Benjamin D. Hopkins is a specialist in modern South Asian history, in particular that of Afghanistan, as well as British imperialism. His research focuses on the role of the colonial state in creating the modern states inhabiting the region. His first book, The Making of Modern Afghanistan, examined the efforts of the British East India Company to construct an Afghan state in the early part of the nineteenth century and provides a corrective to the history of the so-called ‘Great Game.’ His second book, Fragments of the Afghan Frontier, co-authored with anthropologist Magnus Marsden, pairs a complex historical narrative with rich ethnographic detail to conceptualize the Afghan frontier as a collection of discrete fragments which create continually evolving collage of meaning. He has additionally co-edited Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier with Magnus Marsden.

Professor Hopkins is currently working on a comparative history of frontiers across empires, using the history of the governance of the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier as the central case study. The manuscript is provisionally entitled The Imperial Frontier. Outside of GW, his research has been funded by Trinity College, Cambridge, the Nuffield Foundation (UK), the British Academy, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, the Leverhulme Trust and the National University of Singapore. Professor Hopkins regularly teaches courses on South Asian history, the geopolitics of South and Central Asia, as well as World history.

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Tel: (202) 994-2822

Associate Director

Deepa Ollapally is directing a major research project on power and identity and the worldviews of rising and aspiring powers in Asia and Eurasia. Her research focuses on domestic foreign policy debates in India and its implications for regional security and global leadership of the U.S.

Dr. Ollapally has received major grants from the Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asia Foundation for projects related to India and Asia.

She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV and the Diane Rehm Show.

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Tel: (202) 994-8854

Director—Asian Studies Program

Emmanuel Teitelbaum is an assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. His research examines the political roots of class conflict and the foundations of class compromise. His articles have appeared in leading journals, including World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, the Journal of Development Studies and Critical Asian Studies. His forthcoming book, Managing Dissent: Government Responses to Industrial Conflict in Post-Reform South Asia, explores the dynamics of state-labor relations and industrial conflict following the implementation of neoliberal economic reforms. Professor Teitelbaum’s research has received support from the United States Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. He was the recipient of the 2007 Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.A. from John Carroll University.

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Phone: (202) 994-9125
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Program Associate

Miriam Grinberg is the Program Associate for the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Since graduating with a BA in Political Science from Gettysburg College in 2011, she has gone on to complete an MA in International Politics and East Asia and a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, she worked as a communications assistant for the Politics, Sociology and Philosophy departments at Warwick, and has held visiting research fellow positions at American University, Waseda University in Tokyo, and the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.

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Tel: (202) 994-4360

Program Coordinator

Richard Haddock is currently the Program Coordinator with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the Elliott School, with a concentration on domestic politics and foreign policy of East Asia. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Asian Studies and Diplomacy. Previously, he was a Project Assistant with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs working primarily on democracy and governance programs in East and Southeast Asia. He also worked with the American Institute in Taiwan as a Public Diplomacy intern, and with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of Taiwan Coordination and in the Office Public Diplomacy. Mr. Haddock studies Mandarin Chinese language and participated in intensive language and culture immersion programs in Soochow University in Suzhou, China (Critical Language Scholarship) and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan (Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance Summer Ambassadorship program).

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Tel: (202) 994-5874

Director—Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Linda J. Yarr joined the Elliott School as Director of Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) in June 1996. She began her work for PISA in 1995, when PISA was located within the American Council for Learned Societies. PISA promotes international affairs education training and research in partnership with leading agencies and institutions in Asia. Ms. Yarr has secured foundation grants and private donations to underwrite all of PISA’s activities and designed its collaborative and path-breaking programs in Asia. In 1994-1995, Ms. Yarr taught a research course on conflict resolution at American University. From 1987 to 1994, she was assistant professor of global political economy at Friends World College (subsequently the Friends World Program of Long Island University). In addition to teaching global political economy and experiential education, Ms. Yarr guided students in active learning projects and designed a program in global women’s studies. From 1983 to 1987, she offered courses in comparative politics, development, gender, and the Vietnam War at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Denver.

Ms. Yarr has held visiting scholar appointments at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the Institute for Malaysian and International Studies of the National University of Malaysia, the School of International Service of American University, and the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute.

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Tel: (202) 994-4313

Program Assistant—Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Maggie Nelsen is the Program Assistant at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies for Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and the Asian Studies Program. After earning her BA in Government/International Relations from Connecticut College in 2014, Maggie served as a Fulbright Grantee in Malaysia for two years. Prior to living in Malaysia, Maggie conducted international development research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She interned for Senator Mark R. Warner, and in the Asian Division of The Library of Congress.

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Tel: (202) 994-2694

Management Staff Assistant

Nadine Burgos is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs, double majoring in International Affairs and Economics, with a minor in Business Administration. She is currently the Supervisor of the Staff Assistants for the Sigur Center of Asian Studies. Nadine is interested in East Asia and her language of study is Mandarin Chinese. During her time at GW, she has interned at a Democratic Committee and a research institute in the areas of budgeting, campaigning, and archiving. She hopes to utilize her study of Asia in a future career at either a international corporation or a bank.

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Tel: (202) 994-5886

Events Staff Assistant

Janet Lee is currently a junior at the Elliott School double majoring in International Affairs and Economics, and is working as the events coordinator staff assistant. She is interested in the socioeconomic development of countries, and how education and culture play a role and are affected by this. Janet recently came back from her study aboard experience in Morocco, where she studied economics and religion and climbed Mt. Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Her other academic interests include East Asia, specifically Taiwan, and API issues in America.

1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503
Tel: (202) 994-5886

Communications Staff Assistant

Eugene Liu is a first year undergraduate in the Elliott School of International Affairs, double majoring in international affairs and history. He plans to concentrate in international economics and international politics. Eugene is particularly interested in U.S-China relations and plans to study abroad at the London School of Economics his junior year.

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Tel: (202) 994-5886

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