» MAIS Core Faculty Members

The M.A. in International Studies faculty is drawn from a variety of countries and several academic disciplines including political science, sociology, languages and law. In addition to their scholarly training they bring experience gained from working in the United Nations, UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations, journalism, and social activist organizations.

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Lynn Horton
Program Director (effective Sept. 2013) and Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Horton’s research has emphasized social movements, environmentalism, and women’s rights in Central America. She has worked for NGOs in Washington D.C. and Latin America on issues of human rights and sustainable development. Dr. Horton’s first book, Peasants in Arms: War and Peace in the Mountains of Nicaragua, draws on fieldwork carried out in Nicaragua's conflict zones to analyze the origins and outcomes of that country's decade-long civil war. Her second book, Grassroots Struggles for Sustainability in Central America, explores from a comparative perspective, processes of grassroots empowerment in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, and the mobilization or rural and indigenous communities in favor of sustainability.
Deepa  Badrinarayana
Deepa Badrinarayana
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Badrinarayana's areas of expertise include environmental law, public health law, international trade, and corporate social responsibility. She has served as a consultant with the United Nations Global Compact and on India-World Bank environmental projects.
Victoria  Carty
Victoria Carty
Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Victoria Carty's research focuses on transnational social movements in the United States, Mexico and Panama and role of the internet in social mobilization. Her research has explored cross-border union organizing and anti-sweatshop movements in Latin America.
Nubar  Hovsepian
Nubar Hovsepian
Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Hovsepian's research has explored Middle East politics, globalization, and democratization. His extensive professional experience includes journalism and service with the United Nations Conference on the Question of Palestine
Angeliki  Kanavou
Angeliki Kanavou
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Kanavou's areas of interest include peace and conflict, negotiations, security studies, and international relations theory. She has recently conducted fieldwork in Cambodia exploring the legacies of genocide.
Laura  Loustau
Laura Loustau
Associate Professor of Spanish
Dr. Loustau's expertise includes Latin American literatures written in the United States as well as U.S. Latino/a literatures. Her research explores notions of border, de(re)territorialization, nomadism, and transculturation.
Crystal  Murphy
Crystal Murphy
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Murphy's research focuses on conflict and post-conflict development, political economy and sustainability topics, and promotes qualitative methods for policy oriented scholarship. She has recently worked in the Sudan exploring micro-credit programs in post-war societies.
Raymond  Sfeir
Raymond Sfeir
Professor of Economics and Management Science
Dr. Sfeir's areas of expertise include microeconomics, applied econometrics, statistics, and forecasting. His research explores operations research, capital asset pricing, and manufacturing sector performance.
Pilar  Valenzuela
Pilar Valenzuela
Associate Professor of Spanish
Dr. Valenzuela's research focuses on Latin America, indigenous languages, and intercultural bilingual education. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she has documented endangered indigenous languages in the Amazon.
Donald  Will
Donald Will
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Will's research emphasis includes peace and conflict, comparative politics, and southern Africa. He has worked as a non-governmental observer at the United Nations and conducted courses and fieldwork in South Africa.
Tekle  Woldemikael
Tekle Woldemikael
Professor of Sociology
Dr. Woldemikael's areas of expertise include immigrants and refugees, racial identity, ethnicity and nationalism, language and public policy. His recent research has focused on the formation of Eritrean nationalist movements and religion.