International Relations


rumenjakNives Rumenjak, Ph.D.

Coordinator for International Relations graduate program

Specialization: History

Bio: Dr. Nives Rumenjak joined Webster University Leiden as an International Relations lecturer and assistant of the International Relations Head in August 2015. Before returning to the Netherlands with her husband and two daughters in summer 2013, she spent five years in the U.S, engaging in research and teaching at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International studies, and the Community College of Beaver County in Western Pennsylvania. 
                Dr. Rumenjak holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Zagreb, where she has conducted extensive research in socio-historical prosopography of elite groups, nationalism, and modern identity research of Central and Southeast Europe. She crowned her longstanding exploration with two single-authored books on the Serbian political elite in late 19th century Croatia. Dr. Rumenjak’s original approach to modern nationalization in Croatia has been regularly presented at the European Social Science History Conference and Convention of Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.


adlerJill E. Adler, J.D.

Specialization: International Law, Grant Writing, & Fundraising

Bio: The instructor studied law and received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  She is the director of the East-West Parliamentary Practice Project (EWPPP), an NGO based in the Netherlands which develops and implements capacity building programs for parliaments and civil society organizations in emerging democracies. She also serves as  Vice-Chair of the Board of the Netherlands-American Commission for Education Exchange (Fulbright Center), and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF).


aminehMehdi P. Amineh, Ph.D.

Specialization: Political Science

Bio: Dr. Mehdi Parvizi Amineh is lecturer and researcher on Middle Eastern and post-Soviet Eurasian politics. He obtained his M.A. in Political Science (1991), and his Ph.D. in Social Science (1998), both from the University of Amsterdam.


baltMarije L. Balt, M.A.

Specialization: Diplomacy

Bio: Marije Balt has an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam. She is a former senior diplomat of the Netherlands government. She will take students through the world of defense, diplomacy and development from an insider’s point of view. As an expert on peace building, she currently advises organizations and companies working in (post) conflict countries and frequently travels to countries like Somalia, Mali, and Libya. In her capacity as a trainer, she works at the CIMIC center of excellence with NATO Higher Command.


boxhoornBram Boxhoorn, Ph.D.

Specialization: Transatlantic Security Issues

Bio: Bram Boxhoorn is Director of the Netherlands Atlantic Association ('Atlantische Commissie'), a cross-political party organization that focuses on transatlantic security issues, such as the role of NATO in the Euro-Atlantic security framework, NATO-EU and EU-US relations, and NATO-Russian relations. Previously he was assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he read European history and international relations.  He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Amsterdam in 1992. From 1988–1996, he lectured at Webster University (Leiden) on International Business Developments.


kristjansdottirEdda Kristjansdottir, J.D.

Specialization: Public International Law

Bio: Edda Kristjansdottir is a native of Iceland but received her legal education in the United States (NYU School of Law). She is specialized in public international law and victim reparations and has worked for the International Court of Justice; the Permanent Court of Arbitration, where she worked inter alia on the Eritrea-Ethiopia claims commission that was established to resolve humanitarian claims arising out of the war between the two counties; and the International Organization for Migration, specifically on claims by holocaust victims. Edda has taught international law and dispute resolution at the University of Amsterdam, where she also helped develop and manage a global database on international law in domestic courts (ILDC, Oxford Reports on International Law). She has written and edited books, articles, and journals on various topics of public international law, such as rule of law, mass claims mechanisms, arbitration, and the International Criminal Court. She has also worked on an international committee devoted to reparations for victims of war, and in a network of women international law scholars.


jungenAnna Jüngen, M.A.

Specialization: Public Administration, International Organizations

Bio: Anna Jüngen is a lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, department of Public Administration and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). She lecturers on (international) public policy, international relations and organizations, and (quantitative) research methods. Her Ph.D. research is about the domestic factors (in the form of ideas, interests, and information) that shape development and aid allocation decisions in western donor countries.


maiyoJoshua K. Maiyo, M.Phil.

