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Meet Our New Faculty Members!

April 24, 2012 — The Department of History and Politics would like welcome three new faculty members: Amelia Hoover Green, Erin R. Graham, and Zoltan Buzas. Read their Q&A's below to learn more about them!

 

Amelia Hoover Green

Amelia

1) Hometown: Grand Forks, ND

2) Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University (December 2011)

3) Research Interests: Dynamics of conflict-related violence; intra-armed group politics and socialization; statistics in human rights.

4) What did you do prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University?

Ph.D. student at Yale and Consultant for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (http://www.hrdag.org). Also worked for United Nations Action Against Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (http://www.stoprapenow.org).

5) What is your favorite vacation destination?

It’s a tie: Northern California (hiking) or Kauai, HI (lazing).

6) What was the last restaurant you went to?

Breads of India, south Berkeley, CA.

7) What excites you most about Drexel?

The fact that the university and the department are in a time of change and expansion; the opportunity to teach undergrads and focus on research. Also, Philly! Having gone to college at Swarthmore and lived in the city afterwards, I love the city and am excited to be back.

8) What are three books on your coffee table?

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow; 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Francisco Area, Jane Huber; Scoop: 125 Specialty Ice Creams, Ellen Brown.

9) If you could have dinner with any three people (alive or dead) who would you choose?

Queen Elizabeth I, George Eliot, and Grace Hopper. (Apparently this is a “path-breaking women”¬–themed dinner.)

10) What are you most proud of?

Finishing my dissertation while (mostly) refraining from working after 7:00 pm.

 

Erin R. Graham

Erin

1) Hometown: Spokane, Washington

2) Degree: Ph.D. in Political Science, The Ohio State University.

3) Research Interests: International institutions, international relations theory, global environmental politics.

4) What did you do prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University?

Most recently, I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

5) What is your favorite vacation destination?

A tie between Glacier National Park and Kaua`i, Hawaii.

6) What was the last restaurant you went to?

Nassau Street Seafood and Produce, Princeton.

7) What excites you most about Drexel?

The sense of possibility! There are two inclinations in the History and Politics department I found particularly inviting: an interest in the interaction between science and politics and the nexus between theory and practice in the study of politics. More generally, I am eager to engage with new students and colleagues during this exciting period of growth at Drexel!

8) What are three books on your coffee table?

Winner Takes All Politics, by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, A Dangerous Place, by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Why We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers.

9) If you could have dinner with any three people (alive or dead) who would you choose?

Stevie Nicks, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and Janet Evans.

10) What are you most proud of?

Friendships kept and relationships maintained.  
 

Zoltan Buzas

Zoltan

1) Hometown: Székelyudvarhely (Hungarian spelling) or Odorheiu Secuiesc (Romanian spelling), Romania

2) Degree: PhD (expected 2012)

3) Research Interests: International Relations Theory, International Security, Race and Politics, and Diplomatic History.

4) What did you do prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University?

I was a PhD student at The Ohio State University.

5) What is your favorite vacation destination?

My hometown and Hawaii.

6) What was the last restaurant you went to?

XOCO in Chicago.

7) What excites you most about Drexel?

The fact that I am joining the department at a time of dynamic growth and my research interests seem to fit well with the department’s broader orientation.

8) What are three books on your coffee table?

Social Theory of International Politics by Alexander Wendt, the current issue of The Economist, and The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon.

9) If you could have dinner with any three people (alive or dead) who would you choose?

Freddy Mercury, St Augustine, and Karl May.

10) What are you most proud of?

This is a hard question. To answer it in a lighthearted manner, I am most proud of the radishes I grew on our deck late last fall. Because of the cold temperatures and some birds, it took me three times longer to grow them, but I eventually succeeded.

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