The Master of Arts (MA) in International Administration is a university-wide and interdisciplinary Program.  By joining forces with the University of Miami’s elite faculty from multiple disciplines our students emerge with a first class education and an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that is unparalleled.  In addition, we regularly host guest faculty from other higher education institutions, non-profits, for-profits, and governmental organizations. MAIA truly marshals the best intellectual resources from the entire University and the community to create a truly unique Program. 

Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli

Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli retired from the Foreign Service on September 30, 2011.  His most recent posting was as Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla., since August 2008. As Civilian Deputy to the Commander, he was primarily responsible for overseeing the development and ongoing refinement of USSOUTHCOM regional strategy as well as the Command’s strategic communications and public affairs activities. He also played a key role in interagency and business engagement. As Foreign Policy Advisor, he advised the Commander and other principals on U.S. foreign policy issues linked to the region and supported the Command’s relationship with the Department of State and U.S. Embassies abroad.

Previously, Ambassador Trivelli served as U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua from September 2005 to August 2008. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor (two-star equivalent), he joined the Foreign Service in 1978.

For most of his career, Ambassador Trivelli served as an Economic/Commercial Officer. He has been posted in Mexico City, Mexico; the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Quito, Ecuador; Panama City, Panama; San Salvador, El Salvador; Monterrey, Mexico; and Managua, Nicaragua.

Ambassador Trivelli served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from July 1998 to July 2002. He was Director of the Office of Central American Affairs in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Washington, D.C., from July 2002 to November 2003.
Ambassador Trivelli received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Williams College in 1974; a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Denver in 1978; and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996

Co-Teaches:  IGS 611 (International Organizations); IGS 614 (World Affair); IGS 646 (Civil Security Management); and IGS 647 (Disaster Response and Humanitarian Intervention)


Dr. Edmund Abaka

Dr. Edmund Abaka is a graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, and earned his Master’s in European History from the University of Guelph in Canada and his Ph.D. in African History from York.

Dr. Abaka is the Director of the University of Miami’s, Africana Studies Program.  Professor Abaka teaches African history survey classes (History of Africa to 1800 and Africa Since 1800); he offers specialized courses on Southern Africa, Egypt and the Nile Valley, West Africa Since 1800, Pan-Africanism, Africa and the African Diaspora, Slavery and Emancipation, European Expansion in Africa: Colonialism and Imperialism, and African Historiography.  His research interests cover commodities and trade in pre-colonial West Africa, Slavery and Emancipation, and the African Diaspora.

He has published a number of articles and book chapters on kola, the colonial period in African history, and African youth. Dr. Abaka authored “Kola is God’s Gift”: Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry of Asante and the Gold Coast, c. 1820-1950.  He is currently working on a number of projects: The Hausa Diaspora in Asante and the Gold Coast 1800-1950, “The Land of Ras Tafari Makonnen”: A Socio-Cultural History of Ethiopia, The Gold Coast Forts, and Castles as Frontiers of the Euro-African Encounter, and The Return Migration of African-Americans to Africa in the 20th century. He is presently working on Youth/Students and Political Activism in Ghana (1960-2000).

Teaches: IGS 613 (Global Cultures, Religions, and Communications)


Dr. Michael Connolly

Dr. Michael Connolly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley with a Phi Beta Kappa distinction and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Connolly is Professor of Economics with the University of Miami’s School of Business. His specialties are international finance, trade and development.  Additionally, he is professor of Finance at Hunan University in the Peoples Republic of China. Dr. Connolly’s research focuses on   the effects of currency boards and/or dollarization on risk premia in emerging markets.  He holds the distinction of having been Fulbright Scholar at the Instituto de Economía de Montevideo in Uruguay, as well as being a Fulbright Scholar at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico. He was also Editor at the Journal of Policy Reform.  Dr. Connolly’s publications include “A Fisherian Approach to Trade, Capital Movements and Tariffs,” American Economic Review (coauthor with Stephen A. Ross), “Exchange Market Pressure in Brazil,” American Economic Review (coauthor with José Dantas da Silvéira), “Testing the Monetary Approach to Devaluation in Developing Countries” Journal of Political Economy co-author with Dean Taylor), “Trade in Public Goods: A Diagrammatical Analysis,” Quarterly Journal of Economics,  and “International Business Finance”, Routledge in English and in Mandarin with Peking University Press.

