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Master of Arts in International Relations

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Graduate Director

Randy Willoughby

Randy Willoughby

Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Director of Master of Arts in International Relations Program
rwilloug@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4014

Office: KIPJ 258

Office Hours: M 2:00-4:00p T 4:00-5:30p Th 1:00-2:30p By appt.

Randy Willoughby, Ph.D, has been on the USD faculty since 1988 and teaches course on comparative politics and international security. His undergraduate education began at the University of California at Irvine and concluded at UCLA. His graduate education was at the University of California at Berkeley, preceded by a year of study in Paris, and including a year working in the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC, a year teaching at the University of Santa Clara, and two years participating on a research project at the University of California at San Diego.

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Emily Edmonds-Poli

Emily Edmonds-Poli

Associate Professor
edmonds@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7802

Office: KIPJ 286A

Office Hours: M/F 12:15-2:30pm W 12:15-12:45pm And by appt

Emily Edmonds-Poli , PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2001.  Edmonds-Poli teaches classes on international relations and Latin American politics. Her research focuses on local and state level politics in Mexico, as well as decentralization and democratization in Latin America.

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Virginia Lewis

Virginia Lewis

Professor, Political Science and International Relations
vlewis@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4631

Office: KIPJ 281

Office Hours: M 12:30-2:30p T/TH 9:15-10:45a By Appt

Virginia Lewis, PhD, has been a faculty member at USD since 1980. She has been deeply involved in university governance, and has made student learning her mission. From directing the Oxford program for ten years and serving as faculty advisor to student groups, to teaching courses in her research areas,  Lewis sees the university as a student-centric community. She has been chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Assembly, and a member of the University Senate.

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Mary McKenzie

Visiting Professor
marymmckenzie@cox.net
(619) 260-4653

Office: KIPJ 292

Office Hours: M/W 2:45-3:35pm And by appt

Since receiving her PhD in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994, Mary M. McKenzie has taught regularly in the Political Science Department.  She also has taught at California State University, San Marcos and at Grossmont College.  At USD, Dr. McKenzie teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations, including International Organizations, American Foreign Policy, and Model United Nations.  Additionally, Dr. McKenzie serves on the City of San Diego’s International Affairs Board and is president of the United Nations Association of San Diego.

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Vidya Nadkarni

Vidya Nadkarni

Professor, Political Science
nadkarni@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4010

Office: KIPJ 282

Office Hours: T, Th 6:45a-7:45a, 10:35a-12:05p And by appt.

Vidya Nadkarni, PhD,  joined USD’s faculty in 1990. Nadkarni teaches courses in the area of international relations and foreign policy.  Her research interests center on the foreign policies of resurgent (Russia) and aspiring (China, India) global powers. 

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Peter Nunez

Visiting Professor, Political Science and International Relations
pnunez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4653

Office: KIPJ 292

Office Hours: M/W 5:00-5:30pm M/W 7:00-7:30pm

Peter K. Nunez, J.D. began teaching in the Department of Political Science and International Relations in 1997. He previously taught intermittently as an adjunct at the USD School of Law. He spent most of his career as a lawyer for the federal government, beginning in 1970, as a law clerk for the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr., Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of California. He spent the next ten years as an assistant U.S. Attorney (1972-1982), then was appointed as the U.S. Attorney from 1982 through 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. From 1990 to 1993, he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement in Washington, D.C.

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Lee Ann Otto

Lee Ann Otto

Professor
Associate Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
lotto@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7921

Office: KIPJ Suite 113, Rm 117

Office Hours: Monday 3:00-5:00p Wednesday 4:00-5:30p Thursday 10:30a-12:00p or by appointment

Lee Ann Otto, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1984. She is a professor in the department of Political Science and International Relations and has served as the associate dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies since its inauguration in 2007. Otto is also the director of USD’s Masters Program in Peace and Justice Studies. She teaches courses on Chinese politics, Japanese politics, revolutionary change, and the law of the sea at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research focuses on Chinese policies relating to the war on terror and their impact on Uyghurs and other minority groups within China. She is a former recipient of USD’s University Professorship award.

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David Shirk, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Director, Justice in Mexico Project
dshirk@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2315

Office: KIPJ 257

Office Hours: M 12:00-2:00pm T/Th 2:00-3:00pm

David A. Shirk, Ph.D., joined the University of San Diego in July 2003. Shirk’s teaching covers a wide range of subject areas, mainly concentrated in comparative politics, international political economy, Latin American studies, and U.S.-Latin American relations, with a concentration in Mexico and border politics. He conducts research on Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations, and law enforcement and security along the U.S.-Mexican border. Shirk also directs the Justice in Mexico Project (www.justiceinmexico.org), which examines rule of law and security issues in Mexico. From 2003-2013, Dr. Shirk directed the Trans-Border Institute, which works to promote greater analysis and understanding of Mexico, U.S.-Mexico relations, and the U.S.-Mexico border region.

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Michael A. Turner

Adjunct Professor
mturner@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7980

Office: KIPJ 291

Office Hours: M/W 3:00-3:45pm

Dr. Michael A. Turner teaches at both San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.  He is also a consultant to the United States Government on national security matters.  Until 2006, Dr. Turner was the Director of International Relations Program at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA.   Before joining Alliant, Dr. Turner was a senior CIA officer, attached both to the analytical directorate as well as to elements supporting the Director of Central Intelligence.  At varying times, Dr. Turner has taught strategic affairs at the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, John s Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, and the Air War College. Dr. Turner’s research interests include intelligence and national security, American foreign policy, Middle East as well as Central and South Asian Politics, and counterterrorism policy.  Dr. Turner teaches both graduate and undergraduate international relations courses.

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Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Department Chair
jmwilliams@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4012

Office: KIPJ 259A

Office Hours: MW 12:30-2:00pm T/Th 10:30a-12:30p And by appt.

J. Michael Williams, J.D., PhD, is an alumnus of the University of San Diego (1992) and has been a member of the faculty since 1999.  He currently serves as the chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Williams offers undergraduate courses on introduction to political science, comparative politics, politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and politics in South Africa. His research focuses on African politics, with special interests in democratization, indigenous political structures, local governance, rule of law, the courts and constitutionalism.  He has published numerous articles and one book on the chieftaincy in South Africa - Chieftaincy, the State, and Democracy: Political Legitimacy in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Indiana University Press, 2010).

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