The History

The Jackson Institute was officially dedicated in September 2010.  

By the standards of a 311 year-old university, we’re pretty new.

Founded in 2009 with a transformational gift from John (’67) and Susan Jackson, the Institute builds on Yale’s centuries long tradition of educating leaders in fields of global affairs. Yale’s graduates include five U.S. presidents; four U.S. Secretaries of State; the presidents or prime ministers of Mexico, South Korea and Germany; numerous ambassadors; and many heads of private and non-profit enterprises that contribute to the public good such as Human Rights Watch, Mercy Corps, Ashoka, Unite for Sight and the Peace Corps.

The Jackson Institute is the home of three degree programs: an undergraduate major in Global Affairs, a Master of Arts program in Global Affairs, and a Master of Advanced Studies in Global Affairs. Jackson’s BA and MA programs grew out of Yale’s long-standing programs in International Studies (BA) and International Relations (MA).

Each year we host an impressive group of Senior Fellows—leading practitioners in government, business, international organizations, the NGO community and other global affairs fields. Our Fellows spend a semester or the full academic year at Yale teaching classes and mentoring students.

Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, established in 2011, is also part of the Jackson Institute. This center sponsors a major conference each spring and hosts Kissinger Senior Fellows.

In 2015, the highly respected World Fellows program joined the Jackson community. The program brings 16 accomplished, mid-career global leaders to Yale’s flagship leadership development program for a four-month immersive transformational journey. World Fellows contribute to Yale’s intellectual life, participate in events, collaborate with peers, audit classes, mentor students and lead roundtable discussions. The program, established in 2002, has a network of 291 Fellows from 87 countries.

Jackson’s future is bright – we hope you’ll join us.