Faculty

G-RAP Faculty

Get to know our faculty.

Steve Chan

Steve Chan - Professor, Political Science
Education: Ph.D. Political Science, University of Minnesota
Fall G-RAP Course: Introduction to International Relations

Undergraduate School & Degree
Tulane University - Political Science, French, and German

Classes Taught at CU
I teaches courses in international relations. I also serve as Director of the Farrand RAP.

Current Research
My research interests encompass theories of international relations (such as democratic peace, power transition) and political economy (such as developmental states, economic sanctions) with a focus on East Asia. My publications include sixteen books and over one hundred and sixty articles and chapters. My most recent books are Enduring Rivalries in the Asia-Pacific (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Looking for Balance: China, the United States, and Power Balancing in East Asia (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012).

Carol Conzelman

Carol Conzelman - Associate Director, G-RAP; Instructor, G-RAP
Education: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of Colorado
Fall G-RAP Courses: Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Andes; Culture and Power

Favorite Thing About Boulder
I love the constant stream of public performances, music, lectures, and all kinds of gatherings and festivals! I also love the vast network of hiking and biking trails, the farmers market, and the creek.

Most Interesting Travels
Havana, Cuba—the elaborate colonial architecture, the Malecon promenade by the sea, the ancient forts, the mojitos, the old book sellers on the plaza, the live music everywhere…

Hobbies
River trips, hiking, biking, reading, baking with my five year old daughter Mallie, music and film festivals.

Extracurricular Activities
I am a team leader with Global Volunteers, leading service learning projects in small communities around the world; and I bring students to Bolivia with me every summer for a Study Abroad course and independent research.

Mike Kanner

Mike Kanner - Lecturer, G-RAP
Education: Ph.D. Political Science, University of Colorado
Fall G-RAP Course: Global Issues and International Affairs

Undergraduate School & Degree
United States Military Academy at West Point – Engineering with a focus on Construction Design

Classes Taught at CU
To quote Marlon Brando, "What do you got?" I teach across all fields of political science, although my focus is on international relations and foreign policy. My favorite courses, of course, are those that deal with security issues, or as I like to say - If it goes BOOM! I'm there.

Most Interesting Travels
Honduras right after the transition to democracy. I traveled a great deal in the Macora Valley in support of nation building and host nation support programs. Second to that would be Panama City, Panama one year after OPERATION JUST CAUSE, when me and another officer drove through downtown only to be told that there was an on-going riot.

Extracurricular Activities
I am an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont where I am a mass coordinator, lector and Eucharistic minister.

Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin - Instructor, G-RAP and International Affairs
Education: Ph.D. History, University of Colorado
Fall G-RAP Course: N/A

Undergraduate School & Degree
Northwestern University – American History and Creative Writing

Classes Taught at CU
I teach a variety of history and international affairs courses, many of which deal with 9/11 and its legacies.

Hobbies
In my spare time, I like to knit, read, spend time in the mountains, look for fun new recipes, and - most of all! - hang out with my family, which includes my husband Nick, daughter Maggie, son Finn, and two dogs (Bo and Little Dog).

Tom Metcalf

Tom Metcalf - Instructor, Baker RAP
Education: Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Colorado
Fall G-RAP Course: Introduction to Philosophy

Undergraduate School & Degree
University of Washington, Seattle – Philosophy

Favorite Thing About Boulder
Boulder has a lot of the advantages of a larger city, while maintaining a closely connected community and providing easy access to the outdoors.

Hobbies
In my free time, I like getting out into the wilderness, as well as cooking, dance parties, video games, weightlifting, and more philosophy.

Current Research Topics
I'm currently working mostly on ethics, especially issues surrounding the way philosophers research ethics and the way we teach it to students.

Nathan Pieplow

Nathan Pieplow - Instructor, Program for Writing and Rhetoric
Education: M.Ed., University of Oregon
Fall G-RAP Course: First-Year Writing and Rhetoric

Undergraduate School & Degree
Williams College – Russian

Classes Taught at CU
I teach first-year writing and rhetoric, an upper-division writing course for engineers and science majors, and an upper-division writing course on the rhetoric of humor.

Most Interesting Travels
I spent a winter in Siberia! I've also traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Egypt, Japan, China, Taiwan, and most of Western Europe.

Extracurricular Activities
I spend a lot of time recording and researching the sounds of birds. I'm currently researching and writing a field guide to bird sounds, to be published in 2016.

