May 13, 2015

Illicit or Innocent: How You Might be Contributing to a Global Underworld of Organized Crime

Dr. Suzette Grillot
Dean, College of International Studies, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Suzette Grillot has served as the Dean of OU’s College of International Studies since July 2012. She was integrally involved in the College’s creation after serving as the Associate Dean for four years. Additionally, she serves as OU’s Vice Provost for International Programs and William J. Crowe, Jr. Chair in Geopolitics.

Dean Grillot continues to teach courses every year, focusing on subjects such as the Global Community, Global Security, International Activism, and Illicit Trafficking. Regarding her work with students, Dean Grillot has been recognized with the Gary B. Cohen Distinguished Faculty Award, the Educator’s Leadership Academy Outstanding Professor Award and the OU President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award.

Dean Grillot hosts the award winning weekly World Views radio show on OU’s NPR affiliate, KGOU. The program highlights various global topics and features outstanding international guests. Moreover, Dean Grillot’s research focuses on issues of global security and international relations. Throughout her career, she has published articles in the British Journal of Political Science, International Politics, Global Governance and Contemporary Security Policy, among many others. Selected book publications include the co-edited book Understanding the Global Community (2013) and the co-authored books Protecting Our Ports: National and International Security of Containerized Freight (2010) and The International Arms Trade (2009).

In 2003, Dean Grillot spent a semester teaching and conducting research in Macedonia as a Fulbright Scholar. She also served a semester as a teaching and research fellow at Beijing University in China in 2007. During her time abroad she has traveled to conduct research in dozens of countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. In June 2012, Dean Grillot returned from a 10-month appointment as Faculty-in-Residence at OU’s signature international program in Arezzo, Italy.

Dean Grillot received BS and MA degrees in Political Science from Oklahoma State University, and earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of Georgia. She resides in Norman, Oklahoma with her husband Pat, their daughter Hannah, Georgia the dog and Frosty the cat.