Prosper Bernard, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He is a faculty member at the City University of New York (College of Staten Island) where he teaches comparative politics, American government, and international politics. Professor Bernard joined NYU’s Politics department in 2006 where he teaches Theories and Concepts of Political Economy in the fall semester and Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized Countries in the spring.
In 2010 Professor Bernard was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration and a Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has been a guest speaker at the University of Québec in Montréal, Chinese University of Mining and Technology, Fudan University, and Donghua University. Dr. Bernard also has served as a consultant to private and non-governmental organizations.
Professor Bernard has expertise in the areas of political economy, human security, and international criminal justice. His regions of focus are North America, Western Europe, and East Asia. His current research focuses on government reactions to the Great Recession, middle power foreign policy strategies in a unipolar world, and the International Criminal Court.
His most recent articles have appeared in American Review of Canadian Studies, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Journal of Humanities and Social Science, and Options Politiques/Policy Options. He has published book chapters on topics relating to international public procurement and Chinese society and politics. He is the author of External Pressure, National Response: Industrial Adjustment in Canada since the 1970s (University Press of America, 2009).
Professor ELI F. BLEICH
Eli F. Bleich is President and CEO of mediagroup inc. - a New York based motion picture production company - with more than 25 years of experience in the design and production of media for political and public affairs campaigns.
In addition to numerous US House, Senate, and Gubernatorial campaigns, Bleich served as the Creative Director of the 1980 Jimmy Carter US Presidential Campaign, producing and directing all campaign media. He has also participated in numerous other political campaigns both nationally and internationally - including ones in Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Sudan.
Bleich is a recipient of numerous awards for documentary filmmaking and is himself a graduate of NYU’s Film School - and The New School’s Graduate Program in Media Studies. He has held “The Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Chair” in Propaganda and Documentary Film at San Diego State College, and has taught in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America; and is a past member of the International Association of Political Consultants.
Professor JOHN ENTELIS
John P. Entelis is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University. He received his PhD from New York University and studied Arabic in Cairo, Harvard, and Princeton. He has been awarded several Fulbright awards including a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to conduct research in Lebanon (1968-1969), a Senior Fulbright Professorship at the University of Algiers in 1977-1978 and one at the University of Tunis in 1985, and a Fulbright Regional Research Award to Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in 1989. He has also directed three National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes and seminars. Professor Entelis is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications on the comparative and international politics of the Middle East and North Africa including: Pluralism and Party Transformation in Lebanon (1974) Comparative Politics of North Africa (1980, 1984), The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (1980, 1986, 1995, 2002, 2007), Political Elites in Arab North Africa (1982), Algeria: The Revolution Institutionalized (1986), Culture and Counterculture in Moroccan Politics (1989,1996), State and Society in Algeria (1992), and Islam, Democracy, and the State in North Africa (1997). He has also written scores of book chapters, articles and book reviews that have appeared in the leading scholarly journals in the fields of political science, international relations, Middle Eastern affairs, and North African studies. He has also published analytic pieces in The New York Times and Le Monde Diplomatique, among many others. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of North African Studies and Secretary of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) and editor of Westview's series on "State, Culture, and Society in Arab North Africa."
Professor SOPHIA N. JOHNSON
BA (Toronto), Ph.D. (Rutgers)
Sophia N. Johnson teaches in the interdisciplinary field of Political Economy, in the Department of Politics, with a dual appointment in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. Her core area of research is in the analysis of governance patterns and locations of economic activity after market reforms. She has served as a Visiting Scholar at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS, New Delhi), a visiting researcher at Delhi University, Panjab University, Population Research Center of the University of Kashmir, and the Center for Development Studies in India. She has also taught international affairs and sustainability at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), has lectured widely and is the author of the forthcoming publication, The Political Economy of Market Reforms. Dr. Johnson earned her BA at the University of Toronto and completed a Ph.D. at Rutgers University.
