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Affiliated Faculty

international studies program

Faculty from many academic departments within the College of Arts and Sciences are associated with the International Studies Program. These faculty teach courses in the Program and in many cases are doing research related to international issues and affairs.


James Anderson

Neenan Professor of Economics

A.B., Oberlin College
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Professor Anderson has taught at Boston College since 1969. Currently he teaches courses in International Trade and International Economic Relations. His research interests are International Economics, Political Economy and Economic Development. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Boston College Distinguished Research Award. He ranks in the top 1% of economists in the world based on citations and publications, according to He is best known for his work on the gravity model of trade (see his “The Gravity Model” in Annual Review of Economics, 2011) and the Trade Restrictiveness Index (see Measuring the Restrictiveness of International Trade Policy, MIT Press, 2005).


Ali Banuazizi

Professor, Psychology

B.S., University of Michigan
A.M., The New School for Social Research
Ph.D., Yale University

Professor Banuazizi's scholarly interests include political cultures of the Middle East; comparative study of religion, civil society, and politics in the Middle East & Central Asia; and Iran's social history and contemporary domestic politics and foreign relations. Professor Banuazizi is currently the Chair of the International Studies Academic Advisory Board and the Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization and Societies (ICS). He is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America(MESA) and the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS). Since joining the Boston College faculty in 1971, he has also held visiting appointments at Princeton, Harvard, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M.I.T, and Oxford University.


Aspen Brinton

Assistant Professor, Philosophy and International Studies

B.A. Amherst College
M.A., Ph.D. Georgetown University

Professor Brinton joined the Boston College faculty in 2013. She came to BC most recently from the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught in the honors program for the College of Arts and Sciences. Before Penn, she spent four years teaching political philosophy, liberal arts, and political science courses at Northwestern University and Georgetown University on their campuses in Doha, Qatar.  Her research interests include democratic theory and the intellectual history of civil society and free speech. Her current book manuscript examines the philosophical legacy of Eastern European dissidents during the Cold War. Her other interests include working toward the development of philosophical and theoretical tools to examine the discourses produced by dissident movements and civic associations more generally. In addition to teaching courses at BC related to these topics, she teaches the IS course 'Ethics, Religion, and International Affairs and the core course for the philosophy's department’s PULSE program. She is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Paul Christensen

Associate Professor of the Practice, Political Science

B.A., University of Washington
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Professor Christensen joined the Boston College faculty in 2000. His primary academic interests center on Russia and East Central Europe. His current course offerings include PO 432 Post-communist Transitions, PO 402 Comparative Revolutions, PO 524 Russia, Eurasia and the World, and PO 510 Globalization. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board and also the Fulbright Program Administrator. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Timothy Crawford

Associate Professor, Political Science

B.A., San Diego State University
M.A., University of San Diego
Ph.D., Columbia University

Professor Crawford teaches courses on the Causes of War, the United Nations, Intelligence and International Security, International Relations Theory, and Security Studies. He is the author of Pivotal Deterrence: Third Party Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace (Cornell University Press, 2003), which won the 2003 Edgar S. Furniss book award, and co-editor of Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion, and Civil War (Routledge, 2006). Professor Crawford has held fellowships at the Brookings Institution, Princeton’s Center of International Studies, and Harvard’s Olin Institute of Strategic Studies. He was a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the Governing Board of the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association. His current research focuses on the role of wedge strategies in coercive diplomacy and alliance politics.


David Deese

Professor, Political Science

B.A., Dartmouth College
M.A., M.A.L.D., Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Professor Deese joined the Boston College faculty in 1981 to teach International Politics and Political Economy. He is the founding director of the International Studies Program (1986 to 2002) and a member of its Academic Advisory Board, 2002 to present. He researches and teaches the politics and institutions of international economic relations, including specifically the international dimensions of political economic reform in developing states and the Middle East region in particular; leadership of international bargaining and negotiations; and the interaction of economics and security in US foreign policy. He is the author or editor of many publications, including a leading book on the domestic politics of US foreign policy, The New Politics of American Foreign Policy; a book on leadership, negotiations, and international institutions, World Trade Politics: Power, Principles, and Leadership, 2008; and most recently the eleven volume series, The Library of Essays in International Relations, concluding with his volume, Globalization: Causes and Effects, 2012. He teaches PO 518 Liberalism & Nation Building In American Foreign Policy; PO 522 International Institutions, Private & Public; PO 525 The Politics and Institutions of International Economic Relations; PO 531 Energy Politics in US, Comparative, and Global Perspective; and PO 863 Institutions in International Politics, a graduate seminar. He is the founding professor of the BC summer program in Kuwait, Oil & Politics in the Gulf, 2008-2011. He serves on the Promotion and Tenure Committee for Arts & Sciences at BC.


