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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Rollie Lal: Professorial Lecturer
Rollie Lal is a consultant researching the international economy and energy markets, and provides international security expertise to U.S. government agencies on organized crime, religious extremism, China, South Asia, and other areas. Previously Dr. Lal was Associate Professor at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, a program for military and civilian senior officials from 38 countries. She taught courses on a variety of topics including socio-economics, the private sector, organized crime, national identity, and good governance. Prior to that, Dr. Lal was Assistant Professor at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Gent, Belgium and St. Petersburg, Russia, where she taught MBA courses on international business management and risk analysis courses on doing business in China, India, Russia, the US, and the EU. From 2002-06 Dr. Lal was a political scientist at RAND, where she performed research and analysis on a wide spectrum of economic and security issues in South and East Asia, North Africa, and Iran. She is the author of books on international security and economics, including Understanding China and India, Central Asia and Its Asian Neighbors, Iran's Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities, and The Muslim World After 9/11. She served as a correspondent for the Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun in the 1990s, and has published articles in other newspapers including The Financial Times and The New York Times. Dr. Lal received her Ph.D. in International Relations and her M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.


Jason Ladnier: Professorial LecturerJason Ladnier

Jason M. Ladnier is the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere, and Europe and Eurasian Affairs in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabiilization Operations (CSO) at the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Ladnier has been with CSO and its predecessor, the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS), since 2006. He served as the Director of the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning and before that as the Director of the Office of Learning and Training. In those roles (2012-2017), Mr. Ladnier was responsible for the establishment of a results-driven, learning culture at CSO. His offices provided technical support to CSO's country work, conducted evaluations, developed best practices, and offered professional development. He has overseen CSO work in countries across Africa as well as numerous DC-based strategic planning processes. Mr. Ladnier represented CSO in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and has taught strategic planning courses at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. In 2008-2009, Mr. Ladnier served at U.S. Embassy Kabul where he co-led the development of the U.S. Integrated Civilian-Military Campaign Plan for Afghanistan and designed and implemented the early stages of the U.S. civilian increase for Afghanistan. Before coming to S/CRS, he was a Senior Associate with The Fund for Peace (FFP), where he spent six years focusing on policies for improving regional conflict management mechanisms, including early warning and peace and stability operations. Mr. Ladnier served on the team that created the annual Fragile State Index, published in Foreign Policy and has worked in or led research miossions to over forty countries. He currently teaches part time at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Mr. Ladnier received his Bachelor's Degree from DePaul University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 


Mark Langevin

Mark Langevin: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Langevin is Director of BrazilWorks, International Advisor to the Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão (Abrapa) and consultant to Public Services International (PSI), in addition to his academic positions. Dr. Langevin researches and writes extensively on Brazilian energy policymaking and United States-Brazil relations. He is a regular contributor to such publications as: American Diplomacy, Boletim Meridiano 47, Brazzil, the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor, Journal of Energy Security, the Labor Studies Journal, Review of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, and Universitas: Relações Internacionais. Dr. Langevin earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He also graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Public Health from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

Amer Latif

S. Amer Latif: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Latif is currently serving in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Policy (OSDP) where he serves as a policy advisor on Central Asian affairs. Previously, he was a visiting fellow with the Wadhwani Chair for U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS where he directed a major project on U.S.-India defense and security ties. Dr. Latif was director for South Asian Affairs in the Office of South and Southeast Asian Affairs in OSDP. While in that position, he participated in negotiations on end-use monitoring and defense agreements; contributed to enhancing counter terrorism and maritime security capabilities; and helped to initiate defense reform efforts. Dr. Latif was an adjunct professor at Mary Washington College, where he taught courses on South Asian politics and international affairs. He has lectured at the National War College, Naval War College, Marine Corps University, Foreign Service Institute, and Catholic University on issues related to South Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and insurgent movements. Dr. Latif has also served as a U.S. Coast Guard officer in staff and operational assignments, having served as a deck watch officer and auxiliary division officer on the USCGC Morgenthau, where his unit was involved in operations related to drug interdiction, migrant intrdiction, and fisheries patrols. Dr. Latif holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. He was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2005 to 2010. 

Timothy Lavelle: Lecturer
Timothy Lavelle has served as USAID's Senior Food Security Advisor for Africa from August 2004 to the present. He has also been substantively engaged with a number of non-governmental organizations in efforts to establish the first social enterprise zone project in conflict-ridden eastern Congo (DRC).

In 2012, he assisted USAID's Africa Bureau on the Agency's recommendations related to the NSS-driven Presidential Policy Directive for sub-Saharan Africa ("U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa" PPD-16), which was issued on June 14, 2012. Subsequently, he worked on crafting the Agency's PPD-16 Implementation Plan which was submitted to NSS in September 2012. Earlier in the year, I served as a member of the USAID 2012 G8 Support Task Team responsible for shaping the 'New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition' in sub-Saharan Africa, which was announced at the G8 Camp David Summit on May 19, 2012.

