Brian Burns ’85 BA (Econ/PSt) named Fulbright Specialist on opioid addiction project

24p1.previewBrian Burns is a Fulbright Specialist and will be teaching a three-week seminar at Dublin City University in Ireland titled “Social Justice – The Use of Drug Treatment Courts as a Judicial Response to the Opioid Crisis.” The project has been fully funded by the U.S. Department of State. For more information see the news story.

Christine Varney ’82 MPA named leading lawyer by trade journal

Varney webChristine Varney was named one of New York City’s leading women lawyers by Crain’s New York Business. The annual list recognizes trailblazing litigators who lead distinguished careers and undertake exceptional civic and philanthropic acts. Varney is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and has served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. She serves on the board of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and the Third Way. To read more about her accomplished career, visit her company webpage.


Mahboob Khawaja ’81 MA (PSc)/’00 PhD (SSc) writes book on peace and security issues

978-3-659-58644-6-frontMahboob Khawaja  wrote the book Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making published by Lambert Academic Publishing. The book contains chapters on climate change, terrorism, refugees, and avoiding another world war. Khawaja is managing director of Ummah Global Planning and Development, Research and Future-Making. He previously served as dean of Social Sciences for KIMEP University in Kazakhstan and director of planning for Yanbu al Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia.

Nathan Sterner ’89 BA (PSc) promoted to president at advertising firm

alum-news-buttonNate_SternerNate Sterner is president of Apple Outdoor, a billboard media company based in York, Pa. Sterner started with Apple Outdoor advertising at its inception in 1999, serving as general manager, then vice president. In his new role, Sterner is excited to lead Apple Outdoor into a new era of growth, especially in digital LED billboard advertising.

Rosemary O’Leary ’88 PhD (PA) picks up three lifetime achievement awards, completes set of five

alum-news-buttonrosemary-olearyRosemary O’Leary won three awards for lifetime achievement in public administration this past summer, including the Routledge Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Management Research from the International Research Society for Public Management, the Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association, and the Keith C. Provan Award from the Academy of Management. With these three awards, O’Leary has won five out of the available five lifetime achievement awards in her field. In 2014 she was awarded the Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration and in 2016 she won the John Gaus Award from the American Political Science Association. To see more about her achievements, click here.

Katie Lichtig ’84 MPA is assistant city manager and COO for Santa Monica, Calif.

alum-news-buttonmaxresdefaultKatie Lichtig is now assistant city manager and chief operating officer for the City of Santa Monica, Calif.  After leaving her career in the federal government, Lichtig began working for the municipal government of Santa Monica in 1992. Previously Lichtig was the city manager for San Luis Obispo, Calif. For more information about Lichtig, and her role at Santa Monica, click here.

Rich Schein ’89 PhD (Geog) serving as Associate Dean at University of Kentucky


RichSchein.blogRichard H. Schein, is serving as Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, where he is also a professor of geography. Schein is an expert in the study of historical and cultural landscapes, which he explores through his research on race in the United States. Schein returned to Maxwell in April to present the Donald Meinig Lecture, an annual event hosted by the geography department. For a video of his lecture click here.