Ph.D in Planning, Governance, & Globalization (PGG) 2018-05-01T17:20:10+00:00

      PGG

         PhD IN PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION

      PGG

        PhD IN PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION

PhD in PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION

The doctoral program in Planning, Governance & Globalization is a spin-off from the Environmental Design and Planning (EDP) Ph.D. Program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Initiated in 1975, the EDP program has grown not only in enrollment but also in specializations or streams as the College has become more diverse through restructuring. Effective spring 2007, EDP spun off two separate Ph.D. degrees, Planning, Governance & Globalization (PGG) in the School of Public & International Affairs and Architecture Design Research (ADR) in the School of Architecture + Design.

Locations
The degree is offered at the Blacksburg, VA campus, as well as the NCR campus in Alexandria, VA.

PGG HAS TWO TRACKS WITHIN THE DEGREE


Governance & Globalization track, supported by faculty in Governance and International Affairs (GG):

  • Governance, Institutions & Civil Society
  • Globalization, Identities, Security, & Economies

Urban & Environmental Design & Planning track, supported by faculty in Urban Affairs and Planning (UEDP):

  • Metropolitan Development
  • Community & Economic Development Planning
  • International Development Planning
  • Environmental Planning & Sustainability
  • Landscape Planning & Analysis
  • Transportation Planning
  • Physical Planning & Urban Design
APPLICATIONS, DEADLINES, & TUITION
PGG has established a highly selective Ph.D. program drawing students in the 60th percentile or higher of peer institutions based on GRE scores, GPA, and other measures. Applicants should have master’s degrees in closely allied fields, such as Planning, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Geography, and Economics, among others.

The graduate admissions committee will carefully screen all applications, and all admissions decisions will be made by consensus of the faculty. At least one faculty member from this program must agree to supervise any applicant whose record meets admissions requirements before they will receive a formal offer of admission. All incoming students will be assigned a “provisional” advisor who will work with the student until the student establishes a formal advisory committee of four members.

Information about the tracks and their thematic areas, process for transfer courses, and more, can be found in the current PGG Handbook.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students apply online through the Graduate School website. If applying online is not an option for you, you may request paper application materials through their site as well.

SUBMIT THE APPLICATION AND FOLLOWING MATERIALS ONLINE:
    1. Report of the TOEFL test (if applicable); Virginia Tech’s code is #005859. The Graduate School requires official test scores sent directly from ETS.
    2. Transcripts: see more important information about providing transcripts on the Graduate School’s application site.While completing your online application and prior to submitting it, you will be required to upload one copy of your scanned official transcript from each institution from which you have earned or will earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Do not send transcripts for community college attendance or from any institution where you enrolled in classes but did not earn a degree.Please do not mail your official transcripts to us until you have received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech. Please note that non-legible scans will not be accepted. Make sure your scanned documents are legible before uploading, as non-legible documents will result in processing delays.You may scan a copy of your official paper or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution’s Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution’s web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible.
    3. Three letters of recommendation (these may also be submitted online).
    4. Resume and Personal Statement (see below for items to include in the statement).

Whether you’re applying to the Blacksburg or NCR campus, please direct any questions you have to:

Krystal Wright
Graduate Staff Coordinator
Planning, Governance, and Globalization Ph.D. Program
School of Public and International Affairs (0113)
140 Otey Street SW / Room 112
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
telephone: 540-231-2291
email: spia@vt.edu

You may also direct questions to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate School – Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Applicants may use the space provided in the online application for their resume and personal statement. The online application form will ask you to state your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree; this section may be used as the personal statement.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Items to include in your statement:

  1. Indicate which track (UEDP or GG) and the theme within the track you are interested in pursuing. Information about the tracks and themes can be found in the PGG Handbook.
  2. Include a brief research proposal.
  3. Identify faculty you would like to serve as your major professor and why.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Students applying to the PGG program should meet the following academic standards:

  1. A “B” overall grade point average (3.1 on a 4 point scale)
  2. TOEFL minimums: internet-based: 80; computer-based: 213; paper-based: 550- or -IELTS: minimum 6.5(TOEFL nor IELTS not required of US permanent residents or US naturalized citizens; can be waived by the Graduate School if student attended a university where English is the language of instruction)

DEADLINES

The PGG Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in early February, so students who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships should have a complete application submitted by February 1 for the upcoming fall term. Graduate Assistantship decisions are made by the end of March.

