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Michael Tomz

Director- Program in International Relations, Professor- Department of Political Science
Office: Encina Hall 616 Serra Street West Stanford, California 94305-6044
Phone: (650) 725-4031

Michael Tomz is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Tomz has published in the fields of international relations, American politics, comparative politics, and statistical methods. He is the author of Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt across Three Centuries and numerous articles in political science and economics journals. Tomz received the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award, given to a scholar who, within 10 years of earning a Ph.D., has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. He has also won the Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book developing or applying qualitative methods; the Jack L. Walker Award for the best article on Political Organizations and Parties; the best paper award from the APSA section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior; the best paper award from the APSA section on Experimental Research; and the Okidata Best Research Software Award. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. In recognition of his teaching, Tomz has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Cox Medal for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research at Stanford. He founded and continues to direct the Summer Research College program for undergraduates in Political Science. Tomz holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Hoover Institution, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, and the International Monetary Fund.

Paul Festa

Associate Director-Program in International Relations
Office: Encina Hall West, Rm 214, 417 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-6045
Office Hours: My door is always open
Phone: (650) 725-0715

Paul earned a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Cornell University and master's degrees in East Asian studies and public and private management from Yale University. His academic work has focused on East Asia, particularly Taiwan and China, where he has lived for more than a decade. He has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, and at Stanford in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Prior to attending graduate school, Paul worked as a corporate auditor/CPA in Hartford, Manhattan, and Beijing. Paul is also a translator of Chinese fiction and literary nonfiction, a Chinese tea enthusiast, and a technical scuba diver.

Jessica Michael

Student Services Officer-Program in International Relations
Office: Encina Hall West, Rm 214, 417 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-6045

Jessica is a student services professional with a love for supporting students and working in international education. Prior to joining Stanford, she worked in a graduate international business school, an undergraduate study abroad office, and a bilingual French high school. Jessica earned a B.A. in French and Political Economy from U.C. Berkeley, and credits her passion for international education to a formative year spent as an AFS high school exchange student in Switzerland. When not helping students, Jessica loves to cook, spend time at the beach, and plan out weekend adventures.