Declaring the major

Please email the Department Chair, Professor Ahmed Samatar ( .  You may wish to review the Advisory Planning Sheet prior to declaring.  


General Department Office Hours & Contact Information

If you have any general questions, feel free to email department coordinator Janessa Cervantes at
The department office, Carnegie 409, is closed for the summer and will re-open mid-August.


Faculty Office Hours & Contact Information

Faculty do not hold office hours over summer months. Please check back at the start of the term for updated hours and contact information.


Ahmed Samatar, Department Chair

General inquiries for the major are often best addressed through email. Please contact Prof. Samatar at for your initial point of inquiry. 

For advisees and students enrolled in class with Prof. Samatar, email is also often the best place to start.  You may use the office hours provided in class, or send an email.  


Nadya Nedelsky

Office Hours:



David Moore

Office Hours



Vanessa Voller

  • Walk-in hours during scheduled time
  • TBD



James von Geldern

Office Hours:



Building Community

Interested in planning and carrying out department events and activities?  Email to get involved. 

In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram @macinternationalstudies