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Steven Lamy

Steven Lamy

Vice Dean for Academic Programs


Steven Lamy, a professor of international relations, was appointed USC Dornsife’s vice dean for academic programs in July 2008. He is charged with overseeing undergraduate and graduate programs and recruitment, as well as counseling for current students and counseling for life beyond college. Previously, Lamy served as vice dean with responsibility for undergraduate programs during the 2007–08 academic year.

He earned his Ph.D. in international relations from the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver. His areas of expertise include international relations theory; foreign policy analysis; the foreign policies of the Western nation-states with an emphasis on Western European states, the U.S. and Canada; human security; and teaching and curriculum development in international relations. Lamy has published more than 40 articles and book chapters in these areas.

Professor Lamy has held several major administrative posts at USC. He served as director of the School of International Relations from 2001–2006 and as deputy director of the School of International Relations from 1998–2001. From 1994 to 1996, he directed the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, a faculty and teaching assistant development program. He directed a Luce Foundation-funded project on religion and international relations. He remains the primary faculty adviser and instructor for the Center for Active Learning in International Studies and the Teaching International Relations Project.

Lamy has worked with faculty development programs in Australia, Poland, Hungary, Russia, South Africa and the Czech Republic. From 1992–1999, he served as a curriculum development consultant for the Association for Professional Schools for International Affairs in a project involving universities in Eastern and Central Europe and Russia.

In acknowledgment of his role as mentor and teacher, Lamy has received 20 awards for excellence in teaching, research and civic engagement from colleagues and students. In 2012 he was named an Outstanding Higher Education Social Studies Professor by the California Council of the Social Studies. In 2011 he was awarded the Perryman Award for contributions to educators in the social studies.

He has been honored with the Burlington National Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987 and the Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Excellence Award for 1989–1991. In 1998, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the Association of Trojan Leagues of USC. In 2002, he received USC’s Teaching Has No Boundaries Award, and Lamy was named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow for USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.

Lamy is a regular contributor to major international relations conferences and workshops. He has received more than 15 grants from both private and public sources for research in foreign policy and for program development. He was the co-director of the school's Pew Initiative in Diplomatic Training and served as a special consultant for the international affairs education for the Danforth Foundation in 1988. In 2006, he authored a successful proposal to the Luce Foundation that has created the Religion, Identity and Global Governance project. He was an instructor in the Pew Initiative Diplomatic Training Faculty Fellows Program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University form 1990–1994.

He is active and well recognized in his field. In 2007, Lamy was named to the Social Science Research Council's committee on religion and international affairs. He served as an associate editor of International Studies Perspectives, a journal of the International Studies Association, from 1999 to 2004. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Political Science Education and several book series, including Paradigm Press' International Studies Intensives and the international relations series of Cambridge University Press.