Charles Derber

Professor, Sociology

A.B., Yale University
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College who teaches courses on Peace and War, and the Political Economy of Global Capitalism. He has written fifteen books, reviewed in the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and other leading media, and translated into six languages. His books, which include Corporation Nation, the Wilding of America, People Before Profit, Greed to Green, Marx's Ghost, and The Surplus American have been translated into five languages and focus on capitalism, corporate power, globalization, climate change, militarism, economic democracy, and social movements. He has also written for the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, Newsday, Tikkun, and many other periodicals, and is a regular contributor to WBUR/NPR's Opinion Page. Derber is a life-long activist who is active in peace, environmental, labor and other social justice movements.


Jennifer Erickson

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Studies

B.A., St. Olaf College
Ph.D., Cornell University

Professor Erickson has taught at Boston College since 2010. Her research focuses on international reputation and states’ commitment to and compliance with international rules and norms. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the spread of conventional arms export controls, as well as a series of papers on sanctions and arms embargoes. Professor Erickson has conducted extensive fieldwork in the United States and Europe, where she was research fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the Wissenchaftszentrum (WZB) in Berlin. She was also a Research Fellow at Dartmouth College in the War and Peace Studies Program at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. She teaches courses on the EU, globalization and national security, and international relations theory. She is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Charles R. Gallagher, S.J.

Associate Professor, History

B.A., Marquette University
S.T.B., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
B.D., Heythrop College, University of London
M.A., Binghamton University
Ph.D., Marquette University

Charles Gallagher, S.J., came to Boston College from a research and teaching fellowship at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations where he taught courses on religion and international relations. His interests include Vatican diplomacy, the social history of terrorism, Christian-Jewish relations, and the intersection of religion and intelligence. He is the lead historian for the International Labor Organization’s Century Series project on Vatican diplomacy and the ILO. His book Vatican Secret Diplomacy (2008, Yale University Press) won the John Gilmary Shea Prize of the American Catholic Historical Association. He is currently preparing a book on Nazi propaganda use of Boston’s Christian Front extremist group, and the British covert intelligence operation that lead to its suppression during World War II.


Brian J. Gareau

Associate Professor, Sociology and International Studies

B.A., Providence College
M.S., Washington State University
Ph.D., University of CA, Santa Cruz

Professor Gareau has a Master of Science in Environmental Science, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Sociology with a parenthetical notation in Environmental Studies. His professional work focuses on the sociology of global environmental governance, especially the governance of ozone layer depletion and global climate change. Professor Gareau teaches courses on environmental sociology, political sociology, select topics in environmental studies, the sociology of science and technology, a core course on society and environmental transformations, and the senior seminar for international studies majors. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Roberto Goizueta

Professor, Theology

B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Marquette University

Professor Goizueta teaches courses on U.S. Latino/a and Latin American theologies. His publications—including the book Caminemos con Jesús: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment (1995)–examine the relationship between theology and culture, focusing especially on popular religion as a source for theological reflection.


Nick J Gozik

Director, Office of International Programs
Director, McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies

B.A., Miami University
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University

Professor Gozik teaches in Boston College's International Studies Program and the Lynch School of Education. He has also served as a visiting professor at New York University and Lesley University, teaching courses on research methodology, the internationalization of higher education, and communication studies. Gozik’s has investigated education, identity and race in the French overseas department of Martinique. He has conducted research on area studies, interdisciplinarity, and the internationalization of higher education for the Social Science Research Council, with a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, he has examined students’ decision making with regards to education abroad on U.S. campuses.


Kristin Heyer

Professor, Theology

B.A., Brown University
Ph.D., Boston College

Professor Heyer joined the faculty of Boston College in 2015. She previously taught social ethics at Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University. Her research interests include migration ethics, public theology, and moral agency. Her recent books include Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration (2012) and the edited volume Public Theology and the Global Common Good (2016). Her courses at Boston College include Modern Catholic Social Thought, HIV/AIDS and Ethics, and Catholicism and Social Responsibility. She co-chairs Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church and serves as an editor for Georgetown University Press’ moral traditions series.


Seth Jacobs

Professor, History

B.A., Yale University
M.D.A., DePaul University
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Professor Jacobs is a political and cultural historian of the United States in the twentieth century, especially the period since World War II, and his research interests focus on the connection between U.S. domestic culture and foreign policy. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American military and diplomatic history, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and America in the 1950s. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) has twice honored him with its Stuart Bernath Prize: for best article published in the field of diplomatic history (2002) and for best book (2006).


