Our superb core faculty — comprised of leading scholars and former senior officials from the worlds of diplomacy, defense, commerce and intelligence — remain close to the policymaking process, bringing real world, real time experience to the classroom. They are frequent travelers to Washington, New York, around the country and overseas, making presentations, consulting, conducting research or advancing special projects for the U.S. government, United Nations, or NGO community. These faculty members are distinguished by their commitment to teaching, scholarship, and public service. Their institutional connections and personal contacts can prove invaluable when it comes to ferreting out internships and professional opportunities for our students, and career openings for our graduates.
Student engagement with the Patterson School core faculty is substantial, given the intimate size of the program, our exclusive focus on masters degree students, and the wide range of co-curricular activities.
Carey Cavanaugh | 461 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4666 | Fax 859-257-4676
Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh came to the Patterson School after a Foreign Service career centered on conflict resolution, political-military affairs, and humanitarian issues. In addition to Washington assignments in the State Department, Pentagon, and on Capitol Hill, Ambassador Cavanaugh served in Berlin, Moscow, Tbilisi, Rome, and Bern. In 1992, he established the first U.S. Embassy to the new Republic of Georgia, serving as Chargé d'affaires. Under Presidents Clinton and Bush, he spearheaded or helped advance peace efforts involving Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Turkey. His final government assignment was foreign policy/political advisor to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen.
Professor Cavanaugh earned his B.A. at the University of Florida, his M.A. at the University of Notre Dame, with additional graduate work at Notre Dame and the Army Russian Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Areas of Specialization
Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy, Mediation, U.S. Foreign Policy, Arms Control, Europe and Russia.
John Stempel, Senior Professor of International Relations, served 23 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including overseas postings focused on political and economic affairs in Guinea, Burundi, Zambia, and Iran, concluding with three years as U.S. Consul General in Chennai, India. His experience in Teheran — where he was the Embassy's principal liaison with opposition groups — provided material for his book Inside the Iranian Revolution. In Washington, he was assigned to both the State and Defense Departments, and served as director of State's Operations Center. He was also diplomat-in-residence at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Professor Stempel joined the Patterson School as associate director in 1988 and served as director from 1993-2003. His most recent book is Common Sense and Foreign Policy (2008). He received his A.B. from Princeton and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of Georgetown College.
Areas of Specialization
Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Near Eastern Politics, Cross Cultural Negotiation, Iran, and India.
Karen A. Mingst is the Earl and Jean Lockwood Professor of International Commerce and Entrepreneurship. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Political Science where she served as Chair from 1993-1999. She joined the Patterson School in 2002. Professor Mingst received her B.A. from Colorado College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at Louisiana State University, the University of Maine, and is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships to Africa. She served as President of the International Studies Association-South, and Treasurer and Vice President of the International Studies Association.
Professor Mingst’s published works include Essentials of International Relations, The United States and Multilateral Institutions, and Politics and the African Development Bank. She is also co-author of United Nations in the Twenty First Century and International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance.
Areas of Specialization
International Cooperation, International Organization, Non-government Organizations, International Law.
Evan Hillebrand is Professor of Geoeconomic Studies and serves as director of graduate studies. He teaches courses in Geopolitical Modeling, Economic Statecraft, Globalization, and Energy Security. Before coming to the Patterson School in 2004, Dr. Hillebrand served over 30 years as an economic analyst and econometric modeler with the Central Intelligence Agency. He was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
His research interests include long-term economic growth, foreign trade, economic power, and the modeling of political relationships. He is a collaborator with the International Futures Project at the University of Denver, and he consults for the National Intelligence Council, the Departments of State and Energy, the United Nations, and the European Union. He earned his B.A. at the University of California in Davis and his Ph.D. in Economics at the George Washington University.
Areas of Specialization
International Economics, Economic Modeling, Modeling of Political Relationships.
Robert Farley, Assistant Professor, started at the Patterson School in 2005 as a post-doc scholar. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 2004. His dissertation, “Transnational Determinants of Military Doctrine,” investigated the role that transnational networks of military officers play in the diffusion of military doctrine. In addition to a book manuscript, he is working on projects involving piracy and naval doctrine, nuclear power in second tier states, and the spread of “Mahanianism” across the international system in the first half of the twentieth century.
