Governance Experts

Formerly European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development, Directorate on Science, Economy and Society
Eleonore Pauwels is a public policy scholar with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her primary focus is a comparative and critical analysis of the EU and US approaches towards the societal governance of synthetic biology. She is also examining the challenges that new forms of biotechnology pose for political and public policy org...
Senior Researcher, University of Bern
Alina Polyakova's research examines radical right movements in Europe, with a specialization on Ukraine. Polyakova is currently a Senior Researcher at the University of Bern, where she's working on a book manuscript on post-Soviet identities and the Ukraine crisis. The book is partially based on her doctoral research for which she interviewed over 100 radical right activists in Ukraine. Po...
Westminster House of Lords, London
Lord Ramsbotham is a retired British Army officer, who later served as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. He was awarded a life peerage in 2005, and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.Lord Ramsbotham is Chairman of the Koestler Awards scheme, and Vice-Chair of both the All Party Penal Affairs Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Learning & Skills in the C...
Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University
Douglas Reed is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, specializing in the politics of education, federalism and American political development, He is director of the newly-created Program in Education, Inquiry and Justice at Georgetown and is the author of the forthcoming book Building the Federal Schoolhouse: Localism and the American Education State (2014). He has writte...
Founding Director of the Intrastate Conflict Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Robert Rotberg is the Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Intrastate Conflict and President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. He was President of Lafayette College and Academic Vice President of Tufts University, and Professor of Political Science at MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Fulbright Research Professor at the Paterson...
Blair A. Ruble is currently Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center, Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory, and Senior Advisor to the Kennan Institute.  Previously, he served as the long-time Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) as well as of the Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Program (1992-2012). A native of New York, D...
Analyst, U.S. Government
Dr. Brenda Seaver has worked as a CIA analyst for 14 years.  She began her career covering East Asia and has spent the last decade focusing on various countries in South America.  Between 2010-12, Seaver was a Latin America Regional Analyst at the US Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  She recently completed a two-year rotation to the CIA's Red Cell...
Lea Shanley founded and directed the Commons Lab within the Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation Program from 2011-2014. Trained as a geospatial data scientist and policy expert, her research has focused on improving government services and empowering communities through open and participatory innovation, new technologies and social media. While at the Wilson Center, Lea directed...
Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University
Professor Taylor's research and teaching interests include state capacity, corruption, judicial politics, and Latin American political economy. He has lived and worked extensively in Brazil, working most recently at the University of São Paulo, where he was a member of the faculty from 2006 to 2011.Taylor is the author of Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil (Stanford...

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