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School of Diplomacy Elects New Department Chair
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Benjamin GoldfrankThe School of Diplomacy and International Relations is proud to announce that Dr. Benjamin Goldfrank has been elected by his faculty peers to be the School's Department Chair.

The Department Chair serves a three-year term, representing the faculty with the university administration. The Department chair organizes teaching schedules, coordinates evaluation of tenure-track faculty, recruits and supervises adjunct professors, presides over faculty meetings, contributes to budgetary decision-making, and performs a myriad of other duties, as listed in the Faculty Guide.

Dr. Goldfrank joined the School of Diplomacy as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. Dr. Goldfrank was named the Salgo-Noren Teacher of the Year for the School in 2012 and Researcher of the Year 2011-2012. His teaching and research interests focus on the comparative analysis of Latin American politics, sub-national governments, participatory budgeting and political parties. Dr. Goldfrank is the author of Deepening Local Democracy in Latin America: Participation, Decentralization, and the Left (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011) and of recent articles in Journal of Public Deliberation, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, Nueva Sociedad, and Politics, Religion & Ideology.

Dr. Goldfrank said of his election, "I am excited to serve as Chair. This is an important time for the School, as we are welcoming a new and promising Dean and we were just designated a Center of Excellence by the University. The next few years should be a time of growth and change, and I hope to help the School continue on its upward trajectory."

The School also congratulates Dr. Ann Marie Murphy and Dr. Omer Gokcekus, who were elected Assistant Chairs.

We are grateful to Dr. Assefaw Bariagaber who served as founding chair for the past 7 years, and we wish him well on his much-deserved sabbatical.

For more information please contact:
School of Diplomacy
(973) 275-2515


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