and Managing Director of new Capitalist, an organization that facilitated over $20 million in venture capital transactions for seed stage companies. She is also founder of The Entrepreneurial Development Institute, an international, non-governmental entrepreneurship organization, serving youth, ages 7 to 21, and their families, with 16 satellite offices throughout the United States and three international locations. Melissa currently serves as a board member to Aeris and ideas42. She serves as an Advisor to the Credit Suisse New Markets Advisory board, Wallet AI, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE) at Duke University, LGBTQ Center at Georgetown University and Founding Advisor to the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs. She is also Founder and Former Chair of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance and served as a board member on the Georgetown University Board of Governors for more than 10 years, as well as Founding Member, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from the School of Business at Georgetown University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University Kogod School of Business.

Andrea Bertone

Andrea Bertone

Dr. Andrea M. Bertone is a political scientist with over a decade of experience practicing international development. She has been working on issues of gender equity, child protection, international development, human rights, and human trafficking. Dr. Bertone has traveled and researched extensively in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Western Europe. She completed her dissertation on "Human Trafficking on the International and Domestic Agendas: Examining the Role of Transnational Advocacy Networks between Thailand and the United States," and has published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals

Since 2003, she has been the Director of, the first comprehensive, publicly available, Internet-based information resource on human trafficking in Asia and the United States and selected global hotspots. Most recently, she managed a portfolio of girls' education projects at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Charles Cadwell                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Charles Cadwell is a lawyer with 30 years' experience in economic reform, research oversight, and nonprofit leadership in the United States and developing countries. He currently leads the Urban Institute’s Center on International Development and Governance.  Cadwell joined Urban in 2007. His own work targets governance reform, aid effectiveness, and integrating research and policy reform. Current center projects include support for think tank capacity building in Indonesia, collaboration with colleagues supporting public sector system reforms in Tanzania, developing new multi-country data on the structure and operation of the local public sector and service delivery, and addressing political economy barriers to implementation of poverty-reducing reforms.

From 1990 to 2006, Cadwell was director of the IRIS Center in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. IRIS conducted research on economic development and reform in developing countries, working with reform leaders in 70 countries to understand and improve governance and economic policies. Cadwell has also worked in the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, the Office of Advocacy at the US Small Business Administration, in private law practice, and in the export information business. Cadwell is a graduate of Yale College and the National Law Center at George Washington University.

Lydia Cordes 

Ms. Cordes is a Program Manager in FHI 360's Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department in Washington, DC. She currently manages civil society strengthening projects in Mozambique, Jordan, and Egypt and previously was the Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Nepal Transition to Peace (NTTP) Initiative in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a graduate of George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (M.S.) and the University of Colorado's School of Law (J.D.).

Giovanni Dazzo 

Giovanni Dazzo serves as an evaluation specialist with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), where he advises staff and grantees on program design and evaluation principles. Prior to joining DRL in April 2015, he worked with Freedom House’s global rapid response funds, where he established systems to evaluate emergency financial assistance and urgent advocacy support for at-risk human rights activists. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Giovanni worked in Italy and Cambodia, conducting applied research and program and policy evaluations for the European Commission, United Nations agencies, USAID and other bilateral donors, and international development banks. Giovanni holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree from Bocconi University’s School of Management in Milan. He also serves as a Program Co-Chair for the American Evaluation Association's Democracy and Governance Topical Interest Group.

Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards is Managing Director of Crisis Prevention and Response with Amnesty International. He completed his doctoral work in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, focusing on causes and consequences of violent political conflict, and has written and consulted extensively on complex humanitarian crises, protection, and armed conflict. His current professional activity focuses on the development of early warning mechanisms for humanitarian crises, as well as the practical use new methods and technologies for human rights compliance monitoring and evidence collection. Dr. Edwards previously served as Amnesty International's Advocacy Director for Africa and as Director of the Science for Human Rights Program. 

Nadra Franklin 

Bio Coming Soon! 

Nicole Goldin

Dr. Nicole Goldin is a global development, youth, emerging economies and international trends policy, strategy, research, communications and impact expert. She heads a boutique consultancy, NRG Advisory, and is a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A dynamic communicator, Dr. Goldin is a sought-after public speaker and facilitator. Her commentaries and analyses have been published in CNN, The Huffington Post, the Guardian, U.S. News, in journals and other fora. She served in senior advisory positions in the Obama Administration at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development and received multiple commendations for her work. Her experience includes working within and across public, corporate, finance, philanthropic and non-profit sectors with organizations including International Youth Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Hilton Worldwide, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics and IFES. She had traveled and worked in over 70 countries across all seven continents. Dr. Goldin holds a PhD in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an Msc in development studies from the London School of Economics an MA in international affairs from the American University and a BA in east Asian studies from Union College. 