Professor MARIA G. KOWALSKI
Professor Kowalski holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University (2004). She is the author of “Substantial Freedom as Identity of Right and Duty” in Identity and Difference: Hegelian Studies in Logic, Mind and Politics, 2007. She has presented numerous conference papers on Hegel, Kant, Rawls, etc. Currently she is working on a manuscript dealing with Hegel's philosophy of right and freedom. Research interests include: history of political philosophy, theories of justice, theories of rights, ethics, freedom, liberalism and legal theory/jurisprudence.
Professor Arnaud Kurze
Dr. Arnaud Kurze teaches courses on social movements and transitional justice in the MA program in the Department of Politics at New York University (NYU) and is a non-resident visiting scholar at the Center for Global Studies (CGS) at George Mason University (GMU). In the past, he was the publication & web editor at CGS and Coordinator of CGS's 'Human Rights and, Justice & Democracy Project', funded by the Open Society Institute. He has published in several academic journals and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for the government and international organizations. His latest coauthored chapter, " Afraid to Cry Wolf: Human Rights Activists’ Struggle of Transnational Accountability Efforts in the Balkans," was published in 2013 with Springer. He regularly contributes analyses and op-ed articles online for think tanks and other institutions and has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Woodrow Wilson Center, Sciences Po, and American Council of Learned Societies ( ACLS). His research interests are Southeast European politics, transitional justice, and social movements.
Professor LAURIE P. SALITAN
Professor Salitan holds a D.Phil (1986) from the University of Oxford and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1983). She previously taught Soviet and ethnic politics at The Johns Hopkins University. She chaired the Seminar on Soviet Republics and Regional Issues at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University. She was a Carnegie Corporation Fellow at the Duke University Center on East-West Trade, Investment, and Communication and was a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Dr. Salitan is the author of the book Politics and Nationality in Contemporary Soviet-Jewish Emigration, 1968-89, as well as numerous other publications. Her field is comparative politics and her current research relates to ethnic politics. In the NYU Masters Program Professor Salitan teaches the following courses: Ethnic Conflict, Ethnopolitics in Divided Societies, and The Politics of Russia and the CIS.
Professor Raymond Smith holds an M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, with an emphasis on American Politics. Prof. Smith is an adjunct assistant professor of political science at both New York University and Columbia University, where he has taught a wide variety of American politics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels over the past ten years. Within the NYU Politics Department, he regularly teaches “American Politics: Theories and Arguments” and has taught a seminar on “Majority Rule and Minority Rights”; he has also and has advised many NYU students on their master's papers. At Columbia, he has taught “American Parties and Elections” and “Race and Ethnicity in American Politics.” From 1999-2005, Dr. Smith served as general editor of the book series "Political Participation in America" (ABC-CLIO Publishers), and since 2008 has been serving as general editor of the book series “New Trends and Ideas in American Politics” (Praeger Publishers). He is author or co-author of several books involving American politics, including Drugs Into Bodies: Global AIDS Treatment Activism (with Patricia Siplon; Praeger, 2006); a textbook entitled The American Anomaly: US Government Politics in Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2 nd edition 2010); and Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and Government (Praeger, 2010). His most recent publication is an edited volume of primary documents, with commentary, about The Politics of Sexuality in the U.S. since 1965 (Greenwood, 2010).
Professor TONY SPANAKOS
Professor Spanakos holds an A.B. in Political Science, Princeton University (1995), an M.A. (1998) and a Ph.D. in Political Science, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2000). He specializes in Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Democratization, and Latin America. He has taught and published extensively on these subjects. Prof. Spanakos has been selected by the CIES and the US and Venezuelan Fulbright Commissions to teach at the Institute of Superior Study of Administration and to do research on credibility of economic policies (Jan –Aug 2008). Currently he is working on his book focusing on the topic of credibility and economic policy, and on the effect of elections and political events on economics in developing countries.