The Sié Center's responsible engagement project is built on the premise that responsible and constructive policy engagement is most likely when scholars reflect on the ethical dilemmas they face. With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this project aims to raise awareness around the ethical concerns that arise in policy-engaged scholarship and encourage critical reflection and dialogue around them.

To accomplish this we have created an Ethical Engagement Panel and a platform where scholars can ask for anonymous advice on ethical challenges they face. We have also conducted research including surveys, case studies, and individual reflections on particular challenging situations. And we have developed curriculum and a series of trainings on responsible engagement.

This website is a portal to our ongoing work. On it, you can ask an anonymous question, browse the questions and answers others have posed, see individual reflections, access our research outputs, and find information on our trainings and curriculum.

Institutional Partners

Faculty & Staff at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver

Svede Acabay Öğüç

Research Assistant & Ph.D. Candidate

Deborah Avant

Distinguished University Professor and Sié Chéou-Kang Chair

Naazneen Barma

Associate Professor

Kelci Burckhardt

Research Assistant & Ph.D. Candidate

George DeMartino


Audrey Elliot

Research Assistant

Rachel Epstein

Professor, Senior Associate Dean

Ilene Grabel

Distinguished University Professor

Cullen Hendrix


Oliver Kaplan

Associate Professor

Gergana Kostadinova

Program Manager

Julia Macdonald

Research Professor

Tricia Olsen

Associate Professor

Jill Schmieder Hereau

Assistant Dean

Timothy Sisk


Ethical Engagement Panel

Apryl Alexander

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Deborah Avant

University of Denver

Naazneen Barma

University of Denver

Jacqueline Best

University of Ottawa

Kanisha Bond

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Nadia Brown

Georgetown University

Daniel Brunstetter

University of California, Irvine

Susanna Campbell

American University

Charli Carpenter

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dara Kay Cohen

Harvard University

Jesse Driscoll

University of California, San Diego

John Emery

University of Oklahoma

Tanisha Fazal

University of Minnesota

Martha Finnemore

George Washington University

Francis Gavin

Johns Hopkins University

Jim Goldgeier

American University

Virginia Haufler

University of Maryland

Cullen Hendrix

University of Denver

Catherine Herrold

Syracuse University

Shareen Hertel

University of Connecticut

Michael Horowitz

University of Pennsylvania

Susan Hyde

University of California, Berkeley

Bruce Jentleson

Duke University

Miles Kahler

American University

Elisabeth King

New York University

Jason Lyall

Dartmouth College

Marc Lynch

George Washington University

Jamila Michener

Cornell University

Dipali Mukhopadhyay

University of Minnesota

Hollie Nyseth Brehm

Ohio State University

Sarah E. Parkinson

Johns Hopkins University

Phil Roessler

William & Mary

Stephanie Seguino

University of Vermont

Michael Tierney

William & Mary

Stacy VanDeveer

University of Massachusetts - Boston

In memoriam:
Mount Holyoke College
We appreciate the participation of Jon Western, whose unexpected passing left a void in the IR community. He was an intellectual leader in the field whose ethical compass was strong. We are sad to lose his energetic efforts.

Ethics of Engagement