Expert Guide

CIS faculty and scholars are available to members of the media who seek comment and background information on issues related to international affairs. The best way to reach our experts is to contact them directly. If additional information is needed, please contact Michelle Nhuch, the Center’s Communications Officer.

CIS faculty and scholars are available to members of the media who seek comment and background information on issues related to international affairs. The best way to reach our experts is to contact them directly. If additional information is needed, please contact Michelle Nhuch, the Center’s Communications Officer.

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Robert Art

Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations, Brandeis University
Director, Seminar XXI 
Senior Fellow, Security Studies Program

Expertise: International relations, US foreign policy, national security policy
art@brandeis.edu781-736-2754 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 109
Suzanne Berger

Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science

Expertise: Political economy (France and Italy), Europe (effects of globalization, politics, and labor), globalization (competitiveness, effects of globalization on institutions, history of globalization in France)
szberger@mit.edu617-253-6640E53-451
Donald Blackmer

Professor, Political Science (Emeritus)

Expertise: Comparative politics (Russia/FSU, left-wing parties in Western Europe)
blackmer@mit.edu617-253-3145E53-366
Joel Brenner

CIS Senior Research Fellow

Expertise: Cyber-security; data protection; data privacy
brennerj@mit.edu617-324-2622E40-408
Nazli Choucri

Professor, Political Science

Expertise: International conflict, cyberpolitics, sustainability, cyberspace
nchoucri@mit.edu617-253-6198E53-493
Fotini Christia

Associate Professor, Political Science
Member, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Afghanistan; ethnicity, conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world; development in divided societies
cfotini@mit.edu617-324-5595E53-417
Owen Cote

Associate Director, Security Studies Program

Expertise: International security, US defense policy, naval doctrine and innovation, weapons of mass destruction
owencote@mit.edu617-258-7428E40-489

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Diane Davis Expertise: Comparative international development, politics of urban development policy, conflict cities ddavis@gsd.harvard.edu617-495-0728Harvard University - Gund Hall #312
David Edelman

CIS Research Fellow

Expertise: Cyber-security; data protection; data privacy; foreign policy; security studies
rde@mit.edu
Lerna Ekmekcioglu

McMillan-Stewart Career Development Associate Professor of History

Expertise: Modern Middle Eastern history
lerna@mit.edu617-253-9621E51-273
William J. Fallon Expertise: Afghanistan, Iraq, military issues fallon@mit.edu617-253-8093
M. Taylor Fravel

Associate Professor, Political Science
Member, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Asian security, East Asian foreign policy, Chinese politics and military policy, international relations, conflict resolution
fravel@mit.edu617-324-0222E40-471

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@fravel
Personal website

Eugene Gholz

Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin

Expertise: National security, defense, U.S. foreign policy
egholz@alum.mit.edu512-471-5882The University of Texas at Austin - SRH 3.357
Jeanne Guillemin

Senior Advisor, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Bioterrorism, medical anthropology
jeg@mit.edu617-324-3656E40-474
Anna Hardman

Senior Lecturer, Dept of Economics, Tufts University
Co-chair, Inter-University Committee on International Migration

Expertise: Urban economics, housing, international migration, development economics
anna.hardman@tufts.edu617-627-8767E40-400

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Eric Heginbotham

Principal Research Scientist, Center for International Studies

Expertise: Asian international relations, Japanese foreign and strategic policy, Chinese foreign and strategy policy, conventional military forces and analysis, nuclear strategy, US Asia policy
eric_h@mit.edu617-324-3397E40-459
Chappell Lawson

Associate Professor of Political Science
Faculty Director, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)
Director, International Policy Lab (IPL)

Expertise: Civil-military relations, international education, Latin America (democratization, mass media, regime change, Mexican elections/politics)
clawson@mit.edu617-253-3524E53-439

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Evan Lieberman

Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa

Expertise: Policy-making, conflict, human development especially in sub-Saharan Africa
evanlieb@mit.edu617-324-1642E53-410

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Personal website

Lawrence McCray Expertise: Emerging technologies (uncertainty and decision making, implications of laser technology), environmental policy and planning, regulation, technology policy lmccray@mit.edu617-452-2562E40-438
Lourdes Melgar

2016–2017 CIS Wilhelm Fellow

Expertise: Mexico; energy security
lmelgar@mit.edu617-253-0123E40-441
Vipin Narang

Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science
Member, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Nuclear proliferation, South Asian security, quantitative conflict studies, international relations theory, general security studies
narangv@mit.edu617-258-7363E40-465/E53-455

@NarangVipin

Thomas Neff Expertise: Nuclear weapons (post-cold war security), FSU defense conversion, energy (international industries and markets) tlneff@mit.edu978-371-8080
Richard Nielsen

Associate Professor, Political Science

Expertise: Islam, political violence, human rights, economic development, research design
rnielsen@mit.edu857-998-8039E53-455

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Personal website

Melissa Nobles

Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Professor, Political Science

Expertise: Comparative politics (racial and ethnic politics, nationalism, social movements, retrospective justice)
mnobles@mit.edu617-253-34504-212

