Barry Strauss, Director
Professor of History and Classics, Strauss is chair of the History department. An expert in ancient and military history, his many books include The Spartacus War (2009) and The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece — and Western Civilization (2004). The Washington Post named The Battle of Salamis one of the best books of the year. Visit him on the web at barrystrauss.com.
David Guaspari did his PhD in mathematical logic at Cambridge University and has taught at Cambridge, SUNY Buffalo, Berkeley, Texas Tech, St. Johns College, and Cornell. He currently works for ATC-NY, a small research firm in Ithaca. Links to his non-technical works (essays, reviews, stories, plays) can be found at http://dguaspari.wordpress.com/.
Professor, Department of Government. He teaches courses on the U.S Congress, American Urban Politics, Contemporary American Politics, and Political Realignments in the U.S. He has published books on the urban fiscal crisis, the international influence of New York City, new forms of political combat in the United States, and how global forces shape U.S. politics.
Dr. Sullivan is the Miller-Veritas Post-doctoral Fellow in Military History and Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department. He is interested in ancient history in a wide sense but especially the development of warfare and religion, from the beginnings to late antiquity. He is working on his first book where he argues that the impetus for the technology and tactics of the archaic Greek hoplite phalanx (heavily armed close-order infantry) originated in Greek contacts with the established powers of the Near East. It argues further that the earliest phalanxes in Greece were essentially warlords and their retainers rather than citizen soldiers. This semester, he is teaching a sophomore seminar entitled "Military Campaigns and Military Theory in the Ancient World." In the spring he will teach a lecture course, "War and Peace in Greece and Rome."
K. W. Taylor
Professor of Asian Studies, Taylor teaches and writes about Vietnamese history and literature. He obtained his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968, served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1970-71, received the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1976, and subsequently taught at Meiji University in Tokyo (1977-79), the National University of Singapore (1981-87), and Hope College (1987-89), before shifting to Cornell in 1989. He has served as chair of the Department of Asian Studies from 1996 to 1999, from 2005 to 2008, and since summer 2010. He has also served as associate director of both the East Asia Program and the Southeast Asia Program.
A. Sinan Unur
Dr. Unur, a native of Turkey, obtained his B.S. in Economics in 1991 and M.S. in Economics in 1994 from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He continued his studies at Cornell and earned his Ph.D in Consumer Economics in 1999. He was a senior lecturer with the Department of Policy Analysis and Management until 2009 where he taught classes on microeconomics, statistics and economics of regulation. He is one of the founding members of the program. He currently works as a private consultant.