The following application and decision deadlines have been established for the upcoming entry terms:

Deadlines Fall* Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Applicants apply by August 1 December 1 May 1 June 1
Department decision by August 15 January 15 May 15 June 15
International Applicants apply by April 1 September 1 January 1 February 1
Department decision by May 10 October 10 February 15 March 15

* Students seeking departmental funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1st for full consideration.

* Please also see the Graduate School’s site for other available funding.

Please note that International students must have a decision on their applications no later than the deadlines indicated for the terms shown above. Any decisions made after these timeframes need to be approved in advance and on a case-by-case basis, by the Graduate School’s International Graduate Student Services staff. The contact email is igss@vt.edu.

For those in the National Capital Region, please contact intlncr@vt.edu.

PGG MILESTONE TIMELINE
Download the PGG Milestone Timeline.

PGG Milestone Timeline
PGG FORMS

All information can be found in the current student handbook. All forms must be submitted to Krystal Wright for processing.

See also the Scholar site for PGG current students

SUGGESTED MILESTONE TIMELINEPGG Milestone Timeline

Here is a suggested timeline of the major milestones that can also be found on page 9 of the handbook. Milestones are touched on briefly on pages 7-8 and in-depth descriptions begin on page 26 of the handbook.


SAMPLE PLAN OF STUDY
PGG Sample Plan of Study

Submit your plan of study with signature page (see next item immediately following) to Krystal Wright once complete.
Information about the plan can be found in the handbook on page 22 and the sample plan is on pages 34 and 35.
Students create their plans based on the sample.
Courses listed on the plan should match those on your transcript*:
* be sure you list the correct term on the plan as well as the correct department and course number (be careful of cross-listed courses).
Note: if you don’t have items for a particular section you don’t need to include that section on your plan.


PLAN OF STUDY SIGNATURE PAGE

PGG Plan of Study Signature Page

Signature page must be submitted with your plan. You can create your signature page when creating your Plan of Study or print this form.


QUALIFYING EXAM

PGG Qualifying Exam Form

Take the Qualifying Exam form with you for signature when you meet your committee.
Most students do the plan of study and the qualifying exam at the same time though it’s not mandatory.


PROPOSAL DEFENSE

PGG Proposal Defense Form

Take the Proposal Defense form with you for signature when you meet your committee.

USEFUL LINKS

Listing of current students and alumni.

For more information on the Ph.D. in PGG, please see the PGG Handbook.

Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Immigration Services – valuable information for international applicants.

Contact:
Krystal Wright
PGG Graduate Staff Coordinator
Email: krystal@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-2291

The PGG-GG program offers a unique environment in which faculty advisers and students work closely together. Students build from interdisciplinary perspectives to leverage their professional experiences when exploring scholarly puzzles.

The PGG program consists of 90 credit hours (30 hours of coursework + 30 research and dissertation hours). Students can transfer up to 30 hours from their Master’s degree.

Full and part-time students are welcome!

Current and Past Research Topics

Possible research areas include the US foreign policy, new security threats, conflict resolution, geopolitics, social policy, international finance, economics, and development, the environment and natural resources, and social movements.

The faculty has particular strengths in post-Soviet Eurasia, the Balkans, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Dissertation topics – In progress  

  • Eric Reading – the dynamics shaping global development assistance.
  • Dallas Shaw – military and civilian interventions in “weak”, “failing” and “failed states”.
  • Gabriel Mitchell – the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Craig M. Johnson – international organizations and nuclear security.
  • Gregory Kruczek – nationalism, conflict and Middle Eastern Christian communities
  • Martin Cho – International policy and new energy technology.
  • Carl Ciovacco – Perceptions of threat and US-China relations.
  • Jeanette Ruiz – Informal networks and communication technologies.
  • Pishtiwan Jawal – political Islam, democracy and the Kurdish issue.
  • Gela Merabishvili – Sub-national actors’ influence in international politics.
  • Joe Karle – US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/1.
  • Kevin Rosier – international political economy and development.
  • Ashleigh Breske – The governance of repatriation-returning history in a globalized world
  • Putu Desy Apriliani – The effects of microfinance on gender relations in Bali’
  • Jake Keyel – Social and political pressures on, and self-perceptions of, Iraqi refugees in the United States
  • Brett R. Netto – the English School of International Relations Theory and Russian perception of International Society.

