The SFS faculty is a multidisciplinary group of scholars that addresses issues of importance in international affairs from a variety of perspectives. The three most represented disciplines among faculty are political science (government), history and economics. In addition, there are anthropologists, scholars of religion and regional specialists. Together, the composition of the faculty allows the SFS to offer a more comprehensive approach to studies of international issues than may be present at other schools. The SFS values the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of its faculty and that emphasis is reflected in their scholarship.
The SFS faculty makes extensive efforts to reach out beyond the gates of the university. Informing important contemporary public policy debates would be impossible to do without engaging external audiences both within academic disciplines and from other settings. Moreover, Georgetown’s location in Washington, D.C. makes for natural connections between the work that our faculty do and the public policy-making world.
In addition to normal attendance at professional conferences, a number of our faculty travel regularly to present their research at other universities and research institutions. Some of our faculty hold appointments at prominent research institutions and think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. They also work on a regular basis with a variety of international organizations and NGOs. This ranges from consulting the United Nations on crises around the world to serving on the boards of NGOs addressing issues ranging from migration to nuclear proliferation.
Finally, SFS and Georgetown hold regular events on campus to which outside participants are invited. These conferences and forums often include a panel of Georgetown faculty and visitors engaging in discussions on the most vital policy issues of the day. Students are regular attendees at these events as are a wide variety of people from the Washington area.