Professor Emeritus JoAnn Aviel is a former chair of the IR Department and has taught IR 550 as well as courses on Latin America and International Organization. She is currently teaching IR 432 Model United Nations in the spring semester and is faculty advisor to the Model United Nations club. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Association of San Francisco and the Advisory Board of the National Model United Nations in New York.
Professor Yansané teaches courses on International Political Economy (IPE), International Development, Economic Development (Rich and Poor Nations: North/South Dialogue), Regional Economic Communities, Africa and North/South Economic Relations.
His research interests include economic development, North/South economic relations, economic integration, and linkages between Africans and the African Diaspora. He has written four books and numerous articles in these areas. Professor Yansané is currently working on U.S. Foreign Policy and Africa.
Lucia Volk obtained her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Anthropology from Harvard University (2001). She also holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (1994) and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford (1991). Her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Missing the Nation: Lebanon's Post-Civil War Generation in the Midst of Reconstruction" studied the process of social and cultural reconstruction after Lebanon's 16-year-long civil war from the point of view of Lebanese returnee migrants.
Andrei P. Tsygankov is Professor at the departments of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University. He teaches Russian/post-Soviet, comparative, and international politics since August 2000. A Russian native, Tsygankov is a graduate of Moscow State University (Candidate of Sciences, 1991) and University of Southern California (Ph.D., 2000).
Dr. Amy Skonieczny is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University in the International Relations Department. Her research interests include Populism and Foreign Policy, Narratives and US Trade Politics, and the study of national identity and foreign policy discourses. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She holds an MA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University.
Scott Siegel is Assistant Professor of International Relations. He currently teaches International Political Economy (IR 312) and the International Relations of Europe (IR 327). He also teaches the core course in the major, Introduction to International Relations (IR 104). Prof. Siegel’s publications focus on cooperation in Europe and political economy broadly defined. His first book, "The Political Economy of Noncompliance" (2011), explains why some EU Member States violate international law more than others.
Mahmood Monshipouri is professor and chair of International Relations, specializing in human rights, international relations and Middle Eastern Studies.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1987. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Central Michigan University, Alma College, Quinnipiac University, Redlands University, and California State University at San Marcos. During 2003-2006, he served as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.