Faculty

 

Alexander S. Dent, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs

Dr. Dent received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. From 2003-04, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, and he held the Earl S. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago from 2004-05. 

He has done extensive fieldwork in Brazil, and comparative work in the United States in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL. In 2006, Dr. Dent was appointed the Associate Editor of the journal Anthropological Quarterly. He has published in journals such as Popular Music and Society, The International Journal of the History of Sport, and Anthropological Quarterly.

With support from the National Film Board of Canada and the Association of Independent Television Producers of Brazil, Dr. Dent is currently making a documentary film about the dramatic rise in popularity of rodeo in Brazil since redemocratization. He is also working on a research project called Pirate Wars: Intellectual Property and Digital Culture in Brazil, examines the illegal trade in music CD's and film DVD's in Brazil, focusing on how the sixth largest CD market in the world sustains itself on production that is 52% illegal. This project promises to contribute to understandings of intellectual property and cultural modes of consumption.


James G. Hershberg, Professor of History and International Affairs

Professor Hershberg received an A.B. in American History from Harvard College in 1982; a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in 1985; and a Ph. D. from Tufts University in 1989. 

After teaching at Tufts and the California Institute of Technology in 1989-91, he directed the Cold War International History Project (and edited the project's Bulletin) from 1991-96 before coming to George Washington University in 1997 and now edits the CWIHP book series co-published by the Stanford University and Wilson Center Presses.  

He received the 1994 Stuart Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy for James B. Conant: Harvard to Hiroshima and the Making of the Nuclear Age (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1993; Stanford University Press, 1995).

Currently working on various case studies of U.S. communications with Cold War adversaries (Cuba, China, North Vietnam, Iran), he is a co-founder of The GW Cold War Group, a Cold War studies group at GWU for both faculty and students, and works closely with the National Security Archive, a declassified documents repository and research institute based at the University. 

 


João Augusto de Castro Neves, Adjunct Professor

Professor Joao Augusto de Castro Neves holds a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), a Master's degree from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Brasilia (UnB). 

He has lectured at top US and Brazilian universities, and has conducted research on Latin American trade and regional integration and Brazilian foreign policy. 

Dr. Castro Neves has extensive experience in political risk analysis, advisory, and strategic consulting. In Brazil, he served as a legislative advisor in Congress and as a senior analyst at the Brazilian Institute of Political Studies. In 2007, he co-founded CAC Consultoria, a political risk advisory firm in Brasilia, where he worked until 2010.

Based in Washington, D.C. since 2010, Dr. Castro Neves has collaborated with top international consulting firms, think tanks, and business organizations. He is Director of Eurasia Group’s Latin America practice and co-manages the firm’s Brazil business development strategy.


Maggie Xiaoyang Chen, Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Maggie Xiaoyang Chen is a professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University. Professor Chen's areas of research expertise includes multinational firms, international trade, and regional trade agreements and her work as been published extensively in leading academic journals.

She has worked as an economist in the research department of the World Bank in 2011-2012, a consultant for various regional divisions of the World Bank and the International Finance Cooperation since 2003, and a contributor to the World Development Report and World Bank's Latin America and Caribbean Flagship Report. Professor Chen currently serves as a trade policy advisor at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office leading policy analyses on the economic effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Se is also a co-editor of the Economic Inquiry. Professor Chen received her Ph.D and M.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her B.A. in Economics from Beijing Normal University.He is a regular contributor to such publications as: American Diplomacy, Boletim Meridiano 47, Brazzil, the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor, Journal of Energy Security, the Labor Studies Journal, Review of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, and Universitas: Relações Internacionais.


Mark Langevin, Director, Brazil Initiative

Dr. Langevin is Director of BrazilWorks, International Advisor to the Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão (Abrapa) and consultant to Public Services International (PSI), in addition to his academic positions. Dr. Langevin researches and writes extensively on Brazilian energy policymaking and United States-Brazil relations.

He is a regular contributor to such publications as: American Diplomacy, Boletim Meridiano 47, Brazzil, the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor, Journal of Energy Security, the Labor Studies Journal, Review of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, and Universitas: Relações Internacionais.


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Narlan Matos Teixeira, Adjunct Lecturer in Portuguese

Dr. Teixeira is an Adjunct Lecturer at the George Washington University. He is internationally recognized as both as a scholar and as a poet. He holds a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His Ph.D thesis, for which he was awarded the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship 2011-2012, has been considered a key explanation for the genesis of post-modernity in Brazil and, at the same time, for the Tropicalia movement. 

Dr. Teixeira is also one of the most widely recognized Latin American poets in the world today and has participated in many international poetry festivals around the world. His poetry books have been translated in several languages and broadly studied. His important awards and honors include a national book prize in Brazil and, in 2002, participation in the prestigious U.S. State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Program and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. 

Recently, he has conceived and led the first delegation of American poets to visit Cuba since the Cuban Revolution. His fields of interests are  Brazilian and Latin American cinema, literature, music (especially Tropicalismo), Marginal cultures, Counter-Culture in Brazil and the USA, Afro-Brazilian heritage, Literature and dictatorship in Brazil, Theoretical design and industry in Brazil.


Nicholas Vonortas, Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Professor Vonortas received his BA in economics from Athens University (Greece), his MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics from New York University (US).

