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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David Barton: Lecturer 
David Barton has thirty years of professional experience in national security and foreign policy, working with the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and the State Department. In 2002 he led an investigation team and developed the final report for the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. From 2003 to 2005 he worked with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where he had responsibility for policy and legislative matters related to 9/11 and led a bi-partisan team to achieve the intelligence reform legislation that was adopted as public law in 2004. During 2006 and 2007 Mr. Barton directed a project at the National Academy of Public Administration, requested by Congress and the FBI, focused on aspects of the intelligence work of the FBI and its relationship to the rest of the intelligence community and to state and local law enforcement. For the past three summers, he has directed and taught undergraduate and graduate sessions of the U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era Program at the Elliott School. Also, he teaches a course every semester at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University entitled "National Security, Foreign, and Intelligence Policy in the Wake of an International Crisis such as 9/11."

At the State Department in the 1990s he directed legislative business and participated in senior policymaking for seven years on national security, arms control, and nonproliferation issues. Before that, in two decades of work for Chairmen Lee Hamilton and Dante Fascell with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, his responsibilities included national security, arms control, nonproliferation, European and Middle Eastern affairs. Mr. Barton is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Molly Bauch

Molly Bauch: Lecturer
Molly specializes in program management, business development, and strategic communications. She has more than ten years experience helping federal clients launch new programs, transform service delivery, and embrace fundamental, sustainable change. In addition to her Intelligence Community (IC) clients, she has helped launch several national-level homeland security training programs and counter-terrorism preparedness initiatives.

Molly also teaches a graduate-level communications course at George Washington University, focusing on the art and science of conveying the "so what, why should I care?" in briefings.

Molly has a background in broadcast journalism with an International Affairs academic concentration. She has managed a start up's homeland security program, focusing on development of IT decision support and training solutions. Molly currently consults for Deloitte, where she serves as her IC client's efficiency program manager, looking for sustainable ways to radically simplify and streamline service delivery, automate business processes, and maximize human capital.

Nancy Bearg

Nancy Bearg:
Lecturer Nancy Bearg is a national security policy professional with extensive high-level experience in foreign policy, defense, and economic development in the US Government, Congress, and the non-profit sector. She has worked on policy and program issues in multiple areas, including conflict prevention, management, intervention, and post-conflict peacebuilding; poverty and development; peacekeeping and humanitarian operations; refugees; public diplomacy; United Nations; US-Muslim relations; and strategic and conventional forces. Regional focus has included the Middle East, Balkans, Africa, and Europe.

Ms. Bearg is the author/editor of five books published by The Aspen Institute (Nancy Bearg Dyke), as well as earlier publications on tactical air forces, peacekeeping operations, and the Balkans. She also is co-author of Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Life and Career by Taking a Break. She is on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and previously served on the executive board of Women in International Security (WIIS). She holds a BA from Willamette University in Oregon and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dorina Bekoe: Professorial Lecturer
Dorina Bekoe is a faculty member at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, where her portfolio includes Africa's security challenges, conflict prevention and civil-military issues. She has also worked on issues concerning Africa's political development; institutional reform, including the New Partnership for Africa's Devlepment and the African Peer Review Mechanism; peace agreements; and electoral violence. Her most recent bookis Voting in Fear: Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa (USIP Press, 2012), and edited volume. She is also the author of Implementing Peace Agreements: Lessons from Mozambique, Angola, and Liberia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and the editor of East Africa and the Horn: Confronting Challenges to Good Governance (Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2005). She has a B.A. in economics from Franklin and Marshall College, an M.S. in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.

Jenna Ben-Yehuda: Professorial Lecturer

Jenna Ben-Yehuda is Vice President of the foreign affairs practice of Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, a public sector management consulting firm. In this role, she manages a global network of diverse teams in support of clients at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. Previously, Ms. Ben-Yehuda served in a variety of policy, intelligence, and programmatic roles supporting Latin America and the Caribbean during her 12 years at the U.S. Department of State before departing in 2013 as the Senior Military Advisor. She has served in the political sections of U.S. embassies in Panama and the Dominican Republic. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ms. Ben-Yehuda holds a BA in International Affairs and a BA in Spanish Literature from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University; an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School of National Defense University; and an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. A Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she is the recipient of five State Department Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards. Ms. Ben-Yehuda is the founder of the Women's Foreign Policy Network, an international network of over 1,000 women leaders in international security, business, and development. She lives with her husband and three spirited children in Chevy Chase, MD.

