October 4, 2021

Each year new scholars, practitioners, and researchers bring their expertise to the SIPA faculty. We highlight below some of our additions for 2021-22. Welcome to all!


The fall semester marks the return of Jean-Marie Guéhenno as SIPA’s Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs. Guéhenno held the same chair previously, from 2010 to 2014, until he departed to become president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Guéhenno rejoined the SIPA faculty in January 2021 as the Kent Visiting Professor of Conflict Resolution and went on to assume the directorship of the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution in March. Guéhenno will also head SIPA’s degree specialization in International Conflict Resolution. (Read more about Jean-Marie Guéhenno.)

Caroline Flammer, who is an associate professor of strategy and innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, will be a visiting professor of international and public affairs in Fall 2021. An expert on competitive strategy and sustainable finance, Flammer will conduct research and participate in the Sustainable Development seminar.

Marcelo Medeiros, an economic sociologist at the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research, joins SIPA as a visiting professor of international and public affairs for 2021-22. Medeiros, who has previously been a visiting professor at Princeton, will continue to study inequality in Latin America. He is also slated to teach a course in Spring 2022.

Daniel Smith is the Gerald L. Curtis Visiting Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, a joint appointment at SIPA and in the Department of Political Science. A specialist in Japanese politics, comparative politics, political economy, and political behavior, Smith comes to Columbia from Harvard University, where he served on the faculty beginning in 2013.  He will teach a course on Japanese politics and policy.

The gender and social justice advocate Shawna Wakefield MPA ’00 joins SIPA as an adjunct associate professor. Wakefield, who has worked in the field of gender, economic, and racial justice for more than 20 years, collaborates with various organizations all over the world to support the development of feminist leadership. She will teach Intersections of Race and Power in Development.

Emily Bell is the founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. Before joining Columbia she spent most of her career as an award-winning writer and editor for Guardian News and Media in London. This fall Bell will co-teach (with SIPA’s Anya Schiffrin) a new SIPA course entitled Policy Solutions for Online Mis/Disinformation.

As the chief innovation officer at Graphika, Camille Francois works to detect and mitigate disinformation and media manipulation. This year, she will join SIPA as a part-time lecturer, teaching Information Operations on Social Media. The course focuses on how foreign and domestic disinformation campaigns operate, as well as how to detect and mitigate their effects.

As a managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation, Veronica Olazabal implements strategy, measurement, and learning practices that enhance the foundation’s work. As an adjunct associate professor at SIPA, she’ll teach Measuring and Evaluating Impact in the 21st Century. The course will explore the skills necessary to navigate, negotiate, and facilitate a quality measurement and evaluation plan for governments, philanthropies, impact investors, and other organizations interested in creating social good.

Erica Borghard joins SIPA as an adjunct associate professor and adjunct research scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. A former assistant professor in the Army Cyber Institute at the U.S. Military Academy, Borghard is currently a senior fellow in technology and international affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the senior director of the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission. She will teach the course Cyber Strategy and International Politics.

Research Scholars

Before he joined the Center on Global Energy Policy as a senior research scholar, Harrison Fell was an associate professor (with tenure) at North Carolina State University, an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and a fellow at the Washington-based think tank Resources for the Future. At CGEP, Fell co-leads the Power Sector and Renewables Research Initiative.

Tom Moerenhout is a research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy. His main research topics include the role of trade, investment, and subsidy policies in sustainable development; the sustainability dimension of economic globalization; and resource valuation and regulation. As an adjunct professor at SIPA, he’ll teach Global Energy Policy.

Linda Mann, a new adjunct research scholar, is the executive director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law. Mann will work with Professor Elazar Barkan on the African American Redress Network in collaboration with Howard University’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center.

Spring 2022

In Spring 2022 SIPA will welcome His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, former president of Colombia and winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, as the George W. Ball Visiting Professor. Santos will teach a course on leadership and governance in the 21st century. (The School will make a more comprehensive announcement later this year.)