Fall News Updates /Letter from the Chair, Professor Anthony Chase
This has been a remarkable year for DWA. Most exciting are DWA’s two new hires, Assistant Professor Huss Banai and Young Chair Sanjeev Khagram, as well as our new director of our U.N. Program, Doug Gardner. Perhaps less exciting in the short term, but promising great things for the future, is this year’s renovation of Johnson Hall. Johnson will reopen in 2013 with a dramatic new layout that is meant to mark Occidental’s commitment to global studies. That commitment is given its most tangible expression in how DWA students study and research around the world, and how as alumni many of have gone on (and will go on!) to work on global issues. Lastly, DWA faculty have been engaged in their own research in ways that impact on what we study together in the classroom.
DWA Faculty at the Fall 2012 Faculty Retreat
Huss Banai comes to DWA from Brown University, where he was awarded the prize for best dissertation in the Social Sciences. You can read more about Banai’s work and what he’ll be bringing to our faculty here: Hussein Banai studies democracy in context. Banai is also a co-author of a path breaking book that was just published on U.S.-Iran relations – links to that book and other of his publications are here.
Sanjeev Khagram joins DWA from the University of Washington, where he had a joint appointment at the Evans School for Public Policy and the Jackson School of International Studies. Khagram previously held faculty positions at Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies, and Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. From 2003-05 he was acting dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, and from 1998-00 he was a senior policy advisor with the World Commission on Dams. Khagram’s publications have had a tremendous impact on the fields of international relations and international political economy. In addition to many articles, these include his books Restructuring World Politics (University of Minnesota Press) and Dams and Development (Cornell University Press and Oxford University Press, India). He has also worked extensively with global action networks, multilateral agencies, governments, corporations, civil society organizations, professional associations, and universities all over the world with extended periods in Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
Doug Gardner joins DWA’s Oxy-at-the-U.N. Program after thirty years of service around the globe in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Gardner served as the UN Resident Coordinator (Ambassador level appointment by the UN Secretary General) and the UNDP Resident Representative in three countries: Cambodia; Ukraine; and Mongolia. In that capacity he led programs in democratic governance, environment and energy, gender equality, and poverty reduction. He catalyzed public debate, managed research, and implemented practical programs in such specific areas as combating corruption, stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS, energy efficiency and the socio-economic impact of oil and gas revenues. Just prior to joining Oxy, Gardner led the UNDP design team to establish the new UNDP program in Myanmar that supports the nascent national reform efforts at an exciting moment in that country’s political and economic transformation.
DWA alumni (and others) visiting Oxy
DWA students work around the world after they leave Oxy, with last year’s graduates already having taken up positions everywhere from San Francisco to Mexico to India. Two recent graduates will be visiting Oxy this fall semester to share the work they have been doing with current students. Kyle Ballard (’04) is currently at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He will visit us this semester to oversee a symposium on ‘The Individual in Global Politics.’ Jessie Evans (’06) is a Stabilization Operations Specialist in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Evans will visit Occidental in October to discuss her work over the last two years in Afghanistan on civilian-military strategic planning and women's issues.
Other (non-alum) speakers scheduled for this fall will include:
James Mann (writer in residence at SAIS) to speak on the President’s foreign policy team, based on his new book, The Obamians. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1:30 pm, Braun Room/Library.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Washington Post correspondent) to speak on US policy in Afghanistan, based on his new book, Little America--The War Within the War in Afghanistan. Friday, Oct. 5, 12:30-1:30, Braun Room/Library.
Current DWA faculty
Faculty research informs our work with students in the classroom. Below is a summary of the research our continuing faculty have been conducting over the past year, and a note on classes to which that research is particularly connected.
Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (Lynne Rienner, 2012) and “Legitimizing Human Rights: Beyond Mythical Foundations and Into Everyday Resonances” (Journal of Human Rights, 2013). This connects to Chase’s seminars on “Theory & Practice of Human Rights in the Muslim World” (DWA 338) and “Contemporary Issues in International Law and Human Rights Law (DWA 340).
“Voices for Peace: Inter-Religious Dialogue and the Non-Violent Resurgence of Religion” (presented at ISA conference and currently on submission). This connects to Chu’s seminar “Religion and Politics” (DWA 310).
Researching for a book on gender and human rights and preparing a paper entitled “Interpreting Human Rights Norms in Post-Conflict Societies: An Analysis of Rwanda’s “Landmark” Gender Violence Legislation” to be presented at the ISA-West conference. This connects to Hebert’s class “Gender and Human Rights” (DWA 233).
Book entitled Transnational Locality: Citizenship and the South Asian indentured diaspora (currently on submission) and “Revolutions: Twitter and Facebook versus grassroots mobilization” (presented at ISA conference). This connects to Reddy’s seminar “Transnational Identity” (DWA 342).
Researched US-China Environmental Diplomacy as part of Luce grant to Oxy and Oxy's cooperative relationship with Nanjing university. Organized and hosted conference at Oxy with Canadian consulate on U.S., China, Canada and the Global Economy. Taught a new course on Sports Diplomacy and continues work on the topic. Popular articles and speeches on Obama foreign policy include upcoming lectures on U.S. foreign policy and the presidential election to be delivered at leading universities in Brazil, UK, and Scotland during fall 2012.
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