Peter Krause

Assistant Professor,Political Science and International Studies

B.A., Williams College
Ph.D., MIT

Professor Krause joined the Boston College faculty in 2012. His research interests are in international security, Middle East politics, non-state violence, and social movements. His current book project examines the political effectiveness of violence within social movements. His other ongoing research projects analyze the causes and effects of fragmentation within national movements as well as new approaches to the study of coercion. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East, and he teaches courses on international relations of the Middle East and political violence. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies of Brandeis University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Deborah Levenson

Professor, History

M.A., University of Massachusetts
Ph.D., New York University

Professor Levenson teaches courses on Central America, modern Latin America, and women and gender in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her publications include Trade Unionists Against Terror (University of North Carolina Press, 1994), and she is writing a book for Duke University Press on urban youth and modernity in Guatemala. She is a member of the editorial board of Report on the Americas, the bi-monthly publication of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA). She is also an active affiliate of AVANCSO, a research institute in Guatemala City.


Ben Li

Associate Professor, Economics and International Studies

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Professor Li joined the Boston College faculty in the fall of 2011. His research focuses on international trade, in particular multinational firms and economic geography. He currently teaches courses on international trade at undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Robert Murphy

Associate Professor, Economics

B.A., Williams College
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Murphy joined the Economics faculty of Boston College in 1984. He is Director of the International Studies Program and currently teaches courses on international economics, economic growth, and macroeconomic theory and policy. Professor Murphy’s research focuses on macroeconomics and international finance. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and served as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton and Reagan Administrations. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Hiroshi Nakazato

Associate Director, International Studies

Associate Professor of the Practice, Political Science

B.A., B.A. after degree, University of Calgary
Ph.D., Boston College

Professor Nakazato is Associate Director of the International Studies Program at Boston College.

Apart from day-to-day administrative work, he serves as the Thesis Coordinator for IS majors writing senior theses, supervises independent research work and teaches courses in international politics (INTL 2500 Introduction to International Studies; INTL 2546 World Politics), public international law (INTL/POLI 3521 International Law), security studies, and research methods (INTL 3540 Research Methods in International Studies). His research interests include international relations theory and U.S. civil-military relations. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Erik Owens

Associate Professor of the Practice, Theology

B.A., Duke University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Professor Owens joined the Boston College Faculty in 2006. He is Associate Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. His research explores intersections between religion and public life, with particular attention to the challenge of fostering the common good of religiously diverse societies. The author of several scholarly articles and chapters on ethics and international relations, civic education and the death penalty, he is the co-editor of three books: Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape (2009), Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning (2004) and The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics (2003), the last of which was called a "must read" by Foreign Affairs in 2009. Co-chair of the American Academy of Religion's Religion and Politics section, he also sits on the steering committee of the AAR's "Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives" group. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Prasannan Parthasarathi

Professor, History

Professor Parathasarathi joined the faculty in the fall of 1998. He teaches courses on modern South Asia and the British Empire. He has recently completed a book on the economic and social history of eighteenth-century South India, and he is now engaged in a comparative study of economic development in eighteenth-century Eurasia. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Devin Pendas

Associate Professor, History

B.A. Carleton College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Devin Pendas came to BC in 2003. His research focuses on the history of war crimes trials, broadly construed, as well as the history of international law and human rights. He is the author of The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965: Genocide, History, and the Limits of the Law, as well as numerous scholarly articles. He is the editor or co-editor of several books, including Political Trials in History and Theory, and Beyond the Racial State: New Perspectives on Nazi Germany (both forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). Professor Pendas teaches courses on the history of war crimes trials, the history of human rights, on war and genocide, and on Nazi Germany and WW II. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


David Rasmussen

Professor, Philosophy

A.B., University of Minnesota
B.D., A.M., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Professor Rasmussen joined the philosophy faculty in 1968. His fields of interest are Contemporary Continental Philosophy, as well as Social and Political Philosophy. His current courses include Paradigms of Public Reason, Theory of the Novel, Marx and Nietzsche, and Autonomy and Inter-subjectivity.


Frances Restuccia

Professor, English

B.A., M.A., Occidental College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Frances L. Restuccia is an English Professor at Boston College, where she teaches contemporary literary and cultural theory, Modernism, the world novel, and film/film theory. She is the author of four books. In 1989, she published James Joyce and the Law of the Father (Yale UP); in 2000, Melancholics in Love: Representing Women’s Depression and Domestic Abuse (Rowman & Littlefield); in 2006, Amorous Acts: Lacanian Ethics in Modernism, Film, and Queer Theory (Stanford UP). The Blue Box: Kristevan/Lacanian Readings of Contemporary Film-with an emphasis on Kristeva’s concept of the “thought specular,” as a way of resisting the society of the spectacle–was published in March 2012 by Continuum.

She has published numerous articles in journals such as Raritan, Contemporary Literature, Novel, Genre, Genders, American Imago, JPCS (Journal for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society), Gender and Psychoanalysis, Clinical Studies, Religion and the Arts, literature and psychology, Lacanian Ink, The European Journal of English Studies, the Journal of Lacanian Studies, Film-Philosophy, Semplokē, and Philosophy Today. She is co-chair of the “Psychoanalytic Practices” seminar at Harvard’s Humanities Center.

She has a chapter in Revolt, Affect, Collectivity: The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva’s Polis (ed. Eva Ziarek & Tina Chanter) and another piece in a collection titled Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Kristeva (ed. Kelly Oliver). Her work on Volver is forthcoming in an anthology on psychoanalysis and theory published by Blackwell.


Franziska Seraphim

Associate Professor, History Department

B.A., University of California at Berkeley
M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Professor Seraphim is a historian of modern and contemporary Japan and joined the History Department in 2001. Her work has focused on the contested place of Japan’s empire and war in Asia in postwar politics, society, and culture. She is currently working on a second monograph, examining the spatial politics of transitional justice and social integration in Japan comparatively with Germany.

Besides historical surveys of early modern and modern Japan and in global history (as a Core course), she offers topical courses on the Asia-Pacific War and Japanese society since 1945, the place of memory in history, and comparative and transnational history writing for undergraduates and graduate students. She is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Kalpana Seshadri

Professor, English Department

B.A., St. Francis College
Ph.D., Tufts University

Professor Seshadri specializes in Postcolonial Studies with an emphasis in historical theories of imperialism and globalization. She teaches courses pertaining to British colonialism, colonial literature and non-western literatures in English. Her research field is Philosophy of the Race, focusing on questions of the subjectivity, ethics, language and law. Under the aegis of the ILA, she currently co-directs the Jacques Derrida seminar and the Race and Ethics seminar.

Recent works include HumAnimal: Between Law and Language (University of Minnesota Press, 2012); :The time of Hospitality—Again” in Phenomenologies of the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality, ed. Richard Kearney and Kascha Semonovitch (Fordham University Press, 2011) 126-144; and “Departures: Hospitality as Mediation” in Hosting the Stranger ed. Richard Kearney and James Taylor (NY: Continuum Press, 2011) 45-53.


Laurie Shepard

Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., Ph.D., Boston College

Professor Shepard’s fields of interest include Medieval Italian Poetry, Italian Comedy in the Sixteenth Century, and the History of the Romance Languages. Her most recent publications are Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century and “Guido Cavalcanti among the Tombstones,” in Boccaccio in America. Proceeding of the 2010 Boccaccio International Conference. Her current course offerings are RL501 Dante's Inferno, and RL810 Italian Lyric Poetry. In spring 2013, she will teach a new course entitled "Business in Literature." She is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Matt Sienkiewicz

Assistant Professor, Communication and International Studies

B.A. Wesleyan University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Professor Sienkiewicz teaches courses in global media cultures and media theory. His research focuses on the West’s investment in Middle Eastern broadcasting initiatives as well as portrayals of race and religion on the American screen. His publications include articles in Popular Communication, The Journal of Film and Video, The Velvet Light Trap and The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. In addition to his work as a scholar, Matt is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. His most recent film, Live From Bethlehem, was released by the Media Education Foundation in September 2009 and has screened worldwide, including at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Poland's WatchDocs Human Rights Film Festival, the Chicago Palestine Film Festival and London’s Frontline Club. He is a member of the International Studies Academic Board.


Peter Skerry

Professor, Political Science

B.A., Tufts University
Ed. M., M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University

In addition to teaching political science at UCLA, Claremont McKenna College, and now at Boston College, Professor Skerry spent a decade working in Washington, DC at the American Enterprise Institute and at the Brookings Institution, where he is still a non-resident senior fellow. He was legislative director to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. His interests have focused on American social policy, with a particular emphasis on racial and ethnic issues. He has written about the emergence of Mexican Americans as a political force, as well as about the politics of government statistics and the U.S. Census. He has also done research and written about U.S. immigration policy. He is presently working on a book about Muslims in the U.S. In recent years Professor Skerry has become very interested in race, ethnicity, immigration, and Islam from a comparative perspective. He has spent a great deal of time in Western Europe and now serves on the trans-Atlantic North American Advisory Board of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Berlin, which is an affiliate of the German Green Party.