Recently Defended Ph.D dissertations:

  • Adis Maksic, 2014, NCR – “Mobilizing for Ethnic Violence? Ethno-National Political Parties and the Dynamics of Ethno Politicization”.
  • David Belt, 2014, NCR – “A Muslim-led Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism”.
  • Michelline Stokes, 2015, Blacksbug – “The Household Survival Strategies of Manufacturing Workers Displaced in Henry County and New River Valley, VA”.
  • Arnold Dupuy, 2016, NCR – “Changing Patterns of Regionalism and Security in the Wider Black Sea Area: The Transformative Impact of Energy”.
  • Bryan Riddle, 2016, NCR – “Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines and Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghnistan”
  • Sonya Finley,  2016, NCR – “Recommending Political Warfare: The Role of Eisenhower’s Committee on International Information Activities in the US’s Approach to the Cold War”.

The GIA PGG Difference:

Flexible scheduling to accommodate working professionals (part-time students)
Our courses are offered in the evenings and online
Individualized guidance from faculty advisers
Prior graduate credits can be counted towards the degree
Rolling admissions
A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships is available each year.

Putu Desy Apriliani putuda8@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Nada Berrada nada1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Patricia Nickel

Carmen Boggs-Parker cabooker@vt.edu
Intercultural Learning in Cross-cultural Contexts
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Ashleigh Breske aslilly@vt.edu
Governance of Repatriation, Cultural Property in Politically Unstable Regions
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Luis Camacho lcamacho@vt.edu
Economic Development, Sociology of Work, Innovation and Technology in Workplaces, Participatory Management Practices, Dignity at Work
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Rothschild

Martin Cho martinhc@vt.edu
Geopolitics and Development of Energy Resources
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Carl Ciovacco carl7@vt.edu
International Relations and Global Security
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Ben Coleman bencoleman@vt.edu
International Political Economy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Central Banking, Economic History
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Giselle Datz

Lindy Cranwell lindycra@vt.edu
International Education, Higher Education, Faculty Engagement in Comprehensive Internationalization, University Student Global Mobility
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jonathan Elliott jtelliott@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Simone Franzi franzisimone@vt.edu
Global Political Economy, The Politics and Geography of Trade Agreements
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Rachel Gabriele rachelvg@vt.edu
Collaborative Governance in Revitalizing Cities
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Maggie Cowell

Jen Gooding jgooding@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Ben Grove ben.grove@vt.edu
Leadership of NGOs
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Terken Gupur terken@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Helen Horton helenuva@yahoo.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Pishtiwan Jalal pishti1@vt.edu
Terrorism, Islamic Radicalism, Political Islam, Democracy and the Kurdish Issue
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Marc Jasper marcwj62@vt.edu
Nationalism; US Military Intervention; Balkans, Caucasus & Middle East Conflict & Area Studies: Peace Operations & Low-intensity Conflict; Conflict Resolution
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Craig Johnson cjohn5x@vt.edu
Post-Cold War Nuclear Security Regimes
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Adna Karamehic akara@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Joseph Karle karle1jb@vt.edu
Analyzing US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/11, particularly the way interactions between US personnel and local leaders (governmental and military) impact the development of governance and security structures
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Jared “Jake” Keyel jaredk1@vt.edu
Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Critical Theory
Primary Advisors: Dr. Patricia Nickel and Professor Tim Luke

Maksym Kolos mkolos@ukr.net
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Gregory Kruczek kruczek1@vt.edu
Lebanon/Syia; Lebanese Civil War; Nationalism studies, Modern Levantine History
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ariel Ahram and Professor Joel Peters

Walter “Rick” Landgraf wfland3@vt.edu
DeFacto States; Ethnic Conflicts; Russian Foreign Policy; NATO-Russia Relations; Visual Geopolitics
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Benjamin Louis bflouis@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professors Joyce Rothschild and Edward Weisband

