Syracuse University Visits University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Syracuse University leaders and educators traveled to University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in late November for an international conference on public administration.  The trip to Chengdu, China was an opportunity to emphasize the university’s commitment to partnerships with Chinese businesses and educational institutions, says Dr. David Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Van Slyke delivered a keynote address at the conference.  “China is a major world power. Part of Syracuse University and the Maxwell School’s strategic plan focuses on internationalization. China holds much opportunity for student exchange, faculty research collaboration and broader institutional partnering.”

Joining Van Slyke in Chengdu was Dr. Zhanjiang “John” LIU, vice president for research, Dr. Xueyi CHEN, international program manager for China programs at Maxwell, Dr. John McPeak, professor of public administration and international affairs, and Dr. Dimitar Gueorguiev, assistant professor of political science.  At the conference, the group met with deans of schools of public affairs in China. Van Slyke said a goal of the meetings exploring additional ways for Chinese students to study at Maxwell, which is one of the top-ranked graduate schools of public affairs in the U.S., and, in specialty areas, ranked #1 for public management and leadership.


According to Van Slyke, there is a range of study and degree program options for Chinese students at Maxwell. Students could come to Maxwell for an academic year or more of their undergraduate education, pursuing a range of disciplines. There are also professional graduate programs and a Maxwell PhD program in the social sciences, which is the only one in the U.S. that is purely interdisciplinary.

“I think one of the things international students like – and are often surprised by – is how international Syracuse University and the Maxwell School truly are,” Van Slyke says. “Of Maxwell’s 160 faculty, two thirds of the faculty have either all or a good portion of their research portfolio outside of the United States.”

Van Slyke himself is a leading international expert on public-private partnerships. For the past 10 years, he has taught an executive education program in Bangkok, Thailand through a partnership between the Maxwell School and the Thai Ministry of Finance. In addition to teaching on this most recent trip to Asia, Van Slyke attended a dinner for Maxwell alumni, generously hosted by Vara-Poj Snidvongs G’76, Thailand’s former ambassador to Italy.

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Maxwell alumni dinner in Thailand

Maxwell benefits from the talents of international students, by diversifying its student body, learning from their experiences, engaging the students in a range of academic and social experiences, and demonstrating a commitment to global governance that has scholarly as well as policy applications.

“Students coming here feel they get a rigorous education and are also supported in terms of being in a new culture and context.”

Maxwell Welcomed to Asia

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs visited Asia in July, when Dean David M. Van Slyke traveled to Thailand to teach a class for public administrators from the Ministry of Finance (which he has done for nearly a decade). Dean Van Slyke extended greetings from the Maxwell School and Syracuse University to alumni and friends across the region.

During Dean Van Slyke’s travel, he attended a University alumni event in Tokyo, hosted by the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Japan. Additional alumni gatherings were hosted in Bangkok and Hong Kong. In each city, Dean Van Slyke connected with alumni and shared updates and news from the Maxwell School and from the Syracuse University campus.

Dean Van Slyke, Maxwell School Associate Dean Scott Barrett, and Syracuse University Director of Development Esther Feng were delighted to meet with so many enthusiastic alumni and friends while visiting the region. Appreciation goes to the SU Alumni Club of Japan, the Maxwell Japanese Community (MAXJAC), and Maxwell and SU volunteers in Thailand and Hong Kong for helping to organize the events.

Visit our Flickr album to view photos from the events in Tokyo, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.

Attending the NASPAA or APPAM Conference in Albuquerque? Join us as we celebrate Maxwell’s 90th!

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Join Us to Celebrate Maxwell’s 90th at the NASPAA & APPAM Conference

Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which opened officially in October of 1924, is turning 90 this fall!

To mark this special occasion, Dean James B. Steinberg and Associate Dean Ross Rubenstein of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University invite NASPAA and APPAM conference attendees to join them to raise a toast to the collective contributions made by all NASPAA and APPAM schools toward public service, civic engagement, and enlightened citizenship. 

We hope you’ll enjoy this special opportunity to reconnect with your Maxwell friends and as well as faculty attending the conferences.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

8:30 – 10:00 p.m.  

Hotel Andaluz

Main Lobby “Living Room”

125 Second Street NW,

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Please show your conference badge for your complimentary beverage

You are welcome to bring a guest

No RSVP required

Questions?  Please contact Norma Shannon at

Orange Central book signing with alum authors Bill Smullen G’74 and Me’Shae Brooks Rolling G’90

Join Maxwell Authors F. William Smullen and Me’Shae L. Brooks-Rolling
at the Orange Central Book Signing

Saturday, October 11

10 a.m.
Orange Central Tent, Shaw Quad

Visit with SU alumni authors Scott Pitoniak ’77, Me’Shae Brooks Rolling G’90, Ruth Ross ’79, and Bill Smullen G’74 and have your books signed!

The University Bookstore will have books to purchase.