He joined the Elliott School in 1990. He has a joint appointment with the Center for International Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Economics (Columbian School of Arts and Sciences). He specializes in the economics of technological change, science and technology policy, international transfer of technology, and inter-firm cooperation in research and development.

At the Elliott School, Vonortas offers graduate courses on comparative science and technology policy, the creation and diffusion of technological advances, and technology and international competitiveness. Selected recent publications include "Research Joint Ventures: A Critical Survey of Theoretical and Empirical Literature" in Journal of Economic Surveys (2003); "Strategic Research Partnerships: A Managerial Perspective" in Technology Analysis and Strategic Management (2003); and "Science and Technology Policies Towards Research Joint Ventures" in Science and Public Policy (2002).


Robert J. Cottrol, Professor of Law, of History, and of Sociology; Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law

Robert J. Cottrol joined the law school faculty in 1995 as a visiting professor of law of legal history. Previously, he taught at Rutgers University and Boston College, and had visited at the University of Virginia. As well as specializing in American legal history, Professor Cottrol has also taught torts and criminal law. 

His writings on law and history have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Law and Society Review, Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies and American Quarterly, among others.

He is the author of The Afro-Yankees: Providence’s Black Community in the Antebellum Era (selected by Choice as an outstanding academic book for 1983), editor of Gun Control and the Constitution: Sources and Explorations on the Second Amendment (Book of the Month selection by the History Book Club), and From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England (1998). Professor Cottrol’s book Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture and the Constitution (2003) won the Langum Project Prize for Historical Literature in 2003 and was a “Book-of-the-Month” selection of the History Book Club. Most recently, he has authored The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere (2013).

He is currently doing research contrasting the role of law in the development of systems of slavery and racial hierarchy in the United States and Latin America. He has lectured on American law at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and the University of Buenos Aires and La Universidad del Museo Social in Argentina.

Dr. Castro Neves has extensive experience in political risk analysis, advisory, and strategic consulting. In Brazil, he served as a legislative advisor in Congress and as a senior analyst at the Brazilian Institute of Political Studies. In 2007, he co-founded CAC Consultoria, a political risk advisory firm in Brasilia, where he worked until 2010.

Based in Washington, D.C. since 2010, Dr. Castro Neves has collaborated with top international consulting firms, think tanks, and business organizations. He is Director of Eurasia Group’s Latin America practice and co-manages the firm’s Brazil business development strategy.


Stephen Kaplan, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Stephen B. Kaplan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. Professor Kaplan's research and teaching interests focus on the frontiers of international and comparative political economy, where he specializes in the political economy of global finance and development, the rise of China in the Western Hemisphere, and Latin American politics.

Professor Kaplan joined the GWU faculty in the fall of 2010 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University and his Ph.D at Yale University. While at Yale, Kaplan also worked as a researcher for former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Kaplan was a senior economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, writing extensively on developing country economics, global financial market developments, and emerging market crises from 1998 to 2003.


Susan Ariel Aaronson, Research Professor of International Affairs, GWU Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, and Carvalho Fellow, GAP

Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor of International Affairs and GWU Cross-Disciplinary Fellow at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. She is currently the Carvalho Fellow at the Government Accountability Project and was the former Minerva Chair at the National War College.

She is currently directing projects on digital trade and protectionism, repression and civil conflict; transparency as a tool to promote labor rights and good governance;  trade liberalization and public health; and whistleblowers at international organizations such as the UN and WIPO. Her work has been funded by major international foundations including MacArthur, Ford, and Rockefeller; governments such as the Netherlands, U.S., and Canada; the UN, ILO, and World Bank, and U.S. corporations including Ford Motor and Levi Strauss.

Dr. Aaronson is a frequent speaker on public understanding of globalization issues and international economic developments. She regularly comments on international economics on "Marketplace" and was a monthly commentator on "All Things Considered,"  and "Morning Edition." She has also appeared on CNN, the BBC, and PBS to discuss trade and globalization issues. Aaronson was a Guest Scholar in Economics at the Brookings Institution (1995–1999); and a Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute 2008-2012.

Dr. Aaronson is a member of Working Group 2 of the Freedom Online Coalition; the Advisory Board for Human Rights Under Pressure; and the Advisory Board of Business and Human Rights.org. Aaronson is also the Director of the eBay Policy Scholars and worked with Professor Esther Brimmer to develop a new international affairs curriculum on international Internet issues for GWU.  In recent years, she has been a pro-bono advisor to the UN Special Representative on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. She has also consulted for the ILO; the World Bank; Free the Slaves; the Ford Foundation; the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; the Progressive Policy Institute the Stanley Foundation; several corporations; and the governments of Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others. 


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Yvonne Captain, Associate Professor of Latin American and International Affairs

Professor Captain is an expert on the African Diaspora in Latin America.  Recently her scholarship incorporated the growing field of Global South studies, especially the ties between sub-Saharan Africa and the whole of Latin America—including governmental, corporate and NGO ties. Samples of her scholarship are available here:  yvonnecaptain.com

In addition to regular academic conferencing, she sometimes consults and lectures with the Department of State, the Congressional Black Caucus and other globally focused entities.  Professor Captain teaches courses related to Latin American literature and culture, Afro-Latin America, and occasionally on sub-Saharan Africa.  She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and after several years of teaching, the Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) from her home institution, George Washington University.