Sarah Lyon-Hill sarahlh@vt.edu
Theater Arts and Community Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Julian R. Meade julian67@vt.edu
Geopolitics of the Arctic Region
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Tiernan Mennen tiernkm@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Giselle Datz

Gela Merabishvili gm88@vt.edu
How sub-state actors, such as cities and regions, influence international politics; the EU, particularly its foreign and security policy, Russia, and the countries in their shared neighborhood
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Allison D. Miller ahern09@vt.edu
Community Cohesion and Countering Violent Extremism: An Ethnographic Analysis of Selected Global Communities
Primary Advisors:  Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Priya Dixit

Gabriel Mitchell gabim14@vt.edu
Regionalism, majority-minority politics, and the formation of state foreign policy. His dissertation explores the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Brett R. Netto brettn76@vt.edu
Dissertation Title: Russia as a Great Power: An English School Approach to Yeltsin’s Presidency (1991-200)
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Sulayman Njie sauln@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Eric Reading ereading@vt.edu
Political Transitions, International Development, Middle East
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Alana Romanella aromanel@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Kevin Rosier kjrosier@vt.edu
International political economy, macroeconomics, and international development
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Jeanette Ruiz ruizjr@vt.edu
Understanding How Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Impact and Empower Informal Networks as these Networks Develop Tools for Re-shaping Economies, Polities, and International Relations
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Kevin Saderup kevin57@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Hamza Safouane hsafouan@vt.edu
Migration and Migratory Journey Narratives, Apparatus of Capture of Mobility in the EU and Tactics of Escape
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Dallas Shaw dallas69@vt.edu
U.S. Military Interventions in Counterinsurgencies: Military Governance Versus Military Assistance to Governance
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Ethan Tabor etabor6@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

John Terpinas terp@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Donald Tighe donaldvt@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Lacy Watson elw3@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Michael Wiener mtwiener@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Khodr Zaarour kaazrour@vt.edu
Intl Relations, US Foreign & Security Policy, emphasis: transnational crime & contentious politics in the Greater Middle East
Primary Advisors: Professor Karen Hult and Professor Joyce Rothschild

Xiaochen Zhang zxc@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

MARTIN CHO
Martin earned a BA in History from the University of Illinois (1999) and a MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University (2013).

His research interests are in the geopolitics and development of energy resources.

Prior to enrolling at Virginia Tech, he worked in investment banking, covering natural resource and infrastructure companies. Martin later worked at the Department of Energy focusing on new energy technology and on international policy.

CARL CIOVACCO
Carl is a PhD student in the Government and International Affairs Program. His research focus is on national security and the social construction of threat perception. He is currently writing his dissertation on the evolution of American threat narratives around China.

Formerly an American military officer with experience in the intelligence community, he currently works in the financial industry.

Carl holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from West Point and a Master in Public Policy in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

PISHTIWAN JALAL
Pishtiwan was born in Iraqi Kurdistan the same year five thousand Kurds were massacred by chemical weapons, nearly two hundred thousand Kurdish women and children were buried alive in the desserts of Arabia, and 5,000 villages (including his) were destroyed. He grew up and finished school within a civil war zone.

After earning his BA at the University of Kurdistan-Hewler, he started a masters program in International Security at the same university and worked as the deputy manager of Radio Dewran. After winning a scholarship from the Kurdistan Regional Government, he moved to Washington, D.C. earned an MA in International Affairs at the Catholic University of America, and worked as a research assistant at the Rethink Institute.

His main research interests are terrorism, Islamic radicalism, political Islam, democracy and the Kurdish issue.

CRAIG JOHNSON
Craig’s research interests include international organization and nuclear security regimes.

He holds an MA in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

He is a Seminar XXI Fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a recipient of the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholarship Award. He currently serves as a national security analyst for the United States Government.

JOE KARLE
Joe earned a BS in Political Science from Central Michigan University (2010) and an MA in International Relations (2016) from Texas A&M University.

His interested in analyzing US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/11, particularly the way interactions between US personnel and local leaders (governmental and military) impact the development of governance and security structures.

Joe served as a paratrooper in US Army’s 3/509th Parachute Infantry Regiment as was deployed to Afghanistan from 2011-2012.

