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Dr. Vera Jelinek’s mission to create a community of global citizens has spanned over two decades at New York University. After an initial career in international educational exchange, she joined NYU as the director of International Programs, Social and Natural Sciences. While overseeing the growth of programs in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Jelinekenvisioned and established a new department of international affairs. In 1999, the prestige and overall excellence of the international affairs program allowed Jelinek to found The Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs at NYU. The Vernon Center provided Jelinek with the opportunity to develop innovative and compelling public programs that attracted world leaders, the UN community, authors, journalists and scholars in international affairs.

Under Dr. Jelinek’s direction, 2004 brought the birth of the Masters of Science in Global Affairs program and the emergence of the Center for Global Affairs in lower Manhattan’s historic Woolworth Building. Dr. Jelinek maintains close ties with international and nongovernmental organizations, the UN community, international media, and the US Department of State. She has a Ph.D. in modern European history from NYU, a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in history from Queens College.



Dr. Carolyn Kissane serves as the Academic Director of the graduate program in Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs and is a Clinical Associate Professor where she teaches graduate level courses examining the geopolitics of energy, comparative energy politics, energy, environment and resource security, a regional course focusing on Central Asia. She is Coordinator of the Energy and Environment concentration at the Center and is faculty adviser to the Energy Policy International Club. Dr. Kissane was awarded the esteemed NYU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, the SCPS Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, and nominated for the NYU-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008, 2009 and 2016.

She was named Breaking Energy’s Top Ten New York Women in Energy and Top Ten Energy Communicator. She hosts Fueling our Future, an energy series she moderates which brings in energy and environment experts for conversation and debate. She serves on the boards of the New York Energy Forum, New York Energy Week, and the Clean Start Advisory Board. Dr. Kissane received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.



Mary Beth Altier is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2011 and then worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Pennsylvania State University on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.K. government funded project on terrorist disengagement, re-engagement, and recidivism. She also worked as a postdoctoral researcher on a project on civil war and democratization based at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Mary Beth’s research interests are in international security, foreign policy, political violence, and political behavior. Her recent work centers on the reasons why individuals support the use of political violence in developed and developing democracies as well as why they participate in acts of political violence, especially terrorism. She is also interested in the disengagement and rehabilitation of ex-combatants and identifying empirically based methods for assessing risk of re-engagement. Mary Beth is preparing a book manuscript based upon her dissertation, which won the 2013 American Political Science Association’s Ernst B. Haas award, and she is also the 2015 recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on European Politics and Society’s Best Paper Award. Her research has been featured in the Journal of Peace Research, Terrorism and Political Violence, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Journal of Strategic Security.



Dr. Christopher Ankersen is Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Affairs he teaches in the Transnational Security concentration. Prior to joining NYU, Christopher was the Security Advisor for the United Nations system in Thailand. Previously, he held positions at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the UN Offices in Geneva and Vienna; and with the Department of Safety and Security in New York, where he was Desk Officer for Iraq in 2005 and 2006.

From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Ankersen was Ralf Dahrendorf Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at the LSE, the London Centre for International Relations, King’s College London, Carleton University, and the Royal Military College of Canadaand lectured at staff colleges in Canada, Australia, and Denmark. From 2000 to 2005, he acted as a strategy consultant to militaries, governments and private firms in the UK and Canada. From 1988 to 2000, Dr. Ankersen was an officer in the Canadian Forces, serving in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, including on overseas missions with the UN and NATO.

He has produced a number of publications on international relations and strategic studies, including The Politics of Civil-Military Cooperation and two edited volumes: Understanding Global Terror and Civil-Military Cooperation in Post-Conflict Operations.

Dr. Ankersen is a member of the Regional Consultative Group for Asia and the Pacific on Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief and Senior Research Fellow at the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, ThammasatUniversity, Thailand.

His current research interests include civil military relations, strategic studies and international security. He is particularly interested in the geopolitics and transnational security issues of Southeast Asia.

Christopher Ankersen holds a BA (Hons) in International Politics and History from Royal Roads Military College (Canada) and an MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Dr. Goetz has been Clinical Professor at CGA since January 2014. She served at the United Nations since 2005 as a Policy Director of Governance, Peace and Security, first at UNIFEM and since 2011 at UN Women. She was a Professorial Fellow in Political Science at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex where she worked since 1991. She also served the United Nations Development Programme in Chad and Guinea in the mid-1980s. While at the UN Dr. Goetz spearheaded initiatives to promote women’s empowerment in the UN’s peace building work in post-conflict situations, and to support women’s organizations’ efforts to participate in peace talks and post-conflict decision-making. She spearheaded initiatives to ensure that the Security Council addresses sexual violence in conflict as a tactic of warfare, and to build peacekeepers’ capacities to detect and prevent these abuses.
Dr. Goetz is a political scientist studying how development policies in fragile states promote the interests of marginalized social groups, particularly poor women. She was researched democratization and good governance reforms in South Asia and East Africa. This has included research on pro-poor and gender-sensitive approaches to public sector reforms, anti-corruption initiatives, and decentralization, and political liberalization and state building in fragile states and post-conflict situations.

