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Program Management


The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies is directed by a member of the steering committee who serves a three-year term. The current director is:

  • Judith Reppy, professor emerita, science & technology studies
    (interim director, Fall 2021)
  • Rebecca Slayton, associate professor, science & technology studies
    (on leave, resumes Spring 2022)

Steering Committee

Members of the steering committee assist the program director with oversight and management of the Reppy Institute. 


This directory includes contact information for faculty, staff members, Reppy fellows, and visitors associated with the institute.

Please note that only professional contact data is provided. In case of an emergency or should you need to reach a person listed outside of normal business hours, please refer to Cornell People Search for additional contact information. Choose from the categories below to view directory listings.

Hardis Family Assistant Professor for Teaching Excellence

Sabrina Karim is an assistant professor in the department of government and the Hardis Family Assistant Professor for Teaching Excellence. Her research focuses on conflict and peace processes, particularly state building in the aftermath of civil war.

International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies

Geographic Research Area: Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China, Alaska, Canada, and Russia

Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies

Peter Katzenstein is the Einaudi Center's Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies in the Department of Government. His research and teaching lie at the intersection of the fields of international relations and comparative politics.

Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy Emeritus
Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Jr. Professor in History and Ethics of Engineering
Professor, Government
Reppy Institute Graduate Fellow

Joseph is a third year PhD student in the Government Department specializing in comparative politics. He studies legacies of political violence and identity. He is currently working on a project exploring patterns of group identification and consciousness in Cameroon.

Professor, Law
Professor, Government and Law
Reppy Institute Graduate Fellow

Avishai Melamed is a graduate student in the Department of Government. His research focuses on international relations, particularly how foreign policy and long-term strategies evolve in response to changing conditions, resources, and new technologies.