Daniel_E_EsserI am an Associate Professor at American University (AU)’s School of International Service (SIS) and the 2015 SIS Scholar-Teacher of the Year awardee. Foreign Policy currently ranks SIS 8th globally for its M.A. programs, 9th nationally for its undergraduate curriculum, and 19th nationally for its Doctorate in International Relations. I teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and Master’s levels, as well as a doctoral seminar on Policy Analysis. I have been serving as one of three Directors of the Development Geographies Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) for over five years and, since April 2015, have also assumed the South Asia Directorship for the AAG’s Asian Geography Specialty Group.

I graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc (Distinction, Best Performance Prize) in Development Management in 2003 and a PhD in Development Studies in 2008. My doctoral supervisor was Jo Beall. My examiners were Jonathan Goodhand (Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies) and Jennifer Robinson (Department of Geography, University College London).

During my graduate studies I was a pre-doctoral Research Fellow in the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at MIT and a Fellow of the Carlo Schmid Program. I also received very generous support from the German National Academic Foundation (grant for top 1% of German doctoral students), the German Academic Exchange Service (doctoral stipend and one-year grant for graduate school fees in the United Kingdom), the British Economic and Social Research Council (+3 Award for doctoral studies), the Mellon-MIT Program on NGOs and Forced Migration (field research grant), and the LSE Graduate School (Graduate Merit Award). I have since been a Fellow of the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) in 2012 and a Resident at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in 2013.

Prior to graduate school I read Business Administration, Economics and International Security at the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada), the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in Germany, and I obtained a certificate in Conflict Mediation from Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.

A current curriculum vitae can be downloaded here:

Esser CV March 2018