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IAS Faculty

Department of International and Area Studies Faculty

 

Mohammad Al-Masri

Dr. Mohammad Al-Masri
Associate Professor
Arabic Language and Literature

Rebecca Cruise

Dr. Rebecca Cruise
Assistant Professor
Security Studies and Comparative Politics

Fabio De Sa e Silva

Dr. Fabio De Sa e Silva
Assistant Professor
International Studies
Wick Cary Professor of Brazilian Studies

Michelle De Sa e Silva

Dr. Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva
Lecturer
International Studies

John Fishel

Dr. John T. Fishel
Lecturer
Security and Defense Policy

Miriam Gross

Dr. Miriam Gross
Associate Professor
Modern Chinese and Asian History

Manata Hashemi

Dr. Manata Hashemi
Assistant Professor
Iranian Studies

Eric Heinze

Dr. Eric Heinze
Professor
International Law and Institutions, Ethics and International Relations

Alexander Jabbari

Dr. Alexander Jabbari
Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Persian Language and Literature

Amel Khalfaoui

Dr. Amel Khalfaoui
Assistant Professor
Arabic Language and Linguistics

Bo Kong

Dr. Bo Kong
ConocoPhillips Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies

Joshua Landis

Dr. Joshua Landis
Professor
Middle Eastern History

Natalie Letsa

Dr. Natalie Letsa
Wick Cary Assistant Professor of Political Economy

D. Gershon Lewental

Dr. D. Gershon Lewental
Visiting Assistant Professor
Israel Institute Teaching Fellow

Waleed Mahdi

Dr. Waleed Mahdi
Assistant Professor
US-Arab Cultural Politics

Afshin Marashi

Dr. Afshin Marashi
Associate Professor
Middle Eastern History (Iran)

Mark Raymond

Dr. Mark Raymond
Wick Cary Assistant Professor of International Security

Aqil Shah

Dr. Aqil Shah
Assistant Professor
South Asian Studies

Samer Shehata

Dr. Samer Shehata
Associate Professor
Middle East Studies

Affiliate Faculty

The Department of International and Area Studies (CIS) promotes the internationalization of academic activities at OU. We accomplish this through our degree programs and through activities in the various area studies programs. CIS has a unique structure on campus. We are comprised of 20 faculty, many of whom are on joint-appointments. These appointments are spread across the campus in eight different departments and four different colleges. At the core of our academic programs are a BA and MA in International and Area Studies. At this moment we have approximately 320 students in the BA program and 15 in the MA. These students follow an interdisciplinary curriculum that concentrates on language competence, study abroad, and fosters familiarity with the history, culture and social structures of a specific world region. Our major regions of focus are Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia and East Europe, and International Studies. Also, we have minor programs in International, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, European, Latin American and Russian and East European Studies.

The affiliate faculty have a continuing relationship with CIS and our degree programs. Affiliate faculty are full-time, tenure track faculty on the Norman campus whose teaching and/or research or creative activity is substantially concerned with the societies, culture, or environments of foreign countries or with relations between countries or regions of the world. Affiliate faculty are approved for a five-year renewable term by the current faculty of the CIS.

Affiliate Faculty List

Department of International and Area Studies Staff

Rhonda Hill

Rhonda Hill

Assistant to the Chair
rhonda@ou.edu
Phone: 405.325.7520

 

Stephanie Sager

Stephanie Sager

Program Assistant and Event Coordinator
stephaniesager@ou.edu
Phone: 405.325.1584

 

Malin Collins

Malin Collins

Academic Advisor
malin@ou.edu
Phone: 405.325.4547

Katie Watkins

Katie Watkins

Academic Advisor
kwatkins@ou.edu
Phone: 405.325.2337

Area Coordinators

African Studies
Dr. Andreana Prichard
Wick Cary Assistant Professor
Honors, History
Boren Hall, Room 151
Phone: (405) 325-7412
E-mail: aprichard@ou.edu

Asian Studies
Dr. Bo Kong
ConocoPhillips Petroleum Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies
Assistant Professor
Dept. of International and Area Studies
Farzaneh Hall, Room 205
405-325-1346
bo.kong@ou.edu

European Studies
Dr. Mitchell P. Smith,
Professor and Chair of International and Area Studies
Coordinator 
Farzaneh Hall, Room 306
Phone: (405) 325-6681 
E-mail: mps@ou.edu

Russian and East European Studies
Dr. Rebecca Cruise
Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies
Coordinator
Farzaneh Hall, Room 118
Phone: (405) 325-1095
E-mail: rebeccajcruise@ou.edu



International Studies

Dr. Eric Heinze
Associate Professor
Coordinator
Political Science/IAS
Farzaneh Hall, Room 310
Phone: (405) 325-5802
E-mail: eheinze@ou.edu

International Security Studies
Dr. Suzette Grillot
Coordinator
Professor, IAS
Dean, CIS
Farzaneh Hall, Room 118
Phone: (405) 325-6003
E-mail: sgrillot@ou.edu

Latin American Studies
Dr. Alan McPherson
Coordinator
Professor
ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies
International and Area Studies
Farzaneh Hall, Room 206
Phone: 405-325-1404
mcpherson@ou.edu 

