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School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Diplomacy faculty regularly contribute internationally recognized research and scholarship to the global community. They are also decorated pioneers in teaching. Innovative teaching at the School of Diplomacy has earned our faculty the University's Teacher of the Year award for two consecutive years, and it comes in a variety of forms: from creative writing assignments and in-class projects to academic experiences fully conducted in the field. Innovative teaching methods engage students actively in their own learning while simultaneously illustrating the practical applications of their knowledge.

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Nabeela Alam
Nabeela N. Alam
Assistant Professor of International Economics and Development
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Margarita Balmaceda
Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations
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Martin Edwards
Professor and Associate Dean
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Omer Gokcekus
Professor of International Economics and Development
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Huang Yanzhong, Ph.D.
Yanzhong Huang
Professor; Director, Center for Global Health Studies
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Philip Moremen
Philip Moremen
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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Ann Marie Murphy
Ann Marie Murphy
Professor and Director of the Center for Foreign Policy Studies
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Brian K Muzas, Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations
Brian Muzás
Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations
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Zheng Wang
Professor; Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
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Professors of Practice

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Mohamad Mirghahari
Tom and Ruth Sharkey Distinguished Visiting Scholar
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David Wood
Professor of Practice
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Ray Walser
Ray Walser
Professor of Practice
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Emelia Timpo
Dr. Emelia Timpo
Sergio Vieira de Mello Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy
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Jane Cohen
Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy
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Brendan Balestrieri
Brendan Balestrieri
Professor of Practice
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Adjunct Faculty

Amy Higer, Ph.D.
Brandeis University
International Relations Theory, Foreign Policy Analysis, Human Rights, Gender

Edislav Manetovic, Ph.D.
City University of New York
International Relations, Comparative Foreign Policy

Richard O'Meara, Ph.D.
Ret. U.S. Army Brigadier General 
Rutgers University
International Security

Ambassador Maureen Quinn, M.S.
Former Ambassador and Career Foreign Service Officer
Georgetown University
Middle East Politics

Robert Shaver, Ph.D. Candidate
The New School 
International Political Economy 

P.L. de Silva, Ph.D. 
Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy in Malta
University of Amsterdam
Conflict Management, International Law

Catherine Tinker, J.D., J.S.D.
President, Tinker Institute on International Law and Organizations
New York University Law School
International Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights

Interested in Serving as a Professor of Practice?

The School of Diplomacy invites inquiries from veteran professionals interested in serving Seton Hall University students of international relations as professors of practice in one of three capacities: as a Sérgio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy, as a Tom and Ruth Sharkey Distinguished Visiting Scholar, or as an Abd el Kader Fellow.

Typically, Sharkey Scholar, de Mello Chair, and Abd el Kader Fellow positions are semester-long appointments. The specific schedule and activities are agreed upon with each candidate, and typically involve several residences at the School, or regular weekly to bi-weekly visits to engage in a variety of activities that support our students’ educational and career development. These may include, but are not limited to teaching a course, leading skill-based workshops or lectures, the enrichment of existing courses, individual advising and mentoring, and other activities that build upon the strengths of each Chair or Scholar’s professional expertise. Ideal candidates are practitioners in the field of international relations and development, with 15 or more years of distinguished experience in senior-level positions and schedule flexibility due to a career change, retirement or alternative circumstance. Background in relevant international relations work, such as conflict negotiation, peacebuilding, post-conflict governance, security, humanitarian or political work is required for Chair positions.

Compensation is agreed upon individually. The positions are not intended as a replacement to full-time employment, but rather as a complement to the practitioner’s other activities beyond their commitment to the School. Expressions of interest should be directed to Dean Courtney Smith at [email protected].

Learn more about some of our current and previous professors of practice:

Tom and Ruth Sharkey Distinguished Visiting Scholars 

  • Ambassador Jack Chow, M.D., M.P.A., M.D.A., M.S.
    Former Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization
    Former Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State for Health and Science
  • Erin Conaton, M.A.
    Former Under-Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
    Chief Management Officer, U.S. Air Force
  • Catharin Dalpino, M.A.
    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
  • Hugh T. Dugan
    Former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Permanent Representatives to the UN
    Former U.S. Delegate to the UN, U.S. Department of State
  • Edward C. Luck, Ph.D.
    Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • Mohamad Mirghahari, M.A.
    Former Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff for the Transportation Security Administration 

Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chairs

  • Ambassador Therese Adam
    Former Ambassador, Swiss Foreign Ministry
  • Rajaa Altalli
    Co-founder and co-director of the Center for Civil Society and Democracy
  • Tatsushi Arai, Ph.D.
  • Philipp H. Fluri, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director, The Geneva DCAF Centre for Security, Development and the Rule of Law
  • João Honwana, M.A.
    Former Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the Peacebuilding Support Office for Guinea-Bissau
    Former Director of the Africa Division, United Nations Department of Political Affairs
  • Youssef Mahmoud, Ph.D.
    Former Special Representative for the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad
  • Robert H. Serry
    Former United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Crisis Management and Operations, NATO
    Former Dutch Ambassador to Ireland
  • Dr. Emelia Timpo
    Independent Consultant, Timpo Associates; Former Senior Advisor, UNAIDS