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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Valentina Okaru-Bisant: Professorial Lecturer
Valentina Okaru-Bisant (also known as Prof. OB) teaches as a Professor (part-time) at two George Washington University and the Catholic University of America. She is a Senior Adviser at Sogato Strategies, LLC, a global strategy and risk advisory firm. Previously, she worked with the World Bank and in private law firms in Washington DC. She has over 10 years work, teaching and scholarly experiences in business, trade and economic development, including global corporate governance, laws, policies, shareholder/stakeholder rights and duties and social justice. She is on the advisory committee and board of several organizations. She is a licensed attorney with bar admissions in the United States (Connecticut) and Nigeria. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Coalition of African Jurists, the American Bar Association and the American Society of International Law in DC. For more information, visit her bepress home page at http://works.bepress.com/
Jacob Olidort: Professorial Lecturer
Jacob Olidort is currently a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where his work focuses on Salafism and Islamist groups in the Middle East, and is an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Dr. Olidort’s research focuses on the intersection of law and theology in the modern period, Islamist movements. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, where his dissertation was the first non-confessional intellectual biography on Muhammad Nasir al-Din al-Albani (d. 1999), a leading Salafi scholar in the modern period. He also holds an A.M. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a B.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and History from Brandeis University. During the academic year 2007-2008, Dr. Olidort was a Fulbright Scholar in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Olidort has written in a range of academic and policy settings, including his The Politics of ‘Quietist’ Salafism (Brookings Institution, 2015); “Portraying Islam as the milla of Abraham: A Look at the Tafsir Evidence (8th-14th centuries)” in the Late Antique World of Early Islam (Princeton: Darwin Press, 2015); as well as encyclopedia articles on Salafism and medieval political rituals. His writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, and Lawfare.
Manuel Orozco: Professorial Lecturer
Manuel Orozco is Senior Migration and Remittances Advisor for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Senior fellow and director of remittances and development at the Inter-American Dialogue, and president of Migration and Development Group. He has theorized, conducted extensive research, policy analysis and advocacy on issues relating to global flows of remittances, and migration and development worldwide. His work has led to international policy and business initiatives leveraging these flows to build assets among families and migrants, and strengthen market competition. Dr. Orozco is also chair of Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State. He also teaches at American, Georgetown and George Washington University.
Manuel Orozco has published widely on remittances, Latin America, globalization, democracy, migration, conflict in war torn societies, and minority politics. His publications include studies about the intersection between remittances and finances, financial literacy and development, and assessed competitiveness in the money transfer industry. He has analyzed and designed development strategies linked to remittances. His books include Migrant remittances and development in the global economy ( Lynne Riener Spring 2013), América Latina y el Caribe: migración, remesas y desarrollo (FLACSO, 2012), Remittances: Global Opportunities for International Person-to-Person Money Transfers (London: Lafferty Group, 2005), and International Norms and Mobilization for Democracy (London: Ashgate Publishers, 2002).