Program Overview

Faculty & Staff

The MAAIS faculty features a distinguished and diverse group drawn from the Jackson School of International Studies, the wider University of Washington academic community and prominent real-world practitioners in the field.

Program Director

  • Jennifer Butte-Dahl

    Jennifer Butte-Dahl

    Director, Master of Arts in Applied International Studies

    MS in Foreign Service, Georgetown University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Jennifer Butte-Dahl is the director of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies program and an affiliate faculty member at the Jackson School of International Studies. She has lived and worked on five continents and engaged on critical global challenges from vantage points across the international affairs spectrum, through business, government, philanthropy, social enterprise and the nonprofit sector. She set up a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship in post-apartheid South Africa, opened a sales support office for a large multinational in the United Arab Emirates and built alliances for a social enterprise committed to providing renewable energy to communities across the globe that lacked electricity. While working for the U.S. government, most recently as a senior adviser to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and other high-level presidential envoys, Butte-Dahl was responsible for furthering the State Department’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, defining and advocating for U.S. government budget and policy priorities and managing complex diplomatic and development challenges facing the United States.


  • Jeffrey Begun

    Jeffrey Begun

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Economics, University of Washington


    Campus Box: 353650

    Jeffrey Begun is a lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies who specializes in international economics and political economy, environmental issues and China. He has done field work in China and has taught political economy at Renmin University in Beijing. Begun served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Economy and on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability at the University of Washington Tacoma. He has taught courses on subjects that include environmental policy, comparative economic development, international political economy, East Asian development and China’s economic rise.

  • James Bernard

    James Bernard

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    BA in Journalism, Ohio University

    206 221 8577

    Campus Box 353650

    James Bernard is Director of Strategic Partnerships at SSG Advisors, an award-winning consultancy focused on partnerships in international development, impact investment and frontier market expansion. An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships, Bernard is responsible for building out a West Coast office for SSG focused on establishing stronger links between technology for international development. Prior to joining SSG, Bernard was Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Education group at Microsoft, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations such as the UN and World Bank. Between 2006 and 2008 Bernard served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning, an international NGO focused on educational exchange and international development. Bernard also held a number of positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006, working on consumer technology products and digital access programs to bring technology to emerging markets. Bernard is a frequent speaker on issues related to public-private partnerships in education and international development. He serves on the board of directors of Pact, a global NGO working on health, livelihood and environmental projects in 35 countries.

  • Megan Bowman

    Affiliate Instructor, Jackson School of International Studies

    MA in International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Megan Bowman has over 25 years of experience in public policy and international relations and has worked in business, government and the non-profit sector. Most recently, she helped build a local nonprofit organization from a small startup to a successful global business network driving investment and impact across Africa. Her prior experience includes five years at Microsoft, where she managed government, industry association and political affairs at the federal level and coordinated global public policy positions in areas such as online privacy and data protection. As an executive with the global public affairs firm APCO, she developed government affairs and communications strategies for a number of non-profit and global health clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several of its grantees. Her early career was spent in Washington, D.C., managing foreign policy, trade and development issues for several members of Congress.

  • Daniel Chirot

    Daniel Chirot

    Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Sociology, Columbia University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Daniel Chirot has a BA from Harvard, a PhD from Columbia, and is now the Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School. He has done research in and written about East-Central Europe, West Africa and Southeast Asia. His most recent books are a co-authored work with Scott Montgomery entitled The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World (Princeton University Press, 2015) and a coedited work called Confronting Memories of World War II: Recriminations and Reconciliations in Europe and Asia (University of Washington Press, 2014). His previous books have been about social change, Eastern Europe, tyranny and ethno-nationalist conflicts. He has received a John Simon Gugenheim Fellowship, a United States Institute of Peace Senior Fellowship and grants from other organizations to conduct his research. He has also done consulting work in West Africa and Eastern Europe for NGOs.

  • Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

    Affiliate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in History, University of Cambridge


    Campus Box: 353650

    Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is an affiliate professor at the Jackson School of International Studies who specializes in the history and politics of the modern Middle East, with particular emphasis on the Persian Gulf region. Working across the disciplines of political science, international relations and international political economy, his research examines the repositioning of the Persian Gulf states in the global order and the emergence of long-term, nontraditional challenges to regional security. Coates Ulrichsen also serves as a research fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and as an associate fellow at Chatham House in London. He is the author of the books Insecure Gulf: The End of Certainty and the Transition to the Post-Oil Era, The First World War in the Middle East, and Qatar and the Arab Spring and is the editor of The Transformation of the Gulf: Politics, Economics, and the Global Order and The Political Economy of Arab Gulf States. He previously directed a research program on the Gulf States at the London School of Economics.

  • Celes Eckerman

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    Master of Public Policy, Harvard University

    Celes Eckerman is Managing Partner of Galvanize Partners, an impact strategy and leadership firm in Seattle, Washington.  She has more than 20 years of wide-ranging experience in international development and national security in the non-profit, government and private sectors. A veteran of national security policy making in the United States Congress, Celes served on the professional staff of the House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations Committees, and as a senior advisor to Senators John F. Kerry and Barbara A. Mikulski. Her private sector experience includes government relations and strategic consulting for Fortune 500 companies, global foundations, high-profile philanthropists and innovative corporate social entrepreneurs, enabling them to deepen and broaden the impact of programs at the local, national and international level.

  • Kathie Friedman

    Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Sociology, Binghamton University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Kathie Friedman-Kasaba is an associate professor at the Jackson School of International Studies and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She is a faculty member in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Near and Middle Eastern studies. Friedman is the former chair of the Jewish studies program and previously directed the master’s program in international studies and the undergraduate honors thesis programs at the Jackson School. Her main area of study and research is comparative forced migrations and immigration, particularly to the United States and the European Union, with a focus on ethnic and political incorporation. Friedman’s publications include Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women, New York 1870–1924; Creating and Transforming Households: The Constraints of the World Economy (coauthored); and a chapter titled “On Halloween We Dressed Up Like KGB Agents” in Sociology Confronts the Holocaust: Memories and Identities in Jewish Diasporas.

  • Dave Johnson

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    BA in Business Administration, University of Washington


    Campus Box: 353650

    Dave Johnson is co-founder of Red Telescope Ventures. He has years of business leadership, technology and marketing experience that he draws on to help clients drive successful international programs. He has managed the deployment of voice, data and video technical solutions at multiple Olympic Games, led global business development teams and activated global marketing programs for some of the most innovative companies in the world. Previously, Johnson was the director of customer experience marketing at Avaya, general manager of Olympic Programs at Nortel and Avaya and director of executive operations for Nortel. From 2000 to 2005, he held various positions in sales and sales engineering at Nortel, and he spent three years at AT&T in data technical marketing.

  • Sunila Kale

    Sunila Kale

    Chair and Director, South Asian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Government, University of Texas, Austin

    206 221-4852

    Campus Box: 353650

    Sunila Kale is an associate professor, chair of the South Asian Studies program and director of the South Asian Studies Center at the Jackson School. Her research and teaching focus on Indian and South Asian politics and political economy. Kale’s first book, Electrifying India, focuses on the politics of energy and infrastructure in post-independent India. She has several ongoing research projects, including the study of energy, infrastructure, and development in India; the politics of extractive industries, focused empirically on eastern India; and a collaborate project about the politics of yoga in India and the United States.

  • Reşat Kasaba

    Director, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Sociology, Binghamton University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Reşat Kasaba is the Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies and director of the Jackson School of International Studies. His main areas of research have been the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. He has researched and taught on economic history, state-society relations, migration, urban history and ethnicity and nationalism. Kasaba is the author and editor of seven books and more than 40 articles dealing with the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the Middle East. Recently, he edited a volume of The Cambridge History of Modern Turkey and wrote A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington.

