Last Chance Lecture Faculty Bios

Marc Howard

Marc Morjé Howard is Professor of Government and Law at Georgetown University. He is the founding Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI), which brings together scholars, practitioners, and students to combat the problem of mass incarceration. His research addresses the deep challenges of contemporary democracy and the tragedy of criminal justice and prisons in America. His most recent book is Unusually Cruel: Prisons, Punishment, and the Real AmericanExceptionalism (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Having previously taught for years at the Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Maryland, Howard is also deeply committed to providing education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. PJI recently launched the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail, which offers Georgetown courses (both credit-bearing and non-credit) to incarcerated men and women, in partnership with Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies and the DC Department of Corrections. Howard also co-directs the Georgetown Pivot Program, a PJI partnership with the McDonough School of Business and the DC Government to support a cohort of 15-20 returning citizens (formerly incarcerated people) who will spend a year studying entrepreneurship, business, and the liberal arts while also working part-time at Georgetown.

In addition to his work on prison reform, Howard is the author of two other prize-winning books, along with numerous academic articles in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political SciencePerspectives on Politics, and the Journal of Democracy, as well as op-eds in the New York Times and Newsday. He has also written several pieces about the life lessons of sports in Tennis Magazine and Sports Illustrated, including one about being Ivan Lendl’s practice partner and another about playing tennis with the San Quentin prison tennis team.

Howard received his B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

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Charles Skuba

Charles J. Skuba is Senior Associate Dean for Executive Custom Programs and Professor of the Practice in marketing and international business at the McDonough School of Business. In 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2010, Skuba received the Professor of the Year Student Choice award from the McDonough School of Business Academic Council. Skuba specializes in international trade and international marketing strategy. Prior to coming to Georgetown, he was chief of staff, market access and compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. Previously, he had a long career in international marketing as a senior executive at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising and as an international marketing consultant with numerous large global corporations. Earlier, he worked in New York and San Francisco at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample. Skuba received an MBA in International Business from the George Washington University and a BSFS in International Affairs from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Skuba also served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.


Marc Giordano

Mark Giordano is Professor of Geography and Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affair in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His research focuses primarily on the international political dimensions of water and agriculture. He teaches classes on those topics and other including the (in)famous Map of the Modern World. Mark is a founding member of Georgetown’s India Initiative and serves on the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s Working Group on the Global Commons. As part of his interest in using objects such as maps and art in international education, he sits is on the Board of Directors of the Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn and the Mokuhanga Project Space, Walla Walla. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2013, Mark held multiple roles at the Sri Lanka based International Water Management Institute, winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, and earlier served as a trade economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has spent a substantial part of his professional life in Asia and Africa and is from the other Washington. 


Elizabeth Grimm-Arsenault


Professor Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault is Assistant Professor of Teaching, Director of Teaching for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown. She has previously served as an Assistant Dean in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown.


She was presented with the Dorothy Brown Award in 2012 by the Georgetown University Student Association on behalf of the undergraduate student body and also received the School of Foreign Service Faculty of the Year Award in 2012. 


She has also worked in the defense and security sectors of the U.S. government.


Sarah Stiles

Life is multi- and inter-disciplinary and so is Sarah Stiles’ approach to life and learning. For over 25 years she has inspired college students in a variety of disciplines.

Dr. Stiles’ signature courses in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University are “Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Social Change” and “Law and Society.” Harnessing the power of experience, Dr. Stiles facilitates student learning through community-based learning, mock trials, in-class simulations, and assignments requiring students to go out and do sociology. In addition, “Race, Society, and the Cinema” is another popular course.

Recognizing the crisis in student well-being and determined to do something about it, Dr. Stiles partnered with Carol Day, RN, MSN, CNS, Director of Health Education Services, and in 2014 created a course for first year students called “Flourishing in College and Community.” Research data on course participants indicate a positive correlation between taking the course and enhanced student well-being. More recently, in 2018, Dr. Stiles created “Flourishing in the Future,” for seniors getting ready to transition to postgraduate life.

Dr. Stiles has been recognized for excellence in teaching repeatedly.

In May 2019, for the second time, she received the highest faculty award at Georgetown College, the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence. “The award is annually presented to a member of the College Faculty who, in the estimation of the Georgetown College Senior Class, is admired and respected by all students for his or her service to Georgetown students in the lecture hall and on the campus.” She previously received the award in 2014, making her the fifth professor to win the award twice since 1967, and the only woman.

As a Faculty Fellow in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), Dr. Stiles integrates “curriculum infusion” in her courses. As a Doyle Fellow, Dr. Stiles integrated diversity and inclusion into her “Law and Society” course, with powerful results. As an Engelhard Fellow, Dr. Stiles has infused her curricula with issues of wellness in keeping with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, “care for the whole person.”

She received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in Georgetown College, the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Faculty Award from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, and the Outstanding Partner Award from the Georgetown Division of Student Affairs.

She was honored to receive the Commitment to Diversity Award from the Student of Color Alliance in 2013 and 2014. Every year she has taught full-time at Georgetown she has been nominated by the College Academic Council as a professor who has had a profound impact on students’ Georgetown experience.

A testament to her dedication and versatility, Dr. Stiles was proud to come in first place with her student partner in spring 2013 and second place in 2014 at the Georgetown University Ballroom Dance Team’s annual “Dancing with the Hoyas.”

Professor Stiles’ goals include subverting the dominant paradigm of social inequality and environmental degradation by educating, inspiring, and supporting young adults. The daughter of an opera singer and Harvard-trained attorney, students can be assured of high drama and intellectual rigor in her courses. 


Dan Byman

Daniel Byman is a professor in the School of Foreign Service with a concurrent appointment with the Department of Government. He is also the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. He served as director of Georgetown’s Security Studies Program and Center for Security Studies from 2005 until 2010. He also leads at Georgetown team in teaching a “Massive Open Online Course” (MOOC) on terrorism and counterterrorism for EdX. Professor Byman is also a part-time Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 2002 to 2004 he served as a Professional Staff Member with the 9/11 Commission and with the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Before joining the Inquiry Staff he was the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation. Previous to this, Professor Byman worked as an analyst on the Middle East for the U.S. government. He is the author of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2015); A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism (Oxford, 2011); The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad (Wiley, 2007); Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism (Cambridge, 2005); Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflict (Johns Hopkins, 2002); and co-author of Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from the Iraqi Civil War (Brookings, 2007) and The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (Cambridge, 2002). Professor Byman has also written extensively on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, civil and ethnic conflict, and the Middle East. His recent articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, as well as journals including Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, International Security, and Journal of Strategic Studies. Follow Professor Byman on twitter @dbyman.


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