Our Faculty Committee
Courses of the International Program are taught by a variety of faculty members from across the disciplines. The faculty listed here make up the International Studies Faculty Committee.
Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca,
International Studies Minor Program Director
Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca (University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D.) is College Professor of International Studies (Endowed Chair), Professor of Political Science, and Director of International Studies Minor at Elizabethtown College, PA. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security, European Union, South East Europe, and peace operations. She is the editor of two books – The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform (Routledge, 2014) and External Interventions in Civil Wars (co-edited with Stefan Wolff, Routledge, 2014) as well as a number of scholarly articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Civil Wars, European Security, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, French Politics, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, among others, and chapters in various edited volumes. She wrote op-eds for Prishtina Insight, Juristi, Enduring America, Atlantic Community, and Hürriyet Daily News, on transatlantic relations, Turkish foreign policy, and Balkan politics. Her Hürriyet Daily News op-ed was cited in NATO’s online bibliography. She served as a Visiting Fellow of Research on South Eastern Europe (LSEE) at London School of Economics (LSE) in 2013. She received grants and fellowships from, among others, Georgetown University, the London School of Economics, the European Commission (multiple grants), the University of Texas at Austin (multiple fellowships), Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the European Union Studies Association, and the Elizabethtown College (multiple grants). She serves on the Editorial Boards of Ethnopolitics, International Review of Turkish Studies, and Public Communication Review. Dr. Dursun-Özkanca has extensive teaching experience internationally, as she taught at various universities in the US, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, and Kosovo. She is the inaugural recipient of the Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence at Elizabethtown College (2015), and the recipient of the Richard Crocker Outstanding Service to Students Award (2018). Her book titled, Turkey–West Relations: The Politics of Intra-alliance Opposition, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in January 2020.
Dr. Elizabeth Newell
Elizabeth A. Newell is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Newell earned her PhD and MA in Anthropology from Temple University and her BA in Zoology and History from Miami University. Dr. Newell’s research interests include dental anthropology, with a focus on enamel defects in non-human primates, and osteology. She has worked as an osteological consultant for several archaeology firms in the area and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown College, Dr. Newell taught at Temple University and the Centro Colombo-Americano, the Colegio Cristobal Colon, and the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. She also worked as a translator for CEHAP (Center for the Study of Low Cost Housing) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellin.
Dr. Hossein Varamini
Dr. Hossein Varamini joined the College in the Fall of 2000 as the Director of the International Business Program after holding a similar position at a different institution for over ten years. His primary teaching areas are International Business and Finance. In addition to his individual research publications in the fields of foreign direct investment and foreign exchange markets, Dr. Varamini has published articles with other colleagues and with his students. Some of his articles have been published in the American Journal of Business, Journal of East-West Business, Journal of Global Business, Journal of International Business and Economy, Journal of Economics, Journal of Applied Economics and the Journal of Current Research in Global Business. He is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Finance and the Association for Global Business.