Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Parent institution
Yale University
DirectorJames A. Levinsohn
New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is a department of Yale University that specializes in the education, scholarship, and research on global affairs. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the institute's mission is to "inspire and prepare Yale students for global leadership and service."[1] It was established in 2010 and offers degrees for both undergraduate and graduate levels and includes the following programs: the Kerry Initiative, the Global Health Studies Program, the Yale World Fellows, and the Leitner Program on Effective Democratic Governance. It also hosts the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy. As of 2021, the institute is currently led by director James A. Levinsohn, Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs, and is in progress of being transformed into the Jackson School of Global Affairs, with a planned opening date of fall 2022, the first new Yale professional school since 1976.[2]

Horchow Hall.
Horchow Hall.


The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is located in Horchow Hall on New Haven's historic Hillhouse Avenue.[3] The building formerly housed the Yale School of Management.[4]


The institute offers degrees for both undergraduate, graduate, and mid-career professionals.

Freshman to Yale College can apply under a competitive admission to be considered for the Global Affairs major, where around 60 students per class are selected.[5] The major provides an interdisciplinary curriculum to supply students with social science research tools to solve global issues.[5] A requirement of the major is the Capstone Course, undertaken in the fall of senior year, which students complete a project on behalf of a real client and under supervision of a faculty member; this replaces the traditional senior thesis completed by other Yale seniors.[5]

Graduate students can apply for a Master's in Global Affairs, where around 25 - 30 students are selected.[6] Each student undertakes their own individualized course selection, allowing them to study from Yale faculty for all disciplines; in addition, students can also listen to seminars provided by Senior Fellows.[6] The degree is different from one offered by most other similar institutions, in which it prepares students for a professional environment, rather than an academic one.[6]

Created in 2013, the Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs is a one-year program for mid-career professionals, which enrolls only around a few students each year.[7] The program is centered for those with at least seven years of professional experience in global affairs.[7] The degree functions as a multi-disciplinary, rigorous academic program.[7]

Foundation and history

In April 2009, Yale announced it had received a $50 million gift to create the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[8] In the fall of 2010, the university officially opened the institute in Rosenkranz Hall.[9] The donation came from ex-pharmaceutical businessman and philanthropist John Jackson, a 1967 graduate of Yale College, and his wife, Susan.[9] Jackson said he originally intended to become a diplomat when entering Yale, like his great-grandfather.[10] Regarding the gift, Jackson stated, "We hope to inspire students to pursue careers in diplomacy and public service and to become globally engaged leaders in all walks of life." Yale President Richard Levin added, "The Jackson Institute will become a signature program, marking Yale's global aspirations. Its teaching programs will permeate the University, expanding the curriculum in international affairs so that students in all its schools are better prepared for global leadership and service."[8]

In 2010, shortly after the institute opened, Yale College faculty introduced the Global Affairs major, replacing the previous international studies major. While the international studies major could only be completed as a second major, the Global Affairs could be completed as a standalone major.[11]

On April 6, 2019, Yale President Peter Salovey formally announced to the Yale community that the Jackson Institute will transform itself to the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs by 2022.[2] The announcement came after a decision by the Yale Corporation. This decision stemmed from a report of a committee chaired by Professor Judith Chevalier, William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Finance at the Yale School of Management, who recommended the formation of a school of global affairs in a report made public in November 2018.[12]

Programs and centers

See also: Yale World Fellows

Senior Fellows

A key component of the Jackson Institute is its Senior Fellows, which the Jackson Institute describes as, "leading practitioners in government, business, international organizations, the NGO community, and other global affairs fields." Senior Fellows spend either a semester or full academic year at Yale teaching and mentoring students, although some continue to serve for multiple years.[1]

The following table includes current and former Senior Fellows:[13]

Name Years Notability
Richard Danzig 2010-2012 71st Secretary of the Navy
Richard Goldstone 2010-2012 international justice and human rights expert, chaired the Goldstone Commission
Linda Jewell 2010-2011 U.S. ambassador, career diplomat
Flynt Leverett 2010-2011 senior director for Middle East affairs on the National Security Council
Mario Mancuso 2010-2011


national security and foreign affairs expert
Hillary Mann Leverett 2010-2011 Middle East analyst and former State Department and National Security Council official
Stanley A. McChrystal 2010-Current retired U.S. Army general, commander of Joint Special Operations Command during mid-200s.
Rakesh Mohan 2010-2013


