International Relations Program

International Relations Faculty & Staff

The International Relations faculty is made up of professors from the Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, and Modern & Foreign Languages & Literatures. Learn more about some of our faculty below or visit the contributing department websites for more information.

Program Director

Joan Davison

Joan Davison

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Joan Davison currently serves as Chair of the Professional Standards Committee of the College of Liberal Arts Faculty, a member of the Executive Committee of the College, a member of the Executive Council of the College, and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. In May 2011 she was awarded a three-year appointment as a Cornell Distinguished Faculty Member. In fall 2012, Professor Davison taught a linked course for first-year students in the Rollins Conference which also fulfilled the general education ‘Values’ requirement. She advised 29 students and offered an intersession course. Dr. Davison generally teaches courses in the international and comparative politics subfields, and in fall 2012 also taught a Political Science Senior Seminar, “Politics and Religion.” Her research currently focuses upon ethnoreligious identity and politics in Bosnia Herzegovina. She recently published “What Matters to Social Democratic Party Voters? Liberal and Economic Interests trump Ethnoreligious Identity in Bosnia Hercegovina,” Civis 2 (2013), “The Beauty and the Beast: Civil Society and Nationalisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” with Jesenko Tesan, Southwestern Journal of International Studies 4 (2011) 24-52; and “Whither or Wither: Disaffection, Intransigence and Democratization in Bosnia and Hercegovina,” Balkanistica 24 (2011) 87-106. Forthcoming 2013 is her book chapter, “The Left’s Attraction amidst Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Nationalist Politics,” in Left and Right: The Great Dichotomy Revisited.

International Relations Faculty

Dr. Mike Gunter

Dr. Mike Gunter

Professor

Cornell Social Sciences Building - Room 212

407.646.2263

Dr. Mike Gunter is an author and speaker on global environmental affairs as well as award-winning professor and international relations director at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Named a Cornell Distinguished Faculty and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins, Gunter served in 2007 as a U.S. State Department distinguished Fulbright Scholar in the Slovak Republic. He has over 40 popular and academic publications to his credit, including his first book, Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity (2004/2006). That work, published with Dartmouth College and University Press of New England, examines environmental interest groups and their efforts towards species protection. His current project, rooted in interviews with scientists and tourists on all seven continents, is Tales of an Ecotourist: What Travel to Wild Places Teaches Us About Climate Change.

Eren Tatari

Eren Tatari

Associate Professor of Political Science

PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington

Dr. Eren Tatari is an Associate Professor teaching courses on Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Muslims in Western Politics, Research Methods, and Islam and Politics courses. She specializes in ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe, Middle East politics, democratic theory and minority rights, politics and religion, women in Islam, gender politics, and intersectionality. Her recent publications include Surrendering to God: Understanding Islam in the Modern Age (Tughra Publications, 2012) and Muslims in British Local Government: Representing Minority Interests in Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets (BRILL, 2014).

Dexter Boniface, PhD

Dexter Boniface, PhD

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Boniface is Professor of Political Science and holds the Weddell Chair of the Americas at Rollins. Dexter was a visiting fellow at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City in 2009-2010. He is co-editor of the book Promoting Democracy in the Americas (Johns Hopkins, 2007) and the author of numerous articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, and Global Governance.

Dan Chong, PhD

Dan Chong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Dan Chong is an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins, teaching courses in international human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution.  He has led international field study courses focused on human rights and poverty to Guatemala, South Africa, Tanzania, and the Thai-Burma border. His first book, Freedom from Poverty: NGOs and Human Rights Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), analyzes the methods that NGOs use to advocate for rights to food, housing, and health care. He has also contributed to journals such as Development and Change, Human Rights Review, and Global Environmental Politics. His most recent book, Debating Human Rights (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014), examines major controversies in the field of human rights. He is currently working on an undergraduate textbook on human rights for Lynne Rienner Publishers.  He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International student club, as a member of the strategic task force for the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative (SESI), and on the internationalization committee at Rollins.

Dr. Ashley Kistler

Dr. Ashley Kistler

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Cultural and linguistic anthropology, Mesoamerica, the Maya, economic anthropology, kinship, gender, collaborative ethnography, Latin American and Caribbean courses

Dr. Rachel Newcomb

Dr. Rachel Newcomb

Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Cultural and applied/public anthropology, Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, modernity, globalization, and identity

Dr. Gay Biery-Hamilton

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Brazilian amazon, economic and ecological anthropology, economic development, culture change, food and water resources, women and development, ideology, political ecology, and medical anthropology

Dr. Nolan Kline

Dr. Nolan Kline

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Medical and applied anthropology, public health, global health, Latino im/migrant health, health inequality, health policy, race, citizenship, biopolitics, and political economy of health

Dr. Shan-Estelle Brown

Dr. Shan-Estelle Brown

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Medical anthropology, patient-provider relationship, health disparities, chronic illness, self-treatment, acceptability of treatments, global health, HIV, addiction, sickle cell disease, healthcare innovation technology, healthcare user experience (UX)

Anca M. Voicu

Anca M. Voicu

Professor of Economics

Professor Voicu's areas of interest include international economics, European emerging markets, genetic algorithms applied to trade modeling, and evolutionary economics.

Martina Vidovic

Martina Vidovic

Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Vidovic’s areas of interest are applied microeconomics, econometrics, environmental economics, and health economics.

Henry N. Kypraios

Henry N. Kypraios

Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Kypraios' areas of specialization include international economics and money and finance.

Zhaochang Peng

Zhaochang Peng

Assistant Professor of Economics

Professor Peng’s areas of interest include political economy, comparative economic systems, economic development, Chinese economy, economic history, history of economic thought, globalization, economic cycles, crises, and growth, and distribution and poverty.

Claire Strom, PhD

Claire Strom, PhD

Rapetti-Trunzo Professor of History

Areas of Specialization: Agricultural history, the American South, and the progressive era.

Yusheng Yao, PhD

Yusheng Yao, PhD

Professor of History

Areas of Specialization: Twentieth century China, modern education reform and rural reconstruction

Hannah Ewing PhD

Hannah Ewing PhD

Assistant Professor of History

Areas of Specialization: Byzantine Empire, ancient and medieval Mediterranean, and the history of monastic reform.

International Relations Program
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Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 211
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