IA Faculty

The Center of International Education is proud to have a talented team of International Affairs teaching faculty. From various backgrounds and with wide-ranging interests and specializations, the faculty instruct, advise and inspire our almost 300 IA dual majors. For a taste of their backgrounds and interests, please read below.

Jeannie Sowers

Departments: Center for Int'l Education and Political Science
Office hours:
Horton 323  Wed. 1:00-2:00 pm, 3:30-4:30 pm
Hood House 203  Thurs. 2:00-3:30 pm

E-mail: jeannie.sowers@unh.edu

Jeannie Sowers is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Program Chair for the International Affairs Dual Major and Minor. Her academic research focuses on political and environmental change in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on Egypt. She is the author of Environmental Politics in Egypt: Experts, Activists, and the State (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor with Chris Toensing of The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt (Verso, 2012). She serves on the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics and Middle East Report. Sowers holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Molly Wallace

Department: Center for Int'l Education
Office hours: 
Hood House 203  Mon. 3:00-4:00pm, Tues. 10:00-11:00am
E-mail: molly.wallace@unh.edu

Molly Wallace is CIE’s Hood House Lecturer of International Affairs and, in that capacity, serves as an academic leader of the IA program, teaching the core courses for the IA dual major and advising IA students.  She comes to UNH from Brown University where she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and then served as a visiting lecturer. Her forthcoming book, Security without Weapons: Rethinking Violence, Nonviolent Action, and Civilian Protection (Routledge), examines the practice of nonviolent intervention in violent conflict with a focus on Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international NGO engaged in unarmed civilian protection in war zones. More generally, her research and teaching interests include nonviolent action; development and peacebuilding; war and political violence; conflict resolution/transformation; humanitarian intervention, civilian protection, and the "responsibility to protect" in postcolonial contexts; transitional justice and reconciliation; critical security studies; gender and global politics; international ethics (particularly the ethics of war and peace); and human rights.  She has published in International Politics, Journal of Gender Studies, and African Studies Review.

Molly teaches IA 401, IA 501, and IA 701.

Jennifer Purrenhage

Department: Natural Resources & the Environment
Office Hours: 
James Hall 156  Wed. 11:00-1:00 pm
E-mail: jennifer.purrenhage@unh.edu

Jennifer Purrenhage is the lecturer in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. She came to UNH as a research postdoc in 2009, after earning her Ph.D. in Ecology from Miami University, and started teaching for IA in 2011. Jennifer’s connection to Nature began in childhood, and she pursued her interests in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology at the University of Wisconsin. As an undergrad, she also spent a semester abroad at E.A.R.T.H. University in Costa Rica, where she studied Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources. Later, for her M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral research, she explored the population- and community-level responses of amphibians to local and landscape-scale changes in habitat. Jennifer’s current areas of interest include Conservation Biology, Environmental Ethics and Worldviews, Amphibian Conservation, Water Scarcity, Transcendentalism as a Root of Environmentalism, Agriculture and Conservation, and Pedagogy of Engagement in Science.

Jennifer teaches IA 401.

 Prof. Maingi Solomon

Department: Geography
Office Hours:
Huddleston Hall 102  Tues. 1:00-3:00 pm, Thurs. 2:00-3:00 pm, or by appointment
E-mail: Maingi.Solomon@unh.edu         

Maingi Solomon is a human-environment geographer from Kenya whose research focuses on the political economy of agrarian systems and environmental conflict with a regional focus in Africa. He earned two Masters degrees in International Studies and Geography from Ohio University (2010, 2011) and a Ph.D. from the department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University (December 2015). Maingi’s teaching includes courses in physical and human geography, and international affairs.

Maingi teaches IA 401.

Prof. Andrew Macpherson, lecturer in political science

Departments: Justice Studies Program, Political Science, Justiceworks
Office hours:
Horton 303c  Thurs. 3:00-5:00 pm
E-mail: andrew.macpherson@unh.edu

Andrew Macpherson is a lecturer in political science and a researcher in Justiceworks at UNH. For Justiceworks, he serves as the director of the Technical Analysis Group (TAG). Prior to his appointment at the University of New Hampshire, he served at Dartmouth College's Institute for Security Technology Studies. In his role as technical program coordinator, he received funding from the Department of Homeland Security Office for Domestic Preparedness and National Institute of Justice. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics where he received his M.A. in the history of international relations. Macpherson earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, at Mercyhurst College in the research intelligence analysts program.

Andrew teaches IA 501.