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.



Philip S. Kaplan: Professorial Lecturer:
Following a distinguished 27-year career as a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service, Ambassador Philip Kaplan joined the International practice area of Patton Boggs, LLP, where he advises clients on business transactions, public policy and trade policy matters and issues involving foreign governments.

Ambassador Kaplan entered the foreign service after his tenure as counsel to the California Legislature, under a Ford Foundation grant, and in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 1989 through 1991, he served as U.S. ambassador and deputy representative to the 22-state Vienna Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which ultimately led to an historic treaty reducing force levels in Europe.

Ambassador Kaplan was appointed as U.S. minister, deputy chief of mission and Charge d'Affaires, to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines during the country's transition period from Ferdinand Marcos to Cory Aquino. Previously, he served as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for policy planning, covering the full range of U.S. foreign policy. Ambassador Kaplan has twice served as senior advisor to the secretary of state. He first acted as senior intelligence officer — responsible for special assignments on Latin America, Europe and East Asia — and later served as senior advisor on the Policy Planning Staff. Ambassador Kaplan's foreign service career also has included assignments at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany, the U.S. Mission to the European Community in Brussels and frequent official travel around the world.
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Merve Kavakci-Islam: Professorial Lecturer:
Professor Kavakci-Islam is a former member of the Turkish Parliament. She holds a Ph.D in political science from Howard University, an MPA from Harvard University and a B.S. in software engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Her areas of expertise are the democratization of the Muslim world, contemporary Turkish politics, women in Islam, and Muslim women in politics. She is a columnist for a daily Turkish newspaper. She has made the list of "The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims" for three years in-a-row. Her publications include Headscarf Politics in Turkey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Richard Peres authored a book about her role in Turkish political history, The Day Turkey Stood Still: Merve Kavakci's Walk into the Turkish Parliament (Ithaca Press, 2012).
Email: [email protected].

Charles Kiamie

Charles E. Kiamie, III: Professorial Lecturer
An ESIA alumnus, Charles E. Kiamie, III is Regional Program Coordinator in USAID's Middle East Bureau. Between 2007 and 2014, he was Lead Foreign Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Dr. Kiamie has taught politics and Middle Eastern Studies at GW since 2005. Previously, he worked for Lockheed Martin Information Technology and taught at Georgetown and Pepperdine. Dr. Kiamie has lived and worked in nearly all countries in the Middle East and North Africa and has particular interest in the Levant. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan and read Oriental Studies at Oxford University. Dr. Kiamie's professional and research interests include political reform, nation-building, (de)liberalization, political retraditionalization, and Islamism in the Arab and Islamic worlds. Ph.D., Government, Georgetown University; M.A., Arab Studies, Georgetown University; B.A., Middle Eastern Studies, The George Washington University.
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Erik Kiefel: Lecturer
Charles KiamieMr. Kiefel is the Director of the Office of Global Liaison for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department.  As Global Liaison Director, Mr. Kiefel coordinates interactions with global counterparts and facilitates/coordinates the international aspects of FinCEN's various policy, analysis, and compliance and enforcement activities.  Mr. Kiefel also was the Deputy Assistant Director for FinCEN’s Office of Outreach Resources, managing the operations of FinCEN’s Regulatory Helpline and Terrorist Financing Hotline. Prior to joining FinCEN, Mr. Kiefel was a Project Leader with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; a strategic and financial analyst for MasterCard international; taught American Government at Pepperdine University; and was a Presidential Management Fellow. Mr. Kiefel graduated from Claremont McKenna College and holds an MA from the Elliott School at the George Washington University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
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James Klumpner: Lecturer
Between November 1993 and November 2007, served as Democratic Chief Economist at both the House and Senate Budget Committees, with two stints in the Senate and one in the House of Representatives. Before that, worked at both the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and the Chief Economist's Office of the Department of Commerce. Received a BA from Pomona College and an MPA at Princeton, as well as pursuing doctoral work in economics at Princeton (a proud ABD). Currently, teach at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School as well as at GWU. Founder and Director of Polyhymnia, an a cappella chamber choir that has delighted Washington-area audiences for 17 years.
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Nicole Kolt: Lecturer
Nicole Kolt is a Career Coach in the GW Center for Career Services, working with students exploring fields within International Affairs, International Development, Federal Government, and other related areas. Nicole is certified in career assessments including StrengthsQuest and Strong Interest Inventory to help students navigate career interests and skills. She holds a Master of Education in College Student Development and Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to GW, Nicole worked in the Career Center at VCU and also as an academic advisor for active duty and veteran students near Quantico, VA.
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Barnett Koven: Professional Lecturer
Barnett S. Koven is a Senior Researcher/Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to TerrorismBarnett Koven
(START), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University, an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University (GWU), an Adjunct Presenter at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School and a part-time Quantitative Social Scientist at Performance Systems, LLC. Koven received his Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science, as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from GWU. He also holds a Certificate in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace and a Certificate in Advanced Security in the Field from the United Nations System Staff College.  Koven has conducted extensive overseas research in conflict and post-conflict zones. His work employs cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative methods to answer pressing defense and homeland security questions. Specifically, he focuses on issues pertaining to counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, counter-narcotics, gray zone conflict, security cooperation, organized criminal violence, weapons availability and conflict onset, post-conflict reconstruction, and the material and non-material sources of military power. Koven has received research funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the DHS and the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and GWU. A complete list of journal articles, book chapters and policy publications can be found on his personal website:

Olof Kronvall

Olof Kronvall: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Olof Kronvall's expertise includes European and transatlantic security policy; national security policy, counterinsurgency, stability operations, irregular warfare, military power and doctrine (with a focus on the US); and Cold War history. He has taught at George Washington University since 2011 and at The Washington Center since 2012. He has also taught at Georgetown University, the Norwegian Defence University College, the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, and the Swedish National Defence College. Dr. Kronvall worked at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies from 2007-2011 and at the Swedish National Defence College from 1996-2007. He also spent two academic years in Washington, DC, first as a visiting scholar at George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Institute of Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (2005-6), and then at Center for Strategic and International Studies in the Europe Program (2009-10). He earned a Ph.D. in History from Stockholm University in 2003, and served as an expert in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs' Raoul Wallenberg Commission in 2002.
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