Areas of Specialization
Military Doctrine, Transnational Politics, National Security.
Stacy Closson, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, came to the Patterson School directly from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her masters degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Dr. Closson was also a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Center for Security Studies in Zurich and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. From 1996-1998, Dr. Closson was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Defense attached at intervals to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5), the Senate Appropriations Committee, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, and the Defense Attache Office in Ukraine. She then served for four years as the Ukraine and Caucasus Desk Officer in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Areas of Specialization
Geopolitics, Energy Security, Unrecognized States, Civil-Military Relations, Russia, Caucasus, Central Asia
Ambassador George Staples, Adjunct Professor, was Director General of the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State until summer 2007. He retired after decades of service as a career Foreign Service officer. Earlier he had been the Political Advisor to Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General James L. Jones at NATO in Belgium (the current National Security Advisor), U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, and Ambassador to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Prior to joining the State Department, Staples served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and as a manager in private industry. He received his education at the University of Southern California and Central Michigan University.
Areas of Specialization
Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Ethics, African Assistance and Development, Africa.
John E. Charalambakis | 461 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4666 | Fax 859-257-4676
John E. Charalambakis, Adjunct Professor, has worked as a consultant for government agencies, corporations, and non-profit groups in several countries, including providing recent support to the newly established Congressional Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Dr. Charalambakis was Professor of Economics at Asbury College for twenty years. He earned his BA from the Athens School of Economics and Business, his MBA from Roosevelt University, and his Ph.D. from the University of East London. He is the author of The Fed, the Markets, and the Metamorphosis of the Business Cycle. One of his principal areas of interest is identifying the factors that lead to the creation and sustainment of a middle class in different societies.
Areas of Specialization
International Financial Markets, Economic Forecasting
Thomas McGinty is a career senior official at the U.S. Department of Commerce and serves as an adjunct professor (this followed a two-year assignment to the Patterson School as Senior Executive in Residence). His last assignment at Commerce headquarters in Washington, DC was as Acting Deputy Director General for the U.S. Commercial and Foreign Service and deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion. In earlier assignments, he was National Director for U.S. Operations (responsible for the 109 U.S. Export Assistance Centers) and served as Regional Director of the Commercial Service’s eastern region. His primary area of expertise is international trade promotion, with decades of experience helping connect American businesses with overseas trade partners and advancing U.S. commercial interests. McGinty is responsible for corporate outreach, career mentoring and commercial curriculum development. He is a graduate of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.
Areas of Specialization
Trade Promotion, Export Assistance.
Ying-Juan Rogers | 461 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4666 | Fax 859-257-4676
Ying-Juan Rogers, Adjunct Professor, first began working in trade as an analyst with the Foreign Commercial Service at the US Consulate General in Guangzhou, China. She made a career as an international trade specialist and manager in the private sector, working in both California and Kentucky. Rogers is currently Executive Vice President and Trade Mission Lead at the World Trade Center Kentucky. She earned her BA from Wuhan University, did graduate study in Beijing at the Foreign Affairs College (now China Foreign Affairs University) and in France at Paris Law School. She also obtained a Certificate of International Studies from Sciences Po in Paris. She received her MA from the Patterson School in 1992.
Areas of Specialization
Trade Promotion, Import/Export Compliance, Market Research, Business Development.
Max Wise | 455 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4666 | Fax 859-257-4676
Max Wise, Adjunct Professor, is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Campbellsville University where he also serves as the lead faculty member for the Homeland Security program. Before coming to Campbellsville University, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving first in the counterterrorism division at headquarters in Washington, DC and later with the Louisville Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center. Wise received his MA from the Patterson School in 1999 and holds a graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Areas of Specialization
Homeland Security, Counter-Terrorism.
