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 and meet Molly Wallace, Biniam Iyob and Jennifer Purrenhage.
Molly Wallace is CIE’s Hood House Lecturer, and in that capacity, serves as an academic leader of the IA program. She comes to UNH from Brown University where she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science, and then was appointed visiting lecturer. Wallace’s dissertation examined the practice of nonviolent intervention in violent conflict with a focus on Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international NGO engaged in unarmed civilian protection in Sri Lanka. More generally, her research and teaching interests include nonviolent action, violence-legitimation practices, conflict resolution/transformation, transitional justice and reconciliation, gender and global politics, human rights, international ethics, and the politics of intervention.
Molly teaches IA 401 and IA 701.
Biniam Iyob holds a joint academic appointment with the Geography Department and CIE. He comes to UNH from Eritrea and the University of Asmara where he studied Soil and Water Conservation Studies. Upon graduation, Iyob worked for the Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture and later as a hydrologist to help decrease erosion and improve water access and conservation. In 2000, he left Eritrea for Mauritius, obtaining a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. Moving to the U.S., Iyob received a second Master’s in Geography from Oregon State University, focusing on mapping vegetation change using remote sensing (landsat data). He received his Ph.D. in Geography at OSU, where he focused on the geography of transboundary rivers, especially the Nile.
Biniam teaches IA 401.
Department: Natural Resources & the Environment
Jennifer Purrenhage came to UNH in 2009, after earning her Ph.D. in Ecology from Miami University. Her interest in ecology began during her undergraduate studies in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology at the University of Wisconsin. Later, for her M.S. and doctoral research, Purrenhage explored the population- and community-level responses of amphibians to local and landscape-scale changes in habitat. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, where she continues her work in amphibian conservation.
Jennifer teaches IA 401.
Charles Putnam is Co-Director of Justiceworks, a research institute at the University of New Hampshire and a Clinical Associate Professor of Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire. He joined Justiceworks in December, 2001, after working for 15 years as a member of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office. Putnam is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador, South America from 1979 until 1982 and recently returned from Budapest, Hungary where he was faculty in residence for a group of UNH students.
Charlie teaches IA 501.
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