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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John Harbeson

Mark Hannafin: Lecturer
Mark Hannafin is currently the deputy executive secretary of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  He  oversees a team that coordinates USAID leadership correspondence with the White House, State Department, Congress and USAID bureaus and missions around the world. He staffs and advises the USAID Administrator on national security issues and Presidential priorities. Prior to becoming deputy executive secretary in 2011, Hannafin worked as a senior conflict advisor in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation in the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance for five years. In this role, he covered the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, South Sudan, the former Soviet Union, the former Yugoslavia, the Caucasus and Central Asia and designed programs to stop or prevent violence.

Hannafin graduated from Hobart College in 1990. After graduating, he helped launch the internationally recognized magazine, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review in New York City. He went on to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer from 1993 to 1995 where he served as part of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers in the Kyrgyz Republic. Upon his return to the states, Hannafin attended The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he received a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy with a concentration in International Finance and Business, and Islamic Civilizations.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.

John Harbeson

John Harbeson: Professorial Lecturer
John W. Harbeson is professor of political science emeritus in the Graduate Center and at City College in the City University of New York. He is currently a professorial lecturer in the African Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He chaired the Department of Political Science and directed the International Studies Program at City College. He is the author or editor of eleven books, the most recent of which is Africa in World Politics, 5th edition, 2013 with the late Donald Rothchild. His other books include Civil Society and the State in Africa, The Ethiopian Transformation: The Quest for the Post-Imperial State, Land Reform and Nation-Building in Kenya, and The Military in African Politics. His current research centers on the interconnections of democratization, state strengthening, and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Todd Harrison: Lecturer
Todd Harrison is the Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Mr. Harrison joined CSBA in 2009 from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported clients across the Department of Defense, assessing challenges to modernization initiatives and evaluating the performance of acquisition programs. He previously worked in the aerospace industry developing advanced space systems and technologies and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.  Since joining CSBA, Mr. Harrison has authored a number of publications on trends in the overall defense budget, modernization initiatives, the defense industrial base, military personnel costs, and the cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. He frequently contributes to print and broadcast media and has appeared on CNBC, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera English, and Fox News. He has been a guest lecturer for a number of organizations, including Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the National Defense University. Mr. Harrison is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and for the past two years has been named one of the Defense News 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense.  He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with both a B.S. and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Harrison combines his budgetary, technical, and engineering experience with a strong background in systems analysis to lead the Budget Studies program for CSBA.

Peter Harrold: Lecturer
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.

John Hatch: Lecturer
Dr. Hatch received his PhD in Economic Development from the University of Wisconsin in 1974. Dr. Hatch has 38 years of service in development assistance programs of third-world nations, starting with the Peace Corps and later as manager and consultant to projects benefiting low-income families in 30 countries. Most recently, Dr. Hatch serves as Founder, Director and Economist to FINCA International, which helps facilitate Village Banking to the third-world.

Peter L. Hays: Professorial Lecturer
Peter Hays received a Ph.D. in International Relations in May 1994 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His dissertation was entitled: "Struggling Towards Space Doctrine: U.S. Military Space Plans, Programs, and Perspectives During the Cold War."
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Kevin Healy

Kevin Healy: Professorial Lecturer
Kevin Healy has received degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown and a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. For over two decades he has worked as a grant officer at the Inter-American Foundation, a public corporation which funds a broad range of grassroots development projects with local NGO's in Latin America and the Caribbean. Healy has funded projects in the Andes as well as throughout Central America and Mexico. He is the author of two books on development in Bolivia and many book chapters in edited volumes covering topics such as the drug industry in the Andes, indigenous movements, and participatory development among others. Since l998, Healy has been teaching in the Elliott School. Currently, he teaches two courses, one on Indigenous Movements, Culture and Grassroots Development in Latin America and the other on Drug Trafficking in the Americas. He has also taught graduate level courses at Georgetown University, American University, SAIS and undergraduate course at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Gavin Helf: Professorial Lecturer 
Gavin Helf is currently a Senior Democracy and Governance Advisor at USAID in the Asia/ Middle East bureaus covering Central and South Asia. He has been closely involved in the USAID response to the 2010 Revolution in Kyrgyzstan. Gavin worked at USAID/Iraq, managing and helping design and procure much of the COIN and democracy and governance portfolio there. He studied, lived and worked in the USSR and its successor states, and was a democracy and governance advisor at USAID/Armenia. Prior, Gavin was Director of Grant Programs for the Eurasia Foundation and was the Central Asia Regional Director for the International Research & Exchanges Board based in Almaty. Gavin has taught Russian and Soviet foreign policy and comparative politics at Notre Dame, Cornell and Moscow's International University and worked for Radio Liberty as a Soviet area research specialist in the late 1980s. He received in Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley in 1994.

Joseph Helman: Professorial Lecturer
Joseph Helman serves in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where he is a member of the Senior National Intelligence Service. He has over twenty years of national security experience in the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. He also served as the Director for Intelligence for the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (2008), and as the National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his government service, he worked on Middle East projects at the United States Institute of Peace. Dr. Helman holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in political science and an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in international studies from the University of South Florida. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Politics at New York University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jeffrey Helsing: Lecturer

Alexander Henley: Professorial Lecturer
Alexander Henley is the American Druze Foundation Fellow at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, where he is working on a book entitled Religion and State in Lebanon: Religious Leadership, Sectarianism, and Civil War.  He teaches on topics related to religion and politics, with a special interest in the phenomenon of sectarianism in the Middle East.  He recently returned from a fellowship at the Brookings Doha Center, and has previously taught at Harvard University, Qatar University, and Middlebury College’s summer Arabic school.  He completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, England, with a dissertation on the construction of a religious elite in modern Lebanon.  His work has been supported by grants from the UK’s Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) and the Council for British Research on the Levant (CBRL), with research affiliations at the American University of Beirut and Notre Dame University, Lebanon. He holds degrees in Theology and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Durham, England.