Bill Smullen G’74  is the author of

Ways and Means for Managing Up” and “There’ll Never Be Another Beauregard

Smullen is the Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in June of 2003. He is also Maxwell’s Senior Fellow in National Security and a member of the faculty of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a Professor of Public Relations. “Ways and Means for Managing Up: 50 Strategies for Helping You and Your Boss Succeed” (McGraw Hill, April 2014) draws on Smullen’s extensive and wide-ranging military and professional career experiences and may serve as “a survival guide for some, a road map for others and a blueprint as well for those near the top of the pyramid.”



Me’Shae L. Brooks-Rolling ’90 MPA is the author of

How To Save Money & Organize Your Finances: Tales of an Urban Consumer

Brooks-Rolling is Director of Special Events and Conferences at The Institute for Veterans & Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). In this capacity, she manages and oversees IVMF’s entrepreneurship conferences for veterans and military families as an asset-building mechanism. She is a cross-disciplinary practitioner of special events management and financial literacy education, a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF). Me’Shae discovered both her lack of and passion for financial literacy education after graduating with her M.P.A. from the Maxwell School and residing in New York City as a young adult. She authored her book, “How To Save Money & Organize Your Finances” and now speaks, teaches, and writes extensively on the subject matter.


Forgotten Lives: Bioarchaeologist Shannon Novak to speak at Spring Street Presbyterian Church Memorial 10/19

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Dr. Shannon Novak, Maxwell Associate Professor and Bioarchaeologist

Professor Novak will speak at a memorial service for members of the historic Spring Street Presbyterian Church (SSPC). The Presbytery of New York City is holding this service to honor those laid to rest in the burial vaults (ca. 1820-1846) of the Spring Street Church, which were uncovered in 2006 during construction in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

For the past seven years, Novak and her students have worked closely with the Presbytery to study the skeletal remains of some 200 individuals buried in the vaults. The SSPC skeletal series is the only one of its kind from this period in the city, and it provides fascinating insights into the forgotten lives of working- and middle-class peoples who were experiencing dramatic social, economic, and environmental change brought on by the market revolution. Many in the neighborhood gathered at this particular church, which was known for its radical abolitionist preachers and progressive message of self-improvement and civic duty. The church not only admitted African Americans to full communion but housed a multi-racial Sunday school.   For more on the story of the Spring Street project, please see this article from the spring 2012 print edition of the Maxwell PerspectiveYou can also learn more in this New York Times article

First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

12 West 12th St., New York 10011 (at Fifth Ave)

Sunday, October 19th
4 – 5 p.m.

 Guests are welcome, but those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by email: David Pultz,

 A reception will follow in the Great Hall with light refreshments.

Works by artists affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church will be on display at the reception. The theme of the exhibit will be Spring Street and its abolitionist legacy. Some of the mortuary artifacts recovered from the church vaults will also be on display.

Dean James Steinberg to Discuss US-China Relations in the 21st Century at the Chicago Council 6/17

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Is conflict with China avoidable? While the United States and China have seen decades of competitive but peaceful relations, the future is uncertain. China has continued to increase military spending and expand its presence into contested areas that have caused tension with US allies including Japan and the Philippines. Meanwhile, situations in Syria and Eastern Europe have called into question the Obama administration’s ability to rebalance to Asia. How can the United States reduce the chances of a conflict with China? How do new technologies such as cyber and space defense play a role?

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:30 a.m., James Steinberg, Dean of Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, former Deputy Secretary of State of U.S. Department of State will lead a discussion on the policy options facing Washington and Beijing with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

The event will be held at the: The Chicago Club (81 E. Van Buren Street Chicago, IL 60605). The event is open to the public and registration is required.  There is a $25 fee for members of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and $35 fee for nonmembers.   Use the use the coupon code SYRACUSE to receive the discounted member rate! Register here:

James Steinberg is dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at Syracuse University. He was the 16th deputy secretary of State from 2009 – 2011. From 1994 – 1996 Steinberg served as US state department director of Policy Planning, and then deputy national security advisor to President William Jefferson Clinton from 1996–2001. He received his BA from Harvard and JD from Yale Law School.

Steinberg’s new book, Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, will be available for purchase and signing after the program.


Join F. William Smullen to Discuss ‘Ways and Means for Managing Up’ at the National Press Club

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Join F. William Smullen to Discuss ‘Ways and Means for Managing Up’

“Ways and Means for Managing Up: 50 Strategies for Helping You and Your Boss Succeed” (McGraw Hill, April 2014) draws on Smullen’s extensive and wide-ranging military and professional career experiences and may serve as “a survival guide for some, a road map for others and a blueprint as well for those near the top of the pyramid.” Smullen is currently the director of the National Security Studies program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and professor of public relations at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.Smullen served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell for two years just prior to coming to SU. A professional soldier for 30 years, his military career included infantry and command and staff assignments and such public affairs positions as media relations officer at West Point and chief of media relations for the Department of the Army.