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Personal website
Dean's Office

Yukio Okamoto

CIS Senior Research Fellow

Expertise: foreign policy; Japan; Asian security; alliances
cis-info@mit.edu617-324-3397E40-408
Christine Ortiz

Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Dean of Graduate Education
Director, Ortiz Laboratory

Expertise: Biotechnology
cortiz@mit.edu617-253-48603-132/13-4022

Ortiz Laboratory

Kenneth Oye

Professor, Political Science
Director, Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET)

Expertise: Emerging technologies (synthetic biology, ubiquitous computing, energy technology; economic, environmental, social and political effects), political economy, foreign policy, science and technology
oye@mit.edu617-253-3412E40-437/E53-423

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Roger Petersen

Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science
Member, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Civil-military relations, comparative politics, ethnic conflict, identity politics, security studies
rpeters@mit.edu617-253-6781E40-493

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Barry Posen

Ford International Professor of Political Science
Director, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Security studies (international security, grand strategy, use of force, military intervention, doctrine, organization and escalation), Middle East (US policy, Iran, Iraq), terrorism, Iran’s nuclear program, ethnic conflict, Cold War history
posen@mit.edu617-253-8088E40-463

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Carol Saivetz

Senior Advisor, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Russia, former Soviet Union
csaivetz@mit.edu617-324-3065E40-476
Richard Samuels

Ford International Professor of Political Science
Director, Center for International Studies

Expertise: Asia (Japanese politics and leadership, Asian security, political economy, comparative politics), Japan (security, politics, public policy, political leadership, defense/aerospace, international education), Italy (political leadership and economic history), civil-military relations
samuels@mit.edu617-253-2449E40-455

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@dicksamuelsmit

Bishwapriya Sanyal

Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning
Director, Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS)/ Humphrey Fellows Program 

Expertise: Urban studies and planning
sanyal@mit.edu617-253-32709-435A

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Personal website

Harvey Sapolsky

Professor, Public Policy and Organization (Emeritus)
Former Director, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Civil-military relations, military issues (innovation, defense politics, organizational theory)
sapolsky@mit.edu617-253-5265E40-481

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Ben Ross Schneider

Ford International Professor of Political Science
Director, MIT Brazil Program

Expertise: Capitalist development in Latin America (diversified business groups, foreign investment, human capital, labor markets, and commodity-led growth), new forms of state capitalism, industrial policy, state-owned enterprises
brs@mit.edu617-253-7207E53-423

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Serenella Sferza

Co-director, MISTI Italy

Expertise: European political parties, globalization (effect on long-term political change, working in the global economy), Italy, European political economy
ssferza@mit.edu617-452-2693E40-411
David Andrew Singer

Associate Professor, Political Science

Expertise: Political economy (international financial regulation, capital flows/policy, central banking, governance), international economics
dasinger@mit.edu617-258-9372E53-489

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Personal website

Eugene Skolnikoff

Professor, Political Science (Emeritus)

Expertise: Interaction of science and technology and international politics
ebskol@mit.edu617-253-3140E53-373
Kathleen Thelen

Ford International Professor of Political Science

Expertise: Political-economic institutions
kthelen@mit.edu617-324-3651E53-435

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Personal website

John Tirman

Executive Director & Principal Research Scientist
Center for International Studies

Expertise: Conflict resolution, international relations, migration and refugees, Persian Gulf, ethnic conflict, development, foreign policy, terrorism, human rights
tirman@mit.edu617-253-9861E40-447

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@JohnTirman

Reed Ueda

Professor, Department of History, Tufts University
Co-chair, Inter-University Committee on International Migration

Expertise: Industrial and urban US, immigration
reed.ueda@tufts.edu617-627-2444
Lawrence Vale

Ford Professor of Urban Design & Planning

Expertise: Urban design politics
ljvale@mit.edu617-253-056110-497M
Stephen Van Evera

Ford International Professor of Political Science
Associate Director, Center for International Studies
Member, Security Studies Program

Expertise: War (causes and prevention, with focus on the role of national misperception as a cause of war, and on organized religions as causes of war or peace), US foreign policy, US security policy, international relations theory, social science methods with focus on qualitative methods, Middle East (Arab-Israeli conflict)
vanevera@mit.edu617-253-0530E40-475

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Jim Walsh

Research Associate, Security Studies Program

Expertise: Nuclear weapons and WMD proliferation (Iran, North Korea, Non-proliferation Treaty, terrorism), Iran (politics, nuclear program, US policy), Iraq, Persian Gulf
j_walsh@mit.edu617-324-3712E40-479

@DrJimWalshMIT

Cindy Williams Expertise: Military issues (personnel policy, command and control, budget, the draft vs volunteer service), defense policy (defense budget, military personnel policy), security studies (U.S. defense and security budgets, U.S. and European military personnel structures, command and control) cindywil@mit.edu617-484-0817E40-400
Elizabeth Wood

Professor, History
Co-director, MIT Russia Program

Expertise: Cold War history, political economy of contemporary Russia, women’s rights, globalization
elizwood@mit.edu617-253-3255E51-282

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