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Colin Powell School Announces New International Relations MA Program Director

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Colin Powell School Announces New International Relations MA Program Director


International Political Economist Jeffrey R. Kucik Joins Political Science Department

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York is pleased to announce that Jeffrey R. Kucik, a specialist in international studies, has joined its Department of Political Science as an assistant professor. Kucik will lead the school’s graduate International Relations program, a position formerly held by acting director Jean Krasno. 
Kucik joins two other new faculty members, Calvert Jones of Yale University and Nicholas R. Smith of the University of Chicago, in deepening the department’s substantial international expertise. Kucik’s areas of specialization include the politics of global economic governance, international trade, the market causes and effects of conflict, and international institutional design.
Kucik previously served as a research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University and as an assistant professor at University College in London, where he was also director of the graduate program in International Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University in International Political Economy.
Kucik’s current research examines global economic institutions, with a specific focus on the legal architecture of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A recently completed project uses original data on WTO case histories to investigate whether the WTO’s dispute settlement process shapes trade flows between members. Ongoing work explores the domestic political conditions under which governments comply with their formal trade commitments. 
Professor Kucik’s publications include:
•“The Cost of Domestic Political Unrest,” International Quarterly; 
•“The Domestic Politics of International Design: Producer Preferences over Trade Agreement Rules,” Economics & Politics; 
•“Does Flexibility Promote Cooperation? An Application to the Global Trade Regime,” The International Organization.
This fall, Professor Kucik is teaching a graduate course in international security at City College, Alternative Concepts of Security.  
About the Colin Powell School 
Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women’s Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College’s unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.
About The City College of New York 
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.