At the department’s annual academic kickoff reception held on August 31, 2016, faculty, staff and students alike welcomed two new faculty members: Dr. Yonatan Morse of Georgetown University, and Dr. Alexander Anievas of Cambridge University.
Dr. Morse joins the department after a three-year stint as Assistant Professor of teaching and Associate Director of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown. Upon graduating with a Ph.D. from Georgetown in 2013, he received the Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences. He then went on to publish in such journals as World Politics, Democratization, and Comparative Politics. In addition to teaching classes on the politics of Africa and democratization on the Stamford campus, Dr. Morse will also be teaching the required graduate seminar in Quantitative Methods this Fall in Storrs.
Dr. Anievas joins the department after serving as a Levrhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research interests in international political economy, postcolonial studies and the origin and development of capitalism gave rise to his first two books: Capital, the State and War (University of Michigan Press, 2014) and How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism (Pluto Press, 2015). The former work garnered him the 2015 Sussex International Theory Prize.
Dr. Anievas will be teaching classes in IR Theory, Globalization and International Political Economy on the Storrs campus.