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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Joyce Cacho: Professional LecturerJoyce Cacho
Joyce Cacho is a global Finance and risk executive with 25+ years experience working in the USA,Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Caribbean. Her experiences are anchored in leadership positions in bio-based industry , including agribusiness, in which innovation is instrumental formarket growth. An expert in the rapidly evolving area of Sustainability – a business accountability and decision-making issue, she built, and led, teams across multi-country locations, using a coaching leadership style. A common thread of her career is shaping strategy, implementation, and profitability in corporate roles by working across the C-suite of Wholesale and Investment Banking,and Manufacturing industries. Deep expertise in supply-chain, operations, and R&D links, led todiverse business opportunities. Joyce Cacho is a Board Director, Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 215 on the Fortune 500, and earning a spot on the 2017 Change the World list, Fortune Magazine. Her interest in shaping Financial Capital Markets, including innovating Financial products that foster broad-based inclusiveness, compliance and prioritizes local investment, was the driving force for her qualifying as a CertiCed Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

David Calabrese: Lecturer
Mr. Calabrese is currently General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Policy for the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Prior to his current position, David practiced export control and general corporate law with the law firm Dewey Ballantine LLP in Washington, D.C. He has also represented the high technology industry as a Director of Government Relations for the Electronic Industries Alliance, and was an Export Administration Specialist with the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. As a U.S. export control policy expert he served on numerous U.S. government advisory committees. He received his undergraduate degree from the American University's School of International Service, his Masters Degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs and his Law Degree from the George Washington University's National Law Center, where he is an adjunct professor of law.

Perry Cammack: LecturerPerry Cammack
Perry Cammack joined Secretary Kerry's Policy Planning Staff in May 2013 with a portfolio that includes a number of Middle East issues. Previously, he was a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he worked for ten years for Senators Joe Biden and John Kerry. He has bachelor's degrees in economics and philosophy from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public administration (M.P.A.) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is a full member of the council on Foreign Relations. 


Rachel Chute: Lecturer
Rachel Chute has 15 years of experience in proposal development, project management, and policy analysis. During her 10 years of work in international development, Ms. Chute has focused on winning new business, expanding markets, leveraging resources, improving tools and processes, and developing and executing trainings for program and proposal staff. In her current position she oversees a 14 person team of new business professionals, and is responsible for proposal development and resource allocation, strategic oversight for the team, and staff professional development. Prior, she worked for over six years in a comparable role at Management Systems International, where she managed proposals, conducted trainings, and revised and implemented a new proposal process. She has successfully led proposals for USAID, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, MCC, World Bank, and DFID, securing over $400 million in new funding. Ms. Chute previously worked with local entrepreneurs in two South African townships helping them to develop business plans, form partnerships, leverage resources, and expand skill sets in order to grow their businesses. Prior to entering international development, Ms. Chute served as the Executive Assistant to the President of the Progressive Policy Institute where she oversaw the publication of two books, and as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-DE). Ms. Chute received her B.A. from the Elliot School of International Affairs at GW, and her M.P.A. with a concentration in NGO Management from Syracuse University.

Elizabeth Clark: Lecturer
Ms. Clark is a Senior Economist at the International Trade Administration (ITA) currently serving as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Analysis. In this role she works with offices specializing in trade and economic analysis, trade policy negotiations, intellectual property rights, and standards and investment policy.

Ms. Clark formerly served as the Team Lead and Senior Economist for the Data Analysis Team of the Office of Trade and Industry Information at ITA. In this role she was responsible for leading the team of economists that maintained the agency's data resources. Ms. Clark routinely advises on the use of economic and trade data in data tools and report materials used in trade promotion and in support of trade negotiations for the administration, the press, and the public. She has also previously worked in the private sector as a Trade Analyst for a textile trade consulting firm. Ms. Clark earned an M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs, and she holds an Honors B.A in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware.

Michele Clark: Lecturer
Michele Clark is an internationally recognized expert on combating trafficking in human beings. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs. In 2011, she received the Morton A. Bender Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching. Previously, she served as the Director of the Anti-Trafficking Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and in Vienna, Austria, where she was responsible for assisting 56 member countries in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Before moving to Vienna, she was the Co-Director of the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a human rights organization dedicated to eliminating human trafficking. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Third Space Creative, an education technology company with a social conscience specializing in developing innovative web-based solutions to meet global training and education needs.

Msia Clark: Professional LecturerMsia Clark
Dr. Clark has a PhD in African Studies from Howard University. Her research has focused on African migration and identity, as well as hip hop and popular culture in Africa. Dr. Clark has published several scholarly publications on African migration, African immigrant identities, relations between African migrants and African Americans, and hip hop culture’s intersections with social change, gender, and politics in Africa. Dr. Clark has written extensively on hip hop in Africa, including the text Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa and her forthcoming publication with Ohio University Press, Hip Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers. Additionally, Dr. Clark more than five scholarly chapters and articles on hip hop in Africa. Dr. Clark also produces the Hip Hop African blog and monthly podcast hosted at, which she also uses as form of pedagogy.

