Pardee Welcomes Five New Faculty Members
The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University is pleased to welcome five new incoming faculty members — Alexander de la Paz, Assistant Professor of International Security; Aimee Genell, Assistant Professor of International History; Tsitsi Musasike, Professor of the Practice of Global Development Policy; Solomon Owusu, Assistant Professor of Global Economic Policy; and Sanne Verschuren, Assistant Professor of International Security.
Alexander de la Paz is an Assistant Professor of International Security. Before joining Boston University, he taught at the City University of New York and Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. His research interests span the political and moral psychology of war, international law, and international ethics. His current research agenda concerns the problem of human shields in war. He will be teaching a variety of courses in political science, including Introduction to International Relations, Laws of War, International Human Rights, and International Ethics.
Aimee Genell is an Assistant Professor of International History. Her research focuses on the history of the late Ottoman Empire and its entanglements with Europe in the area of international law and international relations. Professor Genell’s areas of expertise include the history of international law and international relations, transformative military occupation, weak states in international politics, the late Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East, and legal history.
Tsitsi Musasike is Professor of the Practice of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and a Core Faculty Member of the Global China Initiative at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center (GDP), where she teaches courses on ‘Financing Development in Africa’ and ‘Climate Change & Development.’ Her research interests include development financing, infrastructure project development and financing, climate change and development, financial inclusion, and the empowerment of youths and women.
Solomon Owusu is an Assistant Professor of Global Economic Policy. His research interest focuses broadly on development economics in areas such as the economics and measurement of structural transformation, jobs and inclusive growth, global value chains, and trade. He also has a strong interest in research areas at the intersection of technology adoption, climate change, and productivity in developing countries with a particular focus on countries in Africa.
Sanne Verschuren is an Assistant Professor of International Security. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, the domestic determinants of security policy, and the role of ideas, norms, and institutions in national security decision-making. She focuses on how states fight war, examining why they construct novel weapon technologies, how they envision fielding such technologies, and why they choose to abandon certain technologies and practices. Professor Verschuren’s areas of expertise include international security, the development, and diffusion of military technology, strategic thinking, the intersection between nuclear and conventional capabilities, and the linkages between national security and climate change.
Scott Taylor, Dean of the Pardee School, offered a warm welcome to the incoming faculty and expressed excitement for the expertise they’ll bring to enhance the school’s academic offerings. “It was a privilege for me, in my first year as Dean of the Pardee School, to have the opportunity to participate in the hiring of these five outstanding new faculty colleagues. Each of them impressed us with their scholarship and their exciting research trajectories, as well as their ability to teach a wide array of courses in the School. They will enrich our curriculum, and the experiences of Pardee students, now and into the future. I am delighted to welcome Professors Musasike, de la Paz, Gennell, Owusu, and Verschuren to Pardee and, like all of our colleagues, I can’t wait to work with them!”