Our people

Phelan US Centre Staff

Meet our staff, faculty affiliates, and steering committee.

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Peter Trubowitz
Centre Director

 

 

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Isini Abeysekera
Graduate Intern

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Chris Gilson
Blog Editor, USAPP blog

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Michaela Herrmann
Podcast Producer, The Ballpark

Centre Affiliates

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Fabien Accominotti

Fabien Accominotti is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. His work focuses on inequality, meritocracy, elites, and the history of social and cultural hierarchy in the United States.

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Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is Professor in European Politics and Policy. His research examines elections and public opinion in democracies, and the link between the economy and political behaviour.

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Roham Alvandi

Dr Roham Alvandi is Associate Professor of International History at the LSE. He has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations and his current research focuses on global human rights activism and the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. 

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Paul Apostolidis

Paul Apostolidis is Associate Professorial Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department for Education in the Government Department at LSE. His research integrates empirical field research involving Latinx migrant workers in the United States with political and critical theory.

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Sarah Banet-Weiser

Sarah Banet-Weiser is Professor of Media and Communications and Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.  

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Fenella Cannell

Dr Fenella Cannell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research includes work on kinship and religion in the United States. She has published widely on her research with American Latter-day Saints and is currently completing a monograph on this work. 

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Steven Casey

Professor Steven Casey's research interests lie in the fields of US History since 1933, including the US and WWII, and the Korean War.

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Michael Cox

Professor Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at LSE.

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Rebecca Elliott

Rebecca Elliott is an Assistant Professor of Sociology; her research examines the economic and political governance of climate change, with a current focus on flood insurance, disaster risk management, and welfare state politics in the United States.

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Fawaz A. Gerges

Fawaz A. Gerges is a Professor of international relations at the LSE where he also holds the Chair in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies at LSE. His special interests include the international relations of the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East, the political economy of the Middle East, risk analysis, Islam and the political process, mainstream Islamist movements and jihadist groups (like the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and ISIS).

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Lloyd Gruber

Dr Lloyd Gruber's current research interests include globalisation, international political economy, and public policy analysis.

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Tanya Harmer

Dr Tanya Harmer is a specialist on the Cold War in Latin America, particularly on former Chilean President Allende and US-Chilean relations in the mid-1970s.

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Elizabeth Ingleson

Elizabeth Ingleson is an assistant professor of international history. She is a historian of U.S. capitalism and economic life, US-China relations, and the US in the world.

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Matthew Jones

Professor Matthew Jones's research interests focus on the history of British and America foreign and defence policy policy in the twentieth century.

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Johann Koehler

Johann Koehler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Policy, where he studies the movement to pin American and British criminal justice policy to robust science — what in some circles is called ‘evidence-based’ justice reform.

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Nicola Lacey

Professor Nicola Lacey's research interests are criminal justice and American crime, punishment and inequality.

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David Madden

Dr David Madden is Associate Professor in Sociology and Co-Director of the Cities Programme. He works on urban studies, political sociology, and social theory. His research interests include housing, public space, and urban restructuring, with a particular focus on New York City and London.

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James Morrison

Dr James Morrison's research focuses on the role of ideas and intellectuals in foreign economic policy; in particular, on how ideas interact with institutions and interests to shape policy.

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Clive Nwonka

Dr Clive James Nwonka is an LSE Fellow in Film Studies within the Department of Sociology. His research is situated at the intersections of contemporary realism and film policy, with particular interests in black British film, international cinemas and American Independent film. 

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Raluca L. Pahontu

Dr Raluca L. Pahontu is a political economist working on issues related to risk and insurance, inequality, distributional conflict and voting behaviour. She is currently a LSE Fellow in European and International Politics and Policy.

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Mona Paulsen

Dr Mona Paulsen is Assistant Professor of International Economic Law, Department of Law. Her research focuses on international trade and foreign investment law and policy, particularly the history of international dispute resolution and economic diplomacy, as well as the intersection of the global economy and national security.   

