The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced today that Margaret McKean, a foreign service officer, is joining the Council as its new State Department visiting fellow. Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, also has joined the Council as a distinguished fellow on global cities.
"As the importance of examining key global issues becomes ever more clear this election, we are thrilled to welcome these new fellows to expand our expertise on issues that transcend borders, such as trade, international security, immigration, global cities and global agriculture and food security," said Brian T. Hanson, vice president of studies at the Council.
Margaret McKean most recently served as the political adviser to the commander of the U.S./NATO Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. She joined the State Department in 1991, with tours in the Philippines, Haiti, Pakistan, Chad, Nigeria, New Zealand and Cambodia. She also served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Suriname. In Washington, she worked on issues related to Serbia and Afghanistan. Her academic background is in anthropology and archaeology, with degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Southern Methodist University. At the Council, McKean will pursue research about some of today’s most pressing global issues, including security, global cities, migration and sustainability.
Michael Nutter, distinguished fellow on global cities at the Council, served as mayor of Philadelphia from 2008 to 2016. In affiliation with the National League of Cities, Nutter helped launch “Cities United,” which creates partnerships among cities, non-profits and other stakeholders to combat violence and crime among African-American men and boys. Nutter also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors. Since leaving public service in January, Nutter has remained active in public policy, government and civic life. He is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, a political commentator for CNN and a senior fellow and national spokesperson for the What Works Cities program.
McKean and Nutter add to the Council’s growing roster of experts, which also includes these recently added nonresident fellows:
Richard C. Eichenberg, public opinion and foreign policy nonresident senior fellow at the Council, is an associate professor of political science at Tufts University. He has held grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Social Science Research Council. Eichenberg's research focuses on public opinion, foreign policy, European integration and gender politics.
Kjell Engelbrekt, global security nonresident senior fellow at the Council, is a professor of political science at the Swedish Defense University, guest professor at Stockholm University and Sodertorn University and lifetime member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Studies and the Swedish Society for International Affairs. Engelbrekt is an expert on European security and strategy, international organizations and diplomatic institutions, as well as on democracy and the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe.
Diana C. Mutz, public opinion and foreign policy nonresident senior fellow at the Council, holds the Samuel A. Stouffer Chair in Political Science and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also serves as director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics. Her current research involves the psychology of American attitudes toward globalization, as well as the consequences of how journalists cover issues such as trade, outsourcing and immigration.
Annika Marlen Hinze, global cities nonresident fellow at the Council, is an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University and director of Fordham’s urban studies program. Her research interests lie at the intersection of urban development, ethnic and racial identity, poverty and democratic decision-making. She is currently working on a second book project on large-scale urban development projects and democratic decision-making in Berlin, New York and Vancouver.
Masum Momaya, global cities nonresident fellow at the Council, has 20 years of experience working at the intersection of arts and culture, social justice and international affairs as a curator, writer and educator. She was formerly a curator at the Smithsonian Institution and before that did curatorial work at the International Museum of Women in San Francisco.
Ian H. Solomon, nonresident fellow on Africa at the Council, is the founder and CEO of SolomonGlobal, LLC, a business devoted to building capacity for negotiation, collaboration and conflict resolution in complex situations around the world. Previously, Solomon was vice president for global engagement at the University of Chicago. Solomon came to Chicago from President Obama's administration, in which he served as executive director for the World Bank Group from 2010 to 2013 and represented the United States in multilateral diplomacy and multi-stakeholder agreements. He has traveled extensively in Africa as a champion of open data, education, infrastructure and increasing private sector investment across the continent.