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Eliot A. Cohen
Dean
Eliot A. Cohen is the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies and Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS. After receiving his BA and PhD degrees from Harvard, he taught there and at the US Naval War College before coming to Johns Hopkins SAIS in 1990. His books include, most recently, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force (2017) as well as Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battle along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War (2012) and Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime (2003), among others. He served in the US Army Reserve, was a director in the Defense Department’s policy planning staff, led the US Air Force’s multi-volume study of the first Gulf War, and has served in various official advisory positions. In 2007-2009 he was Counselor of the Department of State, serving as Senior Adviser to Secretary Condoleezza Rice, focusing on issues of war and peace, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and his commentary has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and on major television networks.


Filipe Campante
Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs
Professor Campante joined Johns Hopkins University in 2018 as a Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of International Economics, holding appointments at both Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. His cross-disciplinary scholarship on political economy, development economics, and urban and regional issues has significantly shaped our understanding of urban economies, and in particular of the impact of spatial distributions of people and economic activity. Professor Campante's work has appeared in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others, as well as mentions in the New York Times, Science, NPR, Washington Post, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, and Politico, among others.


Andrew Mertha
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation
Andrew Mertha serves as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation, Director of SAIS China, and the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies. Mertha joined Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2018 and specializes in Chinese bureaucratic politics, Cambodian communism under the Khmer Rouge, comparative political institutions, and the domestic and foreign policy process. He has written three books, The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China, China’s Water Warriors: Citizen Action and Policy Change, and Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979. His articles have been published in the Journal of Comparative Politics, International Organization, and The China Quarterly. Mertha has lived in China for seven years, beginning in 1988. He has provided public testimony for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, briefings for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and is a regular contributor to the US policy discourse on China. He serves on the editorial committees for the Journal of Comparative Politics, The China Quarterly, and Asian Survey. He is former president of the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and an alumnus of the NCUSCR Public Intellectuals Program, 2008 to 2010. Mertha received his PhD from the University of Michigan.


Noemi Crespo Rice
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Noemi Crespo Rice oversees the Office of Student Affairs, including financial aid, career services, student life, registration, student accounts, international scholar services, and the one-stop student services center. Crespo Rice joined Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2006 as the director of financial aid. Prior to this position, she was director of financial aid at the University of Connecticut’s medical and dental schools. She is an active member of the university serving on its Student Services Excellence Initiative steering committee and as Chair of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Diversity Council. She is also an active member of a number of higher education professional organizations including the American Council on Education's Women’s Network and the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Crespo Rice holds a BA from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University, and EdD in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania.


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.


Craig Osborne
Chief of Staff 
Craig Osborne joined Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2019 after completing a 30 year military career. As an Army infantry officer, he led various units across the spectrum of conflict – operating in humanitarian crises, peace-enforcement actions, and several combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. His senior staff assignments include serving on the Joint Staff; a Combatant Command; a Combined, Joint, and Interagency Task Force deployed to Afghanistan; and a NATO command overseas. Osborne served as a Deputy Executive Assistant and then Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. In his most recent assignment, he worked as Chief of Staff to the Provost and then Executive Officer to the University President of the National Defense University in Washington DC. He received a BS in History from Illinois State University; an MS in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education from Kansas State University; an MMAS in Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and General Staff College (School of Advanced Military Studies); and a MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College.


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.


William Roth
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations
Roth brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in international fundraising, board and volunteer management and working in complex institutions of higher education. He has had a varied career both in the US and overseas having served both premier US liberal arts colleges and world leading research institutions. Most recently, Roth has served as the Executive Director of Principal Gifts at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, he spent six years at University College Oxford, Oxford’s oldest College, as its Director of Development and Fellow. During his tenure at Oxford, Roth oversaw the completion of the £55M UNIV 20/20 campaign, Oxford’s largest collegiate campaign to date, and the successful launch of a new £40M campaign. He instituted the College’s first major and principal giving societies, its alumni magazine, the Young Univ program specifically aimed at engaging younger alumni and expanded the College’s presence in Asia. In addition to his positions at Toronto and Oxford, Roth also has held leadership roles at Haverford College, Goucher College, Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he successfully oversaw the inaugural Campaign for Penn Athletics, a $120M effort. He received his BA in Medieval Studies from Swarthmore College, a Masters in History from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Arts from the University of Oxford.


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.


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.