Middle Eastern Studies
Dr. Samer Shehata
Associate Professor of International and Area Studies
Coordinator 
Farzaneh Hall, Room 328
Phone: (405) 325-1584  

Emina Alibegovic

Emina Alibegovic

MAIS

Luke Bartz

Luke Bartz

BA/MA with a double major in Russian
Hometown: Wichitas, Kansas
International Experience: Journey to China; the Dominican Republic; Kazakhstan; South Korea; Journey to Turkey; U.S. Department of State internship at the US Mission to the OSCE in Austria
Research Interests: International security, weapons non-proliferation, the former Soviet space
Email: Luke.M.Bartz@ou.edu

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Audra Brulc

BA/MA
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
International Experience: Universidad Catolica del Uruguay
Research Interests: Climate justice and migration
Email: akbrulc@ou.edu

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Mikailyn Elliott

MAIS
B.A. University of Oklahoma/ Latin American Studies
Hometown: Owasso, Oklahoma
International Experience: San José; Costa Rica; Viña del Mar, Chile
Research Interests: US-Latin American relations and comparative political analysis/ security studies
Thesis Topic: The Effectiveness of US Multilateral and Bilateral International Aid in Colombia
Email: Mikailyn@ou.edu

Erin Eskew

Erin Eskew

BA/MA with a double major in German
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
International Experience: High school foreign exchange in Berlin, Germany;  U.S. Department of State internship in Berlin, Germany
Research Interests: Global Security Studies, specifically Germany and Eastern Europe
Email: erinmeskew@ou.edu

Alexandria Franklin

Alexandria Franklin

MAIS

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Jamie Franzese

BA/MA with a Spanish Minor
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
International Experience: University of Oxford, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Management Consulting in Kathmandu,  Nepal
Research Interests: democracy and democratization studies, transitology, civil/political violence, post-conflict stability
Email: jlfranzese@ou.edu

James Garza

James Garza

MAIS
Graduate Assistant

Tryce Hyman

Tryce Hyman

MAIS and MA in History
B.A. University of Oklahoma/ Judaic Studies
Research Interests: Development of Israeli society and the media output of the Islamic State
Email: tryce.hyman-1@ou.edu

Jessica Ladd

Jessica Ladd

JD/MAIS
B.A., University of Oklahoma/ Anthropology with a  Spanish Minor
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
International Experience: Summers in Peru and Oxford for study abroad; Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa; Non-profit work in Colombia and Brazil; Personal travel to Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland, and Italy
Research Interests: International human rights/ global development
Email: jessica.s.ladd-1@ou.edu

Britt Leake

Britt Leake

BA/MA

Lilli Kiehl

Lilli LeBeau

MAIS
Graduate Assistant
B.A., University of Oklahoma/ International Business and Business Economics
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
International Experience: Seville, Spain; Stellenbosch, South Africa; Berlin, Germany
Research Interests: Development economics with a focus on education and gender in East Africa 
Email: lillilebeau@ou.edu

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Andrew Kierig

MAIS
B.A. University of Oklahoma/ European History
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
International Experience: Universität Salzburg; University of Cambridge; political campaign consulting in Austria
Research Interests: International history
Thesis Topic: Austria after WWI
Email: kierig@ou.edu

Nela Mrchkovska

Nela Mrchkovska

MAIS
Graduate Assistant
B.B. A., University of Central Oklahoma/ Finance
Hometown: Skopje, Macedonia
Research Interests: Global Economics and Development, Eastern/Southeastern Europe
Email: nela.mrchkovska@ou.edu

Kitty O'Neal

Kitty O’Neal

MAIS
B.A., Smith College - American Studies
Hometown: Collinsville, Oklahoma
International Experience: Gimpo, Geoje-do, and Seoul, South Korea
Research Interests: Unification studies, diplomacy and foreign policy analysis
Email: kmonealis@ou.edu

Kevin Pope

Kevin Pope

MAIS

Sarah Rodden

Sarah Rodden

MAIS
Graduate Assistant

Sarah Short

Sarah Short

MAIS and MA in Human Relations
Dual B.A., University of Oklahoma/ Letters and French
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
International Experience: Study abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France; Travel in Italy, Spain, Scotland, England, and Mexico
Research Interests: French language and linguistics, political ecology, and international human rights

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Kasey Rhone Smith

MAIS
B.A. Northeastern State University/ Sociology
Hometown: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma/ Wichita, Kansas
Research Interests: Latin America
Email: Kasey.rhone.smith-1@ou.edu

Josie Smith

Josie Smith

MAIS
Graduate Assistant
B.A. University of Oklahoma/ Human Relations
International Experience:  Arezzo, Italy; United Kingdom, France, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua
Research Interests: Security Studies and Global Governance, specifically relating to Cyber Security
Email: josiesmith@ou.edu

 

Jackson Stuteville

Jackson Stuteville

MAIS
B.A. University of Oklahoma/ Political Science with a History minor
Hometown: Durant, Oklahoma
Research Interests: Security Studies and International Political Economy
Email:  jstuteville@ou.edu