Professor Peter Hoffman Appointed Studley Faculty Fellow

vcard.newschool.eduWe 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.

Michelle DePass
Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy



Milano Alumni Ben Kleinbaum

Ben-KleinbaumAs Vice President at Capalino+Company Ben Kleinbaum has represented national trade associations, premier private schools, developers, and some of New York’s largest not-for-profit institutions.

Since joining the firm four years ago, he has helped his real estate clients win approvals to develop more than 1,000,000 square feet of residential, commercial and educational space. He has also assisted trade associations in passing several pieces of legislation and worked with not-for-profits to raise more than $25 million in the City Council.

Prior to Capalino+Company, Ben served on several political campaigns in New York. His roles included managing targeting on a New York City runoff campaign and overseeing a 70-person citywide canvass for a statewide candidate’s primary campaign.

Ben is a lifelong New Yorker. He received a Master’s Degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bard College.


IFP Turkey Correspondent Colby Silver Discusses His Experience in Istanbul

colby silverColby Silver is a student in the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) pursuing a concentration in Governance & Rights. He is currently in Istanbul, Turkey where he is participating in the 2015 International Field Program (IFP) during June and July working with two separate organizations. First, he is working with the Maltepe Municipality, the 10th largest district in Istanbul, to research programs and projects the municipality is interested in implementing; second, he is creating a fundraising campaign for a small NGO called SKYGD, which translates to Center for Social and Cultural Development. In this interview Colby shares his experiences working with these two organizations up to this point.





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Carnegie Council Magazine on Social Innovation Seeks Student-Authored Articles

policy innovationsPolicy Innovations, the Carnegie Council’s magazine on Social Innovation, is looking for grad students or recent graduates who may be interested in getting their work/ideas published. The magazine invites commentary focusing on cities, education, gender, environment, food, etc.

Please look at the submission guidelines for more information.

If you have an idea for an article, you can contact the editor directly–Irene Pedruelo at  Please contact her with a short description of your idea BEFORE submitting an article, and be sure to review the guidelines before contacting her.


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Let Rich and Poor Learn Together: The Center For New York City Affairs

clara3InsideSchools Director Clara Hemphill has co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times in which she outlines the achievements and shortfalls of New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio’s program “Pre-K for All” which promises universal Pre-K to over 70,000 4-year-olds in NYC. 

While overall access to Pre-K is improving under this program for children of different socioeconomic backgrounds, there is a lack of integration.  Even in neighborhoods that are economically mixed, children from different economic backgrounds are separated.  This is certainly not the intention of the program, rather, it is a result of the “cobbling together [of[ different funding sources and different types of preschools” and thus, reinforcing barriers that keep rich and poor children apart.

Clara sites research which indicates that poor children do better academically when they study alongside children with higher economic status.  This positive effect comes  without compromising the academic experience of any of the children, poor or rich.  The op-ed points out that there are instances of “blended classrooms” that integrate poor and rich children, such as Park Slope North-Helen Owen Carey Child Development Center in Brooklyn.  However, in order to achieve this, the school received less funding from the Department of Education who demanded that ” subsidized children had to be in separate Pre-K classrooms in the 2014-15 school year”.

Hemphill calls the city to enable blended funding, to offer more Pre-K classes in public schools in economically mixed neighborhoods, both of which will capitalize on the rapid increase in Pre-K enrollment is, surely a huge achievement.


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