SAIS Leadership

Vali R. Nasr, Ph.D.

Dean; Professor of International Relations

Background and Education
A Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser and commentator on international relations whose most recent book,The Dispensable Nation, deals with the implications of Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. His earlier books, Forces of Fortune and The Shia Revival, examined the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the uprisings known as the Arab Spring and contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events; prior to being named SAIS dean, was a professor of international politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; from 2009 to 2011, was special adviser to the president's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego; was a Carnegie Scholar and a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution; currently a member of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and a director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Democratic Institute; is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Ph.D., political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat (2013); Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World (2009); Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty, co-author (2006); The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future (2006); Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (2001); Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism (1996); The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: Jama'at-i Islami of Pakistan (1994); numerous articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and other publications

Myron K. Kunka, M.P.A

Senior Associate Dean of Operations and Finance
Background and Education

In current role, oversees the day-to-day operations of SAIS, including the extensive modernization of the school’s facility and business infrastructure, information technology, security, human resources, finance, communications and public affairs, enrollment, career services, library and student life; served more than 32 years in a range of senior financial management and business positions for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD); a member of the Senior Executive Service, most recently was associate director of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency; throughout DOD career, led numerous business transformation efforts and teams that focused on integration, customer responsiveness, continuous business improvement and employment of best business practices; recipient of U.S. Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Awards at both Meritorious and Distinguished Executive levels and multiple Secretary of Defense Medals for Meritorious Civilian Service; M.P.A., finance and international affairs, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


John M. Harrington Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professorial Lecturer in International Economics
Background and Education

SAIS associate dean since 2002; developed two interactive DVD-based courses, pre-calculus mathematics and basic calculus for economists; has taught at SAIS as a professorial lecturer for more than 30 years, including throughout a 20-year government career at the U.S. Department of State, where he directed economics education for foreign affairs professionals at the Foreign Service Institute; later directed the Office of Regional Economic Policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs; continued to address economic policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean through association with Caribbean/Latin American Action, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Greater American Business Coalition; Ph.D., economics, Georgetown University


Lori Cwalina, M.A.

Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations
Background and Education

Appointed in July 2012, oversees the day-to-day operations for all development, fundraising, and constituent engagement and outreach activities while directing strategic planning efforts for SAIS's three campuses in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China; most recently was assistant vice president in the University of Virginia's Health System Development Office; previously served as director of development at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., and held various positions, including managing director, at the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences Development Office; M.Ed., educational policy, planning and leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration, The College of William & Mary.


Melissa K. Trotta, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Executive Education and Strategic Initiatives
Background and Education

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration, most recently served as associate dean for Executive Degree Programs at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business from April 2010 to August 2012, directing admissions and program management for the Executive M.B.A. Program, the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive M.B.A. Program and the Executive Master's in Leadership Program; previously was the McDonough School's associate dean for Program Initiatives and Engagement and the inaugural assistant dean of Georgetown's M.B.A. Evening Program, growing the enrollment from 60 to 300 students and gaining significant prominence in the Washington, D.C., area and beyond; other professional experience includes roles as director of Admissions at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, associate director of Academic Affairs at Harvard Business School and assistant dean of Admission at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass.; M.A., higher education administration, Boston College; Ed.D., Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania


Kenneth H. Keller, Ph.D.

Director of the Bologna Center; Professor of Science and Technology Policy
Background and Education

President emeritus of the University of Minnesota; was professor of chemical engineering and materials science, department chair, academic vice president and president of the University of Minnesota for more than three decades; was senior fellow for science and technology and senior vice president of programs at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; member of the National Academy of Engineering; fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering; member of the Council on Foreign Relations; former member and chairman of the National Research Council's Board on Assessment of National Institute of Standards and Technology Programs and NASA Astrophysics Performance Committee; former member of the Board of Life Sciences, of the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Applications, and of the Science and Technology Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence; past chair of the Medical Technology Leadership Forum; Ph.D., chemical engineering, The Johns Hopkins University


"From Here to There in Information Technology," in American Behavioral Scientist (2008); "Nanotechnology and Society" in Journal of Nanoparticle Research (2007); "Improving the Understanding of Science and Technology," in Technology in Society (2006); numerous articles in academic journals related to science, technology and international relations; widely published in medical and scientific journals on subjects including, fluid mechanics, blood flow and mass transfer