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Meet our Faculty

Dr. Hilary Anne Frostphoto of Dr. Frost
Associate Professor and Program Chair of Global Studies

Dr. Frost holds a Ph.D. in cultural geography from Pennsylvania State University; an M.A. in international studies from the University of Iowa; an M.P.A. with specialization in arts administration from Ohio State University; and a B.A. in history from Michigan State University.

From 1978 to 1992 she worked in the field of arts management doing fund raising, marketing and strategic management with a variety of multi-disciplinary arts organizations. For the last 22 years she has been working in academia, teaching cultural geography, international studies, non-profit management and arts administration. Her research interests are as eclectic as her degrees: geography, geology, international studies, the role of the arts in community development, and Africa.

Dr. Frost teaches the Introduction to Global Studies, Cultural Geography, and the Global Studies Capstone course.

Dr. Sibel OktayPhoto of Sibel Oktay
Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Political Science

Dr. Oktay is from Istanbul, Turkey. She received her BA in Social and Political Sciences from Sabanci University (Istanbul) in 2006 and an MA in Political Science from the same institution in 2007, with a thesis entitled “The Impact of the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union on the Euro Mediterranean Partnership: An Analysis of Member State Preferences.”  She earned the doctorate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 2014.

Before coming to Syracuse, she also worked at Sabanci as a research assistant for the EU-funded project on the political economy of governance in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Her research interests include foreign policy analysis, domestic political institutions and political leadership, primarily focusing on Europe and Turkey. She is also interested in events data sets and quantitative approaches to analyzing foreign policy. She has been collaborating with Seth Jolly on explaining the public and elite opinion toward Turkish membership alongside her dissertation research on coalition foreign policy in post-Cold War Europe. She is the 2013 winner of the International Studies Association’s Alexander George Best Paper Award and her work is forthcoming in the Journal of European Public Policy. She was a visiting predoctoral fellow at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University from October 2012 to summer 2014.

Dr. Steve SchwarkDr. Steve Schwark
Professor Emeritus of Global Studies and Political Science

Steve Schwark’s research and writing have focused on international relations and American foreign policy, with a particular interest in the presidential foreign policies of John Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. A former scholar of US-Soviet relations during the Cold War, he now concentrates primarily on American foreign policy in the Middle East. His research on Carter has attempted to explore the impact of Carter’s religious views on his diplomacy in that region; the initial work looked at Carter’s peacemaking efforts leading to the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel. Planned research includes an examination of Carter’s policies towards the Shah of Iran and the Iranian Revolution.

Although retired as of Spring 2014, Schwark will continue to teach courses ranging from Introduction to International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Russian Politics.