GREGORY KRUCZEK
Greg’s research interests are nationalism studies, ethnic conflict and civil war, and Middle Eastern Christian communities. His doctoral dissertation examines how Assyrian-Christian communities in Iraq have responded to ISIL and the breakdown of the state.

Greg worked at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and Penn State University’s Center for Network-Centric Cognition and Information Fusion. He was also an instructor in the Department of Political Science at Susquehanna University, teaching classes on world affairs and comparative domestic politics.

Greg has a B.A., B.S., and M.A from Penn State University.

RICK LANDGRAF
Major Walter “Rick” F. Landgraf III is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

He earned a BA in Political Science from McDaniel College in 2003, an MPIA from Virginia Tech in 2010, and an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 2013.

He has over 13 years of experience in intelligence analysis and collection operations, including three years of combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently posted in the United Kingdom serving as an intelligence liaison.

His research interests are NATO-Russia relations, de facto independent states, and post-Soviet conflicts.

GELA MERABISHVILI
Gela holds a BA in international Relations and an MA degrees from Tbilisi State University. On a graduate level, he narrowed his focus on the politics of South Caucasus (2013). He also holds a MA degree in European Studies from Maastricht University (2012).

His professional background includes internships at the Embassy of Georgia to Hungary, Center for EU Enlargement Studies, and the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (all in Budapest) and research assistantships at Center for European Policy Studies, and European Stability Initiative (both in Brussels). He is interested in how sub-state actors, such as cities and regions, influence international politics.

In terms of geographic regions, he is interested in the EU, particularly its foreign and security policy, Russia, and the countries in their shared neighborhood.

GABRIEL MITCHELL
Gabriel is the US Representative of Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. O

riginally from the United State, Gabriel moved to the Middle East after completing his Bachelor of Arts in History at The Ohio State University. He also holds an Master of Arts in Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Gabriel’s interests include regionalism, majority-minority politics, and the formation of state foreign policy. His dissertation explores the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean.

ERIC READING
Eric serves as Executive Vice President for Chemonics International, a leading global development firm promoting meaningful change around the world to help people live healthier, more productive, and independent lives.

During his career he has worked in development policy and program implementation in governance, urban development, conflict, food security, energy, health, education, environment, gender, and economic growth in more than 40 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America and lived in Egypt and Kosovo. His research focuses on the dynamics shaping global development policy and practice.

Eric holds an M.A. (1993) and B.A. (1992), both in international affairs from Florida State University.

JEANNETTE RUIZ
Jeanette received an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Her research interests focus on understanding how information and communication technologies (ICTs) impact and empower informal networks as tools for re-shaping economies, polities, and international relations. She has worked as a contractor serving the Department of Defense.

ATAL JASON SHARIF
Atal Jason Sharif is a US Air Force Civil Aviation Intelligence Analysis Center Principle Intelligence Analyst specializing in counter proliferation, arms trafficking, drug smuggling, counter terrorism, and counter intelligence. In addition to his 11 years in the Air Force civil service, Atal deployed twice to Afghanistan as a civilian: in 2011 on-loan with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a Senior Intelligence Analyst studying civil military relations, governance, and Afghan security institutions, and in 2015 with the Ministry of Defense Advisor (MoDA) program as a Senior Advisor for the Afghan National Police advising on several police intelligence issues to include analysis, special investigations, counter corruption, and counter insurgency operations. Atal’s research focuses on Afghan security institutions and US train, advise and assist policies.

Maurice Binioube Aleyao aleyb06@vt.edu
An Investigation of NGO-Government Partnerships for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in the Maritime Region of Togo
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Don Back dback@vt.edu
Neoliberalism, Academic Capitalism and Higher Education in Developing Countries
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Beth Beck bethbeck@vt.edu
“The Spark that Ignites the Creative Idea: An Examination of the Group Practice of LAUNCH
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Emily Barry-Murphy emilybar@vt.edu
Democratizing the Refugee Regime Complex
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Belt beltdavid@gmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Arnold C. Dupuy acdupuy@vt.edu
Patterns of Regionalism and Security: Energy as a Transformational Influence in the Black Sea Area.
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Heba F. El-Shazli heba@vt.edu
Political Role of Labor Movements in the MENA Region Contributing to the Arab Spring
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Anna Erwin erwinae@vt.edu
Food Systems, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Sonya Finley sonyalf@vt.edu
U.S. Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy/Psychological Warfare, Defense Strategy
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Stefanie Georgakis Abbott stefieg@vt.edu
Critical International Relations Theory, European Union Politics, Border Studies, Immigration
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Eric Hodges ebhodges@usf.edu
Democratic Theory, Civic Engagement, Military Veterans, Moral Philosophy, and Cosmopolitanism
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Emily Howard Ray Emily.Ray@sonoma.edu
Environmental political theory and environmental politics, with particular interest in land-use conflicts, social movements, and feminist theory
Primary Advisory: Professor Tim Luke