  • Frederick Lorenz

    Senior Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    JD, Marquette University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Rick Lorenz served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1998; his service included a tour as an infantry company commander, work as a judge advocate and work as a senior legal adviser during U.S. interventions in Somalia and Bosnia. After retiring from the Marine Corps with a rank of colonel, Lorenz spent a year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in St. Petersburg, Russia, teaching courses in international law, environmental law and U.S. foreign policy. In 2000 he served as a United Nations legal affairs officer in Kosovo, working in the UN Civil Administration, and as legal adviser for the regional administrator in Mitrovica. He is a senior fellow for the Public International Law and Policy Group and has served on missions in Armenia, Somaliland and the Republic of Georgia.

  • José Antonio Lucero

    Associate Professor and Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Politics, Princeton University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Tony Lucero is chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His areas of expertise include international political economy, cultural interactions, social movements, Latin American politics and borderlands. His research examines the encounters between Western and indigenous political projects in the Americas. Lucero is the author of Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes and coeditor of the Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Peoples Politics. He is working on a research project on the cultural politics of conflicts between Awajún and Wampis indigenous communities and the filmmaker Werner Herzog in Peru and one on human rights activism, religion and indigenous politics on the Mexico–U.S. border. He earned his MA and PhD from Princeton University and has also studied at the Universitá degli Studi di Firenze and the Colegio de México.

  • Tabitha Grace Mallory

    Affiliate Instructor, Jackson School of International Studies

    Ph.D. in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University

    Tabitha Grace Mallory is an affiliate faculty member of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy. Dr. Mallory is currently conducting research on China and global ocean governance and has published work on China’s fisheries and oceans policy. Dr. Mallory has consulted for the United Nations Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. She has also worked for The National Bureau of Asian Research and for the U.S. government.

  • Jim McDermott

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine

    Congressman (Ret.) Jim McDermott retired in November 2016 after 14 terms representing the 7th Congressional District of Washington State, which includes Seattle and parts of several neighboring communities.  His government career spans over 40 years, including a decade in the State Senate and a year as a U.S. Foreign Medical Officer in what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congressman McDermott received his M.D from the university of Illinois College of Medicine.

  • Scott Montgomery

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    MA in Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Cornell University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Scott Montgomery specializes in areas related to energy, including resources, security, policy, geopolitics and climate change. He has more than 25 years of experience as a professional and consulting geoscientist in the energy industry and has published on frontier oil and gas plays, emerging technologies and shale oil and gas. He has performed consulting work for a wide variety of companies, energy funds, investors and other entities, with individual projects in the U.S. and Canada, South America, North Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Arctic. He has received several writing awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. He is the author of 12 books, including The Powers that Be: Global Energy for the Twenty-First Century and Beyond and Does Science Need a Global Language? English and the Future of Research. In 2014 he was honored with the Jackson School Student Service Award for his support and dedication to furthering the achievements of undergraduates.

  • Jamie Nelson

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    MA in National Security Studies, Naval War College


    Campus Box: 353650

    Jamie Nelson is cofounder of Red Telescope Ventures, where he provides strategic planning and consultation services for organizations working in international development, international business and market research. He has extensive experience working for the U.S. government, the private sector and nonprofit sectors throughout the Middle East and Africa. He has more than a decade of experience in strategic communications and advocacy for government, businesses and nonprofits with a focus on policymaking, foreign affairs, and defense in the executive and legislative branches. Previously, Nelson served as the director of strategic development at Concentric Advisors and as the director of policy and advocacy at williamsworks. He was a senior staff member to two U.S. senators, a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State, an associate director at the White House, a resident program officer for the International Republican Institute’s in-country program in Iraq, and a defense policy analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • Robert Pekkanen

    Robert Pekkanen

    Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Political Science, Harvard University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Robert Pekkanen is a professor at the Jackson School of International Studies and an adjunct associate professor of political science and sociology at the University of Washington. His research interests include electoral systems, political parties and civil society. He was a coprincipal investigator on a project exploring how electoral systems shape politics. Pekkanen has authored, coauthored or coedited six books on American nonprofit advocacy, Japanese civil society and Japanese elections and political parties. His first book, Japan’s Dual Civil Society: Members Without Advocates, captured the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 2008 and was translated into Japanese. He earned his PhD in political science from Harvard University.

