Faculty and Fellows

Academics and practitioners who are at the top of their fields.


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Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor, Director 
Jennifer Dresden, Assistant Teaching Professor, Associate Director


Eric Bjornlund

Josep Colomer
Moana Erickson
Georges Fauriol
Jeff Fischer
Patrick Quirk
Heba El Shazli
Jodi Vittori


Harley Balzer, Ph.D.
Matthew E. Carnes, S.J., Ph.D.
Jocelyene Cesari, Ph.D.
Marc M. Howard, Ph.D.
Charles E. King, Ph.D.
Stephen King, Ph.D.


Daniel Brumberg, Ph.D.

Daniel Brumberg is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University and director of the M.A. Program in Democracy and Governance. He is also the Senior Program Officer at the Center for Conflict Management at the United States Institute of Peace, where he focuses on issues of democratization and political reform in the Middle East and wider Islamic world.

Dr. Brumberg is a former senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Democracy and Rule of Law Project (2003-04). Previously, he was a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at USIP, where he pursued a study of power sharing in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In addition, Dr. Brumberg was a Mellon junior fellow at Georgetown University, a visiting fellow at the International Forum on Democratic Studies, visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, and a visiting fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center. He has also taught at the University of Chicago. 

A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and the advisory board of the International Forum on Democratic Studies, Dr. Brumberg is chairman of the nonprofit Foundation on Democratization and Political Change in the Middle East. He has worked closely with a number of nongovernmental organizations in the Arab world, including the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs. Dr. Brumberg has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Arts and Science's "Fundamentalism Project," the Global Democracy Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). He was a member of the NDI-Carter Center Palestinian Election Observer Delegation in January 1996, and the NDI-Carter Center Indonesian Election Observer Delegation in June 1999. He also worked closely with a number of NGO's in the Arab world, including the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA). Dr. Brumberg is a member of the editorial board of the American Political Science Association’s Political Science and Politics.

He received his B.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Jennifer Dresden, Ph.D.


 Jennifer Dresden is an Assistant Teaching Professor and the Associate Director of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University.  Her work focuses on post-conflict political development, specializing in the challenges of democratization after civil wars.  She has conducted field research in Sierra Leone and Mozambique and her work has been published in Conflict Management and Peace Science, Democratization, and Democracy & Society.

Prior to joining the Democracy and Governance Program, Dr. Dresden taught courses at The George Washington University and Georgetown University.  She also works with the U.S. State Department, where she facilitates training for new Foreign Service officers.  She previously worked as a philanthropy consultant, helping teams advise international non-profit organizations and corporations on achieving their goals in fundraising and social engagement.

Dr. Dresden holds an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University, an M.Litt, with distinction, from the University of St. Andrews, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.  Originally from Connecticut, she now lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and daughter.




Moana Erickson

Moana Erickson currently serves as an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s M.A. Program in Democracy and Governance, teaching “Governance and the Rule of Law.” She has ten years of professional work experience in international development and large-scale project management. She is a skillful director of public policy initiatives in the field of governance and rule of law in Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America.

Ms. Erickson has a demonstrated record of designing and implementing projects at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, European Union, Center for Comparative & Public Law at the University of Hong Kong, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Her extensive experience in international development has honed her analytical ability to prioritize and problem-solve objectives in a team-oriented environment. Additionally, Ms. Erickson communicates effectively in public presentations in both professional and academic environments.

Ms. Erickson is a graduate of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where her concentration was in international law and public policy. She has served as a judicial intern at the U.S. Supreme Court and as a federal clerk at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Erickson was previously awarded a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship to the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law, where she was engaged in project management of international treaty compliance by the Hong Kong government before United Nations committees. She has authored articles on international policy issues for the Hong Kong Law Journal, Centre for Comparative and Public Law’s Policy Paper Series, Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Commentary Series, World Bank’s Development Outreach publication, and Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and Civil Society.

Eric Bjornlund

Eric Bjornlund is an adjunct professor with Georgetown University’s M.A. Program in Democracy and Governance, teaching “Democracy, Governance, and Stabilization,” and "Democracy Promotion and Democratic Theory." Mr. Bjornlund is also co-founder and principal of Democracy International. A lawyer and development professional with two decades of international experience, Mr. Bjornlund has designed, managed, and evaluated democratic development programs in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. He has worked in the areas of international and domestic election monitoring, election systems and administration, political party building, legislative development, constitutional and legal reform, decentralization, women’s political empowerment, civil-military relations, civic and voter education, and civil society advocacy. He has extensive experience with assessments, evaluations, project designs, democracy assistance studies, and survey research and has led projects in emerging democracies, semiauthoritarian countries, postconflict societies, and failed and failing states. Mr. Bjornlund currently serves as Senior Technical Advisor for Democracy International’s indefinite quantity contracts for Elections and Political Processes and Democracy and Governance Analytical Services.

