The Johns Hopkins SAIS Faculty Is Growing

We are pleased to welcome the following new experts this semester:


Antony Blinken is the Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute. Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two US administrations over three decades, including, most recently, Deputy Secretary of State (2015-2017), the nation’s number two diplomat. As Deputy Secretary, he traveled to forty countries, helping to lead diplomacy in the fight against ISIL, the rebalance to Asia, and the global refugee crisis. Within the State Department, he built bridges to the innovation community, creating a full time State Department presence in Silicon Valley and initiating the State Department Innovation Forum, which enlists innovators and technologists in solving complex foreign policy problems. He earned a JD from Columbia Law School.

Francis Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. His teaching and research interests focus on US foreign policy, global governance, national security affairs, nuclear strategy and arms control, presidential policymaking, and the history of international monetary relations. He is the author of several books on global affairs, including Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971, and Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age. Gavin earned a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adria Lawrence is the Aronson Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Science, a joint appointment by Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She is a scholar of Middle Eastern and North African politics and studies colonialism, nationalism, conflict, and collective action. Her book, Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire, provides an analysis of the mobilization for national independence that confronted European colonial empires post-World War II. Lawrence earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Vikram Nehru is a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence supporting International Economics, International Development, and Southeast Asia Studies. Nehru is an expert on development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia. His research focuses on the economic, political, and strategic issues confronting Asia, particularly Southeast Asia. Nehru earned his an MA and MPhil from the University of Oxford.

Sarah Sewall is the Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. Sewall is an international affairs expert known for innovative, high-impact work on emerging security challenges. Her research focuses on civilian protection, the ethics of using military force, and civil-military relations. Sewall most recently served as Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, an appointment she held in the Obama administration since February 2014. She earned a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Adam Szubinwho most recently served as the Acting Secretary of the Treasury, will join Johns Hopkins SAIS as a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence in the Strategic Studies program in May 2017. Previously, he served as the Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury Department. In this role, he led the policy, enforcement, regulatory, and intelligence functions of the Treasury Department aimed at identifying and disrupting the lines of financial support to international terrorist organizations, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, narcotics traffickers, and other actors posing a threat to our national security or foreign policy. Szubin earned a JD from Harvard Law School.

Josh White is Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies and Fellow at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies. He most recently served at the White House as Senior Advisor and Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, where he staffed the President and National Security Advisor on the full range of South Asia policy issues pertaining to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent, and led efforts to integrate U.S. government policy planning across South and East Asia. White’s research and interests include defense policy, electoral politics, Islamic movements, and nuclear deterrence. He earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins SAIS.