Carolyn Kissane, Ph.D. Appointed Academic Director of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs


NEW YORK, March 25, 2013 – Clinical Associate Professor Carolyn Kissane has been appointed academic director of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA), effective January 1, 2013. She succeeds Clinical Professor Mark Galeotti, who served as academic chair for three and a half years, and who will return to full-time teaching.

Kissane, who joined NYU in 2005, is one of two founding members of the CGA full-time faculty. She is a scholar of the politics of energy who serves as coordinator of the energy and environment concentration for the Center’s M.S. in Global Affairs. She teaches graduate-level courses that examine the Central Asian region, the geopolitics of oil, comparative energy politics, resource security, and global civil society.

As part of her research, Kissane most recently received a grant from the Quebec provincial government to run a Polar Politics class this spring, and to take 10 students to Montreal and Quebec to examine energy and environment issues affecting the Arctic region. She also received a grant from the Canadian government in 2009 to lead a group of students to visit the Athabasca oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alta. and to meet with industry leaders in Calgary. Her work with Canada continues in the form of event partnerships and a special series on the Arctic, “Fueling Our Future: The Geopolitics and Economics of Energy in the 21st Century,” which she organized in conjunction with the Quebec provincial government this past fall. The four-part series explored the changing landscape of global energy, and its potential challenges and impact on how we live.

Kissane also has received accolades for her teaching. She was a finalist for the NYU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and received the NYU-SCPS Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007.

Prior to joining NYU, Kissane worked as a researcher and a consultant in Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, Argentina, Japan, and Sweden for educational and nongovernmental organizations, including the Soros Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). She has received fellowships and awards from the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, the Fulbright Hays program, and IREX, including an IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Grant that examined the impact of natural resources on civil society development. Kissane earned her Ph.D. in comparative education and political science from Columbia University in 2001.

“Carolyn Kissane brings expertise in comparative education and in political science to her new leadership role,” said Vera Jelinek, dean of the Center for Global Affairs. “Her commitment to preparing the next generation of global citizens makes her an ideal choice for this position. as it will enable her to continue to build and grow the breadth and depth of the programs that are offered by the Center for Global Affairs, based upon the needs of the industry and the students it serves.”

About the Center for Global Affairs

The Center for Global Affairs (CGA), one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), offers the M.S. in Global Affairs and a plethora of noncredit courses and certificates, in addition to hosting a series of vibrant public events on a diverse array of topics. Visit for more information.

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