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Recent Graduates

In Spring 2022 the SIS PhD program celebrated the graduation of three students. In summer 2022, three more received their PhDs.

Meet our new PhDs

Noah Rosen is a PhD graduate with distinction (Summer 2022) from American University’s School of International Service. His dissertation explores Afro-Colombian collective organizing in the Colombian Pacific, seeking to understand how community self-protection and advocacy mechanisms shape local trajectories of the 2016 Colombian peace accord. He has also published peer-reviewed articles in the journals Latin American Research Review and Colombia Internacional on topics including the Colombian Law 70, the Ethnic Chapter of the Peace Accord, and the PDET peace programs. His research received support from the U.S. Institute of Peace and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently working with AU's Accountability Research Center (ARC) and is on the job market. 

Matt focuses on international security, interstate rivalry, and foreign policy decisionmaking. His research appears with Foreign Policy Analysis, International Politics, Global Studies Quarterly, H-Diplo, and the Atlantic Council. As an instructor, he has taught Research Methods and World Politics. He is passionate about policymaking and is experienced in carrying out analysis for the federal government and private sector firms focused on foreign affairs and national security. 

Student Awards

2020 SIS Student Award Winners - Doctorate

  • Ozan Cetin and Ian Reynolds: the Samuel L. Sharp Memorial Prize for creative work in international relations at the graduate level for their paper titled “Cyber Power and Demand for International Cyber Cooperation.” 

  • Christina Harris: the William C. Olson Award for outstanding teaching by a PHD student, for her role as a Head TA for the World Politics class. 

  • Frieder Denglerthe Excellence in Research Assistantship award for his RA work with Prof. Jim Mittelman.  

Select External Awards

  • Veronica LimeberryFord Dissertation Fellowship from the foundation’ Fellowship Office of Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, for her work, “Fast Violence, Slow Resistance: Territoriality, Land Rights, and Collective Identity for Agrobiodiversity Governance in the Americas.” 

  • Kimberly Tower: Fulbright Award for research, “Campaigning for Kebabs: Measuring the Effect of Imagery and Symbols in the International System.”

Select Student Publications

Brandon Sims

Brandon is the author of a 2019 article, “Constituting Self-Violent Resistance: Materiality, Embodiment, and Speech Acts,” in the Journal of Resistance Studies. 

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Veronica Limeberry and Jaclyn Fox

Veronica and Jaclyn are the authors of a 2020 article, “Co-opting the rural: Regionalization as narrative in international populist authoritarian movement organizing in the United States and France,” in the Journal of Rural Studies. 


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Hatem Zayed

Hatem is the author on a book chapter in the forthcoming (2021) Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Egypt. Hatem’s chapter (with Nadine Sika and Ibrahim Elnur, is titled “Activism and Contentious Politics in Egypt: The Case of the Student Movement.” 

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PhD Placements

University Faculty Placements

  • Brandeis University
  • Brigham Young University
  • College of Charleston
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Florida International University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Fudan University (China) 
  • Gallaudet University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Goucher College
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Kent State University
  • Kennesaw State University (Georgia)
  • Marietta College (Ohio)
  • Marine Corps University
  • Maquarie Univeristy (Australia)
  • Ohio University
  • Panteion University (Greece)
  • San Francisco State University
  • Syracuse University
  • Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management
  • Towson University
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Costa Rica
  • University of Denver 
  • University of London
  • University of Miami
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Carolina (Charlotte)
  • University of Public Service (Hungary) 
  • University of Warwick
  • Virginia Tech
  • Waterloo University (Canada)

Government and non-governmental positions

  • Brookings Institution
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) 
  • Foreign Ministry, Hungary 
  • Indonesian Ministry of Information
  • Inter-American Defense College
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Relations Institute, Pakistan
  • International Research and Exchange Board
  • National Institute of Justice
  • Oxfam
  • Singapore Business Times
  • US Department of the Air Force 
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Intelligence Community 
  • US Department of the Interior
  • US Department of State
  • World Bank