Susan E. Penksa, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
(805) 565-6155

Office Location

Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Office Available

Only by e-mail. 


Global security and development; transatlantic security; conflict prevention, crisis management, post-conflict stabilization, and peacebuilding; security sector reform (SSR); EU external relations; US security, foreign, defense and development policy; gender as a cross-cutting issue of security and development


Dr. Penksa teaches in the areas of international and comparative politics and gender studies. With 22 years of applied research and field experience, Dr. Penksa has a global consulting practice with national governments, international organizations and NGOs. She is the recipient of the 2004 Westmont Teaching Award and the 2005 Westmont Faculty Research Award. In 2005, she served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies. From 2012-2014, Dr. Penksa held the position of Senior Associate at the Institute for European Studies. She is currently a member of the editorial advisory board for International Studies Perspectives. She is the recipient of two United States J. William Fulbright Fellowship awards to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007 and 2010). Dr. Penksa is the co-author (with Roy H. Ginsberg) of The European Union in Global Security: The Politics of Impact, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2012; 2014).