George Herring | 455 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4666 | Fax 859-257-4676
George Herring retired after thirty-six years at the University of Kentucky, including eleven as chair of the Department of History. He was visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy and the University of Richmond, as well as a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand. Herring's connection to the Patterson School started in the 1970s. He received his B.A. from Roanoke College and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Professor Herring's research centered on U.S. foreign relations. His most recent work is From Colony to Superpower: American Foreign Relations Since 1776, (part of the Oxford History of the United States). Other published works include The Diaries of Edward R. Stettinius; America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975; The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The "Negotiating Volumes" of the Pentagon Papers; and LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War. Professor Herring is one of the nation's foremost experts on the Vietnam War.
The core faculty represent only the top of the pyramid of expertise available to Patterson School students. Substantial academic depth and breadth are provided by twenty-four associated/support faculty. These scholars serve as professors across the University of Kentucky’s many colleges, schools, and departments. Their extensive course offerings and multifaceted research provide the broad interdisciplinary support our students require to achieve their professional goals and be competitive in the international arena.
Visiting professors, researchers, lecturers, and experts provide additional opportunities for informative, intellectual discussion with Patterson School students and faculty members.
Associated / Support Faculty
James C. Albisetti | 1767 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4343
James C. Albisetti, Professor of History, received his B.A. from Amherst and his Ph.D. from Yale. His primary areas of specialization are German History, European Social History, and Women’s History. His current research interests include comparative study of female education in nineteenth-century Europe and Jewish Germans who became English Unitarians.
Arne Bathke | 875 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-6913
Arne Bathke, Associate Professor of Statistics, received his Ph.D. from the Universität Göttingen in 2000. His primary focus is nonparametric and multivariate statistics, linear models, asymptotics for a large number of parameters, empirical processes, empirical likelihood..
Horace Bartilow | 1641 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-7031
Horace Bartilow, Associate Professor of Political Science, received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany. His areas of specialization include International Political Economy, International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Race Relations. His most recent work is The Debt Dilemma: IMF Negotiations in Jamaica, Grenada, and Guyana.
Douglas Boyd | 101J Main Building | Phone 859-257-1705
Douglas Boyd, Professor of Communications, received his B.F.A. from the University of Texas-Austin and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He currently also serves as Chief of Staff to University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd, Jr. He specializes in international broadcasting and new media technology.
Stanley Brunn | 1467 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-6947
Stanley Brunn, Professor of Geography, received his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He came on staff at the University of Kentucky in 1980, having taught previously at the University of Florida and Michigan State. He has also been a guest professor at several European and Central Asian universities. He is the editor of Wal-Mart World: The World's Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy (2006) and 11 September and Its Aftermath: The Geopolitics of Terror (2004). His areas of specialization include political, social, and urban geography, geography of multinational corporations, Asia/Pacific, Japan, South Asia.
Francie Chassen-Lopez | 1771 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4344
Francie Chassen-Lopez received her B.A. from Vasser and her Ph.D. from the Universidad Nacional Modern Mexico in 1986. She lived and taught in Mexico for ten years before returning to the United States. She has served twice as director of Latin American Studies and is currently chair of the History Department. Her most recent book was From Liberal to Revolutionary Oaxaca. She specializes in Latin American History, Modern Mexico, Women and Gender in Latin America, and Race and Ethnicity in the Americas.
Robert Dahlstrom | 425L Gatton Building | Phone 859-257-6717
Robert Dahlstrom, Bloomfield Endowed Professor of Marketing in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, received his B.A. from Xavier and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Some of the courses that he has taught include International Marketing Management, International Marketing, and a Seminar in International Business. He has repeatedly worked as a visiting professor and a Fulbright scholar at the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo.
Walter Ferrier | 455X Gatton Building | Phone 859-257-9326
Walter Ferrier, Gatton Endowed Associate Professor of Management, received his M.A. from the Patterson School and his Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Maryland. His research interests include patterns of competitive actions-reactions among rivals, top management team demographics and decision making, inter-firm social networks, and competitive strategy.
Gordon F. Holbein | 455J Gatton Building | Phone 859-257-6455
Gordon Holbein, Senior Lecturer, received his B.A. from Dartmouth, M.B.A. from Syracuse, and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He began teaching at Gatton College of Business and Economics in 1995. He specializes in contemporary management, business strategy and leadership, and international commerce.
