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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Jill Walston: Professorial Lecturer
Jill Walston earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation. She is a senior research analyst at the American Institutes for Research where she has worked for 15 years. She supports many aspects of the design and analyses for a set of longitudinal studies for the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and leads research and data analyses projects for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes research design, statistical analyses, survey methodology, questionnaire development, and assessment. She has authored several NCES publications, regularly presents research at national conferences on a variety of methodological topics, and has published in peer-reviewed journals about computer-based data collection methodology. She teaches IAFF 6501 Applied Quantitative Analysis.
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Curtis WardCurtis Ward: Professorial Lecturer
Ambassador Curtis A. Ward specializes in national and international security law and policy; geopolitical strategy analyses; implementing international sanctions; and rule of law and governance. He received his LL.M. from Georgetown University, and his J.D. and B.A. from Howard University. Ambassador Ward served as: Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations (12/99 to 02/2002); Expert Adviser and Liaison with Regional and International Organizations to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (05/02 to 03/05); Senior Research Consultant - Security Council Report, NY; Head of Mission and Team Leader of Joint UN-ECOWAS Fact-Finding Mission (08/2008-04/2009); and as Counterterrorism Consultant - to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (2010-11).

Prior to coming to GWU, Ambassador Ward also guest-lectured at a number of institutions, including: National Defense University - Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies (Washington DC); the NATO School (SHAPE), Oberammergau, Germany; and The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana. He has served as UN Security Council Resource Facilitator at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland, (since March 2007); He also teaches a course on Terrorism at the Homeland Security Graduate Program at the University of the District of Columbia (since 2011). He served as Chairman - Working Group 2, Stockholm Process on Implementation of Targeted Sanctions (Feb - Nov 2002); and is a Member of the Advisory Council, Sanctions & Security Research Program (since 02/2010). He served as Counterterrorism Expert Participant on the International Peace Institute's Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity - Global Terrorism (2008); and participant in IPI's Retreat to examine Peace and Security Threats to Latin America and the Caribbean (2009).
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Kenneth Ward: Professorial Lecturer
Kenneth Ward has over twenty seven years experience with the U.S. Government in the areas of arms control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) at the U.S. Department of State, and also serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention. Most recently, in 2009-2010, he was the Chief of Staff for the AVC Bureau. In 2008, he served on the senior professional staff of the congressionally-mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and co-authored the sections of the Commission's Report World at Risk addressing the threat of biological weapons.

Mr. Ward received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He also received a master's degree in international relations from Oxford University and a bachelor's degree in international politics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
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Gay Washburn: Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Washburn received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked with international graduate students and teachers in China, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Honduras, and at various institutions in the U.S.  In writing, she is particularly interested in how writing expectations change from one academic level to another (e.g. from undergrad to grad) and how text is organized in various genres. 

Michael Wasserman: Lecturer
Mr. Wasserman received a B.A. in Economics and another in International Relations from Miami University of Ohio in 1991 and earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 1995. For close to twenty years, Mr. Wasserman has used alternative future scenarios and collaborative analysis techniques, particularly gaming, to support strategic planning, analyze national security issues, and examine future military challenges. Mr. Wasserman has worked extensively with academia, the private sector, and various branches of the US Government including the Department of Defense and the State Department.
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Paul Wee

Paul Wee: Professorial Lecturer
Paul Wee received his B.A. from Harvard University, a Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary and a Ph.D., magna cum laude, in Philosophy and Social Science from the University of Berlin. He has worked in eastern and central Europe, primarily with faith-based communities, during the communist period and was a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford. From 1986 to 1993 he was assistant general secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation. During that period, he worked closely with the World Jewish Congress, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He has been active in the area of conflict resolution, having initiated talks between four armed opposition groups and the Government of Guatemala that resulted in the Oslo Accords of 1990, and was a member of the UN Observer Mission to South Africa (UNOMSA), which provided oversight of the first democratic election in that country.
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Lynn Weil: Lecturer 