William Lawrence

William Lawrence: Professorial Lecturer

Dr. William has thirty-two year’s experience working on the MENA region and wider Muslim world, and lived immersively for thirteen years in seven Muslim majority countries. Since 2011, he has served as Control Risk’s Middle East and North Africa Associate Director, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director, and International Crisis Group’s North Africa Project Director. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor for Global Engagement in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), working closely with the White House on core Obama administration initiatives. He co-created the Global Innovation Through Science and Technology (GIST) Program, the U.S. Science Envoy Program, and the Maghreb Digital Library; co-chaired of the U.S.-Egypt S&T development fund for four years; and served at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, helping negotiate the first U.S.-Libya bilateral agreement in decades. He taught at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Tufts, Amideast/Mohamed V in Rabat, and Cadi Ayyad in Marrakesh and has given lectures at over 100 universities worldwide. He appears regularly on NPR, VOA, BBC, France 24, Al Jazeera, and CCTV (China) and has appeared on over three dozen TV and radio stations across the MENA region and three dozen more globally. He is co-author of After the Uprisings: Political Transition in Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen and has published articles and op-eds in Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Jeune Afrique, Slate Afrique, Rue 89 (Nouvel Observateur), Al-Hayat, and Asharq al-Awsat and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the Oriental Institute at Oxford University. He holds a Masters and PhD from the Fletcher School and has received six awards from the U.S. government, two medals from the Egyptian government, and an alumni achievement award from Duke University. He also co-produced 6 MENA-related documentary films and 14 albums of North African music.


Peter Lejeune: Lecturer
Peter LejeuneMr. Lejeune has spent more than 40 years of working with the US Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and its precursors, the financial sector and state/local governments and has considerable subject matter expertise in technology, the US government InterAgency, state and local governments as well as international activities. He has worked domestically and internationally as a corporate executive, defense contractor, manager and consultant as well as serving on a number of Interagency advisory groups and panels addressing the threat of the terrorist use of WMD and in particular the use of technology to assess and mitigate these threats. In addition, he has performed counterterrorist threat and target assessments both in the United States and abroad and has worked on the issue of countering recruiting efforts and the application of influence operations. Positions have included working with DTRA, advising and training Pennsylvania National Guard, WMD Civil support team; jointly standing up and serving on the Emergency Response Network Initiative Working Group, a DoD/FEMA joint program created to review current and possible future communications capabilities available in a disaster; Director of Emergency Planning and Response, Mayor’s Office, City of New York and former Director of the New York City Task Force on Hazardous Materials. He worked as an advisor to the Police of Puerto Rico and to the government of Puerto Rico. Served as a Member of the Threat Reduction Advisor Committee (TRAC), at the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Performed a review of the effects of the 9-11 attack on banking data systems and the extend effect of the disruption. As a long-standing all member of the Los Angeles County TEW (LA County Terrorism Early Warning Group) he led the LA TEW forensics (biological, chemical and radiological) cell for the Democratic National Convention in 2000. Participated in the creation of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's "Innovations in Homeland Security" program and served as the lead evaluator for this program performing annual reviews of applicants for the award.

He is president and founder of the International Institute for Non-Proliferation Studies, a not-for-profit corporation which specializes in international science and policy communications and collaboration. In this role he serves on the International Organizing Committee for World Congress on CBRNe Science & Consequence Management, (CSCM) and chaired the annual meeting for its precursor CBMTS in Spiez, Switzerland in 2012.

Richard Leshner: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Leshner is the Program Executive (PE) for the SBIR/STTR Program at NASA, part of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate. Following an educational path that covered both aerospace engineering and public administration, he has worked in a variety of positions within the civil space program. He was on staff at the National Research Council Space Studies Board, a Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and has had several positions at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Leshner started with the SBIR/STTR program in August 2011, and as PE sets the overall strategic direction for the NASA SBIR/STTR program and serves as its selection official.

Donald Losman

Donald Losman: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Donald L. Losman (PhD, University of Florida) is a Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs, presently teaching a graduate course in the Political Economy of the Middle East. Dr, Losman, an economist and Middle East specialist, is the author/editor of four books, 72 scholarly articles, and about 60 op-ed pieces in almost all of America's leading newspapers as well as overseas periodicals. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on issues related to defense, appeared several times on both radio and television, and is a Middle East lecturer to the Department of Defense and other public/private organizations.

Ronald Luna: Professorial Lecturer
Ronald Luna is the Undergraduate Director at the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland College Park. He has been teaching at the University of Maryland for ten years. He teaches several classes at the Department of Geography including: Introduction to Geography, Developing Countries, Latin American Migration and Geography of Latin America. His research interests include Latin American migration, transnationalism, the creation of cultural spaces by immigrants, and Latino communities in the United States. Ronald is passionate about improving the social and academic lives of children and students through education. Dr. Luna has served as Geography Undergraduate Advisor since 2002 and was promoted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in June 2009. In Spring 2010, he was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award for excellence in service to the College of Behavioral and Social Science and the Department of Geography. In Spring 2013, he received the Undergraduate Studies Teaching Award for excellence as teacher. 


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