Specialization: International development, Eastern Africa

Bio: Josh Maiyo was a political and international affairs journalist in Nairobi, Kenya and Hilversum, the Netherlands before joining the University of Amsterdam to study International Relations and Politics (M.Sc. 2006), and African Studies in Leiden (M.Phil. 2008). He’s completing his Ph.D. at the VU Amsterdam’s department of Social and Cultural Anthropology on the topic of trans-national land deals, agrarian change, and rural development in Uganda.

Josh Maiyo is also currently a non-resident research associate at the John’s Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies China-Africa Research Institute (SAIS-CARI),an independent consultant on International Development, and a regional expert on Eastern Africa. His current research interests include Political Ecology, African Development, and China-Africa relations.


ongayoAntony Otieno Ong’ayo, Ph.D.

Specialization: Migration & Development

Bio: Ong’ayo is a political scientist and Researcher at the Department of International Development Studies, Utrecht University (The Netherlands), where he undertakes research in the fields of Migration and Development, Diaspora engagement and participation, Land conflicts, Diasporas and displacement in Africa, and Civil society engagement in China-Africa relations. He also teaches theory and practice of development at Utrecht University College. His Ph.D. thesis examined the contribution of diaspora organizations to development in the countries of destination and origin from transnational and translocal development outcomes perspectives. He obtained a Master's degree in Politics and Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stockholm University, Sweden. He undertook a postgraduate study in Management of Health and Psychosocial Services in the developing countries at Uppsala University Sweden and also holds a Diploma in Labour Studies and Management. He is a member of the research group Globalisation, Ageing, Migration and Care (GAIC) at Tilburg University; a Research fellow at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM);  African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC) in Nairobi and Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Since 2013 he has been an adjunct lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Webster University, Leiden  (teaching graduate courses).

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russellDaniel Russell, M.A.

Specialization: International Law

Bio: Daniel Russell graduated from Holy Cross College (B.A.), has law degrees from Leiden University and the University of Louvain, and did postgraduate work at New York University and the Hague Academy of International Law. Mr. Russell began his career as a legislative aide to New Jersey Senator Lesniak. He later served as director of an economic development project for Newark International Airport, following which he became executive director of an NGO regional office. In 1993 he was awarded a Rotary Fellowship to study at Leiden University. Upon completion of his masters’ thesis, he worked on several research projects for the Leiden law faculty, notably in the fields of energy, environmental law, and air and space law. He continues to work as a legal consultant in the field of aerospace law, and is a guest lecturer and academic advisor in the Leiden U. Master of Air & Space Law program. 

Mr. Russell has also taught at both the bachelor’s and master’s level for the past twenty years at, among other schools, Webster, Nyenrode, and The Hague University. He serves as a judge at the Telders International Law Moot Court, the annual competition held at the Peace Palace for law students from throughout Europe.


steinYoram Stein, M.A.

Specialization: Philosophy

Bio: M.A. Stein studied political science and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of California, Berkeley. His general research interest lies in thinking through the relationship between religion, politics, and philosophy, and concepts such as justice, freedom, and wisdom. Currently, he is finishing his Ph.D. on Spinoza’s political philosophy at the University of Leiden. M.A. Stein has been teaching philosophy at different Dutch high schools, at the Roosevelt Academy in Middelburg and at the University of Leiden. Stein worked as a journalist and a writer and has published books [AK5] [MvD6] and many articles, popularizing philosophical ideas for a larger audience of non-philosophers. Stein recently finished some other Dutch publications on “civil religion” in Spinoza and Tocqueville and on the idea of “natural law” in Spinoza and Leo Strauss.


 iwonaguscIwona Guść, Ph.D

 Specialization: Cultural history and literature 

 Bio: Dr. Iwona Guść holds a PhD in film history from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). Her dissertation deals with censorship and its impact on film production and reception in post-war Poland.          Between 2010 and 2014, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the NIOD Institute for War,       Holocaust  and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and contributed to a project on global antisemitism. She    has held postdoctoral fellowships from the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies (Lichtenberg-Kolleg) and Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena. Currently, she is appointed as a fellow at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. Her research and teaching encompasses Eastern European film, Holocaust literature, the history of antisemitism, cultural transfers and memory in Eastern Europe.