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Stephanie Rickard

Dr Stephanie Rickard's research is on trade policy, specifically non-tariff barriers to foreign trade (including state subsidies and discriminatory government procurement practices).

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Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey’s research interests are in accountability, political economy, and mixed-methods research (e.g., quantitative text analysis, experimental study of nonverbal behaviour).

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Amanda Sheely

Dr Amanda Sheely's research interests are on welfare reform implementation and its effects, as well as the causes and effects of poverty on families.

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David Soskice

David Soskice has been School Professor and Professor of Political Science and Economics at the LSE since 2012, where his responsibilities include the promotion of interdisciplinary research; and is currently Research Director of the LSE International Inequalities Institute.

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Jessie Speer

Jessie Speer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. Her research examines the politics of housing and domesticity, with a focus on urban displacement and homelessness in the United States.

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Michael Storper

Michael Storper is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also affiliated with the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences-Po in Paris, and the Department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs at UCLA.

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Luca Tardelli

Luca Tardelli is Assistant Professorial Lecturer and Departmental Tutor in the International Relations Department at LSE. His research focuses on US foreign policy and military interventions, particularly how domestic and elite politics shape US decisions to intervene in civil wars and revolutions.

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Imaobong Umoren

Dr Imaobong Umoren is Assistant Professor of International Gender History at the London School of Economics. She works on the history of race and gender in the Caribbean, US and wider African diaspora in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Management Committee

Peter Trubowitz

Peter Trubowitz

Director of Phelan US Centre and Professor, International Relations, Chair.

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Roham Alvandi

Dr Roham Alvandi is Associate Professor of International History at the LSE. He has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations and his current research focuses on global human rights activism and the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

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James Morrison

Dr James Morrison's research focuses on the role of ideas and intellectuals in foreign economic policy; in particular, on how ideas interact with institutions and interests to shape policy.

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Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey's research interests are in political economy (trade policy and monetary policy) and quantitative textual analysis.

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Amanda Sheely

Dr Amanda Sheely's research interests are on welfare reform implementation and its effects, as well as the causes and effects of poverty on families.

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Karen Smith

Karen E Smith is a Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of International Relations at the LSE. 

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David Soskice

David Soskice has been School Professor and Professor of Political Science and Economics at the LSE since 2012, where his responsibilities include the promotion of interdisciplinary research; and is currently Research Director of the LSE International Inequalities Institute.

Imaobong Umoren

Imaobong Umoren

Dr Imaobong Umoren is Assistant Professor of International Gender History at the London School of Economics. She works on the history of race and gender in the Caribbean, US and wider African diaspora in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Advisory Board

 

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G. John Ikenberry

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, Chair

Tim Besley

Tim Besley

Professor Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science and the W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics.

Lloyd Gruber

Lloyd Gruber

Dr Lloyd Gruber's current research interests include globalisation, international political economy, and public policy analysis.

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Matthew Jones

Professor Matthew Jones's research interests focus on the history of British and America foreign and defence policy policy in the twentieth century.

Nicola Lacey

Nicola Lacey

Professor Nicola Lacey's research interests are criminal justice and American crime, punishment and inequality.

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John Phelan

Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer, MSD Capital, Ex Officio.

Leslie Vinjamuri

Leslie Vinjamuri

Director, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House.

 


 

Visiting Fellows

 

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Thomas Gift

Thomas Gift is a Lecturer of Political Science at UCL, where he teaches on Public Policy Economics and Analysis and is the Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Programme.

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Kohei Watanabe

Kohei Watanabe is an assistant professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University. He is interested in quantitative analysis of textual data from a political communication and international relations perspective.

Past Visiting Fellows

 

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David Smith

Dr David Smith is a Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. 

 

Jonathan Monten

Jonathan Monten

Dr Jonathan Monten is Lecturer in Political Science and Director of the International Public Policy Program at the School of Public Policy, University College London.  

 

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Email

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