Lynne Weil is a seasoned international affairs and communications professional. Arriving in Washington just before 9/11, she has been on a public service path that has taken her from press secretary of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to communications director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee -- for a total of nearly nine years on Capitol Hill -- to the Executive Branch, where she spent two years working in public diplomacy with the Department of State and two as Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Broadcasting Board of Governors. She left the BBG in 2014 to become Public Affairs Director for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a non-profit that educates Americans on the importance of diplomacy and development and advocates for more robust federal funding. Before entering public service, Ms. Weil was a journalist for domestic and international media, including NPR, The New York Times and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).  In nearly nine years as a foreign correspondent, she lived in Germany and Italy and traveled throughout Europe.  Ms. Weil earned a Master’s in Public Policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Marvin G. Weinbaum: Professorial Lecturer
Professor Weinbaum is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served for fifteen years as the director of the Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Weinbaum served as an analyst for Pakistan and Afghanistan in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1999 to 2003. He was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1996-97 and was awarded Fulbright Research Fellowships for Egypt in 1981-82 and Afghanistan in 1989-90. Professor Weinbaum has his doctorate from Columbia University in 1965. He is the author of six books and many articles. His research, teaching, and consultancies have focused on the issues of national security, state building, democratization, and political economy.
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Peter Weinberger: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Peter Weinberger is a Senior Researcher with a focus on countering violent extremism (CVE) at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Reponses to Terrorism (START). He is a specialist on the role of religion in shaping identity, and related religious approaches to managing and addressing issues of conflict. He also has expertise on the interplay of psychosocial factors with security and conflict, how issues like stress and trauma can be understood and addressed when designing and implementing strategies for community resilience. Dr. Weinberger has worked in the Middle East, Northern Ireland and the western Balkans.

Prior to joining START, Dr. Weinberger was a Senior Program Officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace (2008-2015), an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University (2004-2008) and a Research Professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (2003-2004). He received his doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
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Ross Wilson: Lecturer
Ross Wilson is the Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He completed nearly three decades in the US Foreign Service in December 2008, including six years as American ambassador to Turkey in 2005-08 and Azerbaijan in 2000-03. Elsewhere overseas, he served at the US embassies in Moscow and Prague and was American Consul General in Melbourne, Australia.

In Washington, Amb. Wilson served as Chief of Staff for Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick in 2005. He was Chief US Negotiator for the Free Trade Area of the Americas while on detail to the Office of the US Trade Representative in 2003-2005. In 1997-2000, Ambassador Wilson served as Principal Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States (of the former Soviet Union). He was Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department in 1992-94, managing the policy process for Secretaries of State Lawrence Eagleburger and Warren Christopher, and before that was an aide to State Department Counselor and Undersecretary Zoellick.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ambassador Wilson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and master's degrees from Columbia University and the US National War College. While in the diplomatic service, he won the President's Meritorious Service Award, as well as numerous Department of State awards and honors. He serves as chairman of the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies and is a member of the Academy of American Diplomacy, the American Foreign Service Association, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR) and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.
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Lawrence Woocher: Lecturer
Lawrence Woocher is Atrocity Prevention Fellow working with the Human Rights Division of USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance. He is contributing to USAID’s work on the comprehensive U.S. government strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, announced by President Obama in April 2012. Lawrence has been working on early warning, conflict prevention, and the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities for more than a decade. Prior to his Democracy Fellowship, he was Research Director of the Political Instability Task Force at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). From 2006-2011, he was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). While at USIP, he was a member of the executive committee and zllead expert on early warning for the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Before joining USIP, Lawrence was a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution and, concurrently, a consultant on early warning to the Office of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. Lawrence has an MA in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA in Neuroscience from Brown University.
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John D. Woodward, Jr.: Professorial Lecturer
During his years of government service and through his public policy work, John has gained extensive experience related to national security, technology policy, intelligence, and counterterrorism issues. From July 2005 to November 2006, he was the Associate Director of RAND Corporation's Intelligence Policy Center, where he helped oversee, manage, and develop RAND's work for the nation's intelligence community. From October 2003 to July 2005, John served as Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Biometrics Management Office, and from 2000 to 2003, as a RAND senior policy analyst. Prior to that, he clerked for a federal judge, practiced law, and worked at several U.S. embassies. He has testified about national security and technology policy before Congress, the Commission on Online Child Protection, and the Virginia State Crime Commission. His publications include Biometrics: Identity Assurance in the Information Age, (McGraw-Hill, 2003), used by several universities, and his many articles have appeared in various journals and newspapers. John received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He was a Thouron Scholar at the London School of Economics, where he earned an M.S. in Economics. He received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Jessica Wyndham

Jessica Wyndham: Professorial Lecturer
Jessica Wyndham is an expert in human rights and humanitarian law. Her main interest is in the practical application of international human rights and humanitarian standards particularly in relation to internal displacement, as well as human rights standards concerning terrorism, torture, and the death penalty. She has worked extensively with governments, NGOs, national human rights institutions and international organizations throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, including in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Fiji. She has served as Legal Adviser to the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ecuador, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. She is currently Project Director for the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Ms. Wyndham holds an LLB (Hons.) (J.D. equivalent) from the Australian National University.
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