Advising is an important part of college education as it ensures students make progress towards their degree(s) and have a chance to consult with faculty members about opportunities to expand their skill sets and establish career goals.

At the Department of International Relations, it is expected that students will meet with their advisor multiple times throughout their college career. If you are unsure who your advisor is or where to turn to for advising needs, please see below for more information.

If you are an M.A. student or are part of the SF State Scholars Blended Program, please see Prof. Skonieczny.

If you are an International Relations major or have only an International Relations minor declared, please see the advisor you are assigned by last name below.

Please see your minor coordinator if you are earning a minor or certificate in:

  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Middle East and Islamic Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • African Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
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Tips for Advising

Watch this short informative video to learn more about advising in the Department of International Relations with Professors Jonathan Whooley and Anthony Pahnke.

Undergraduate Advisors

Fall 2024 Undergraduate Advisors

Student Last Names & Minor Coordinator Name Office Email
  Prof. Banerjee HUM 249

Starting with A – B

Pacific Studies minors

Prof. Byun HUM 267
Starting with C – F Prof. Monshipouri HUM 246

Starting with G – M

European Studies Minors

Prof. Siegel HUM 331

Migration and Refugee Studies Certificate

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies minors

South Asian minors

Latin American Studies minors

African Studies minors

Prof. Ellis HUM 280
On Sabbatical Fall 2024 Prof. Pahnke HUM 259
On Sabbatical Fall 2024-Spring 2025 Prof. Darling HUM 427
Starting with N – RE Prof. Tsygankov HUM 526

Starting with RE – Z

Middle East and Islamic Studies minors

Prof. Volk HUM 576

Graduate Advisors

AY 2024 – 2025 Graduate Advisors

Student Last Names Name Office Email

All Graduate Students

SF Scholars/Blended

Prof. Skonieczny HUM 452
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Undergraduate Advising

Majors in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) should consult with two advisors each semester:

  1. an advisor in the major and
  2. a general education and university requirements advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center

Students who are completing a minor or an additional major should see an advisor in those programs as well.

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Graduate Advising