Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Vesla Weaver

Vesla Mae Weaver (Phd, Harvard, Government and Social Policy) is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and a 2016-17 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Weaver is broadly interested in understanding racial inequality in the United States, how state policies shape citizenship, and the political causes and consequences of the growth of the criminal justice system in the United States. Her book with Amy Lerman, Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control, is concerned with the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion, particularly for the black urban poor.

Dr. Adria Lawrence

Adria Lawrence (PhD, University of Chicago, Political Science) is the Aronson Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, a joint appointment by the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Political Science Department at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS). She is a scholar of Middle Eastern and North African politics. She studies colonialism, nationalism, conflict, and collective action.

Her book, Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2013), provides an analysis of the violent and non-violent mobilization for national independence that confronted European colonial empires during the decades following World War II.

Dr. Matthew Kocher

Matthew Kocher (PhD, University of Chicago, Political Science) is the Senior Lecturer for International Studies and Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and a joint appointment by the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Political Science Department at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS).