We are pleased to announce that Peter J. Hoffman has been appointed Studley Faculty Fellow at Milano’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs for the period July 2015-June 2018. Peter succeeds Robert Buckley, who will depart after his three-year appointment as a Studley Fellow, a role in which he was vital to SGPIA.
Peter has already been a key member of the SGPIA community in his past appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs. In that capacity he has been central to the Conflict and Security and Governance and Rights Concentrations, teaching a range of foundation courses and electives, and advising scores of theses. This summer, Peter is also the main instructor for the newly implemented United Nations Summer Study program, which he helped design and launch.Peter’s research touches on a wide range of topics in the fields of Strategic and Security Studies, International Organization, International Relations Theory, and Comparative Historical Sociology. His first book, Sword & Salve: Confronting New Wars and Humanitarian Crises (co-author, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), was a political history of the interaction between security and humanitarianism. He currently works on numerous projects, which include a study of changing beliefs of humanitarian agencies regarding the use of private security contractors to protect aid workers. It scrutinizes the consequences of the increasing use of hired guns by relief organizations, and will be published as Mercy and Mercenaries: The Politics of Private Security Companies Protecting Humanitarian Agencies (Routledge, forthcoming). His other ongoing project is a comparative analysis of security cultures that highlights profound disconnects between belligerents as well as combatants and conflict management actors. Lastly, Peter will soon begin a new study of the politics of humanitarianism as reflecting on the nature of relief, rescue, and sacrifice in world order.
Please join us in congratulating Peter on this appointment and in welcoming him to his new role.
Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy