Meet Our Staff
The Honors Porgram staff are here to help our students succeed in seeking out their passion. Get to know our dedicated team of advisors.
Director of the Honors Program
Professor of Political Science
Endowed Chair of International Studies
Director, International Studies Minor
Dr. Dursun-Ozkanca teaches courses on International Relations, European Union, the Middle East, Comparative Politics, Model United Nations, Political Violence and Terrorism. 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. Dr. Dursun-Ozkanca 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 Awards (2018, 2020). Her latest book, Turkey–West Relations: The Politics of Intra-alliance Opposition , is published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.
Director of Special Programs and Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships
Professor Benowitz teaches Honors First Year Seminar: America in the 1980s: To the Max; Honors 201: Elizabethtown History: Campus and Community; Honors 205: Honors Leadership Theory. He directs the Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowship Program, and the Momentum Program.
Luke Mackey provides administrative support for Honors, Momentum, Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships and Stamps programs. He supervises Honors Course registrations, reviews documents and requests (course contracts, academic grants, senior theses, etc.), processes expenditure reimbursements and stipends, supports program communcation, marketing, and event planning, oversees the Honors Center, supervises Student Assistants, and coordinates with the Honors Council.
Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Chair of the Honors Committee and Director of Honors Program
Natalie Blanton ’22, President of Student Honors Council
Prof. Erica Dolson
Dr. Anya Goldina
Dr. Colin Helb
Dr. Jean Pretz
Dr. Jeffrey Rood
Mr. Adam Smith
Dr. Evan Smith
Dr. Nobuaki Takahashi