June 2011 News Update

Congratulations to all School of International Relations Graduates!

SIR Alumna Nanci Nishimura Appointed to the Commission on Judicial Performance by Gov. Brown

May 18, 2011

NANCI E. NISHIMURA, a partner with the law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, has been appointed by GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN to the Commission on Judicial Performance. The Commission consists of eleven members: one Justice of a Court of Appeal and two Judges of Superior Courts appointed by the Supreme Court; two attorneys appointed by the Governor; and six public members appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. Members are appointed to four-year terms. Read more online.

Emeritus Professor Michael Fry Publishes a New Book

April, 2011

Emeritus Professor Michael Fry has published a new book called, And Fortune Fled. The First World War was the defining event of the twentieth century and the Paris Peace Conference the most important such conference. The four years following the war helped determine whether the world would find peace or face another war. In December 1916 David Lloyd George became Prime Minister of Britain and came to dominate wartime diplomacy and postwar international affairs. Although he resigned in October 1922 and never held high office again, he was the pre-eminent liberal statesman of the twentieth century. Arguably Lloyd George was the equal of Winston Churchill as a war leader and indisputably superior as a creative, ingenious, and visionary statesman.

Professor Lowenthal Retires from USC

May 2011

After many years of service at USC, Professor Abe Lowenthal is retiring.  He was honored with a dinner in April where letters were read from students across the globe. He has been appointed the Central American Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University for 2011-2012, and will continue to write and publish.

Prof. Tickner has a Forthcoming Book: "Feminism and International Relations"

April 20, 2011

Feminism and International Relations: Conversations about the past, present and future, edited by J. Ann Tickner & Laura Sjoberg(SIR alumna) will be published June 8, 2011 by Routledge. The book was the outcome of a USC Center for International Studies workshop in April of 2010, organized by Professor Tickner, Jane Jaquette of Occidental College, and Laura Sjoberg of University of Florida entitled "Twenty years of Feminist International Relations: Converstation about the past, present and future." Conference papers, which are now book chapters, are all written by former (recent) USC Ph.D. students and former CIS postdoctoral fellows. Commentaries are provided by senior scholars in the field, all of whom have some prior association with USC.  The book generated a lot of interest at the International Studies Association Annual Conference and Routledge has flagged it as one of their potential best sellers. Read more about the book online.

IR 385 Students Present Papers at a Research Conference on the EUFeminism and International Relations

April 12, 2011

The European Union Center of California held the Ninth Annual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union on April 7-8.  Students from universities across the US gathered, "for an interactive conference focusing on European issues and student research." Seven students from Assistant Professor Mai'a Davis Cross' "European Foreign Policy and Security Issues" (IR 385) class applied and all were selected to present. Six of the students attended, and Professor Cross acted as a discussant for one of the sessions. The students and the tiles of their papers are: Maya Swissa, "Future Stability in the Euriopen Union: Realism, Constructivism, and Institutionalism;" Catherine Veeneman, "Establishing Europol;" Nadia Kim, "The Evolution of Terrorism in the European Union;" Kellogg Brengel, "The External nature of European Power: The Relationship between the EU and Africa and the Cotonou Agreement;" Myles Lock, "A Democratic Attempt at Supranationalism;" and Kimberly Brown, "The Transatlantic Alliance."  Maya Swisa's paper was selected as one of the top four of the conference.  Her paper will be published in a special volume of conference proceedings, and she will tour the EU institutions in Brussels for one week this summer.

Alumni News

Luke Thominet (2008) had an article published a few months ago in Politics and Culture about the Iraq War. The article can be found here.  He is attending Northern Michigan University, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and teaching undergraduate composition courses.

Alejandro Sueldo (BA 2008) is in Russia advancing his research with CSIS on Russian nuclear/defense policy. He has been offered a summer legal position with the White House. "I will be doing litigation/govt. ethics/fiscal law issues. It'll be great to be back in DC as well."

James Whitcomb Riley (BA 2006) has just had his dissertation published at e-International Relations.

Christopher Darton (BA 2002) has two articles forthcoming. "Rivalry and Rapprochement in Early Cold War Central America" is forthcoming in the June 2011 issue of Security Studies, and "A False Start on the Road to Mercosur: Reinterpreting Rapprochement Failure between Argentina and Brazil, 1972" has just been accepted (pending minor revisions) by Latin American Research Review.

Paul Levin (PhD 2007) has just published a new book entitled Turkey and the European Union: Christian and Secular Images of Islam.

Serena Simoni (SIR PhD 2008) has accepted a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama starting Fall 2011. 

Lyn Boyd-Judson (Ph.D.) has just published a new book entitled Strategic Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy’s Moral Universe, published by Kumarian Press.

Dan Dvorsky (BA & MA 1983) is the new Executive Vice President for Rock-It Cargo's Corporate Expedited Group after Rock-It Cargo acquired assets of Silicon Valley based Core Logistics Corporation and LA based B. E. Logistics (where Dan was President & CEO).

Christian Orr (BA 1997) graduated in May 2010 from the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, and in July 2010 he graduated from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Training (ICESAT), also at FLETC.

Megan Putnam (BA 2007) was commissioned in November and is currently at Fort Huachuca preparing to start Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course in May. "HUMINT is such a fascinating field, and it's where I want to end up in the Army."

Cosmin Florescu (BA 2003) Graduated May 2009 from George Washington University with a MPH. He was selected to be one of the student speakers on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol. "I got to meet White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel backstage and he stopped me onstage after the speech to shake my hand. It was quite an unexpected surprise and definitely a huge honor." The speech is available onlinehere.

Alumni can write Linda Cole with news, jobs, internships and publications atlcole@usc.edu.

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