Josef Korbel School of International Studies - Ethics of Engagement

Training & Curriculum

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ISA Career Course, 2022 Annual Convention: Conducting Policy-Relevant and Responsibly Engaged Public Scholarship

March 28 – April 2, 2022

This course will offer professional development training for scholars of international affairs seeking to engage more publicly with their research. It brings together the core content of two longer-form, well-established professional development programs funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York under its “Bridging the Gap” initiative: the International Policy Summer Institute, which is a professional development program for international affairs scholars who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research; and the Responsible Public Engagement Initiative, which addresses challenges around direct engagement with policy actors at various stages of the research process and disseminating research to policy audiences. It will also incorporate training material that focuses on ethical and context-sensitive scholarship from the Advancing Research on Conflict consortium.

This course will be facilitated by Professor Naazneen Barma and Oliver Kaplan from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

To register for this course, please refer to the ISA 2022 Conference Registration page.


  • Naazneen Barma

    Doug and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy
    Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
    Twitter: @naazneenbarma

    Naazneen H. Barma is Director of the Doug and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, Scrivner Chair, and Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is also one of the founders and a co-director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship. She is a political scientist whose work spans topics including peacebuilding, foreign aid, economic development and institutional reform, natural resource politics, and global governance, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

    Barma’s research has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the Minerva Research Initiative, and the Berggruen Institute among others, and has been published in several refereed journals and edited volumes. She is author of The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States (Cambridge University Press, 2017), co-author of Rents to Riches? The Political Economy of Natural Resource-Led Development (World Bank, 2011), and co-editor of Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts (World Bank, 2014) and The Political Economy Reader: Markets as Institutions (Routledge, 2008). She has also co-authored policy-oriented pieces on global political economic order that have appeared in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. Prior to joining the Korbel School faculty, Barma was a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School from 2000–2010 and previously worked from 1998–2001 and 2007–2010 as a development practitioner at the World Bank.

  • Oliver Kaplan

    Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
    Twitter: @OliverKaplan

    Oliver Kaplan is an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and is the Associate Director of Human Trafficking Center. He is the author of the book, “Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves” (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which examines how civilian communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence. He was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School and at Stanford University.

    His research interests include empirical studies of civil wars and human rights. As part of his research Kaplan has conducted fieldwork in Colombia and the Philippines. His research has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants and has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Stability, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN, and National Interest. Kaplan received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and completed his B.A. at UC San Diego.

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