Mahin Khan mahin@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Sabithulla Khan khanpgg@vt.edu
Philanthropy, Civil Society, Muslim Societies in the U.S and Middle East, Inter-faith Work and Civic Engagement
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Adis Maksic adismax@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

William Bryan Riddle briddle@lmi.org
The Essence of Desperation:  Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines as Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Nicole Sanderlin npsander@vt.edu
Internationalization of Higher Education, Faculty Engagement, and Strategic Planning
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adriana Seagle aseagle@vt.edu
The English School, Sub-global Regional Int’l Societies, Intelligence Practices w/in Military Alliances, European Security and Foreign Policies
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Michelline Stokes sjmichey@vt.edu
Deindustrialization and Household Survival Strategies, Globalization, and Women and Work
Primary Advisor: Drs. Giselle Datz and Dale Wimberley

Sarah Surak smsurak@salisbury.edu
Dissertation: Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a critical space for vehicle disposal practices
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Courtney Thomas courts.thomas@gmail.com
Political Economy, Food Politics, and Mass Political Violence
Primary Advisor: Professor Edward Weisband

Mark Thorum thorun1@cs.com
Dissertation: Essays in International Financial Governance
Primary Advisor: Professors Tim Luke and Charles Taylor

Bart Yavorosky bartyav@vt.edu
Interest Group Politics, Administrative Rulemaking, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteer Management, and Fundraising
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

SONYA FINLEYAssistant Professor at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy
Sonya earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (International Relations/German Literature) from Emory University in 1990 and a MPA (International Relations) from Cornell University in 2000. She is a PhD candidate in the Government and International Affairs program at Virginia Tech (National Capital Region).

Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University after a 26 year career as an Army Strategist. Her professional experiences include advising senior uniformed and civilian leadership within the Department of Defense in assignments ranging from Asia to Europe and the Middle East, as well as teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National War College at the National Defense University. She is a former East-West Fellow and former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her research interests include national and defense strategy, public diplomacy, and political and information warfare.

DALLAS SHAW
Dallas Shaw’s research interests include third party interventions in intrastate conflict, the impacts of 2nd battlefield foreign fighters, and understanding how organizations innovate and adapt. He is currently working on developing theories of symbiotic adaptation and artificial adaptation as causal mechanisms to explain how intervening military and civilian representatives develop governance in weak, failed, or failing states.

He is also a recently retired Marine Corps officer who has served 27 years in conventional and special operations units and led Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently teaches expeditionary warfare to Marine Corps captains and international officers with the Marine Corps University.

When he is not working or studying he spends copious amounts of time adoring his wife Jeannette, visiting his son Hithem in North Carolina, wrestling with his youngest son Sami, teaching professional ethics courses, or fellowshipping with friends from church.