From 1989 to 2000, Mr. Bjornlund worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in various senior positions in Washington and overseas. As Senior Associate and Asia Director (1994-95, 1996-2000), he developed and managed democracy and governance programs in 14 countries in South, Southeast, and East Asia. As NDI Country Director (Chief of Party) in Indonesia (1999-2000), he developed and oversaw a multimillion-dollar USAID-funded program in support of elections, election monitoring, political parties, legislative strengthening, and NGO advocacy in the world’s largest predominately Muslim country. He also served as Country Director (Chief of Party) in the West Bank and Gaza (1995-96), Director of Program Coordination and General Counsel (1992-95), and Senior Program Officer (1989-92) at NDI. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Bjornlund was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2004, he served as Field Office Director for The Carter Center in Indonesia, where he directed a comprehensive international election monitoring program. Earlier in his career, he practiced corporate and international law for four years at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the nation’s largest law firms.

Mr. Bjornlund has written and spoken extensively about transitional and postconflict elections, democratization, legal reform, and international democracy promotion. He is author of Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy (Washington, Baltimore and London: Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), which explores the history and evolution of international and domestic election monitoring and offers insight into how the international community can more successfully advance democracy around the world. He also has published numerous book chapters, articles, essays, and assessment reports. Mr. Bjornlund has testified on many occasions before Congress and the United Nations and has spoken at conferences and universities throughout the world. He has served as an expert on election commissions and election monitoring for the U.S. State Department and has appeared on television and radio in the U.S. and abroad, including on the BBC, C-SPAN, CNN, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and other media outlets.

Mr. Bjornlund holds a J.D. from Columbia University, an M.P.A. from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Williams College.


dr. colomer

Josep M. Colomer is a Senior Fellow at the M.A. Program in Democracy and Governance, where he teaches ‘Political Institutions and Governance’. With Georgetown University he was a Visiting Professor in 1997-1999, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Prince of Asturias Chair in 2010-2012, and an adjunct and research professor at the Government Department since 2012, where he also teaches Political Economy and Game Theory courses. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chicago and has taught and done research at New York University, the University of Bristol, the Institute d’Etudes Politiques Sciences in Paris, the Higher Council for Scientific Research, the Pompeu Fabra University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and FLACSO and CIDE in Mexico city. He has participated in more than 50 international conferences of 28 academic organizations, given more than 100 guest lectures in 78 institutions in 22 countries, and consulted on constitutional and electoral reforms with the World Bank, the European Union, and the governments of Catalonia, Colombia, Estonia, Haiti, Mexico and Spain.

Dr. Colomer is author of 23 books and editor of 7 books, which have been published in 38 editions in six languages, and author of about 200 academic articles and book chapters, including in American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Science, European Political Science, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Studies, PS: Political Science & Politics, Public Choice, Rationality and Society, Research and Politics, Social Choice and Welfare, as well as in the Oxford Handbook of Political Science and all major encyclopedias in the field. He serves on the editorial boards of 11 journals, including Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Studies, and Research and Politics.

Colomer was a founding member of the Spanish Political Science Association (AECPA), is a life member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), an elected member of the Academy of Europe, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has obtained the Anagrama Award for essays for Game Theory and the Transition to Democracy (Edward Elgar 1995), the AECPA’s biannual prize to the best book for Political Institutions: Democracy and Social Choice (Oxford U.P. 2001); the APSA’s Leon Weaver Award for the best paper on representation and electoral systems, which led to his edition of the Handbook of Electoral System Choice (Palgrave-Macmillan 2004); and the Prat de la Riba Award of the Catalan Academy for the best book in philosophy and the social sciences in a period of five years for Great Empires, Small Nations: The uncertain future of the sovereign state (Routledge 2007), which was also short-listed for the first Europe Book Prize given at the European Parliament. He has most recently published the textbooks The Science of Politics: An Introduction (Oxford U.P. 2010) and Comparative European Politics 4th edition (Routledge 2014).

Georges Fauriol, Ph.D.

Georges Fauriol has been Vice President, Programs -Planning, Grants Management, Compliance, and Evaluation, at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) since 2010. He joined NED from one of its core implementing institutes, the International Republican Institute (IRI), where he initially served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and later as Senior Vice President. In 2004 he also served as IRI’s Acting President.

Prior to joining IRI in 2001 Fauriol occupied a number of positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), notably after 1992 as Director and Senior Fellow of the Americas Program, leading the Center’s work on Western Hemisphere issues – the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, and Canada. During his CSIS tenure he also worked as the assistant to the Chairman of the Center’s board of trustees, Ambassador Anne Armstrong. He is currently a CSIS Senior Associate. Previously, Fauriol also worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. He has extensive international and cross-regional field experience, including sixteen election observation missions in Eurasia, Africa, Asia, and Caribbean Basin region.

