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Rockefeller College Welcomes New Faculty

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy is pleased to announce the addition of seven outstanding new faculty members.  

Kamiar Alaei
Kamiar Alaei

Kamiar Alaei, MD, DrPH, MPH, MS is a research associate professor and lecturer of public administration and policy. A physician and renowned human rights activist, Dr. Alaei is the founding director of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights at the University at Albany. He and his brother Dr. Arash Alaei co-founded the first center for HIV/AIDS cases and drug users in Iran, which was documented by the United Nations and World Health Organization as a best practice model. Together with a group of experts, Dr. Kamiar Alaei also authored a major proposal to develop HIV/AIDS programs in Iran that was awarded $15.8 million by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has traveled extensively throughout the Pan American Region as a World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization consultant in an effort to expand health and human rights training programs in the region. Dr. Alaei received his Medical Doctorate from Isfahan Medical University and his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Tehran Medical University, two of the top universities in Iran. He earned his doctoral degree in Health Policy and Management from the University at Albany and a Master of Science in International Health from Harvard University.

Ashley M. Fox
Ashley M. Fox
Ashley M. Fox, PhD, MA is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research focuses on the politics of health policy and the effects of policies on health outcomes, including not only policies targeted at health, but also broader social policies that have indirect effects on health. Dr. Fox's work has examined global HIV/AIDS politics, policy and epidemiology, including better specifying the role of what is often described as "political commitment" in explaining differences in countries' policy responses to the disease. Her theoretical interests include the role of public opinion, party ideology and descriptive representation in public policymaking. She has served as a consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF and PATH. Dr. Fox received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in Political Science from Columbia University. She attended the University of Connecticut where she earned both her MA and BA (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Political Science. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard University (2009-2010) and Division of Health Policy and Administration at Yale University (2010-2011).
 
J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, PhD, MS is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy and the research director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Gil-Garcia is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers and Mexican Academy of Sciences. In 2009, he was considered the most prolific author in the field of digital government research worldwide and in 2013 he was selected to receive the research award from the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the highest distinction given annually by the Academy to outstanding young researchers. Dr. Gil-Garcia is a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts Amherst and an affiliated faculty member of the Informatics Doctorate Program at the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Public Administration at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. Dr. Gil-Garcia's research interests include collaborative electronic government; interorganizational information integration; smart cities and smart governments; adoption and implementation of emergent technologies; information technologies and organizations; information technologies and education; digital divide policies; education administration and policy; new public management; public policy evaluation; and multi-method research approaches. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gil-Garcia received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany, MS in Public Administration and Policy from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico, and BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.

Johannes Karreth
Johannes Karreth
Johannes Karreth, PhD, MA is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Karreth specializes in the study of international institutions and examines their role in resolving conflicts in different issue areas. His core research explores how international institutions like the World Bank have changed the dynamics of conflict and cooperation in political disputes between and within countries, as well as economic disputes within international trade agreements. In other research, he studies the intersections of international processes and domestic politics such as the response of citizens to visible aspects of globalization including immigration and changes in political parties' positions; the role of foreign intervention in the outcome of civil wars; and the relationship between the design of international institutions and domestic bureaucracies. Dr. Karreth's interests in political research methods include modeling multilevel data structures, Bayesian modeling, and data and information visualization. Dr. Karreth comes to Rockefeller from the University of Colorado Boulder where he received his PhD in Political Science with a concentration in international relations, methodology and comparative politics. He has an MA in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in Political Science, American Cultural Studies and Sociology from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Erlangen, Germany.
 
Raymond Kuo
Raymond Kuo
Raymond Kuo, PhD, MA is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Kuo's research interests include innovation, diffusion, and interstate order; the political and social effects of civilian and military technology; and democratization and democracy promotion. He has also conducted projects on the law and ethics of war, international trade, and ethnic conflict. Previously, Dr. Kuo was employed by the National Democratic Institute as a program officer overseeing political party development projects in 60 countries. He has also worked for the United Nations, the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, and various NGOs as a foreign policy analyst and organizational strategist. Through his work, Dr. Kuo hopes to bridge the academic-practitioner divide by focusing on variables and issues that are directly relevant to — and can be affected by — the work of diplomats and policymakers. Dr. Kuo earned both his PhD and MA in Politics from Princeton University. He also holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in Social Studies from Wesleyan University.
 
Stephan Stohler
Brian Nussbaum
Brian Nussbaum, PhD, MA is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His focus is on cybersecurity and cyber threats, terrorism and terrorism analysis, homeland security, risk and intelligence analysis, and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Nussbaum formerly served as senior intelligence analyst with the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism, a part of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. He oversaw both terrorism and cyber threat analysis efforts at New York's designated state fusion center, the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC). Dr. Nussbaum served as a subject matter expert on international terrorism, and helped to create NYSIC's Cyber Analysis Unit. He worked for almost a decade in New York State's homeland security agencies and was the author and project lead on the New York State risk-based funding formula, a formula that was used to distribute over $300 million dollars in Homeland Security Grant Program funds between 2006 and 2014. Additionally, Dr. Nussbaum served as the first-ever Visiting Professor of Homeland Defense in the Strategic Wargaming Division at the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, part of the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA (2012-2013). Dr. Nussbaum received his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University at Albany and BA in Political Science from Binghamton University.

Stephan Stohler
Stephan Stohler
Stephan Stohler, JD, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of public law and comparative politics, with a particular focus on the politics of constitutional interpretation. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how courts alter affirmative action policies to redistribute political power in India, South Africa and the United States. At Rockefeller, Dr. Stohler will be teaching courses in public law. Dr. Stohler earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and BA from the University of Washington.