IAFS has several joint hire faculty members, which means they are IAFS faculty members who also belong in another department home (such as History, Political Science, Economics, etc.). 


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Steven Beard

Teaching Assistant Professor
Political Science • International Affairs
Steven Beard is a teaching assistant professor in the International Affairs program and Political Science Department. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2019. Steven’s research focuses on explaining international conflict. His dissertation explores why interstate wars end, showing that military considerations and defensive advantages create commitment problems that make it difficult to negotiate a peaceful end to the fighting. His other...

Lucy Chester

Associate Professor
History • International Affairs
Lucy P. Chester is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs focusing on British imperial and anticolonial history in South Asia. She received both her B.A. summa cum laude and Ph.D. from Yale. Her first book, Borders and Conflict in South Asia (Manchester University Press, 2009), explores the drawing of the boundary between India and Pakistan in 1947. Her current book manuscript (under contract with Oxford University Press) examines connections...
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Molly Todd

Teaching Assistant Professor
Sociology • International Affairs
Molly Todd is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the International Affairs Program and the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her PhD in 2023 from the interdisciplinary ASPECT program at Virginia Tech, where her research focused on community-engaged art and borders in the Americas. Her research employs collaborative methods across sites in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States to observe & participate in the ways...
Yaffa Truelove

Yaffa Truelove

Assistant Professor
Geography • International Affairs
At the nexus of urban geography and human-environment relations, Yaffa Truelove's research primarily examines the connections between urban waterscapes and socio-political processes in cities of the global South. In particular, she examines water and its infrastructures as a lens for analyzing social and material relations in cities as well as differing regimes and institutions of everyday urban governance. Her prior research has predominately focused on Indian cities, contributing to theorizations...
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Robert Wyrod

Associate Professor
Women and Gender Studies • International Affairs
Robert Wyrod is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a sociologist interested in gender, sexuality, and social change in the developing world. His award-winning first book, AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhood (University of California Press 2016), examines how the AIDS epidemic shaped gender and sexuality...