Skip navigation

SAIS Leadership

James B. Steinberg



James B. Steinberg is the tenth Dean of SAIS. Previously, he served as University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law at Syracuse University, where he was Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs for five years. Prior, he served as Deputy Secretary of State to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, from 2009-2011. From 2005-2008, Steinberg was Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Steinberg was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Steinberg was deputy national security advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2000.

Steinberg’s most recent books are A Glass Half Full? Rebalance, Reassurance and Resolve and Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: US-China Relations in the 21st Century He has also authored Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power (Brookings 2008) with Kurt Campbell.

Steinberg received his A.B from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.



Renaud Dehousse is the Inaugural Rector of SAIS Europe and Vice Dean of SAIS. He began his term at SAIS in January 2024, following the completion of his term as president of the European University Institute (EUI). Before becoming EUI president, Dehousse was a professor and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Policy Studies at Sciences Po Paris, where he founded and directed the Centre for European Studies. He chaired Sciences Po’s Board from 2013 to 2016. He also was a scientific advisor to the center for study and research founded by Jacques Delors, Notre Europe, and was a member of several working parties on the reform of European institutions established by the European institutions and national governments. Dehousse’s research covers multiple aspects of European law and politics.

After studying law at the University of Liège (Belgium), he obtained a doctorate at the European University Institute. Before joining Sciences Po in 1999, he taught at the European University Institute, then at the University of Pisa. He was a visiting professor at the Universities of Florence (Cesare Alfieri), Cologne, Rome (LUISS), Lausanne, the College of Europe and at the University of Michigan Law School.



Adam K. Webb is the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), where he also serves as Resident Professor of Political Science. He has been a faculty member since 2008. He previously taught at Princeton and Harvard and was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests cut broadly across political thought, globalization, and critiques of modernity. He has also engaged topics connected with politics on the ground, including social movements, alternative development, and public opinion on cosmopolitanism and the rise of China. He brings an international perspective to HNC and Sino-American relations, including a background of living in England, Spain, the US, and China, as well as doing fieldwork in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He is the author of three books, including Beyond the Global Culture War (2006), A Path of Our Own: An Andean Village and Tomorrow’s Economy of Values (2009), and Deep Cosmopolis: Rethinking World Politics and Globalisation (2015). He is currently completing a book project laying out a traditional pluralist vision of future global constitutional order. He received his AB in Social Studies from Harvard and his MA and PhD in Politics from Princeton.



Dr. Nwankwor is Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and serves as a Senior Lecturer, Director of SAIS Women Lead (SWL). Her primary areas of specialization are Comparative Politics with a focus on African politics, and Women and Gender Studies. Within women and gender studies, her research and teaching interests include women’s political participation with an emphasis on ministerial level politics in Africa, women’s health and health policy, feminist international relations, and the political economy of gender in Africa.



Filipe Campante is Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and at the Department of Economics at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. From 2019 to 2021, he served as the Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at SAIS. Campante is interested in political economy, development economics, and urban/regional issues. His research looks at what constrains politicians and policy makers beyond formal checks and balances: cultural norms, institutions, media, political protest. In particular, his research has focused on how these informal constraints are affected by the spatial distribution of people and economic activity, by access to information, by the evolution of cultural norms, and by the structure of the economy.



Christopher M. Crosbie is the Senior Advisor to the Dean at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In this role, he assists the Dean in the development of strategic plans and oversees priority initiatives and projects, including the school’s move to 555 Pennsylvania Avenue. Previously, he was the Associate Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS. Prior to Johns Hopkins University, Christopher worked in the Obama administration, serving as Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Executive Associate Director in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House, where he was responsible for issues ranging from international assistance to organizational management and development. He also served in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the U.S. Department of State and worked in the Northern Ireland Bureau at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. He holds a Master of Science in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelors in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service.



Mark Bailey is the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. In this role, he oversees all financial and administrative areas at SAIS, including planning and budget, human resources, facilities, information technology, and security.

Prior to joining SAIS, Mark worked at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, supporting the commercialization, protection, and translation of university intellectual property into products and services for the benefit of society. In this role, Mark managed all budgeting, financial operations, and relationships inside and outside the university, as well as information technology, human resources, and general operations.

He has been at Johns Hopkins University since 2011 and has worked in several other financial and administrative roles, including as the interim Senior Director of Finance and Administration for the Libraries and Museum in 2022—a position he held simultaneously with his role at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. He has also worked in the Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine, and central finance.

Mark has an MBA from Towson University/University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Baltimore.



As associate dean for development and alumni relations, Khadija Hill leads SAIS’ development, constituent engagement, and donor communications efforts. Since joining SAIS in 2016, Khadija has held multiple development positions, most recently as the director of development responsible for leading the School’s major gift officers domestically and across Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as the corporate and foundation relations team partnering with faculty across SAIS.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Khadija spent five years at Resources for the Future, first in research and grants administration, then developing an annual giving program, designing a campaign around leadership projects while managing the board of advisors. She began her career in finance and banking before transitioning to advancement. Khadija received her MS in international relations from Troy University and BS from the University of Georgia.



