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Online Ph.D. in International Relations

Dr. Luigi Bradizza is an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Salve Regina, where he has taught since 2009. He holds an M.A. in political science from Boston College (1997) and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas (2008). He specializes in American government and political philosophy. His research interests encompass American political thought and political philosophy. He has published "Richard T. Ely's Critique of Capitalism" (2013) in addition to a number of scholarly articles and book chapters.

Dr. Kirk Buckman is assistant professor of political science and director of the Latin American and Caribbean studies program at Stonehill College. He has also taught at Frankin Pierce University, Catholic University of America, Hawaii Pacific University and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, from which he also received an M.A. in international relations. He did his undergraduate studies at Clark University and received his Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University. His research focuses on comparative constitutional politics and political economy. He has published articles on politics in Brazil, the European Union, France, Germany and Italy, and is currently working on a project that compares democracies in the Western hemisphere.

Dr. Symeon Giannakos is a professor and director of the graduate programs in international relations at Salve Regina. He holds a Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia (1990) and teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics with a concentration on nationalism and ethnic conflict, and on ethics and international affairs. He has also taught at Norwich University, the American University in Bulgaria, Washington and Lee University and Ohio University. His research focuses on national identity and conflict. He has published extensively on this topic and is the editor of Ethnic Conflict: Religion, Identity and Politics (2002). In 2011, he served as a Fulbright Scholar to Albania. His most recent publication is on Chinese nationalism, to be published by Nationalities Papers.

Dr. Richard J. Norton is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He retired from the Navy in 1996 with the rank of commander. While on active duty, he served extensively at sea on cruisers and destroyers. He also served on Capitol Hill as a senate liaison officer with the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs and with several political-military assignments on senior staffs. His military experience is focused in surface naval operations and national security policy. He has published extensively on failed states, on humanitarian early warning, African regional military affairs and related peacekeeping, humanitarian and refugee operations as well as numerous case studies concerning emerging security and leadership issues. He has edited three national security volumes published by the Naval War College Press and has appeared as a guest on several programs on U.S. and Canadian public radio. His most recent publications include "Through a Mirror Darkly: The Use of Alternate History for Decision-Makers" and "Feral Cities 2009."

Dr. Nicolai N. Petro holds the Silvia-Chandley Professorship of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island. His books include "Crafting Democracy" (2004), "The Rebirth of Russian Democracy" (1995) and "Russian Foreign Policy," co-authored with Alvin Z. Rubinstein (1997). As a Council on Foreign Relations fellow, he served as special assistant for policy toward the Soviet Union in the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1990. He has received two Fulbright awards (one to Russia and one to Ukraine), as well as fellowships from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, D.C., and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has written about Russia and Ukraine for many publications, and his writings appear frequently on the websites of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and The National Interest.

Dr. Chad Raymond is an associate professor of political science and international relations at Salve Regina. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii, obtained after doing dissertation field research in Vietnam, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the same field from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests fall into two general areas: the political economy of development, especially as applied to Asia and the Middle East, and evaluating the effectiveness of teaching methods used in the university classroom. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as China Information, the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Agricultural History, the Journal of Political Science Education and International Studies Perspectives.