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International Relations

Von KleinSmid Center 330
(213) 740-6278; 740-2136
FAX: (213) 742-0281

Director: John S. Odell, Ph.D.*


Robert F. Erburu Chair in Ethics, Globalization and Development: Abraham F. Lowenthal, Ph.D.

Robert Grandford Wright Professor: Laurie A. Brand, Ph.D.*

Professors: Jonathan D. Aronson, Ph.D.* (Communication); Laurie A. Brand, Ph.D.*; Manuel Castells, Ph.D. (Communication); Nicholas Cull, Ph.D. (Communication); Patrick James, Ph.D.; David Kang, Ph.D.; Steven L. Lamy, Ph.D.* (Vice Dean); Abraham F. Lowenthal, Ph.D.; Gerardo Munck, Ph.D.; John S. Odell, Ph.D.*; Michael Parks (Communication); Philip Seib, J.D. (Communication); Mary Elise Sarotte, Ph.D.; Edwin M. Smith, J.D. (Law); J. Ann Tickner, Ph.D.*

Associate Professors: Gerald J. Bender, Ph.D.*; Robert English, Ph.D.; Saori N. Katada, Ph.D.; Daniel Lynch, Ph.D.; Carol Wise, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Mai’a Davis Cross, Ph.D.; Jacques Hymans, Ph.D; Brian Rathbun, Ph.D.; Apichai Shipper, Ph.D. (Political Science) Nicholas Weller, Ph.D. (Political Science)

Professors of the Practice of International Relations: Gary W. Glass, Ph.D.; Geoffrey Wiseman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (teaching) of International Relations: Pamela K. Starr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors (teaching) of International Relations: Douglas Becker, Ph.D.; Andrew Manning, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Peter A. Berton, Ph.D.*; Michael G. Fry, Ph.D.; James N. Rosenau, Ph.D.; Ron Steel, M.A.; Rodger Swearingen, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college award for teaching or research.

Degree Programs

The School of International Relations (SIR) offers a B.A. in international relations; a B.A. in international relations (global business); a B.A. in Middle East Studies; a progressive degree in international relations; a dual M.A. in international relations/Juris Doctor offered with the USC Gould School of Law; a dual M.A. in international relations/Master of Planning and a dual M.A. in international relations/Master of Public Administration offered with the School of Policy, Planning, and Development; a Master of Public Diplomacy; and a Ph.D. in politics and international relations offered with the Political Science Department. The SIR also offers minors in global communication, international relations, international policy and management, international urban development, and Middle East studies.

The SIR encourages undergraduate double majors, especially with economics, environmental studies, geography, history, journalism, foreign languages, political science and sociology. Programs are flexible, allowing students to gain a broad background in international studies and, at the same time, to specialize in a particular area. Minors in international relations; international policy and management; international urban development; and global communication, as well as interdisciplinary minors in nonprofits, philanthropy and volunteerism; peace and conflict studies; and Russian area studies are also offered.