Miller Center Mentors 2011 - 2012
Mentor: Gerald Berk
Fellow: Andrew Kelly
Gerald Berk is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon. He earned his Ph.D. from the Massachuetts Institute of Technology, and his primary area of research are American Political Development, Business Regulation, Economic Sociology, and Social Theory. His most recent book publication is Louis D. Brandeis and the Making of Regulated Competition, 1900-1932 (Cambridge 2009).
Mentor: Margot Canaday
Fellow: Rachel Moran
Margot Canaday is a legal and political historian who studies gender and sexuality in modern America. She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her first book, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (Princeton, 2009), won the Organization of American Historians' Ellis Hawley Prize, the American Political Science Association's Gladys M. Kammerer Award (co-winner), the American Studies Association's Lora Romero Prize, the American Society for Legal History's Cromwell Book Prize, the Committee on LGBT History's John Boswell Prize, as well as the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies. Canaday has won fellowships from, among others, the Social Science Research Council, the Princeton University Society of Fellows, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. With Thomas Sugrue, Glenda Gilmore, and Michael Kazin, she is co-editor of the series Politics and Culture in Modern America at the University of Pennsylvania Press. In 2010, she was selected as an inaugural fellow of the Teagle Foundation's National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.
Mentor: Elisabeth Clemens
Fellow: Emily Charnock
Elisabeth Clemons is Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Informed by organizational analysis and political sociology, Elisabeth Clemens' theoretical interests concern processes of institutional change. Her empirical work ranges from historical transformations in the forms of political participation in the United States to the changing roles of nonprofits, firms and political agencies in systems of governance.
Many contemporary political debates center on the role of public institutions in social provision. Clemens' current research addresses the politics and processes of transforming the role of public institutions, specifically through a study of the significant privatization of public education represented by charter schools and other novel hybrid forms.
Mentor: Daniel Ernst
Fellow: Jack Epstein
Professor Ernst joined the Georgetown faculty in the 1988-89 academic year. He is the author of Lawyers Against Labor (1995), for which he received the Littleton Griswold Award of the American Historical Association and co-editor of Total War and the Law (2003). In 1996, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the National Library of New Zealand, and in 1998 he was the Jack and Margaret Sweet Visiting Professor of History at Michigan State University. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow during the 2003-04 academic year. From 2006 to 2010, he was co-editor of "Studies in Legal History," a book series sponsored by the American Society for Legal History and the University of North Carolina Press. He teaches courses in American Legal History and Property.
Mentor: Susan Hyde
Fellow: Aila Matanock
Susan Hyde is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University, where she is affiliated with the MacMillian Center and the Institute for Social and Policy Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, and has held fellowships at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. Her research interests include international influences on domestic politics, elections in developing countries, international norm creation, election manipulation, and the use of natural and field experimental research methods. Her current research explores the effects of international democracy promotion efforts, and her research has been published inWorld Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Politics. She has recently completed a book entitled The Pseudo-Democrat’s Dilemma: Why Election Monitoring Became an International Norm. She has served as an international observer with several organizations for elections in Albania, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Venezuela, and has worked for the Democracy Program at The Carter Center. She teaches courses on international organizations, democracy promotion, the global spread of elections, and the role of non-state actors in world politics.
Mentor: Matthew Lassiter
Fellow: Robert Henderson
Matthew Lassiter is Associate Professor of History and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. His first book, The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton, 2009) won the Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council. Lassiter is co-editor of two volumes, The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford 2009), co-edited with alumni fellow Joseph Crespino, and The Moderates Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegration in Virginia (1998). Lassiter earned his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Virginia.
Mentor: Erez Manela
Fellow: Victor Nemchenok
Erez Manela is Professor of History at Harvard University. He teaches and writes in the fields of international history and the United States in the world, primarily in the twentieth century. He has particular interests in colonialism and nationalism, the evolution of international society, the roles of international organizations and NGOs, and the history of global health. Regionally, Manela has longstanding interests in Asia and the Middle East and is learning about Africa. Thematically, Manela interested in the intersections of ideas, identities, and politics; in transnational networks and flows; and in the development of institutions, norms, and practices in the international and global arenas. Manela also has a keen interest in conceptual and methodological aspects of writing international history.
Mentor: Robert S. Ross
Fellow: Michael Beckley
Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. He received his B.A. in History from Tufts University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1984. He also received graduate training in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at Columbia University and at the University of Washington and in 1989 was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1994-1995 he was Fulbright Professor at the Chinese Foreign Affairs College and in 2003 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Strategic Studies, Qinghua University, Beijing. In 2009 he was Visiting Scholar, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College. He is currently Visiting Professor, Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College.
Mentor: Jacob N. Shapiro
Fellow: Sheena Chestnut
Jacob N. Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His primary research interests include terrorism and political violence, aid, and security policy. His research has been published in International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Military Operations Research,Terrorism and Political Violence, and a number of edited volumes. Shapiro co-directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. He is an Associate Editor of World Politics, a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP), and served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. Ph.D. Political Science, M.A. Economics, Stanford University. B.A. Political Science, University of Michigan.