Teaches: IGS 648 (International Business Finance)


Dr. Jeffrey L. Kerr

Dr. Jeffrey L. Kerr holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from City University of New York and his M.B.A and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Kerr is Associate Professor of Management with the University of Miami’s School of Business.  His area of specialty is strategic management, with emphasis on corporate strategy and organizational design.  Research interests include: Knowledge-based competition, knowledge management, learning in organizations, and new organizational forms.  His publications include:  “The Effects of Outside Directors and Board Shareholdings on Chief Executive Compensation,” Accounting and Business Research, “Strategy and Control in Supplier-Distributor Relationships: An Agency Perspective,” Strategic Management Journal, “Bargaining Under the Influence: The Role of Alcohol in Negotiations,” Academy of Management Executive.  Dr. Kerr is also a consultant for major corporations and nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, work-flow design, and restructuring.

Teaches: IGS 616 (Organizational Administration)


Dr. Joseph Ganitsky

Dr. Joseph Ganitsky holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the Universidad de los Andes, his Master’s of Science in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Doctor’s of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Dr. Ganitsky is Research Professor of Management with the University of Miami’s School of Business and UM-CIBER. His areas of specialty are strategic planning, international business, Latin American business and entrepreneurship. Research interests include global startups and entrepreneurship, competitive strategies of multinational and local firms in Latin America, corporate response to terrorism and strategies for the bottom of the pyramid. Publications include co-authoring “Foreign Investment Through Debt Equity Swaps,” Sloan Management Review, winter, 1988 and “The Debt Crisis: The Departure Point for a New Era for Decision Makers,” The Columbia Journal of World Business, 21(3), 1986.  Dr. Ganitsky is also a consultant for major corporations.

Teaches: IGS 612 (International Administration)


Dr. Bradford McGuinn

Dr. Bradford R. McGuinn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in European and American Intellectual History from the State University of New York. He holds his Master’s and Ph.D. in International Studies with concentrations in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Miami.

Dr. McGuinn is a faculty in the Political Science Department. His functional fields of research and teaching include international security, Middle Eastern studies, civil-military relations and political violence. In terms of area concentrations, Dr. McGuinn focuses on the Middle East and the Horn of Africa as well as the Black Sea and Caspian regions. For many years Dr. McGuinn has lectured to groups in the United States military and law enforcement community on questions of violence   and   insurgency.  He   has   contributed several book chapters dealing with security questions in the Middle East and Caucasus.

Co-Teaches:  IGS 611 (International Organizations); IGS 614 (World Affair); IGS 646 (Civil Security Management); and IGS 647 (Disaster Response and Humanitarian Intervention)


Professor Alfredo Garcia

Alfredo García is an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami. He is currently finishing his PhD in sociology at Princeton University under the guidance of Robert Wuthnow.

Prior to arriving at Princeton, Alfredo received his Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and his Bachelors of Science from Duke University. His current work focuses on the global contemporary art market and neighborhood changes in Wynwood, Miami, the former Puerto Rican barrio of the city that has become an international destination for arts and culture. In addition to his interests in art and neighborhood change, Alfredo also publishes on the nonreligious in the United States and the nonbeliever organizations that some of them participate in (such as the American Atheists, American Humanists, etc). In addition to his academic interests, Alfredo is also a freelance writer for several publications, including Religion&Politics, Inspicio, Yahoo News, and other national media outlets. You can find out more about his research and publications on his website (

Teaches:  IGS 615 (International Economics)