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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Sara Daly: Lecturer
Sara Daly is currently working as a Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats at the National Intelligence Council. She was previously a manager and an analyst for the US Government. Saraalso has served as a lecturer at Georgetown University, the University of Connecticut and the Bush School where she taught graduate courses on terrorism and transnational security issues. From 2002-2008, Sara was an international policy analyst at The RAND Corporation in Arlington, VA. At RAND, Sara’s research focused primarily on international terrorism, insurgency, emerging threats, radicalization, nuclear terrorism, and intelligence issues. In 2009, she co-authored her first academic text, Women as Terrorists, published by Praeger Security International. Prior to RAND, Sara was at the StateDepartment’s Office of Counterterrorism as the representative from CIA’s Counterterrrorism Center.She also served as a terrorism analyst from 1997-2002 assessing trends in the activities of various Middle Eastern terrorist groups and has traveled widely in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science and French from Southwestern University.
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William C. Danvers: Lecturer
William Danvers works for Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Dover and Stewart a government affairs, lobbying firm with a strong international practice. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Danvers served as the Washington Representative for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During the Clinton Administration, he was a Senior Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Before that, Mr. Danvers was a Special Advisor to Ambassador Strobe Talbott at the Department of State. Prior to his service in the Executive Branch, Mr. Danvers worked for Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT). He also worked in the United States House of Representatives as Staff Director for the Banking Subcommittee on International Trade, Finance and Monetary Policy. Mr. Danvers began his career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary for a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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William Davis

William Davis: Lecturer
Will Davis is currently the Director of the United Nations Development Program's Washington Representation Office. As the UN's global development network, UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries, linking developing nations to the knowledge, experience, and resources they need to build better lives for their people. UNDP's Washington Representation Office acts as a liaison between with the U.S. government, including the U.S. Congress, as well as think tanks, NGOs, media, and the academic, diplomatic, and business communities, informing them about UNDP's role, capabilities, programs, and results. Mr. Davis has more than 20 years of international experience with positions in the United Nations Secretariat, the U.S. Department of State, the National Security Staff, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Mr. Davis graduated cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy Studies, also from Duke University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Kyle Dietrich: LecturerKyle Dietrich
Kyle Dietrich is a senior peacebuilding and CVE practitioner, empowerment facilitator, and NGO manager. Kyle currently supports Equal Access' innovative media for social change programming across Africa, focused on a broad range of peacebuilding and countering violent extremism (CVE) projects through radio, TV, inclusive community dialogues, research, and locally generated content to mobilize citizens, change attitudes, and humanize public discourse around what divides and unites us. An experienced manager and technical adviser in complex humanitarian and conflict-affected regions, Kyle has led diverse teams and programs across Africa, Central Asia, and the Caribbean aimed at strengthening research, advocacy, training, and technical assistance for peacekeepers, governments, security forces, armed groups, and civil society organizations looking to develop the policies, tools, practices, and programs to empower and equip new leaders, improve civil-military relations, and design solutions for transforming conflict at all levels.

A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Harvard Divinity School, Kyle has also worked with CIVIC (Center for Civilians in Conflict), Mercy Corps, UN Peacekeeping, Navanti, USAID, the Peace Corps, the Carter Center, and Peace in Focus, a boutique peacebuilding organization he co-founded in 2007. An anthropologist by training, Kyle is proficient in French, Portuguese, Turkmen, and Spanish and specializes in: creative program design, conflict analysis, countering violent extremism, civilian protection, civil-military relations, foreign assistance, youth engagement, strategy development, and facilitation.
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Derry Deringer

Derry Deringer: Lecturer
Derry Deringer, CFRE is principal at Deringer Consulting, LLC which helps international and domestic nonprofits improve their fundraising and development performance. Deringer Consulting advises and coaches clients on board development, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and annual giving programs

Mr. Deringer draws from eighteen years of experience with nonprofit, business, and international multi-lateral organizations, and employs proven techniques in fundraising, management, performance coaching and training to help clients perform at their best.

Before Deringer Consulting, Mr. Deringer served as a director in corporate and foundation relations and major gifts for World Food Program USA (WFP USA), a Washington-based nonprofit that supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief organizations.
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Hugh De Santis

Hugh De Santis: Professorial Lecturer
Hugh De Santis is currently a senior consultant at SAIC Corp. He is a former career officer in the Department of State, where he served on the Policy Planning Staff of Secretary George Shultz, among other assignments. He has held senior positions at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California and at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and he has served on the staff of Senator Jeff Bingaman. In addition, he was chair of the department of national security strategy and professor of international security affairs at the National War College.

Dr. De Santis received his M.A. and Ph. D. in international relations from the University of Chicago. He has been a frequent commentator in the print and broadcast media and consultant for NBC. Dr. De Santis has previously taught at Temple University and Georgetown. His many publications include Beyond Progress: An Interpretive Odyssey to the Future, which was published in the United States and Japan, and The Diplomacy of Silence, which received the Stuart L. Bernath Prize from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations.
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Eugenio Días Bonilla

Eugenio Díaz Bonilla has more than 40 years of professional experience as an economist, working on development issues, including grass-root work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organizations and governments.  He resided and worked for extended periods in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, where he was a consultant and staff member with several international organizations: the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  He has also been an advisor and consultant to governments in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation and food and nutrition security programs.  He received a PhD. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. in Economics and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a Licenciado en Economía from Universidad de Buenos Aires. 

Lawrence Dunham

Lawrence Dunham: Professorial Lecturer
Lawrence Dunham served as U.S. Assistant Chief of Protocol from 1989 until 2005, and held a variety of other positions in the State Department Protocol Office beginning in 1983. He was Acting Chief of Protocol from January until June 2001. He now consults for government and private sector clients.

As Assistant Chief of Protocol, Mr. Dunham headed Protocol's Diplomatic Affairs Division, which oversaw the State Department's relations with foreign embassies in Washington, and foreign government offices throughout the United States. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Mr. Dunham coordinated or participated in a number of events such as the Summit of the Americas, the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit Meetings, Presidential Inaugurations, State Funerals of former U.S. Presidents, State Visits of foreign leaders to the United States, and travel by the President and of Presidential Delegations representing him overseas.

Mr. Dunham has been featured as an authority on matters related to protocol and diplomatic immunity in news articles and on television and radio broadcasts, has been consulted by numerous journalists and authors for insight and guidance in these areas, and has lectured and provided training to diverse groups on a wide range of protocol related matters. He recently was a contributing writer for United States Protocol – The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette, authored by Ambassador Mary Mel French. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the George Mason University School of Law.
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