Andrea Bertone

Andrea Bertone: Professorial Lecturer
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.

David BewDavid Bew: Lecturer
David is a management consultant with more than fifteen years of experience advising public and private-sector executives on how to enhance operational performance. He specializes in business strategy, planning and analysis, and has more than ten years of experience in the defense and intelligence sectors. His federal government experience includes positions as an international relations specialist and intelligence liaison in the US Department of Defense and an international trade specialist in the US Foreign Commercial Service.

David teaches a graduate-level course at George Washington University focusing on planning and managing national security programs. He received a BA in Political Science from Texas Christian University and an MA in International Economic Policy and MBA in Finance from American University.

Kamal Beyoghlow: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Kamal A. Beyoghlow is a Professor of Strategic Studies, International Politics, the Middle East, North Africa, and Islamic Studies at the National War College (NWC). He is also the Coordinator of the Arabic Cultural Literacy Program at NWC. Previously he served as Academic Chair and Professor of Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CT) at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at the National Defense University. Dr. Beyoghlow was Professor of International Relations and National Security at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College from 1992 to 2004 where he also taught and directed courses on Islam and the Middle East and North Africa (including Southwest Asia), International Relations, WMD proliferation and counterproliferation, and terrorism and counterterrorism. He currently teaches Government classes at American University. He started his US Government career as a Political Analyst in 1983 with the US Army 4th Psychological Operations Group at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, where he worked on political issues with focus on the Greater Middle East and Iran. He worked in the Office of the US Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer in 1986. At State, he was responsible for initiating and implementing U.S. counter-terrorism policy for the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean, including Turkey, Greece, Malta, and Cyprus. Dr. Beyoghlow earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, his Master's degree from Tufts University in cooperation with the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests focus on Political Islam and International Terrorism strategy and policy.

Gary Biggs

Gary Biggs: Professorial Lecturer
Gary R. Biggs is a veteran protocol officer with over 27 years of experience advising senior officials on a wide range of protocol issues including conferences, special events, ceremonies and foreign and domestic visitor programs. His expertise includes policy development, staff management, program design and execution, funding, and team coordination. He is a founding partner of Protocol Partners – Washington Center for Protocol, Inc. Additionally, Biggs is an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University School of Business and the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC and at Stratford University in Falls Church, Virginia.

Career accomplishments include: planned and executed more than 60 visits to the United States by high level foreign dignitaries, served as team lead on visits by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, team lead for the 50th Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the 50th Anniversary of the Chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and two North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee Fall Tours and he planned numerous official ceremonies including three Change of Director ceremonies, farewell activities for three Secretaries of Defense and three Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Linda Bishai: Professorial Lecturer
Linda Bishai is a senior program officer in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace. She focuses on peacebuilding education and conflict management programing in Sudan, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Bishai was also responsible for a series of programs on electoral violence prevention in Sudan before the general elections and the South Sudan referendum and then served as an international observer for the Carter Center missions in both cases. Before USIP, Bishai was an assistant professor of political science at Towson University, where she taught courses in international relations, international law, the use of force and human rights. Her research interests include identity politics, liberal internationalism, international use of force, and the development of international law after the Nuremberg trials. During 2003-2004, Bishai served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, where she worked on an introduction to international human rights law for the federal judiciary. She has also taught at Brunel University, the London School of Economics and the University of Stockholm.

Bishai holds a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.

William B. Bonvillian: Professorial Lecturer
William B. Bonvillian, since January 2006, has been Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Washington, D.C. office, where he supports MIT's strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role on national science policy. Prior to that position, he served for 17 years as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman working on legislation including science and technology policies and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and more recently on Intelligence Reform and national competitiveness legislation. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, he was a partner at a large national law firm. Early in his career, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working on major transportation deregulation legislation. His recent articles include, "Power Play – The DARPA Model and U.S. Energy Policy" in American Interest, "Meeting the New Challenge to U.S. Economic Competitiveness" and "Organizing Science and Technology for Homeland Security," both published in Issues in Science and Technology, and "Science at a Crossroads," published in Technology in Society and reprinted in the FASEB Journal. Mr.Bonvillian received a B.A. from Columbia University with honors, an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School in religion; and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he also served on the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to a Federal Judge in New York. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and serves on the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences. He has lectured and given speeches before numerous audiences on science and technology issues, and has taught previously in this area at Georgetown, MIT and George Washington.