DAVID BELT
David graduated from the PGG program in 2014, having written a thesis on “A Muslim-led Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism”, which explored national security discourse as a platform for politics. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (1982), and earned a Masters in Resource and Security Strategy from the National Defense University (2005). Since 2008, David has led courses and mentored theses on security issues emerging in Islamic communities, and especially in the broader Middle East, at the National Intelligence University, Washington DC. In 2016, he co-founded and is the co-editor of the Journal of Strategic Intelligence. Prior to that, David was Assistant Professor of National Security Studies at the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University. In a former career, Captain Belt served twenty-six years in the Navy’s Special Operations Officer community, with a total of nine years in command, both afloat and ashore.
HEBA EL-SHAZLI
Heba earned her doctorate from Virginia Tech (VT) School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and an MA in International Relations from Georgetown University. Heba is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Mason University’s The Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. She teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations theory, Israeli-Palestinian politics, and role of civil society in democratization. Dr. El-Shazli has 28 years of professional work experience in civic and union organizing, institution building, leadership skills training, labor education and training methodologies, political advocacy, and development. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her research interests include: civil society and social movements; challenges of democratization and political transition in the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, and the political role of the labor movement.
ADIS MAKSIC
Adis graduated from the PGG program in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of International Burch University in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Adis wrote his dissertation on “Mobilizing for Ethnic Violence? Ethno-national Political Parties and the Dynamics of Ethno-politicization”, which won an Outstanding Dissertation Award at Virginia Tech. He earned his MA Degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech, while his BA is from Michigan State University. Adis produced several articles in notable academic journals that examined the mobilizing power of ethno-nationalist discourses in both prewar and postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. His ongoing research examines nationalist mobilizations in the Balkans and the Caucuses.
ARNOLD DUPUY
Arnie works for Booz Allen Hamilton as an analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2005 after 25 years of of service, having completed his last major assignment in Afghanistan. In May of 2016, defended his dissertation title on “Changing Patterns of Regionalism and Security in the Wider Black Sea Area: The Transformative Impact of Energy.” Arnie’s research interests are energy geopolitics and the confluence of the cyber and energy fields, particularly regarding the vulnerability of energy infrastructure.
BRYAN RIDDLE
Bryan earned his B.S. in the American Legal System from the US Academy (1998) and a M.S. in International Relations from Troy University (2006). He has concluded his Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization in 2016. His research examined how we conceptualize the strategy making process and account for geostrategic change by exploring the decisions to employ counterinsurgency doctrine to failing war efforts in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As a consultant at a not-for-profit organization, Bryan supports the Counterterrorism Partnerships Directorate within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism. In that capacity, he works with the US European Command CT Partnerships portfolio and supports the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund.

Bryan’s book, Essence of Desperation: Counterinsurgency Doctrine as the Solution to War-Fighting Failures was published by Lexingtom Books in 2018.

GIA Faculty and Staff

Ernesto L. Acosta ela2ness@vt.edu
Transportation and Environment
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Ralph Buehler and Prof. Tom Sanchez

Jessica Agnew jlagnew@vt.edu
Market-based Approaches to Address Poverty and Malnutrition
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

SeungBee Choi sbchoi@vt.edu
Community Development, Social Mix, Housing Policy, Urban Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Thomas Skuzinski

Alan Cunningham alanfc71@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Buehler

Karen Drake kdrake@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisors: Dr. Maggie Cowell and Dr. John Provo

Will Drake wdrake@vt.edu
Climate Change and Natural Hazards Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Selma Elouardighi selmae@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall and Professor Edward Weisband

Marc Fialkoff marcf@vt.edu
Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Security, Freight Transportation Planning and Policy
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ralph Hall and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Raj G. C. rajgc@vt.edu
A Comparative Analysis of the Sustainability of Multiple-Use Water Service Systems; (MUS) and Single-Use Domestic Water Systems (SUS): Examples from the Hills of Nepal
Primary Advisory: Dr. Ralph Hall

Fleur Gooden fleur@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Khushboo Gupta khushboo@vt.edu
Smart Cities and Livability in Developing Countries, Economic Impact Analysis
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Andrea Hamre ahamre@vt.edu
Commuter Benefits, Transport Justice, Travel Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Priscila Izar izarpris@vt.edu
Globalization, Real Estate Development, and Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Hwa young Kim eagloo@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Stephen Kleiber kleiber@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Diane Zahm

Huyen Le huyenle@vt.edu
Travel Behavior, Activity-Travel, Choice Modeling
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Tianjun Lu tianjun@vt.edu
Research Interest: Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey

Omchand Mahdu omchand4@vt.edu
The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Rural Development
Primary Advisor: Professor John Browder

Neda Moayerian mneda14@vt.edu
Cultural Tourism, Civic Engagement and Community Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Cheryl L. Montgomery clmontgo@vt.edu
Critical Race Theory, Counterpublics, Community Identity, Digital Storytelling
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Seth Peery sspeery@vt.edu
GIS, Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Hye jeong Seo seohj@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Todd Schenk