P. P. Karan | 1439 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-6953
P. P. Karan, Professor of Geography, received his B.A. from Patna University, M.A. from Banaras Hindu University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Indiana. His research focuses on sustainable development and environmental management, with a recent emphasis on Nepal and the Himalaya region. His most recent books are The Non Western World (2004), Japan in the 21st Century (2005), and Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan (2008). Professor Karan also chairs the UK Japan Studies Committee. He specializes in development, geography of multinational corporations, society-environment relationships, Asia/Pacific, Japan, South Asia.
Mark Kightlinger | College of Law, Room 256 | Phone 859-257-4698
Mark Kightlinger began teaching at the University of Kentucky School of Law in 2004. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University, his J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1991. Particular areas of experience and interest include European Union laws, WTO issues, bio-terrorism, and immigration policy.
Donald Mullineaux | Gatton Building | Phone 859-257-2890
Donald Mullineaux, duPont Endowed Chair in Banking and Director of the School of Management, graduated from Boston College in 1971 with his Ph.D in Economics. He has taught at the University of Kentucky since 1984. Before that he was Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and taught at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. His research interests include banking and financial services. Mullineaux is also currently curriculum director for the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Angelos Pagoulatos | 404 Barnhart Building | Phone 859-257-3482
Angeolos Pagoulatos, Professor of Agricultural Economics, received his Laurea di Dottore at the University of Rome and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University. His areas of interest include natural resource and environmental economics.
Karen Petrone | 1701 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-4345
Karen Petrone, Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies, received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994. She specializes in cultural and gender history in modern Russia and the former Soviet Union. She spent time in Moscow during 1991-92 and saw firsthand the transition of the Soviet Union to Russia. Her most recent book is Life Has Become More Joyous, Comrades: Celebrations in the Time of Stalin.
Michael Reed | 308 Barnhart Building | Phone 859-257-7259
Michael Reed, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director of International Programs for Agriculture, graduated from Iowa State University in 1979 with his Ph.D in economics. He joined the University of Kentucky in 1989. His areas of specialization include international trade, agricultural marketing, statistics, and price analysis. He is the author of International Trade in Agricultural Products.
Susan Roberts | 1471 Patterson Office Tower | Phone 859-257-2399
Susan Roberts, Professor of Geography and department chair, received her B.A. from the University of Leister and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School. She taught at Anglia Polytechnic University in the United Kingdom before coming to the University of Kentucky in 1991. She is coauthor of An Unruly World? Geography, Globalization and Governance and is currently engaged in a project examining NGO transnational networks. She specializes in global political economy, the geography of financial capital, development, social, feminist theories, and the Caribbean.
Frank Scott | 335M Gatton Building | Phone 859-257-7643
Frank A. Scott, Gatton Endowed Professor in Economics, received his B.A. from William and Mary and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His areas of specialization include applied microeconomic theory, industrial organization, antitrust, public economics, and public policy. His foreign experience includes being a visiting senior research scholar at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
Jerry R. Skees | 310 Barnhart Building | Phone 859-257-7262
Jerry Skees, Price Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1981. His areas of specialization include agricultural policy, risk, insurance, and rural development. He is also President of GlobalAgRisk, which aims through its policy-related research to mix markets and government in sharing natural hazard risk. His work on new livestock insurance in Mongolia won the World Bank's Golden Plough Award for innovation in 2006. Skees is the author of Sacred Cows and Hot Potatoes: Agrarian Myths and Agricultural Policy.
John van Willigen | 218 Lafferty Hall | Phone 859-257-6920
John van Willigen, Professor of Anthropology, received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1971. He has probed social relationships and aging in Kentucky and New Delhi. His areas of interest include cultural change, social aging, applied anthropology, and South Asia.
Steve Vasek | College of Law, Room 249 | Phone 859-257-3250
Steve Vasek, Associate Professor of Law, began teaching at the University of Kentucky in 1969. He received his B.A. in Business Administration and his J.D. from Northwestern University, as well as an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School.