Peter Harrold

Mr. Harrold is delighted to be joining the part-time faculty at GWU after a long-career in international development, especially at the World Bank. In his +30 years at the World Bank, he spent his early career as an economist, with a particular focus on Chinese economic reform. Much of the second half of his career at the World Bank was spent as a "Country Director" managing programs from the Bank's offices in Ghana (plus Sierra Leone and Liberia), Sri Lanka and Brussels (covering 11 countries of Eastern and Central Europe). He also spent three years as head of Operations Policies, where he spearheaded reforms in access to information, combating fraud and corruption, and promoting use of country systems in project management. His areas of expertise include the following: national development programs and policies, institutions and approaches for international development assistance, and post-disaster recovery programs, with regional interests in China, Sri Lanka, and West Africa. Mr Harrold received a Master of Arts in Politics, Philosphy and Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Master of Arts in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Manchester. 


Amy E. Hepburn

Amy Hepburn is a policy professional who has researched, published, and programmed extensively on issues affecting children in complex humanitarian emergencies including armed conflict and HIV/AIDS in the Balkans, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Republic of Georgia. Her clients include various international NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, the United States Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Duke University Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Her research and programming interests include the education and holistic care of children in complex humanitarian emergencies — particularly those orphaned by HIV/AIDS in eastern and southern Africa and/or affected by armed conflict.

In 2003, she was appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Duke University, Health Inequalities Program, where she consulted on an eight-country comparative study of home-based and institutional care options for children orphaned in areas heavily affected by HIV/AIDS. Ms. Hepburn co-founded and directed the Duke University-HEI Graduate Program on Global Governance and Policy in Geneva, Switzerland from 2001-2005, and currently teaches international humanitarian law and policy as part of the program. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Duke University.

Samuel Ledermann

Professor Ledermann is joining the Elliott School as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2017-2018 academic year. He is an economic geographer with an extensive background in sustainable agricultural development in Africa.

He received his B.A. in International Studies, Geography, and Political Science from Macalester College, his M.A. in Geography from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. in Geography from Rutgers University. 

His Ph.D. research analyzed the impact of organic cotton production in Tanzania on sustainability, poverty and inequality. In 2012, he joined the Biovision Foundation based in Switzerland. As Programme Officer, he managed a diverse portfolio of pilot projects in East Africa, with a focus on disseminating ecological innovations. In his role as Scientific Advisor, he supported global advocacy efforts at the UN and the FAO. Since 2015, he has acted as Project Coordinator for the scale-out across sub-Saharan Africa of an ecological farming system - Push-Pull - developed by the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe).

He has also worked as a consultant on farm-level sustainability assessments, a country-level review of biotechnology and its potential impacts, and global analyses of agricultural technologies for development. 

Eric Rudenshiold

Eric Rudenshiold is the Senior Officer in Charge for Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan in the USAID Asia Bureau and prior to that served as the Senior Governance and Anticorruption Advisor in the Europe and Eurasia Bureau at USAID/Washington. Dr. Rudenshiold has both lived in Central Asia and worked on the Eurasia region for most of the past 20 years; he provides topical advice and assistance on transitional development issues to USG policymakers. Before joining USAID in Washington, DC.Dr. Rudenshiold held senior positions with a number of democracy implementers, as well as with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Dr. Rudenshiold has worked as a journalist and editor, has published in academic journals and appeared as a regional expert on democracy issues on the BBC, CNN International and PBS's Lehrer Newshour. He has a B.A. awarded summa cum laude from Drake University in Journalism, an M.A. in Comparative Governance from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Virginia.

Elizabeth Ruedy

Elizabeth Ruedy was appointed director of the International Republican Institute's (IRI) Office of Monitoring and Evaluation in September 2011. She joined the office as senior advisor for evaluation shortly after its founding in 2009, where she promoted an evaluative approach that focuses on both accountability and learning, and developing the capacity of program staff and partners to utilize evaluative tools to inform program design and guide implementation. Ruedy holds a master's in European and Eurasian studies from The George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary.

Beth Vann
Beth Vann is an independent consultant specializing in issues related to gender-based violence in complex emergencies. With a focus on multi-sectoral and inter-agency partnerships, her work includes technical advising, training, capacity building, writing, and research with NGOs, UN agencies, donors, governments, and communities affected by armed conflict, disaster, and displacement. She is the author of guidelines, articles, research studies, training manuals, and other technical and policy materials offering analysis and practical guidance for national and international actors. Beth has over 30 years experience developing and managing public health and social services programs and has worked in 19 countries. She is based in the Washington DC area. She holds a master's degree in social work and a bachelor's in psychology. Most recently, Beth worked on projects with UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, CARE International, and the American Refugee Committee.

Erich Vogt
Erich Vogt teaches Political Economy of Climate Change and Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Finance, and International Environmental Politics at both the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of the Environment as well as George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.

He also served as the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) senior multilateral policy advisor, the World Bank's team leader at the External Relations and United Nations Department, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation's United Nations' liaison office in Geneva.

Erich Vogt holds a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) and M.A. in Political Economy from the Free University of Berlin and Indiana University, respectively. But his real claim to fame is his (former) membership of Germany's National Swim team.