After leaving the military, Smullen was the executive assistant to Powell, assisting with the writing and promotion of the general’s best-selling autobiography and managing his private office and professional activities. Beginning in 1997, Smullen also became the chief of staff for America’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth, chaired by Powell from May 1997 to January 2001.

The recipient of numerous recognition awards during his career, Smullen earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in public relations from the Newhouse School.

When:     Thursday, June 5, 2014

6:00 – 8:30p.m.

6:00 – 6:45p.m. – Reception

6:45 – 7:30p.m. – Program

7:30 – 8:30p.m. – Dessert, coffee & book signing

Politics and Prose will be on site for book sales.

Cash, checks and all major credit cards will be accepted.


Where:   National Press Club – Murrow, White, and Lisagor Rooms

                 529 14th Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20045

(McPherson Square and Metro Center stops on the Red/Orange/Blue lines)

2301 Calvert Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-SYR-GOSU (797-4678)

Book Talk: “Ways and Means for Managing Up” – at Maxwell April 15 at 4 p.m.

 Join Colonel F. William Smullen, Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School, as he discusses his new book

Smullen Book 

Colonel F. William Smullen, III, USA (Ret.)

Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
Director of National Security Studies,
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

When you start out in your professional life you’re usually not sure where you’re going to end up.  Midway there you’re not exactly sure how you got there, but you want to advance further. Near the top of that professional ladder you still have a ways to go and yearn for a top spot.  “Ways and Means for Managing Up” is many things – a survival guide for some, a road map for others and a blueprint as well for those near the top of the pyramid.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Maxwell School
4 p.m.
220 Eggers Hall


Bill Smullen was appointed as the Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in June of 2003. He is also Maxwell’s Senior Fellow in National Security and a member of the faculty of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a Professor of Public Relations.

Prior to his appointment at Syracuse University, he was the Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and of the U.S. Department of State beginning in January 2001. As principal advisor to the Secretary, he was responsible for monitoring and evaluating the formulation and implementation of departmental policies. He was also involved in the planning and development of concept strategy associated with foreign policy matters.


Syracuse University and the Near East Foundation Olive Oil Initiative Builds Peace

olive oil without borders blog picOlive Oil without Borders, a project by the Near East Foundation in partnership with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is a multi-year initiative to foster cross-border, grassroots economic cooperation and to build relationships of trust, mutual understanding, and shared financial interest among 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis in the olive oil industry. SU is a key partner in this groundbreaking project that creates opportunities and systemic change for economic cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis, according to a letter from NEF president Charles Benjamin. Other project partners include  the Palestinian Center for Agricultural Research and Development (PCARD) in Nablus, West Bank and the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In its first year, the project has had a significant impact in the region. Hundreds of farmers, olive mill operators and distributors have participated; 400 tons of olive oil have been traded across borders among participants; and the first ever joint policy commission between the Palestinian and Israeli Olive Oil Council has been organized. These outcomes are consistent with NEF’s goal of helping to shape the way that policymakers view potential pathways for peace.

Catherine Gerard, director of Maxwell’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, and Dr. Bruce Dayton, Associate Director of the Moynihan Institute, have been important advisors on this project, according to Benjamin, which is the first such collaboration between NEF and the Maxwell School. Benjamin said, “Their input has been critical to achieving what I see as a very high level of success – both for our institutions and for the road forward in areas of entrenched conflict. We are grateful for their contributions to the project.”

Gerard and Dayton are planning to visit the West Bank in March, and NEF also has the resources for a graduate student to spend time in the field. These visits are intended to take stock of the first year of project activities and to help strategize for the coming year, with an eye on achieving reconciliation through economic activities. NEF has also been shortlisted for a second multi-year grant for cross-border economic cooperation between Israel and Palestine, which would extend its work with agribusiness with a focus on the critical youth demographic of the area.  The organization is also planning similar collaborations for Darfur and Mali. 

For more information about the NEF’s olive oil campaign, visit their website.

Professor of Economics Don Dutkowsky and Ryan Sullivan ’10 PhD Win Outstanding Paper Award for “The Effect of Cigarette Taxation on Prices”

Professor of Economics Don Dutkowsky and coauthor Ryan Sullivan ’10 PhD (Econ)  have won the Public Finance Review’s Outstanding Paper Award of 2012 for “The Effect of Cigarette Taxation on Prices: An Empirical Examination Using Local-level Data.”

The paper contributes important new empirical evidence on the incidence of taxation, focusing on cigarettes.   The authors collected tax data from 443 municipalities, combined the data with local-level cigarette price data from the American Chamber of Commerce, and used that information to estimate the impact of city, county, and state excise cigarette taxes on cigarette prices.  Importantly, their theoretical and empirical framework allows for the possibility of overshifting.

To see the full paper, click here.