Professor Goetz is the author of seven books on the subjects of gender, politics and policy in developing countries, and on accountability reforms – including the 2009 edited volume: Governing Women: Women in Politics and Governance in Developing Countries (Routlegde), and the UNIFEM flagship report: Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability. Professor Goetz has also engaged advisory work related to gender, democratization, and governance, including direct advisory work for developing country governments, for multilateral economic institutions and bilateral donors, and for NGOs. She is on the editorial board of the Oxfam journal” Gender and Development, is a Board member of the NGO Gender at Work, and is a member of UN Women’s ‘Champions of Women Peace & Security and Human Rights’ group.



Dr. Thomas Hill is a clinical associate professor at the Center for Global Affairs, where he is director of the Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education. He oversees the peacebuilding concentration within the Master of Science in Global Affairs (MSGA) program. Dr. Hill is a peacebuilding practitioner and researcher with more than 15 years of experience focusing on Iraq; since 2003, he has made more than 30 visits to Iraq and has overseen design, development and implementation of a series of inter-related research and educational projects focused on increasing levels of peacefulness in Iraq. He serves as principal investigator for two ongoing projects: the “Joint Certificate in Peacebuilding at the DomizRefugee Camp” (sponsored by the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education) and “Building University Capacity in Peace Education in Duhok and Mosul” (sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme). He has served as principal investigator for several other projects in Iraq, including “Supporting the University of Duhok in Becoming the Center of Excellence for Peacebuilding in Iraq” (sponsored by the US Department of State); “Improving Local Capacity to Build Peace and Improve Social Cohesion Among Host and Displaced Communities in Duhok and Nineveh Governorates)” (sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme) and “Iraq Re:Coded: (also sponsored by the UN Development Programme).

Dr. Hill has developed and teaches a variety of other graduate-level courses, including: Peacemaking and Peacebuilding; the Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding; Conflict Assessment; Structures of Peace and the Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding and the Advanced Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding, a two-course sequence, in partnership with the University of Duhok. He is member of the Institute for Economics and Peace. A former journalist, his research interests include: the role of universities as actors and sites for peacebuilding; the importance of community-centered approaches to civil society-led peacebuilding; and the use of conflict analysis and assessment as tools for integrating development and peacebuilding.

Dr. Hill earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Pennsylvania.



John Kane is Clinical Assistant Professor at the Center for Global Affairs. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University. His primary research interests include political psychology and behavior, US foreign policy, and research methodology. His research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. He has taught undergraduate courses on human rights and global environmental politics, political ideology and foreign policy, as well as graduate courses covering research methods, statistics and data analysis. He recently received an award for "Outstanding Research Potential" from Stony Brook University, the "John Sullivan Award for Best Paper Presented by a Graduate Student" from the American Political Science Association, and teaching excellence awards from both Stony Brook University and New York University. More information can be found at his website,



Dr. Sylvia Maier is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Center for Global Affairs where she directs the MSGA Concentration in Global Gender Studies, the Global Field Intensive to the United Arab Emirates, and serves as faculty adviser to the MSGA Gender Working Group. Sylvia’s principal fields of interest and expertise are women’s rights in the Middle East, South Central Asia, and the Gulf States, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Afghanistan, where she has taught and conducted extensive field research. Sylvia is especially interested in women’s culturally-situated strategies of (self-) empowerment and modes of resistance to patriarchy in deeply traditional societies, the “globalization-empowerment nexus” in the Gulf States, and the politics of integration and multiculturalism in Western Europe, chiefly the legal responses to cultural diversity and honor-based violence against women. She has spoken and published on these and related subjects, and is currently finishing a co-edited book titled EU Development Policies: Between Norms and Geopolitics (forthcoming 2018, Palgrave.)

Sylvia’s teaching interests bridge the fields of gender studies and international politics and include Gender and International Affairs: Sex, Power and Politics, Gender and Migration, Women’s Rights in the Middle East and South Asia, International Relations, The Geopolitics of Afghanistan, Ethics in International Affairs, and Analytic Skills. Complementing her academic work, Sylvia is the co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief of Women Across Frontiers, a digital women’s rights magazine, and serves as Director of Education Programs as well as on the board of The Peace Project, Inc.

Prior to joining the CGA, Sylvia Maier was on the faculty of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where she worked on Islam-state relations and the politics of integration and multiculturalism in Western Europe. Sylvia received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.



Peter Marber is a professional money manager, teacher, and writer focused on globalization and financial markets. He currently directs the Global Economy program at the Center for Global Affairs. Since 1987, Marber has professionally invested billions of dollars in the emerging markets for many of the world’s largest corporations and financial groups. Previously he was head of Emerging Markets Investments for Loomis, Sayles & Co., and Chief Business Strategist and head of global emerging markets debt at HSBC Global Asset Management. Before that, he was founding partner, senior portfolio manager and chief strategist for The Atlantic Funds, which was acquired by HSBC in 2005. He began his career as a trader at UBS and was also president of the emerging market subsidiaries of Wasserstein Perella & Company.