Lonnie Henley

Lonnie Henley: Lecturer
Lonnie Henley is an employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency on detail to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  As National Intelligence Collection Officer for East Asia, he develops integrated intelligence collection strategies on high-priority East Asian issues across the United States Intelligence Community.  Mr. Henley has been a China specialist for over 35 years, beginning with 22 years as a US Army China foreign area officer and military intelligence officer in Korea, at DIA, on Army Staff, and in the History Department at West Point.  Upon retiring from the Army he joined the senior civil service as Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia and Senior Intelligence Expert for Strategic Warning at DIA. After leaving DIA in 2004, he worked two years as a senior analyst with CENTRA Technology, Inc., then returned to government service as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  He rejoined DIA in 2008, serving for six years as the agency’s senior China analyst, overseeing intelligence assessments on Chinese military and strategic issues across the Department of Defense.  In addition to his government duties, Mr. Henley is an adjunct professor in the Security Policy Studies Program at The George Washington University. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and Chinese from the US Military Academy at West Point, and master's degrees in Chinese language from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; in Chinese history from Columbia University; and in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University). He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese and French. His wife Sara Hanks is a corporate attorney and CEO.  CEO. They live in Alexandria, Virginia.


Jane Henrici

Jane Henrici: Professorial Lecturer
Jane Henrici is an independent research and gender consultant with over 15 years of experience in U.S. and international research and development. Her work focuses on gender, diversity, and socioeconomic policy and programming; she has conducted projects on these topics in the Americas and Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eurasia. She is a specialist in participatory and transformative research and training and has in-depth knowledge about and experience in skills education and training; livelihoods development; poverty response; displacement and migration; and disaster recovery; in addition, she has conducted research and analyses on health care and coverage; diversity and inclusion in planning and development; and women's political participation. Dr. Henrici is a highly experienced field researcher with particular expertise in mixed method and qualitative multi-perspectival investigations and project/program evaluations. She has employed various techniques and formats for data collection and analysis that range from small-scale Rapid Assessments to longitudinal national-level research studies. Her doctorate in anthropology is from the University of Texas-Austin and her master’s in humanities from the University of Chicago. She is Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC and graduate studies lecturer in the Global Gender Program at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs; her honors include being a Fulbright Scholar in Peru. Dr. Henrici has been cited in a range of media, including The Guardian, CNN, and The Nation, as well as in U.S. federal court decisions. Her latest publication is “Crafting Fair Trade Tourism: Gender, Race, and Development in Peru,” in The Public Value of Anthropology: Engaging Critical Social Issues Through Ethnography, Bozen-Bolzano University. This chapter, as well as her other recent and in press publications, deal with policy and programming in development that affect the livelihood resilience of low-income ethnic minority women after disasters.

Amy E. Hepburn: Lecturer
Amy E. 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.

Norman L. Hicks: Professorial Lecturer
Norman Hicks is an international consultant in economic development. His work experience includes three years with the United States Agency for International Development in Accra Ghana and 33 years with the World Bank, where he held various posts including in policy research, as country economist for Philippines, and lead poverty specialist for Latin America. Since 2003 he has been retired from the Bank and working as a free-lance consultant, including work in Cambodia, Nicaragua, Kosovo, and Uganda.

He has published on various topics, including income distribution, public finance, poverty and safety nets. He received his B.S. in economics from Hofstra University, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.


James Hill

Heidi Hiebert: Professorial Lecturer
Heidi Hiebert is an adjunct faculty member with the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. She received her BA in Economics, with honors, at the University of California at Los Angeles, an MA in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a PhD, with distinction, in International Relations from American University. Prior to completing her PhD, she worked for the World Economic Forum and held management consulting positions, both in the private and public health-care sectors. She is currently writing a book based from her dissertation, "The productivity discourse: constructing the economies of France and the United States during the 20th century."

James Hill

James Hill: Lecturer
James Hill is senior editor of The Washington Post News Media Services, which provides news along with syndicated columns, editorial cartoons and comic strips to newspapers and websites worldwide. In addition to his editing duties, he blogs a report of the 2012 presidential campaign called Political Portrait of the Week, which can be found at Before joining The Washington Post, he was the editor of the editorial pages of The Phoenix Gazette from 1993 until its closing in 1997. He began his career in opinion journalism as assistant op-ed editor of the Los Angeles Times, where he also served as assistant metropolitan editor and deputy West Coast news editor for the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service.

Paul Hughes: Professorial Lecturer
Paul Hughes is the senior advisor for international security and peacebuilding for the United States Institute of Peace. He previously served as the Institute's chief of staff. He also served as the executive director for both the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel and the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. Previous to those positions he served as the director of Iraq programs for USIP.

Prior to joining USIP, he served as an active duty Army office from 1975-2005, retiring as a colonel. He served in Iraq on several occasions and has extensive service in the Asia-Pacific region. As the director of national security policy on the Army staff from 2000-2002, he developed and provided policy guidance for the Army in numerous areas, such as arms control, weapons of mass destruction, missile defense, emerging nontraditional security issues, and crisis prediction. From 1996 to 2000, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as deputy director of the Office for Humanitarian Assistance and Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy, where he led the OSD participation in crafting U.S. landmine policy and the DOD response to Hurricane Mitch, the Turkish earthquakes, and the Mozambique floods.

Hughes holds two master's of military arts and sciences and a B.A. in sociology from Colorado State University. His awards include two Defense Superior Service Medals, three Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, and several campaign and service ribbons.


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