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Jim Steinberg

Jim Steinberg, a U.S. foreign policy expert with a record of leadership and success as a scholar, academic administrator, policymaker, and senior official during two presidential administrations has been appointed the 10th dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Steinberg currently serves as the University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he also served as dean for five years, from 2011 to 2016.

Kent E. Calder

Special Advisor to the Dean
Kent E. Calder is the Special Advisor to the Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, previously served as the school’s Interim Dean and Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020 and as director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018.

Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.

A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for eleven years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's recent publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs (2021); Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration (2019); Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (2018); Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (2017); Asia in Washington (2014); and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (2012).

Jessica Fanzo

Interim Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation
Jessica Fanzo is the Interim Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Fanzo also directs the Johns Hopkins Global Food Policy and Ethics program and serves as Food and Nutrition Security director at Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World.  From 2017 to 2019, she served as the co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report and the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before joining the university, she held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya.

Fanzo was the first laureate of the Carasso Foundation’s Sustainable Diets Prize in 2012 due to her research on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health. She has worked as an advisor for various organizations and governments, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), PATH, the Scaling Up Nutrition movement (SUN), UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

With more than twenty years of research and program experience working in the field in sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, and the United States, her area of expertise focuses on the impact of transitioning food systems on healthy, environmentally sustainable and equitable diets, and more broadly on the livelihoods of people living in resource-constrained places. In 2021, she published her first book, Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?, and co-wrote Global Food Systems, Diets, and Nutrition: Linking Science, Economics, and Policy. Fanzo holds a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Arizona and completed a Stephen I. Morse postdoctoral fellowship in immunology in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Columbia University.

Peter M. Lewis

Interim Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs
Peter Lewis is Interim Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and the Warren Weinstein Chair of African Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Lewis, who served as SAIS Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs from 2015 to 2018, has directed the school's Africa Studies program since joining Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2006, and currently oversees the school’s Middle East program.

Lewis’ research and teaching focus on economic reform and political transition in developing countries, with particular emphasis on governance and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He has written extensively on economic adjustment, democratization, and civil society in Africa; democratic reform and political economy in Nigeria; public attitudes toward reform and democracy in West Africa; and the comparative politics of economic change in Africa and Southeast Asia. His most recent book, Coping with Crisis in African States, examines sources of resilience and fragility across African countries and presents a series of critical cases. His previous book, Growing Apart: Politics and Economic Change in Indonesia and Nigeria is concerned with the institutional basis of economic development. Lewis has published several other co-authored and edited books, numerous book chapters, and articles in World Politics, World Development, the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Modern African Studies, African Affairs, and others.

Lewis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy. He has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Carter Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, Freedom House, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and masters and doctorate degrees from Princeton University.

Gamze Zeytinci

Senior Associate Dean of Finance and Administration
Gamze Zeytinci is a dynamic change agent and leader in the field of higher education and brings eighteen years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, policy development, and fiscal management to her role at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She joins the school from American University where she excelled in senior leadership positions across the university, including her most recent role as Associate Dean of Budget and Administration in the College of Arts and Sciences where she developed and implemented programs that improved operational outcomes and maximized faculty and staff resources. Zeytinci holds an MBA and a MS in Computer Science and Information Systems from American University and previously enjoyed a career as a registered pharmacist, for which she trained at the University of Istanbul, the largest and oldest university in Turkey.

Sidney Jackson

Assistant Dean of Global Recruitment and Enrollment
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 which coordinates outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and minority-serving institutions in the Washington, DC and Baltimore regions. He holds a BA from Canisius College, MEd from Boston University, and MA from New York University.

Julie Micek

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs 
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.

Miji Bell, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Community EngagementMiji Bell

Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Engagement
Miji Bell leads the school’s marketing and communications efforts and community engagement portfolio which includes diversity, equity and inclusion and external partnerships. She has more than twenty years of experience guiding communications, public relations, marketing and diversity strategies for corporate and nonprofit entities, in the US and abroad. Prior to SAIS, Bell served as Vice President of Communications for The New Teacher Project in New York City and Director of Media Relations with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington. She has also held senior level roles with Duke University, B&C International, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and several international NGOs in Europe, Ghana, and South Africa. Bell has extensive experience developing and implementing diversity and change management strategies, public-private partnerships, advising organizations on building inclusive workplaces, and reputation and crisis management. She is a documentary filmmaker and former Fellow in the Baltimore World Trade Center Institute’s Emerging and Developing Global Executives (EDGE) program. Bell currently serves on several nonprofit boards supporting social justice, diversity, education, and community development. She holds a BA in Mass Communications from Bennett College, as well as an MA in Communication Studies and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Michael G. Plummer

Director of SAIS Europe, Eni Professor of International Economics
Plummer is currently president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES); he serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Asian Economics and he is a nonresident senior fellow at the East-West Center. Prior to his current roles, he was appointed as head of the Development Division in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 2010 to 2012, and he was a tenured associate professor at Brandeis University. Plummer also served as an Asian Development Bank distinguished lecturer and team leader at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat for several projects. He led studies on the ASEAN economic community and development of the ASEAN regional bond market; he advised on ASEAN free-trade initiative; he was a lecturer and adviser to the Asian Development Bank; he was a team leader and adviser to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat (2001-2003); he was a member of the editorial Boards of World Development and the Asian Economic Journal; and he was an international advisory board member of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin. Plummer received a PhD in economics from Michigan State University.

Adam K. Webb

American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Resident Professor of Political Science
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.