Master of Science in Humanitarian Action 


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Students in the Master of Science in Humanitarian Action program engage with a faculty of high-caliber professors and industry experts who have substantial knowledge and first-hand experience in humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Some of our faculty are full-time professors within USD’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies; others are executive-level directors, experienced consultants and regional coordinators who work directly for humanitarian-related organizations. Their areas of expertise include humanitarian response, nonprofit management, peace and conflict resolution, international law and diplomacy, peace and justice studies, emergency preparedness/response, environmental peacebuilding, and humanitarian leadership.

Topher McDougal, Ph.D.
Topher McDougal, PhD
Academic Director, Professor of Economic Development, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
Marc Romyr Antoine, MA
Founder and CVO of For King and Country Foundation, Country Director for Tearfund Haiti
Stephen Commins, PhD
Lecturer, Regional and International Development in the Department of Urban Planning, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
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Jim DiFrancesca, MEd
Director of Humanitarian Assistance, PCI
Rob Grace, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University
Azadeh Hassani, MSc
Global Humanitarian Director, Relief International
Eric James, PhD
Executive Director, Field Ready
Arlindo Meque, PhD
Humanitarian Anticipatory Action Specialist
Ernest Ogbozor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Security Studies and Int’l Affairs, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
John Patterson, MA
USAID/BHA Regional Humanitarian Advisor
Hayley Umayam, MA
Humanitarian Researcher
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Matthew C. Vanderbilt, MS
Adjunct Professor