Much of Sandra Halperin's work in her role as professor of international relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, involves global change and conflict.
She joins just as the university has expanded its international relations department and is redesigning its masters.
"It was enormously attractive to have the opportunity to be part of such changes," she said. The two masters in international relations and democracy, politics and governance, will be reshaped into eight streams with a core course on analytical approaches to politics and international relations.
Professor Halperin will also be co-director of a new Centre for Global and Transnational Politics.
Adam Tickell , professor of geography at Bristol University, joins as dean of history and social sciences Geoffrey Ward , vice-principal at Dundee University, becomes dean of arts Edith Hall joins as research professor in drama and classics from Durham University Tim Cresswell , joins from Aberystwyth University as professor of human geography.
Sonya Stephens leaves the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures for Indiana University Dirk Matten moves to the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada Cindy Ebinger becomes professor at the University of Rochester in the US Malte Grosche leaves the physics department for Cambridge University.