We are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Jackson Institute Senior Fellows.

Jackson Senior Fellows are leading practitioners in various fields of international affairs who spend a year or semester at Yale teaching courses and mentoring students. This year’s group includes six newcomers and 19 returning Fellows.

Read more about all of our Senior Fellows

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Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. His column appears every Tuesday and Sunday, and he co-hosts the Times Op-Ed podcast, "The Argument." Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger on its website. 

He is the author of "The Decadent Society," forthcoming in March 2020. His other books include "To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism," published in 2018, “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics” (2012), “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (2005), and a co-author, with Reihan Salam, of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (2008). He is the film critic for National Review.

He lives with his wife and three children in New Haven.

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John Negroponte
Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008.

He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer.

While in the private sector from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Negroponte was Executive Vice President of the McGraw-Hill Companies, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s international activities. During those years he was also Chairman of the French-American Foundation. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Negroponte taught international relations at Yale’s Jackson Institute and from 2016 to 2018 at The Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was the James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

Ambassador Negroponte serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society. He is also Co-chairman of the US-Philippines Society and a past member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He has also served as Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

Ambassador Negroponte has received numerous awards in recognition of his more than four decades of public service, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award which can be conferred by the Secretary of State, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to US national security.
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Paul Simons
Ambassador Paul Simons has enjoyed a distinguished career in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. From 2015 to 2020, he served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the leading global authority for energy and climate change analysis and policy development. Over the prior four years, he led hemispheric drug control and law enforcement initiatives for the Organization of American States. During his 30-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Simons served as US Ambassador to Chile, leading one of the most active bilateral relationships in the hemisphere; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy and Sanctions, where he coordinated U.S. energy diplomacy initiatives worldwide; and Acting Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where he managed more than $1 billion in annual resources supporting U.S. drug control and police training programs worldwide. He also worked on advancing multilateral Arab/Israeli cooperation, including a posting as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Israel. Ambassador Simons served as a faculty advisor at the National Defense University, and as a senior fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute in its inaugural year 2010/2011. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked in international corporate lending at a New York based commercial bank. Ambassador Simons holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.
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Rory Stewart
Rory Stewart focuses on contemporary politics in crisis and on international development and intervention in fragile and conflict affected states.

Stewart was the UK secretary of State for International development where he doubled the U.K.’s investment in international climate and environment. Prior to that Stewart served in a variety of roles including as minister of the environment, Minister of State responsible for development policy in the Middle East and Asia and UK policy in Africa, as Minister of State for Justice, and as Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Earlier in his career he served briefly as an infantry officer and then as a diplomat for the UK government in Indonesia, the Balkans and Iraq. He founded and ran the Turquoise Mountain foundation in Afghanistan and was the Director of the Carr Centre and the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Stewart has also written four books: The Places in Between, Occupational Hazards or The Prince of the Marshes, Can Intervention Work?, and The Marches.
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Shoshana Stewart
Shoshana Stewart is the CEO of Turquoise Mountain, an international NGO working in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan to revive historic neighbourhoods and traditional crafts in order to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride in areas where culture is under threat.
 
Shoshana has spent the last 14 years living and working in those countries, and leading the charity to restore and rebuild over 150 historic buildings, train over 6000 traditional artisans and builders, create a primary school and health clinic and bring over $7,000,000 worth of income back to those communities by bringing their products to international markets. During her tenure as CEO, Shoshana expanded the initial project in the Old city of Kabul across Afghanistan, and to three other countries, and she led the growth of Turquoise Mountain’s commercial and trading operations from $500,000 to $7 million.
 
Shoshana has an MBA from the London Business School, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Bachelor's Degree in Astrophysics from Williams College. Prior to Turquoise Mountain, Shoshana worked as a teacher and administrator in low-income urban communities with Teach For America and Uncommon Schools in New York City, Boston and Honduras.
 
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Bisa Williams

Ambassador Bisa Williams (ret) is co-Founder and Managing Director of Williams Strategy Advisors, LLC (WSA),  a problem-solving, business and foreign affairs advisory consulting firm. For the last 2 years, she has also led The Carter Center’s effort as Independent Observer of implementation of the Peace Agreement in Mali.  Before forming WSA, Ambassador Williams was a career member of the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. During her 30+ years in the Foreign Service, she served tours in Guinea (Conakry), Panama, Mauritius, France, the US Mission to the UN (NY), Washington, DC, including two years at the National Security Council of The White House, and Niger. As Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ambassador Williams led the US delegation to talks in Havana, Cuba, breaking a seven year hiatus of high level direct discussions. Her accomplishments were recognized in LeoGrande/Kornbluh book Back Channel to Cuba. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 as Ambassador to Niger where she served for 3 years. Following her tour as Ambassador, she was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs, supporting US economic policy goals in sub-Saharan Africa and bilateral policy in the West Africa region. Ambassador Williams retired from the Foreign Service in 2015.  She speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese and is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. She holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College of the National Defense University in Washington, DC and a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Yale.