Fauriol is the author or coauthor of several books and more than 70 publications, has testified before congressional committees, and appeared in media interviews, including the PBS NewsHour, BBC, and other outlets. He holds MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer is an adjunct professor with Georgetown University’s M.A. Program in Democracy and Governance, teaching “International Electoral Policies and Practices.” He currently serves as Team Leader for the Electoral Education and Integrity Program at Creative Associates International, Inc.

Mr. Fischer has held three internationally appointed positions in post-conflict electoral transitions. In 1996, he was appointed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to serve as Director General of Elections for the first post-conflict elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1999, Mr. Fischer was appointed by the United Nations (UN) as Chief Electoral Officer for the Popular Consultation for East Timor. And, in 2000, he received a joint appointment from the UN and OSCE to head the Joint Registration Taskforce in Kosovo and served as the OSCE’s Director of Election Operations in Kosovo. Additionally, Mr. Fischer served as a senior advisor to the UN and Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq during the 2005 election cycle.

Since 1987, Mr. Fischer has participated in electoral assistance, observation, or conference projects in over 50 countries and territories in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Much of this participation was through his 16 year association with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) as Executive Vice President, Senior Advisor, and in various consulting roles. Mr. Fischer has also served as a municipal and state election official in the United States as both a Commissioner on the Kansas City (Missouri) Election Board (1985 – 1989) and the Missouri Campaign Finance Review Board (1990-1992).

Mr. Fischer has been a Visiting Lecturer in International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University teaching a policy seminar on Elections in Fragile States (2006 – 2009). Mr. Fischer has a Master of Science from George Mason University in Peacekeeping Operations Policy.


Patrick Quirk, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick W. Quirk is as an adjunct professor with Georgetown University’s M.A. Program in Democracy and Governance, teaching “Political and Electoral Violence: Analysis for the Policy-Making Community.”

He currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the U.S. Department of State. As the Policy Office Lead for Political and Electoral Violence, he analyzes and develops strategies to prevent or mitigate conflict surrounding high-priority elections for the U.S., including those in Nigeria, Burma, and the DRC.

Dr. Quirk is a foreign policy expert with specialties in political violence, democracy assistance, and foreign aid. He has more than a decade of experience performing assessments as well as designing and implementing democracy and governance and conflict management programming in nearly 20 countries spanning all major regions. He is the lead author of CSO’s Electoral Violence Assessment Framework and co-author of USAID’s Best Practices in Electoral Security, a Guide for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Programming.  

Before joining CSO, he designed and directed various democracy assistance programs, including two in East Africa and one in the Middle East. He was also a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he served as expert on development aid, democracy assistance, and conflict prevention. He has published op-eds and analyses in Foreign Policy and the Baltimore Sun, among other publications.

Dr. Quirk holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in History/Political Science from Bates College. 

Heba El Shazli, Ph.D.

Heba F. El-Shazli has 28 years of experience with civic and union organizing, institution building, leadership skills training, labor education and training methodologies, political advocacy, and development, implementation and management of international programs.  She was the Regional Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programs at the Solidarity Center (SC), AFL-CIO from September 2004 until June 2011. El-Shazli was the Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. Before joining NDI, El-Shazli worked at the predecessor organizations in Central and Eastern Europe of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity since 1987. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Fluent in three languages (Arabic, French and English), El-Shazli holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  And she has a Ph.D. in political science from Virginia Tech, the Planning, Governance & Globalization (PG&G) program, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).

Jodi Vittori, Ph.D.

Jodi Vittori is a policy adviser for the NGO Global Witness. Based in Washington, DC, she carries out educational activities to build support in the US and British policymaking communities, international financial institutions, the private sector, and globally to establish responsible baseline laws, policies, transparency, and oversight of Afghan extractive industries in order to minimize the possibility of “resource curse” induced conflict there. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University and a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to joining Global Witness, Jodi spent twenty years in the US military, where she served in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and throughout the United States; she has received numerous military awards including two Bronze Stars. Jodi worked in NATO’s only counter-corruption task force as the leader of a nine-member team dedicated to improving contracting, economic development, rule of law, and governance in Afghanistan. She has also collaborated with Transparency International’s Defense and Security Program to capture lessons learned from Western military operations in highly corrupt environments. A noted academic, Jodi taught at the National Defense University and US Air Force Academy. She is the author of the book Terrorist Financing and Resourcing as well as articles on political economy, Afghanistan, terrorism, transnational gang activity, and Islam in Africa. Jodi graduated from the US Air Force Academy and received her PhD from the University of Denver.