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

Affiliated Faculty 





Daniel Brumberg

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


 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.



dr. colomer

Josep M. Colomer is an Adjunct Professor in 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

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.

Allyson Akiko Oakley

Allyson Oakley Alysson Akiko Oakley (PhD) is the Director for Results and Measurement at Pact. She is an experienced
practitioner in the fields of international development, governance, and democratization, and specialized
in improving program strategy and demonstrating impact. She has a professional and academic track
record in bringing analytical rigor to address complex, real world challenges in new democracies and
fragile states. Dr. Oakley completed her PhD at Johns Hopkins University in 2018, graduating with
distinction. Previously, she served as Senior Adviser for Monitoring and Evaluation at the International
Republican Institute (IRI) and Director of Programs at the U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO). She acted
as a principal Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom House’s flagship publication Freedom in the World,
authoring multiple Southeast Asia country reports from 2009 to 2017. Dr. Oakley has consulted for
numerous agencies, think tanks, and NGOs, on topics ranging from political risk to program innovation.
She has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University for many years. A specialist practitioner
in political development and M&E, she has been based professionally in Southeast Asia, Europe, and
Washington, DC. She has traveled extensively for project and research purposes to Asia, Sub-Saharan
Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. She holds a Master of Arts degree (MA) in
International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies
(SAIS), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Brown University.

Patrick Quirk


Patrick W. Quirk serves on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning (S/P) staff in the Department
of State. In this capacity, he is the lead advisor for fragile states, conflict and stabilization, and
foreign assistance.

Prior to joining S/P, he served as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy in State’s Bureau of
Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). In that role, he was CSO’s overall lead for
stabilization and fragile states policy and strategy. Immediately prior, he was CSO’s Team Lead
for Political Transitions and Electoral Violence, where he conceptualized and formalized the
bureau’s approach to analyzing and developing strategies to mitigate conflict surrounding high-
priority elections and political transitions.  Dr. Quirk was one of the principal authors of the
2018 State-USAID-DoD Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR), and has worked in more than 20
countries including Afghanistan, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Burma.

Concurrent to serving at State, he is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, teaching courses on stabilization and political violence.  From 2017-2018, while at State, he was a non-resident Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Prior to government service, Dr. Quirk was a Research Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before joining GMF, he was a senior manager at Creative Associates International, a DC-based consulting firm, where he led risk assessments for the U.S.
government and managed democracy assistance and conflict prevention programs in East Africa and the Middle East.  

He is the author of Great Powers, Weak States, and Insurgency: Explaining Internal Threat Alliances and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Quirk received a B.A. in History from Bates College and Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Heba El Shazli

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

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.

Meir Walters


Meir Walters received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in 2016. His research interests include life under authoritarianism, Middle East politics, protest movements, censorship, mass media, and the impact of external actors on domestic politics in the developing world. Dr. Walters’ dissertation studied the politics of state-managed media and cultural production under authoritarianism, drawing on years of fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa. From 2012-2103, he was a Fulbright fellow in Egypt and a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Walters’ research is published in journals including Perspectives on Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Middle East Policy, and The Journal of North African Studies.

Currently, Dr. Walters is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor’s (DRL) Office of Near Eastern Affair at the U.S. Department of State with a portfolio covering Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. He has also worked on European defense policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.