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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Beth Vann: Professorial Lecturer
Beth Vann is an independent consultant specializing in issues related to gender-based violence in complex emergencies. With a focus on multi-sectoral and inter-agency partnerships, her work includes technical advising, training, capacity building, writing, and research with NGOs, UN agencies, donors, governments, and communities affected by armed conflict, disaster, and displacement. She is the author of guidelines, articles, research studies, training manuals, and other technical and policy materials offering analysis and practical guidance for national and international actors. Beth has over 30 years experience developing and managing public health and social services programs and has worked in 19 countries. She is based in the Washington DC area. She holds a master's degree in social work and a bachelor's in psychology. Most recently, Beth worked on projects with UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, CARE International, and the American Refugee Committee.

Lauren Van Metre: Professorial LecturerLauren Van Metre
Lauren Van Metre is currently teaches conflict resolution at the Elliot School at George Washington University, and researches and writes on community resilience to violence and the Ukraine conflict. She worked for nine years at the US Institute of Peace, serving; in senior leadership positions, including Acting Vice President of the institute's Center for Applied Research on Conflict, Director of Grants and Research, and, Dean of Students in USIP's Academy for International Conflict Management.  Prior to joining USIP, Van Metre worked at the State Department as deputy director for Kosovo peace implementation, and at the Defense Department where she organized the first ever Defense Ministerial of the Americas and South Balkans Defense Ministerial. Van Metre also worked previously at USIP managing two policy working groups on Russia and Europe, and the Balkans.  Her Ph.D. is from Johns Hopkins University where she wrote her doctoral thesis on Russian local and regional identities after the fall of communism.


Francisco Villagran: LecturerFrancisco Villagran
Francisco Villagrán de León is a career diplomat from Guatemala. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Elliott School and is teaching a course on human rights systems this semester. He has been Ambassador to the US (2008 – 2013), the UN (both in New York and in Geneva), the Organization of American States (OAS, where he served as President of the Juridical and Political Affairs Committee), Canada, Germany and Norway. In addition to his diplomatic posts, he has held fellowships at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at the National Endowment for Democracy. He holds a B.A. (equivalent) in law and political science from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala, and an MA in International Relations from Georgetown University. Ambassador Villagrán de León is currently writing about the evolution of the principles of non-intervention and sovereignty over the past 50 years, particularly how human rights and democracy are issues of legitimate international concern and involvement, and are no longer within the exclusive domestic jurisdiction of States.

Erich Vogt

Erich Vogt: Professorial Lecturer
Erich Vogt teaches Political Economy of Climate Change and Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Finance, and International Environmental Politics at both the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of the Environment as well as George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.He also served as the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) senior multilateral policy advisor, the World Bank's team leader at the External Relations and United Nations Department, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation's United Nations' liaison office in Geneva.Erich Vogt holds a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) and M.A. in Political Economy from the Free University of Berlin and Indiana University, respectively. But his real claim to fame is his (former) membership of Germany's National Swim team.


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