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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Alice Falk: Lecturer
Dr. Falk received her Ph.D. in English literature from Indiana University in 1992. She has worked as a freelance editor for several university and commercial presses, including University of California Press, MIT Press, W. W. Norton, and Simon and Schuster, and she has edited several government reports, including the 9/11 Commission Report.
Email: [email protected]

George Fidas: Lecturer
George C. Fidas is a visiting lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs, where he teaches seminars on Intelligence and National Security, Transnational Secuirty Issues, and the Mediterranean Region. He is also the Director for Outreach in the Office of the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, where his responsibilities include increasing the nexus between the Intelligence Community and knowledge communities outside the government. Prior to taking that position, he served as Intelligence Officer-in-Residence at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to his tour at the Elliortt School, he served as Deputy and later Acting National Intelligence Officer for Economics and Global Issues on the National Intelligence Council. Earlier he held several analytical and managerial positions at the Central Intelligence Agency and also served tours in the State Department's Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs and on the faculty of the National Defense University.

He has written extensively about European and Global issues, including Balkan politics, health and environmental security, and international migration. He was the principal author of a National Intelligence Estimate on the security implications of infectious diseases such as AIDS; a National Intelligence Estimate on growing global migration and its implications for the United States, and an Intelligence Community Assessment on the environmental outlook for Central and Eastern Europe. He also has presented papers on such transnational issues at various academic and think tank venues. Mr. Fidas received his BA and MA in political science from the University of Rhode Island and did additional graduate work in international affairs at the University of Maryland. He was awarded the Commander's Medal by the National Defense University and also has received several exceptional performance awards at the CIA and the National Intelligence Council.
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Charles G. Field: Professorial Lecturer
Charles Field is a Senior Research Fellow and lecturer at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Field teaches basic and advanced negotiation to graduate students in the School of Public Policy. He also teaches negotiation in the Office of Executive Programs, School of Public Policy to government officials at the federal, state and local levels, and to non-profit groups. He is also founder and president of CGF Resolution Group LLC which provides professional training in the areas of negotiation and leadership.

Dr. Field brings a rich background in teaching negotiation concepts and skills. He undertook his negotiation training through the Harvard Program on Negotiation where he participated both as a student and then as a teaching assistant with Roger Fisher. He has extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors in the housing and community development areas.
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James P. Finkel: Lecturer

A former member of the senior civil service, Jim Finkel served as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for the Prevention of Genocide's 2013-2014 Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Fellow after ending his 35-year federal service career in May 2013. During the final 20 years of his service, he held positions that provided him an insider's eye view of the evolution of US policy toward international accountability and the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. Mr. Finkel was a participant in President Obama's Presidential Study Number Ten (PSD 10) effort and was a frequent attendee during the first year of meetings of the President's Atrocity Prevention Board. Mr. Finkel holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor's of Arts from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. 

David Fleischer

David Fleischer: Professorial Lecturer
David Ivan Fleischer is an anthropologist with over a decade of experience practicing international development in Latin America. He has been working on issues of environmental conservation, community development, and international development. Dr. Fleischer is the Foundation Representative for Brasil at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), and before that was the coordinator of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Brasilia. His research has focused on political ecology and sustainable livelihoods issues in Latin America. David developed fieldwork in the Brazilian states of Bahia and Minas Gerais, and the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Dr. Fleischer has also worked at the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) in Brazil and two state universities in New York.
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Diane Forbes: Professorial Lecturer
Diane A. Forbes Berthoud received her Ph.D. from Howard University with a specialization in Organizational Communication and Social Psychology. She has served as a consultant and trainer in the areas of leadership development, conflict management, strategic planning and visioning, organizational cultural change, team building, diversity management, and improved communication for a range of organizations, such as the U.S. Capitol, where she served as an Ombudsperson and consultant, and the Montgomery County government, where she worked with a team of consultants charged with assessing and improving organizational effectiveness and diversity management in the county. Other agencies where she has served include the Environmental Protection Agency and HOSPICE. She is a certified group consultant of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and the Washington-Baltimore Center for Group Relations, and has been a group process consultant for many of their sponsored leadership conferences for a over a decade. Dr. Forbes Berthoud has also taught at George Mason University, Howard University, and is currently the chair of the Communication Department at Trinity University, Washington, DC, where she teaches courses in leadership, organizational and intercultural communication, and women's studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies.
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Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford: Lecturer
Lindsey Ford is the Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. In this role, she directs a team of advisers responsible for overseeing multilateral defense engagements, maritime security affairs, regional exercises and other cross-cutting security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Lindsey also recently served as the Secretary of Defense's Sherpa for the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, where she oversaw the first ever visit of all ten ASEAN Defense Ministers to the United States. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Lindsey worked as a researcher at the Center for a New American Security, where she specialized in Asian security issues. Previously she worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the Congressional Research Service. Lindsey completed a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies at the University of Texas. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and daughter.
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