Meet the Team

Director of Asian Studies
Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy

Michael Green is the Director of Asian Studies and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Georgetown University. He joined the faculty in 2006 after serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House. Before joining the NSC staff, he was a Senior Fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, Assistant Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Advisor on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

Dr. Green is also the Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); a Trustee of The Asia Foundation; a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for New American Security (CNAS); and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and CFR. Dr. Green is the author of the recent release By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power In the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017).

Assistant Director

Daye Shim Lee manages the budget and oversees the daily operations of the Asian Studies Program. She serves as a liaison between the Program and its external stakeholders, and works closely with faculty leaders to expand Georgetown's footprint in Asia. She also publishes the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (ISSN 2376-8002), an open-access scholarly journal with a focus on Asia. She is currently pursuing a J.D. from Georgetown Law.   

Ms. Lee is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University, where she received a B.S. in Foreign Service (with honors in International Politics) and a certificate in Asian Studies. Prior to joining the Asian Studies Program staff, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (online edition), and interned at CSIS in Washington, D.C. and Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea. 

Assistant Director of Academic Programs

Robert Lyons oversees the M.A. degree, the graduate certificate program, and the undergraduate certificate program in Asian Studies. In this role, he serves as the primary contact for current, prospective, and former students of the Asian Studies Program, and is responsible for student recruitment and admissions, as well as the Visiting Researchers Program. He is concurrently pursuing a doctoral degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies.  

Mr. Lyons received his B.A. from Augustana College and M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously, he taught English at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, China, and worked for the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Office of Academic Affairs. He also interned at CSIS in Washington, DC. 

Director, Georgetown India Initiative

Irfan Nooruddin is the Director of the Georgetown India Initiative, a university-wide initiative that seeks to advance research and teaching around India, and to create a platform for high-level dialogue among American and Indian leaders. He is also Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics in the School of Foreign Service, where he is the current Faculty Chair. Dr. Nooruddin specializes in the study of comparative economic development and policymaking, democratization and democratic institutions, and international institutions. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the co-author of Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Dr. Nooruddin is presently affiliated with Lokniti: Programme for Comparative Democracy in New Delhi, India, and is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nooruddin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. He spent his early life at St. Stanislaus High School and St. Xavier's College in Bombay, India.  

Program Coordinator, Georgetown India Initiative

Emily Paragamian manages the overall operations and strategic planning of the Georgetown India Initiative. She also coordinates high-level dialogues and other academic events for the Initiative, and serves as the Initiative's primary point of contact for external stakeholders in the U.S.-India bilateral relationship, including partners from government, the private sector, non-profit, and the academy. In 2017, she coordinated Georgetown's faculty and student delegation visit to Mumbai, India to present policy recommendations to officials in the Maharashtra government.   

Ms. Paragamian is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she received a B.S. in International Politics and earned language proficiency in Arabic. During her time as an undergraduate, Ms. Paragamian held internships in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington, D.C., and the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan.