Elite, Experienced Faculty

The Penn State School of International Affairs has a distinguished core faculty of internationally recognized scholars and seasoned former officials who are also engaging and passionate educators. Through their research contributions and frontline global negotiations, they have made, and continue to make, their mark in global affairs.

Faculty members include former diplomats, a Navy Vice Admiral, National Security Council staff, a senior official of both the African Union and the United Nations, an economic development agency director, former CIA officials, a State Department Senior Counselor, a U.S. Geological Survey chief scientist, as well as international and arbitration experts and top scholars who contribute to public discourse. Together they represent a unique combination of world class scholars and highly acclaimed practitioners in their respective disciplines.

SIA students also learn from distinguished faculty from throughout Penn State, including the Smeal College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Agricultural Science, and the Eberly College of Science. Their combined strength allows SIA to offer programs unsurpassed in interdisciplinary range and flexibility.