  • Saadia Pekkanen

    Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Political Science, Harvard University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Saadia M. Pekkanen is the founder of the Jackson School PhD program. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and an adjunct professor in the School of Law. Her areas of research interest include international political economy, international law, space security and policy and the international relations of Japan and Asia. She is the author of Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan and Japan’s Aggressive Legalism: Law and Foreign Trade Politics Beyond the WTO. She is the coeditor of Japan and China in the World Political Economy, coauthor of In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy, editor of Asian Designs: Interests, Identities, and States in External Institutions and coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia. In 2010, Pekkanen was selected in a nationwide competition to the first class of National Asia Research Associates and Fellows for the National Asia Research Program, launched by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her graduate work includes master’s degrees from Columbia University and Yale Law School and a doctorate from Harvard University.

  • Chris Seiple

    Affiliate Instructor, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in International Relations, Tufts University

    Chris Seiple is President Emeritus at the Institute for Global Engagement, an institution that builds sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships across Asia. He is also the CEO and co-founder of The Sagestone Group, a global consultancy focused on geo-politics, strategy, advice, and training. Previously, Seiple served on a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of State, co-chairing the committee’s working group on religion and foreign policy. A former Marine infantry officer (1990-1999), Seiple’s last posting was to the Pentagon, where he was an inaugural member of the Strategic Initiatives Group, an internal think tank for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. His book, The U.S. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions, is a seminal work in the field. Seiple is the 2003 founder of the Routledge-published journal, The Review of Faith & International Affairs. He is also the co-author of International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations, Law, and NGOs, and a co-editor of The Routledge Handbook on Religion & Security. Dr. Seiple earned his Ph.D. in International Relations at The Fletcher School. He also has an M.A. in National Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

  • Mark Ward

    Mark Ward

    Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

    JD, University of California, Berkeley

    Mark Ward retired from the Foreign Service at the rank of Career Minister after more than thirty years. He served in high risk environments like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and along the Turkish-Syrian border, overseeing US Government aid programs and coordinating international aid for the United Nations. Most recently, he was the US Government’s chair of a task force to improve humanitarian access for Syria, co-chaired with the Russian Federation, at the UN in Geneva. Mr. Ward also has extensive experience with public-private partnerships to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Ward was in private law practice in Washington, DC.

  • James Wellman

    James Wellman

    Chair of Comparative Religion, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in Religion and the Human Sciences, University of Chicago


    Campus Box: 353650

    James Wellman Jr. is professor and chair of the comparative religion program in the Jackson School of International Studies. His areas of expertise are American religious culture, history and politics, and he also works on religious and global issues related to violence and human security. Wellman’s publications include The Gold Coast Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism; Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition; Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective; and Rob Bell and a New American Christianity. His 2008 monograph Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest received honorable mention for the Distinguished Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

  • Anand Yang

    Anand Yang

    Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

    PhD in History, University of Virginia


    Campus Box: 353650

    Anand Yang is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and Chair of the History Department at the University of Washington. From 2002 and 2010 he served as director of the Jackson School of International Studies and was the Golub Chair of International Studies. Prior to joining the UW in 2002, Yang taught at Sweet Briar College and the University of Utah, where he was chair of the history department and then director of the Asian studies program. His publications include the books The Limited Raj: Agrarian Relations in Colonial India and Bazaar India: Markets, Society and the Colonial State in Bihar; a coedited volume titled Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History; an edited volume on crime and criminality in British India; and numerous articles in journals on Asian studies, history and the social sciences. Yang serves on the editorial boards of several journals on history and Asian studies and was previously an editor of The Journal of Asian Studies and Peasant Studies.

Program Staff

  • Andrea Sadlier

    Andrea Sadlier

    Graduate Program Advisor, Master of Arts in Applied International Studies

    MS in Academic Advising, Kansas State University


    Campus Box: 353650

    Andrea Sadlier is responsible for the MAAIS student experience and handles a wide range of functions, including recruitment, admissions, advising, financial aid, program coordination and event management. She has worked with undergraduate and graduate students for more than a decade at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Sadlier received her bachelor’s degree from the UW.