Vera Smirnova veras@vt.edu
Research on Land Appropriation, Enclosure, and Territorialization in Times of Economic Crises
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Frances Stanley fstanley@vt.edu
Community Development Non Profits
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

Caitlin Walter csugrue@vt.edu
Economic Development & Housing Policy 
Primary Advisor: Dr. Maggie Cowell

Qiong Wang wqiong7@vt.edu
Environment and Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Yang Wang yang6@vt.edu
Land Use Science Planning
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Todd Schenk

Emma Rongrong Wei rrw1988@vt.edu
Fiscal Behavior, Fiscal Rules & Institutions, Public Choice
Primary Advisor: Dr. Tom Skuzinski

Daniel White dannyw@vt.edu
Sport and International Development, Social Capital, International Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jane Anne Williams janeann@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Joshua Wimpey jorshw@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Drs. Ralph Hall and Kris Wernstedt

Ruixiang Xie xrx1993@vt.edu
Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Global and Local Governance
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Kris Wernstedt and Dr. Yang Zhang

Arica Young arica2@vt.edu
Suburban Spaces, Cohousing and Ecovillages, Social and Environmental Sustainability
Primary Advisor: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

Wafa Al-Daily waldaily@vt.edu
Dissertation: An Exploration of State and Non-State Actor Engagement in Informal Settlement Governance in the Mahwa Aser Neighborhood and Sana’a City, Yemen
Primary Advisors: Professors Max Stephenson and Kathleen Parrott

Yehyun (Hannah) An yehyun@vt.edu
Dissertation: The Operationalization of Capacity Development: The Case of Urban Infrastructure Projects in India
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Veronica Arroyave varroya@vt.edu
Dissertation: Networks in the Disaster Response and Global Health Domain: A case study of The Partnership for Quality Medical Donation’s response to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Bieri bieri@vt.edu
Dissertation: Location Choice, Linkages and the Spatial Economy: Essays on Theory, Evidence and Heterodox Assessment
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Brendan Brink-Halloran bbrink42@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Timothy G. Brown tgbrown@vt.edu
Environmental Conflicts, The U.S. News Media, Public Agenda Setting
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Fanny Carlet fanny09@vt.edu
Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Kate Fisher fisherm@cna.org
Dissertation: Aging America: Essays on Population Aging and the Physical and Economic Landscapes in the United States
Primary Advisor: Dr. Casey Dawkins

Trevor Flanery tflanery@vt.edu
Economic and Community Development, Complex Adaptive Systems, Networks, Models & Simulation Science
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Curt Gervich cgervich@plattsburgh.edu
Decision Making for Sustainability – EDP (Planning)
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Anja Hälg Bieri ahb@vt.edu
Urban Geography, Architecture, Documentary Art, Critical Theory, Walkable Urbanism, Creative Cities
Primary Advisor: Dr. Paul Knox

Allison Heck ajaheck@vt.edu
Cultural Development, Community and Economic Development, Participatory Planning, Gentrification, and Resilience
Primary Advisor: Dr. Derek Hyra

Jennifer LeFurgy jlefurgy@vt.edu
“Staying Power: Aging in Community and the Village Model”
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Monica Licher mlicher@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Jesse Richardson

Cindy Lintz mila@vt.edu
Perceptions of Other Along the Bulgarian-Macedonian Border
Primary Advisors: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

Morgan Mbeky
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Dale Medearis dmedearis@novaregion.org
European (specifically German) urban planning practices, and regional climate mitigation and adaptation policies
Primary Advisor: Professor Chris Nelson

Joao Mil-Homens joaomh@ualg.pt
Dissertation: Labeling Schemes or Labeling Scams? Auditors’ Perspectives on ISO 14001 Certification
Primary Advisors: Professor John Randolph and Dr. Joe Rees

Asli Ceylan Oner aoner@fau.edu
Globalization, Global Cities, Metropolitan Decentralization, and Comparative Urbanization
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Damian Pitt dpitt@vcu.edu
Dissertation: The Diffusion of Climate Protection Planning among U.S. Municipalities
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Andrew Sanderford sanderford@email.arizona.edu
Dissertation: Bridging the Diffusion of Innovation Chasm for Green Housing
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

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