Administration & Staff


Joel Hellman Joel S. Hellman – Dean
Joel Hellman became Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in July 2015 after 25 years working on some of the most complex issues of governance, conflict and the political economy of development as both a scholar and practitioner. He served at the World Bank in many senior roles including Chief Institutional Economist, Director of the Center for Conflict, Security and Development in Nairobi, Kenya where he led the Bank’s engagement with the most challenging fragile and conflict-affected states around the world, and Coordinator of the Bank’s response in Indonesia to the devastating Asian tsunami. He was the Senior Political Counselor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, leading its political engagement and analysis on Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.  As a scholar, Dr. Hellman was a political science professor focusing on the politics of economic reform at Harvard University and Columbia University. Follow him @joelhellman_SFS.


Tony-Arend_1_0Anthony Clark Arend – Senior Adviser to the Dean
Anthony Clark Arend is a Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Senior Advisor to the Dean. Dr. Arend received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs of the University of Virginia. He received a B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is author of Legal Rules and International Society (Oxford). Follow him @arenda.


byman_dan001_1_0Daniel Byman – Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs 
Daniel Byman is a professor and Senior Associate Dean in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also the Research Director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. Dr. Byman served as a Professional Staff Member with the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (the “9/11 Commission”) and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He also worked as the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and as a Middle East analyst for the U.S. intelligence community. Dr. Byman received his B.A. in religion from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His latest book is Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement (Oxford, 2015). Follow him @dbyman.


Kathleen McNamaraKathleen R. McNamara – Vice Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs
Kathleen R. McNamara is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on markets, culture, and politics in the European Union and the United States. She is the author of “The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union” (Oxford University Press, 2016) “The Currency of Ideas: Monetary Politics in the European Union” (Cornell University Press, 1998) and co-editor of “Making History: European Integration and Institution Change at Fifty” (Oxford University Press, 2007). She is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Scholar in International Political Economy award from the International Studies Association. Her public commentaries have appeared in outlets such as Foreign Affairs and the Washington Post, and she is a guest on NPR and other news programs. At Georgetown, Dr. McNamara served as Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies from 2010-2016. Dr. McNamara also has taught at Princeton University and Sciences Po (Paris), and has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a Fulbright Fellow. During the 2016-17 year, she was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. McNamara received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.


will laymanWill Layman – Executive Director of the Centennial
Will Layman is the Executive Director of the Centennial for the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Mr. Layman will be leading the planning and execution of the school’s 100th anniversary celebration. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and worked for six years as a litigating attorney in Washington, DC, primarily at Williams & Connolly. He just completed a 25-year career as a leader and teacher at The Field School, where he led Field’s branding, communications, and advancement initiatives around its 40th anniversary and capital campaign, as well as the school’s admissions, marketing, communications, and accreditation work over the last decade. Mr. Layman is a graduate of Williams College and a working musician and music journalist in the Washington, D.C. area.


Jennifer LongJennifer Long – Associate Dean of Finance and Administration 
Jennifer Long earned a BA in European Studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University, and a MA in Russian Area Studies and PhD in Government from Georgetown University. Her dissertation research focused on the links between national identity and foreign policy in Russia during Boris Yeltsin’s presidency. Before joining the SFS Dean’s Office, Dr. Long served for 10 years as the Associate Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES), which houses one of eight Master’s programs in SFS.


Irfan NooruddinIrfan Nooruddin – SFS Faculty Chair
Irfan Nooruddin is Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, and is a member of the School’s Asian Studies Program. He directs the Georgetown India Initiative and advises the student-run Georgetown-India Dialogue. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (Cambridge, 2011). Professor Nooruddin’s specializes in the study of comparative economic development and policymaking, democratization and democratic institutions, and international institutions. He received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @irfannooruddin.


emily zenick-portrait-smallEmily Zenick – Chief of Staff to the Dean
Emily Zenick provides coordination for the development, monitoring, and implementation of strategic directions, goals, and initiatives for the Dean’s Office. She teaches an Honors Thesis Writer’s Workshop class for students in the Regional and Comparative major in the SFS. Prior to her current role, Emily served as Deputy Director and Associate Dean in the SFS undergraduate program. Ms. Zenick previously held the position of Assistant Dean in the McDonough School of Business. After earning degrees in Speech Communication and Political Science at Syracuse University, she began her career in education serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand where she taught English and developed income-generating projects for local women. Ms. Zenick received a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1998.


Administrative Staff

  • Allison Adcock-Melgosa, Director of Human Resources and Administration
  • Gabriela Narvaez, Business Operations Manager
  • Ryan Gillis, Business Operations Specialist
  • Becky Berg, Assistant Director of Digital Engagement
  • Ara Friedman, Editorial Manager
  • Eleanor Jones, Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Phoebe Koenigsberg, Centennial Events Director
  • Jen Lennon, Director of Communications
  • Chris Mehrholz, Budget Director
  • Sarah Nebbeling, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs
  • Clare Ogden, Administrator of Centennial Fellows Program
  • Danielle Muñoz, Events and Program Manager



The School of Foreign Service in Qatar has a variety of organizational departments that work together to deliver a world-class education to students. Read more about SFS-Q Dean Ahmad S. Dallal and the administration and staff of the Doha campus.


Contact Dean’s Office staff at 301 ICC, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057 or 202/687-5696 or use the Georgetown University Directory to find contact information for a specific staff member.