Khorey Baker has served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs since October 2021. He manages student support and crisis management, new student orientation, student diversity initiatives, off-campus housing and advises the Student Government Association (SGA) and other vibrant SAIS student organizations. Previously, Baker served for seven years as the SAIS Director of Student Life. He is a passionate higher education administrator with several years of experience working in student development at other institutions including Rhodes College, The Florida State University and George Mason University. A Florida native, he received a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Florida and a Master of Science in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Memphis. An active member of his professional community, Baker has served in leadership roles within the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and is a member of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.



Since arriving in 2009, Sidney Jackson has provided strategic leadership and effective management of admissions for a range of duties related to enrolling high-achieving, passionate, and diverse students at the Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Hopkins-Nanjing campuses. His responsibilities include the design and implementation of marketing, recruitment, enrollment management and financial aid strategies, as well as cultivating faculty, student and alumni participation in recruiting activities for the school's degree programs.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins SAIS, Jackson served as Director of Marketing and Admissions for the Executive MBA program at Columbia Business School and Vice President for Diversity Recruiting at Morgan Stanley.

Jackson is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and currently chairs the university’s Admissions Director’s Working Group coordinating joint outreach events with graduate division admissions offices in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions. He holds a BA in History and International Relations from Canisius University, an MEd in Policy, Planning, and Administration with a focus in Higher Education Administration from Boston University, and MA in Higher Education Administration from New York University.



Julianna González-McLean works across SAIS to provide strategic direction, operational oversight, and guidance for the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion plan in alignment with SAIS’ mission and Johns Hopkins University’s Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

She joined SAIS from George Washington University’s School of Nursing, where she was Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and assistant professor. Prior to her role at George Washington University, González-McLean served as the Assistant Dean of Student Services, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing. She also previously held positions in student services and academic counseling at institutions such as Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Boston University. Additionally, she has served on several educational and diversity advisory boards.

González-McLean received a B.A. in Sociology from Boston College, an M.Ed. in Policy, Planning, and Administration with a focus in Higher Education Administration from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Boston College.

Profile imageJULIE MICEK


Julie Micek oversees the Office of Academic Affairs that encompasses academic programming and services, advising, assessment, degree programs, non-degree and executive education, and summer and pre-term programs. She is responsible for curriculum and program planning, development and educational initiatives. She maintains and develops academic policies, services and programs that support students, administrators and faculty across the school and its campuses. Prior to working at Johns Hopkins SAIS, she was the Assistant Director of Student Activities at New York University overseeing student leadership, commuter issues, co-curricular programming, and advising over 200 student organizations. She has also worked in college marketing, representing Fortune 100 and 500 companies and products. She received her BA in communications from University of Maryland and her MA in student personnel administration in higher education from New York University.


Assistant Dean for Global Careers

Michael McKenzie develops the vision, strategy, and plan for enhancing professional development, career advancement, alumni connection, employer engagement, mentoring opportunities, and outcomes for all SAIS students and alumni across the global network.

Having previously worked on the Career Services team at SAIS as senior associate director (2007-2012) and associate director (2004-2007), McKenzie returned to SAIS from his role as a senior consultant with Vantage Point Consulting, Inc., where he provided data strategy, analytics and business intelligence consulting services for higher education and workforce development clients, and led cross-functional teams with agile product and project management as well as workforce and higher education business development. Before Vantage Point Consulting, McKenzie served as managing director of career learning and experience at George Washington University’s Center for Career Services.

McKenzie received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Dakota, and two master’s degrees from the University of Denver: in Higher Education Administration, and in International & Intercultural Communication.

Profile imageGIA STANCELL

Director of Human Resources

Gia Stancell is Director of Human Resources at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She oversees the SAIS human resources team and works across the school to address critical areas such as employee support and engagement, workplace culture, and the future of work arrangements involving the school’s move to 555 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Gia came to SAIS from the federal government, where she served as a Chief of Employee and Labor Relations for an agency providing assistance to and support for Congress. Prior to that, Gia held various roles in human resources for nonprofit and government organizations and has also been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s graduate Human Resources program.

Gia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management from The Catholic University of America. She also holds a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management from Georgetown University.

Profile imageJEN ZHU


Jen leads the SAIS marketing & communications team and works across campuses in developing internal and external communications, marketing, media relations, and social media strategies.

Jen came to SAIS from Carnegie China, part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she served as communications director and headed a team of American and Chinese professionals based in Beijing. Prior to Carnegie, she held various administration roles in communications and international studies at the University of Michigan.

Jen is a double Johns Hopkins University alumna, having earned her BA in political science from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and her Certificate of Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.