Sydney Van Morgan

Sydney Van Morgan

International Studies Program Director; Sr. Lecturer

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Research Interests: Political Sociology, European Politics, Social Movements, Party Politics, American History

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Sydney Van Morgan, Sr. Lecturer and International Studies Program Director, holds a PhD in government from Cornell University and has taught courses on comparative political sociology, ethnic violence, party politics, and qualitative methods. As International Studies Program Director, she is responsible for the academic coordination of six stakeholder departments in the humanities and social sciences, establishing the curriculum for the major in collaboration with these departments and their faculty. She also administers the BA/MA Program with the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies in DC, the Junior Year/Semester Abroad Program at SAIS Europe in Bologna, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program, and an eclectic range of activities associated with the Aronson Center for International Studies. Dr. Van Morgan is actively involved in several professional organizations in the field of international education, where she has presented papers on topics such as evaluation practices and enrollment trends in international studies. Her most recent scholarly project explores the life history and Quaker roots of Johns Hopkins, the founder of Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. Her co-authored preprint article "Seeking the Truth: Johns Hopkins and Slavery" is available on Open Science Framework at A companion blog, The House of Hopkins, can be viewed at

Dr. Van Morgan's recent work explores the life of Johns Hopkins, the history of his Quaker family in Maryland, and the politics of the abolitionist movement. Her co-authored preprint article "Seeking the Truth: Johns Hopkins and Slavery" is available on Open Science Framework at

Along with her research colleagues, Van Morgan presented a paper entitled "Johns Hopkins, the Census of 1850, and Slavery" at the Universities Studying Slavery 2022 spring symposium at Guilford College (March 31, 2022). The latest version of the paper is available on Open Science Framework at

For more information about this and related projects, see and the Johns Hopkins History Project page at

Van Morgan, Sydney, Edward C. Papenfuse, Stan Becker, and Samuel B. Hopkins. 2023. “A Maryland Mystery: Johns Hopkins, Slavery, and the Census of 1850.” OSF Preprints. October 13. doi:10.31219/ See

Kuo, Huei-ying and Sydney Van Morgan, “Introduction: The Question of Chineseness in Colonial and Postcolonial Diasporas,” special volume of Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives. See
Van Morgan, Sydney, Stan Becker, Samuel B. Hopkins, and Edward C. Papenfuse, “Seeking the Truth: Johns Hopkins and Slavery,” OSF Preprints. May 18. doi:10.31219/ See