Steven Coffey

Steven Coffey: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Coffey served  for thirty-one years in the Department of State. From 1995-1998, he was principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). Beginning his career as a political analyst in the Soviet division of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) and then served as the Kremlinologist in the U.S. embassy in Moscow. After a sabbatical at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, He served on the team negotiating the INF treaty and then as a deputy director in the State Department's Office for Strategic Nuclear Affairs. From 1985-1988, Dr. Coffey worked as a Special Assistant on Soviet affairs for the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, participating in the negotiations that led to the Soviet withdrawl from Afghanistan. After serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in Algiers (1989-1992), Dr. Coffey headed the first unit in the State Department devoted exclusively to Russia after the collapse of communism. He later served as chargé d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Prague and then as director of the INR offices for Russian and Eurasian Affairs and for European Affairs. Dr. Coffey retired as a member of the Senior Foreign Service in 2008. Dr. Coffey was educated at Hamilton College and received a PhD in Russian and European history from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Beth Cole

Beth Cole: Lecturer
Beth Cole is the director of the Office of Civil-Military Cooperation at USAID. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the relationship between USAID and the Department of Defense. Ms. Cole directs a 47 member staff of Senior Development Advisors posted to the 5 geographic combatant commands, Special Operations Command and the Pentagon, military liaisons posted to USAID from the CoComs and the Services and a civil and foreign service planning and support staff. Current special initiatives include serving as a core member of the Agency's Syria Task Force and directing a joint geospatial mapping and analysis project between USAID and the military on the Sahel.

Ms. Cole comes to USAID with more than thirty years of experience in the government and non-governmental sector working on stabilization and peacekeeping operations, arms control and non-proliferation and civil-military relations.  For eight years, Ms. Cole held senior positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace including Dean of Institutional Affairs in USIP’s Academy, Director of Intergovermental Affairs, and a Senior Program Officer in the former Peace and Stability Operations division.

Emily Cole-Bayer: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Cole-Bayer is the Coordinator of Evaluation for the Charles County Public Schools in LaPlata, Maryland. She has previously served as the Psychometrician/Statistician for the Charles County Public Schools and as a Statistical Consultant to The Amateur Athletic Union and The President's Challenge National Youth Physical Fitness Program at Indiana University. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.S.), Oregon State University (M.A.) and Indiana University (PhD).

Irina Collins

Irina Collins: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Collins earned her PhD in Comparative Linguistics from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages in 1986. She is well-established in Russia and in Europe as a specialist in computer-assisted English-Russian translation. She received her Fulbright grant for research in this field in 1994. She was affiliated with the University of Delaware where she later also worked as a visiting professor teaching "Introduction to Linguistics." In 1995 she moved to Washington, DC area and worked in the GWU Slavic department and Johns Hopkins University before joining the US Department of State first as a Russian language and culture instructor and then as a learning consultant in the Russian Language Department.

Dr. Collins has more than 75 published papers and a book on the translation of English-Russian texts.

Sharon Cooley

Sharon Cooley: Lecturer
Sharon Cooley has over 15 years of experience as a project manager, subject matter expert, and practitioner for local government and community capacity building programs in East Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, and the United States. Ms. Cooley's technical expertise encompasses participatory strategic planning, performance management, and budgeting and capital investment programming. She also works extensively on overall decentralization reform, institutional and organizational development, democratic governance and anti-corruption strategies, civil society and citizen participation, and policy analysis. Ms. Cooley's recent technical assistance work has been focused on building credible partnerships between various levels of government and civil society in Albania, Russia, and Tajikistan through inclusive and results-oriented development/budgetary planning and service improvement activity. Ms. Cooley is also an accomplished researcher, deploying a range of interpretive and statistical methodologies in performing analyses and recommendations for institutional performance improvement.

Celeste Corrado:Lecturer
Celeste L. Corrado, an Adjunct Professor at George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs, is an independent consultant with over 25 years experience of leading and managing large complex projects for clients in a wide range of industries including Aerospace & Defense, US Government/DoD, Architecture & Engineering, IT, Energy, Education, High Tech. Prior to her current consulting role, Ms. Corrado held key leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, a large defense contractor. In her role as Strategy & Innovation Lead at Lockheed’s New Venture organization, she was responsible for seeking and developing new sources of revenue and profit through new markets, technologies, and solutions. In her role as Sr. R&D Manager at the Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), she led a team of scientists and engineers in the creation and development of advanced technologies for organizations such as DARPA and other military labs.  She was also responsible for initiating and developing Lockheed Martin MS2’s Port Security Program by leveraging a unique multi-tiered strategy that resulted in the company’s first TSA Port Security Contract Award.

Lydia Cordes

Lydia Cordes: Professorial Lecturer
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.).

Kerry Crawford

Kerry Crawford: Lecturer
Kerry F. Crawford is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science and a graduate lecturer with the Global Gender Program of the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is writing a dissertation entitled "Punctuated Silence: Variation in the International Response to Wartime Sexual Violence". The project examines the development of the international political response to conflict-related sexual violence beginning in the mid-1990s. Her broader research interests include gender dynamics in war, human security, women in peacekeeping, women in the military, humanitarian interventions, and the formation of human rights norms. Kerry was awarded a 2012 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies and a 2012-2013 Global Gender Program Pre-doctoral Fellowship to support her research. Kerry is teaching IAFF 3190: Gender, War, and Peace in fall 2013.

Brittany Cunningham

Brittany C. Cunningham: Professorial Lecturer
Brittany Cunningham is a senior researcher at the Insight Policy Research, Inc. Dr. Cunningham is an experienced researcher with over 6 years of experience designing and conducting program evaluations, development of reliable and valid data collection instruments, survey validation, administration and deployment. She has experience collecting and analyzing data for evaluations of the state initiatives and programs within the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) Regional Educational Laboratories. Dr. Cunningham is experience with the analysis of complex survey data, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the writing and presentation of results. Prior to joining Insight, through her work with the American Institutes for Research and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), she has authored and contributed to the development of commissioned reports and research studies on complex survey data including the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the NAEP High School Transcript Study (HSTS), the High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS), and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey – Kindergarten Cohort (ECLKS). Dr. Cunningham received her Ph.D. in education leadership and organizational development from the University of Louisville, where she specialized in research and evaluation. Dr. Cunningham has authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of education leadership, research, evaluation, and measurement. She is a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar Alumnus and Holmes Doctoral Scholar Alumnus.


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