Dr. Michael Stanaitis joined the Patterson School as an Adjunct Professor in Fall 2018. In addition to this appointment, Dr. Stanaitis is a Professorial Lecturer at the School of International Service (SIS) at American University, where he teaches classes in international relations theory and quantitative methods for the online graduate program. His research focuses on international political economy, particularly the Great Recession and its implications for theories of global trade openness.
Prior to joining the SIS faculty full-time, Dr. Stanaitis was an adjunct instructor at SIS. Before that, he taught international affairs at Emerson Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., where he served as the Social Studies Department Chair and faculty advisor to Emerson’s Model United Nations team. His teaching specialties include international relations theory, international economics, international human rights, and research methods.
Dr. Stanaitis received his Ph.D. in International Relations from American University in 2017. In addition, he holds a B.A. from Miami University of Ohio (2007), and a M.A. from the Patterson School (2009).