Faculty and Staff Updates and Introductions

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Professor Steve Ceccoli was appointed by Dean Michael Drompp in the fall term to serve as the Faculty Fellow for International Programs. In this capacity, Professor Ceccoli has been working with Katherine Richardson, Director of International Programs, in the College’s effort to continue to internationalize the curriculum. This responsibility entails increasing opportunities to study abroad for students as well as working with faculty to bring global aspects to their courses whether on the Rhodes campus or abroad. In the summer of 2008, Professor Ceccoli took another group of Rhodes students to Tianjin, China on the China Maymester Program. Following their studies, he led the students on an excursion to Xi’an China. Professor Ceccoli has continued his collaboration with former I.S. Departmental colleague Karl Kaltenthaler. Their recent article, “Explaining Patterns of Support for the Provision of Citizen Welfare” was published by the Journal of European Public Policy.

Professor John F. Copper continued his usual publishing regimen. Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? came out in its fifth edition in December. Dr. Copper will use it as the main text in his course on Taiwan for the second semester. In August, The University of Maryland Law School published John’s Taiwan’s 2008 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election: Maturing Democracy, a 90-page monograph, which he wrote based on his election team visit to Taiwan in March. John also wrote a chapter entitled “The Taiwan Factor in U.S.-China Relations” for his friend, Zhao Suisheng’s, edited book China and the United States: Cooperation and Competition in Northeast Asia, published by Palgrave Macmillan in October. And, he had an article in the December issue of the Far Easter Economic Review called “Ma Leads Taiwan’s Comeback.” Meanwhile Dr. Copper gave public addresses at St. Thomas University and Sam Houston State University during the semester as well as a couple of press interviews.

Professor Nuray Ibryamova participated in summer school on European integration at the University of Sao Paolo in Madrid, where she lectured on European Union-Russia relations. She also presented a paper on the effectiveness of EU conditionality at the Northeast Political Science Association convention. She continues to work on a few manuscripts for submission as book chapters and journal articles.

Professor Andrew Michta continues his sabbatical leave at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security in Garmisch, Germany. He recently attended the Euroatlantic Security Conference, running concurrently with the NATO defense ministerial in Krakow (NATO Secretary General Schaffer opened, with Professor Michta’s panel following afterwards)  He also spoke at a conference in Slovenia that kicked off of NATO′s 60th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Washington Treaty.  In April he will attend a conference in Paris at the flagship EU security studies institute, ISS (Instititue for Security Studies). Professor Michta also has a book chapter and an article coming out.

Professor Shadrack Nasong’o published an edited volume entitled The African Search for Stable Forms of Statehood: Essays in Political Criticism. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. He also Published a chapter entitled “Nationalist Myth-Making, Cultural Identity and Nation Building: African Minorities in the U.S. and Latin America,” in Toyin Falola and Niyi Afolabi, eds. African Minorities in the New World, New York: Routledge, 2008, pp. 23-50. Professor Nasong’o also published a Review of Staffan Lindberg′s Democracy and Elections in Africa (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) in Africa Today, vol. 55, no. 1, 2008, pp. 134-136. He presented a paper entitled “Democratic Impasse in Kenya: The Politics of Constitutional Reform,” in the Inaugural Conference of the Kenya Studies and Scholars Association, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, August 1-2, 2008. And he was appointed J.S. Seidman Research Fellow, Department of International Studies, Rhodes College, 2008-2009.

Professor David Romano published two academic book chapters -- “The Kurds and Contemporary Regional Political Dynamics,” (in The Kurdish Policy Imperative, Brookings Institution Press) and “Regional Organizations, Regional Identities and Minorities: The Arabs and the Kurdish Question,” (co-authored with his wife Lucy Brown, in Beyond Regionalism? Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalisation in the Middle East, Ashgate press). He also wrote a number of commissioned articles and book reviews for the Jamestown Foundation, the Asia Times, the Middle East Institute, the Middle East Journal, and the Middle East Policy journal.

In May and June of 2008, Professor Romano took 5 Rhodes students to Turkey and Cyprus for a traveling summer course on “The History and Politics of Identity in Turkey.” Besides going to important historical and political sites in Istanbul, Galipolli, Ankara, Cappadocia, Cyprus and Van, the students met with Turkish parliamentarians from all 4 political parties with seats in the National Assembly, officials of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Turkish Cypriot peace negotiators, the UNHCR Turkey country director, UNHCR Van Field office staff, Iranian refugees, and the Van region president of the Turkish Human Rights Bureau.

On August 27 2008, Professor Romano’s wife Lucy bore their first child (on the first day of classes!) – Benjamin. On his first day among us, baby Benjamin got to watch the Democratic National Party Convention on TV in the hospital.

Professor Amy Risley’s primary area of research continues to be the political activities of civic groups in Latin American democracies and their efforts to influence policy making. In addition to revising a book manuscript on the topic, she has completed a book chapter entitled “Joining Forces: Civil Society Alliances and Policy Influence in Argentina and Chile,” which will appear in an edited volume on interest groups around the world. She has also been conducting research on human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. She recently published a book chapter entitled “Trafficking and the International Market in Women and Girls” and delivered a paper on the subject at the 2008 International Studies Association conference. April 19 was an especially momentous day for Professor Risley: her baby girl, Sophia Grace, was born! She has enjoyed her daughter to the fullest while on maternity leave this semester and looks forward to resuming her teaching and advising roles in the spring.

Professor Jennifer Sciubba spoke about her research on population aging and national security at the Proteus Futures Academic Workshop in Carlisle, PA in September and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in January. She published an article entitled “Population in Defense Policy Planning” in the Environmental Change and Security Program Report, Issue 13. She also contributed a piece on the new National Defense Strategy to The New Security Beat blog, published by the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program in Washington, DC.

Departmental Assistant Kim Stevenson, a Memphis native and a graduate of the University of Memphis (BS in Biology), joined the International Studies Department in November. Kim came from Accredo Health Group in Memphis, where she worked as a patient account representative. She also worked as a departmental assistant in the Rhodes Biology Department during the 2006-07 school year and looks forward to many more years at Rhodes College, here in the International Studies Department.