Paul Sandberg

Paul Sandberg - Lecturer, G-RAP
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder
Fall G-RAP Course: Introduction to Physical Anthropology 1

Undergraduate School & Degree
Colorado College - Anthropology

Classes Taught at CU
I teach Introduction to Physical Anthropology I and II, Quantitative Methods in Anthropology, Primate Behavior, Advanced Osteology

Most Interesting Travels
A rainforest in Madagascar. Almost every plant or animal you see is found nowhere else, and the primates are especially cool (including the humans, of course).

Current Research
My current research topics include the reconstruction of diet, health, and life history in the archaeological record, small-mammal and hominin paleoecology in South Africa, and modern primate dietary ecology and habitat use. Much of my research involves the stable isotope chemistry of bones, teeth, and hair.

Vijaya Sharma

Vijaya Sharma - Instructor, Libby Arts RAP
Education: Ph.D. Economics, University of Colorado Boulder
Fall G-RAP Course: Principles of Microeconomics

Undergraduate School & Degree
University of Roorkee, India - Mechanical Engineering

Favorite Thing About Boulder
Its natural setting, the mountains, Boulder Creek and the diversity of people and ideas

Most Interesting Travels
Traveling itself is exciting, no matter what the place.

Current Research
Determinants of level of awareness of health care facilities among pregnant women in rural areas of Nepal

Doug Snyder

Doug Snyder - Lecturer, G-RAP
Education: Ph.D., University of Colorado
Fall G-RAP Course: Modern U.S. Politics and Diplomacy: The Road to 9/11

Classes Taught at CU
I have taught early and modern American history at CU, and have helped with the G-RAP course on 9/11 and After. In addition to History 2126, I am teaching IAFS 3000: Statebuilding in the 21st Century this fall. I will be teaching Hist 2166: The Vietnam Wars for G-RAP in the spring. It’ll be my first time teaching a full class devoted to Vietnam, which is my research focus and academic passion, so I’m quite excited about the course.

Most Interesting Travels
As cliché as it may seem, to me, nothing beats walking through the streets of Paris. I’ve wandered around Paris many times and still can’t wait to get back to France to discover more.

Hobbies
I love to golf, though I’m not nearly as good as I’d like to be. I also love to travel, see live music, and follow Denver and Detroit (my hometown!) sports.

Current Research
I am currently revising my dissertation into a book manuscript. The project draws from research I conducted in archives across the U.S., England, and France. It looks at how cultural stereotypes influenced American and French leaders to disagree about the relevance of studying the French war in Vietnam when the U.S. began fighting its own war there just ten years later.
Horst Mewes

Horst Mewes

Horst Mewes - Associate Professor, G-RAP
Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago
Spring G-RAP Course: Survey of Western Political Thought

Classes Taught at CU
Apart from teaching Survey of Western Political Thought in G-RAP, Prof. Mewes also teaches PSCI 3074: Citizenship in the US and EU.

Most Interesting Travels
Lisbon, Portugal

Hobbies
Mountain Hiking

Current Research
Prof. Mewes's most recent research focus has been on problems of citizenship and its relation to private liberties in modern liberal democracy.
Sarah Sokhey

Sarah Sokhey

Sarah Wilson Sokhey - Assistant Professor, G-RAP
Education: Ph.D., Ohio State
Spring G-RAP Course: Intro to Comparative Politics

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?
My undergrad degree is from The Catholic University of America (in DC) and my PhD is from Ohio State. Go Buckeyes!

Most Interesting Travels
Russia is the coolest place I have traveled. India and Kazakhstan are tied as the places most different from the US I have been to.

Hobbies
I like to read!

Current Research
I research the politics of economic reform including how politicians respond to financial crises.
Tamar Larsen

Tamar Larsen

Tamar Larsen- Instructor G-RAP
Education: Ed.D. University of San Francisco
Spring G-RAP Course: Intro to Modern Nordic Culture and Society

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?
I went to undergrad at C.U. Boulder and double majored in Humanities and Dance.

Most Interesting Travels
I’ve lived all over the world—from the bustling neon lights of Tokyo to the Arctic tundra of Norway. Favorite place to go regularly is the Greek island of Paros, because the Aegean Sea is gorgeous for swimming and I have good friends there. Most interesting place I’ve gone is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I worked with members of the African Union headquarters there. It was mind-blowingly timeless, ancient and gentle. Like stepping back into Biblical times, with ladies wrapped in white scarves, bridal parties draped in gold, and goats tied up outside our classroom.

Hobbies
In my free time, I like to dance (ballet, Latin ballroom), bake and sing (jazz, musical theater).

Current Research
I’m currently researching single mothers around the world: the role of identity, language, traditions and history in framing the experience globally within various cultural contexts. Also, issues of diversity and leadership within the workplace, specifically how gender, policy and management are connected in organizations.