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Elham Seyedsayamdost Mc Manus

Acting Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of International Studies

School of Arts & Sciences


Ph.D., Columbia University, USA
Master of International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA
B.A. in International and Comparative Politics, The American University of Paris, France
Dr. Elham Seyedsayamdost joins AUD in Fall 2016. Her current research explores issues pertaining to global governance, political economy of development, and migration flows.
Previously, she was a Cordier Fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Dr. Seyedsayamdost’s dissertation, “A World Without Poverty: Negotiating the Global Development Agenda,” examines the political processes, interests, and preferences of international actors in creating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Her academic research draws on her international development experience working for UNDP and the World Bank in New York, Washington DC, Nepal, MENA and Southeast Asia. Her work has contributed to publications of various international organizations, most recently to UNDP’s evaluation of national achievement of the MDGs. Her publications can be found in the journal of Global Governance and Development Policy Review, among others. She is currently working on turning her dissertation into a book.
At AUD, Dr. Seyedsayamdost teaches a variety of courses relating to Political Science and International Studies. She serves as the Chair of the Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies.