The Center of International Education is proud to have a talented team of International Affairs teaching faculty. From various backgrounds and with wide-ranging interests and specializations, the faculty instruct, advise and inspire our almost 300 IA dual majors. For a taste of their backgrounds and interests, please read below.
Molly Wallace is CIE’s Hood House Lecturer and, in that capacity, serves as an academic leader of the IA program, teaching the core courses for the IA dual major and advising IA students. She comes to UNH from Brown University where she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and then served as a visiting lecturer. Wallace’s recent research examines the practice of nonviolent intervention in violent conflict with a focus on Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international NGO engaged in unarmed civilian protection in war zones. More generally, her research and teaching interests include nonviolent action, political violence, violence-legitimation practices, conflict resolution/transformation, transitional justice and reconciliation, critical security studies, gender and global politics, human rights, international ethics (particularly the ethics of war and peace), and civilian protection. She has published in International Politics, Journal of Gender Studies, and African Studies Review.
Molly teaches IA 401, IA 501, and IA 701.
Department: Political Science
Alynna Lyon is an expert in peacekeeping, conflict resolution, international organizations, ethnic identity and nationalism, political violence, U.S. foreign policy, and Middle East politics. She has published several articles and book chapters on these topics and her recent publications include "American Humanitarian Intervention: Toward a Theory of Coevolution" in Foreign Policy Analysis and "Moral Motives and Policy Actions: Dag Hammarskjöld at the United Nations" in Public Integrity. She is faculty advisor for the UNH Model United Nations and currently serves as Chair of Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration section of the International Studies Association. At UNH she teaches courses on US and World Affairs, World Politics, Terrorism and Political Violence and International Organizations.
Alynna teaches IA 501.
Department: Natural Resources & the Environment
Jennifer Purrenhage is the lecturer in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. She came to UNH as a research postdoc in 2009, after earning her Ph.D. in Ecology from Miami University, and started teaching for IA in 2011. Jennifer’s connection to Nature began in childhood, and she pursued her interests in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology at the University of Wisconsin. As an undergrad, she also spent a semester abroad at E.A.R.T.H. University in Costa Rica, where she studied Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources. Later, for her M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral research, she explored the population- and community-level responses of amphibians to local and landscape-scale changes in habitat. Jennifer’s current areas of interest include Conservation Biology, Environmental Ethics and Worldviews, Amphibian Conservation, Water Scarcity, Transcendentalism as a Root of Environmentalism, Agriculture and Conservation, and Pedagogy of Engagement in Science.
Jennifer teaches IA 401.
Aykut Kilinc earned his B.S. degree in history from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. His M.A. thesis at the University of New Hampshire examined Turkish-American relations during the 1920s. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UNH writing a dissertation on U.S. foreign policy towards Cyprus during the 1960s and the 1970s. He has taught various courses at UNH on the history of the U.S. and its foreign relations, and the Middle East.
Aykut teaches IA 501.
Timothy Scott Pruett recently came to UNH in the fall of 2013. His primary areas of teaching and research interest are Political Geography, Political Ecology, and Rural Development within the regions of Latin America, Europe, and Subsaharan Africa. He previously served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at Frostburg State University in Maryland. In 2012, he completed his doctoral degree at West Virginia University where his dissertation focused upon the coca farmer social movement in Peru. His Master’s thesis at Western Kentucky University focused on coca production and terrorism in the Upper Huallaga Valley of Peru. Scott is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography in addition to his role in the International Affairs program.
Scott teaches IA 401.
Funso Afolayan specializes in Afican history, African religions, Atlantic history, and world/non-Western history. He has taught for the International Affairs program and also serves on the University Committe onInternational Studies (UCIS).
Funso teaches IA 501.
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