Marion Bowman

M.E (Spike) Bowman: Professorial Lecturer
M. E. (Spike) Bowman is a specialist in national security affairs. He was most recently the Deputy, National Counterintelligence Executive. Previously, he was Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University (Center for Technology and National Security Policy). He is retired from the Senior Executive Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation where he served successively as Deputy General Counsel (National Security Law) Senior Counsel for National Security Law and Director, Intelligence Issues and Policy Group (National Security Branch). He is a former intelligence officer, an international lawyer and a recognized specialist in national security law with extensive experience in espionage and terrorism investigations. In addition to national security experience he is a retired U.S. Navy Captain who has served as Head of International Law at the Naval War College, as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy and as Chief of Litigation for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Bowman is a graduate of Willamette University (B.A.), the University of Wisconsin (M.A.), the University of Idaho (J.D., Cum Laude) and The George Washington University (LL.M., International Law and Comparative Legal Systems, With Highest Honors).

James Brown: LecturerJames Brown
Mr. Brown graduated from the University of British Columbia with an MBA in International Finance and from McGill University with a BSc in Agriculture.  He spent 18 years with the World Bank where his positions included Mission Leader, Division Chief, and Agroindustries Advisor, before founding a consulting firm to continue providing technical and financial services to clients in developing countries and to agencies serving those clients.  He and teams under his direction have worked on project design, appraisal, implementation and evaluation.  His work has also included public sector and development agency policy in the fields of agriculture, rural development, small and medium enterprise development, financial services, agribusiness and natural resource management. He has been a member of teams engaged by senior management to advise the on operating strategies of development agencies, including the African Development Bank, the Fonds Hassan II (Morocco), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, The West African Economic and Monetary Union and the World Bank.  During the course of his career in international development, Mr. Brown has been a guest lecturer at development agencies and at institutions of higher education, including the George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of the Philippines, the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands and Wageningen University.

Scott Buchanan:  Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Scott C. Buchanan is the senior policy advisor for NATO operations in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he focuses on the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, and European counterterrorism and special operations. Dr. Buchanan received his PhD from George Mason University, graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College, his MA from the University of Denver, a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  In 2012, Dr. Buchanan received the prestigious World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation.  Awards include the OSD Exceptional Civilian Service award, the NATO medal, and the Global War on Terrorism medal.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Political Science Association.

Jillian Burns: Lecturer
Burns joined the Foreign Service in 1993 and spent most of her career as a political officer working on the Middle East, particularly on Iran.  Prior to retiring in November 2014, she served as the Director of the Near East Affairs Office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).  She served as Consul and Senior Civilian Representative in Herat, Afghanistan from September 2012 – September 2013.  For the first half of 2012, Ms. Burns did a detail assignment outside of the State Department, during which time she was the first National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Iran at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), which falls under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). From 2008-2011, Ms. Burns worked in the Office of Policy Planning, where she was responsible for issues relating to Iran and also served six months as Acting Director of the Iran office in the Bureau of Near East Affairs (NEA).  Ms. Burns previously served in the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, first as head of the political/economic section and Iran watcher, then as the first director of the Iran Regional Presence Office, opened in 2006.  Prior to that, she served in NEA on the Syria desk and on the Iran desk and worked as a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center.  She served as a Political Officer and a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan and started her Foreign Service career as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Poland.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she taught communications at Georgia Southern University.

Mathew Burrows: LecturerMarion Bowman
Mathew Burrows serves as director of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative. His recent book is entitledThe Future Declassified: Megatrends that Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action. In August 2013 he retired from a 28-year career in the CIA and State Department, the last ten being spent at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), the premier analytic unit in the US Intelligence Community. In 2007 he was appointed Counselor, which is the number three position in the NIC and was responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians who guide and shepherd all NIC products from inception to dissemination. He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which received widespread praise in the international media. He also drafted two earlier editions of the report. Burrows joined the CIA in 1986, serving as analyst for development of European institutions such as the European Union. From 1998 to 1999 he was the first holder of the Intelligence Community Fellowship and served at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the US UN Ambassador Richard Holdbrooke (1999-2001) and deputy national security advisor to the US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil (2001-02). 

Ben Butler: LecturerBen Butler
Ben is currently an employee of Microsoft, managing their health care business in the Washington DC area. He became interested in professional briefings and public speaking through Toastmasters International, where he received his Competent Communicator Certification and competed in several area contests. Ben has a BA from Colorado State University and an MBA from George Washington University. He resides in Ashburn, VA with his wife and three children

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