Marber has taught graduate courses since 1994 and has been a faculty member at Columbia, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. He has authored more than 100 columns and is routinely quoted in the media including CNN, CNBC, the Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal. He serves or and has served on boards for institutions including the New America Foundation, World Policy Institute, Columbia University, and the Emerging Markets Trade Association. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He has authored or edited six books including Brave New Math: Information, Globalization, and New Economic Thinking in the 21st Century (2015), and The Evolution of Liberal Arts in the Global Age (2017, with Araya). Dr. Marber holds degrees from Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and University of Cambridge.



Michael F. Oppenheimer is Clinical Professor at the Center for Global Affairs. His courses include International Relations, International Political Economy, US Foreign Policy, Transnational Security, and Future International Systems. He also leads a team of students each semester in a research and consulting project for the UN Security Council, on countering violent extremism. He is the originator and director of the Carnegie Corporation-funded project on alternate futures for pivotal countries, which has published China 2020, Russia 2020, Turkey 2020, Ukraine 2020, Pakistan 2020, and Syria 2018. He is author of several books, most recently Pivotal Countries, Alternate Futures, published by Oxford University Press in December 2015.

Before coming to CGA, Oppenheimer had a long career in strategic consulting, working for several government agencies (including the NIC, the Joint Chiefs, the Department of State, and the White House Science Office), and for international business and think tanks. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Senior Consulting Fellow for scenario planning at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 



For the past seven years, Jens Rudbeck has been a professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs where he leads the concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. He teaches in the areas of international development, humanitarian assistance, food security, and social movements. He earned his M.Sc. in development studies and did his PhD in political science with a focus on democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. His research has mainly focused on the interaction between social movements and the state. Before taking up his position at NYU he spend the academic year 2008-2009 at Columbia University’s Department of Sociology as a visiting scholar. Before joining the Center for Global Affairs, Jens was a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Copenhagen University, and at the Institute for Development Studies at Roskilde University. He has also been a Researcher at Copenhagen Peace Research Institute where he worked on issues related to the institute’s Intra-State Conflict Program.

W.P.S. Sidhu, Ph.D., M.A.


Waheguru Pal Singh (W.P.S.) Sidhu joined CGA as a visiting scholar in September 2016. Concurrently, he is nonresident senior fellow for foreign policy at Brookings Institution, nonresident senior fellow at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation, an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a guest faculty at the NATO Defense College. Dr. Sidhu has more than 25 years of experience in traditional and non-traditional security issues, specifically in arms control and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction - particularly nuclear weapons - and the role of emerging powers, especially India, in the evolving global order. His previous academic and professional positions include vice president of programs at the EastWest Institute, and director of the innovative New Issues in Security Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Dr. Sidhu has also served as a consultant to the UN and its affiliate agencies, and to other intergovernmental agencies. In addition to his pedagogic experience, he regularly organizes and conducts track-two projects with institutions in the US, Europe, China, India, and Pakistan to facilitate a dialogue among young scholars on international peace and security issues. He is the author of multiple books, chapters, and articles dealing with defense and security issues, and is a regular commentator on security issues on CNN International, BBC World Service and other media outlets. His latest publication is Shaping the Emerging World: India and the Multilateral Order.



Jennifer Trahan is Associate Clinical Professor at the Center for Global Affairs. She teaches: International Law; Human Rights; International Justice; Transitional Justice; U.S. Use of Force & the “Global War on Terror”; a field intensive on Justice in the former Yugoslavia, which travels to Bosnia, Serbia and The Hague; and a field intensive to Rwanda. She has served as counsel and of counsel to the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch; Iraq Prosecutions Consultant to the International Center of Transitional Justice; and worked on cases before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


She is the author of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (HRW 2010), and Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (HRW 2006). The latter book was released by Universidad Iberoamericana in Spanish, and her earlier books have been translated by the UNDP into Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, and by Human Rights Watch into French. She is also the author of several book chapters and numerous law reviews, including “Why the Killing in Darfur is Genocide” and “The Rome Statute’s Amendment on the Crime of Aggression: Negotiations at the Kampala Review Conference,” as well as several articles about the work of the Iraqi High Tribunal. She has also attended the International Criminal Court’s Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, and the International Criminal Court’s Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda. She is Chairperson of the American Branch of the International Law Association’s International Criminal Court Committee, and a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, as well as the International Law Association's Committee on Use of Force. She has also taught at Columbia University, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn Law School, The New School, and lectures at Salzburg Law School’s Summer Institute on International Criminal Law.

Prior to entering the field of international law, she spent 10 years in private practice as a litigator at the New York City law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. She holds an A.B. from Amherst College, a J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law and an LL.M from Columbia Law School, specializing in international law.