Indian economist and former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India
Marwan Muasher 2010-2011 Jordanian diplomat, politician who served as Jordan's foreign minister and deputy prime minister
Stephen S. Roach 2010-Current former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and chief economist at Morgan Stanley
Paul E. Simons 2010-2011


U.S. ambassador, career diplomat
R. James Woolsey Jr. 2010-2011 national security and energy expert, former Director of the CIA
Domingo Cavallo 2010-2011


Argentine economist and politician, known for implementing the Convertibility plan
Alexander Evans 2011-2013 career diplomat, counselor in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office with expertise on South Asia
Thomas Graham 2011-2017 Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council staff, expert on Russia and Eurasia affairs
Graeme Lamb 2011-2013 former Commander of the Field Army at Land Command, known for contributions to counter-insurgency
Michele Malvesti 2011-2015 served on the National Security Council staff, professional in the Intelligence Community
Ana Palacio 2011-2012 first woman to serve as minister of Spain's foreign affairs, member of the European Parliament
Manuel Pinho 2011-2012 former Portugal Minister of Economy and Innovation and former member of Portuguese parliament
Sheryl WuDunn 2011-2012 former journalist and business executive at The New York Times and first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize
David Brooks 2012-2018 columnist for The New York Times, political and cultural commentator, best-selling author
Ryan Crocker 2012-2013


six-time U.S. ambassador and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Marc Grossman 2012-2014 U.S. ambassador, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, former U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Emma Sky 2012-Current British expert on conflict, reconciliation and stability; Middle East advisor and expert
James Wolfensohn 2012-2013 economist, banker, former President of the World Bank
Eric Braverman 2013-Current chief business executive, former consultant at McKinsey & Company, former CEO of the Clinton Foundation
Nathaniel Keohane 2013-2014 environmental economist, vice-president for international climate at the Environmental Defense Fund
Luis Moreno-Ocampo 2013-2015 first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Johnnie Carson 2014-2016 U.S. ambassador, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Howard Dean 2014-Current former DNC chairman, candidate for the 2004 presidential election, six-term Vermont Governor, creator of the fifty-state strategy
Unni Karunakara 2014-2017 former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
Richard Levin 2014-Current senior advisor and former CEO of Coursea, former president of Yale University, economist
Clare Lockhart 2014-Current director and co-founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness, advisor to the UN
Jacob Sullivan 2014-2015 National Security Advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden, senior policy adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, former Director of Policy Planning
Sigridur Benediktsdottir 2015-2017 former director of the Financial Stability Department at the Central Bank of Iceland, Yale economics' professor
Rosemary DiCarlo 2015-2018 former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs for the UN
Robert Ford 2015-2021 U.S. ambassador, career diplomat
John Negroponte 2015-2016 former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, first Director of National Intelligence
Matthew Spence 2015-2016 national security expert, foreign policy commentator in the media, expert and advisor on Middle East Policy
Wayne Swan 2015-2016 Australian politician, National President of the Labor Party, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, former Treasurer of Australia
Blair Miller 2016-2021 venture investor, advisor on talent and impact investing
John Jenkins 2016-2018 executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies — Middle East, British career diplomat
Dennis Ross 2016-2017 American diplomat, former Director of Policy Planning, former special Middle East coordinator, former special advisor for the Middle East region
Roz Savage 2016-2017 world's foremost female ocean rower, Guinness World Record holder for ocean rowing, environmental advocate
Elain Dezenski 2017-2018 CEO of an international risk advisory, former executive leadership positions at the World Economic Forum, Interpol, and U.S. government
Russ Feingold 2017-2018 American politician, former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, former Wisconsin State Senator, U.S. Special Envoy
John Kerry 2017-Current U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Democratic Party candidate for the 2004 presidential election
Charles MacCormack 2017-2018 former president of Save the Children, vice-chair of the Millennium Development Goal Health Alliance, senior fellow for NGO Futures at Interaction
Anne Patterson 2017-2018 U.S. ambassador, career diplomat, Foreign Service Officer
Susan Biniaz 2018-Current former Deputy Legal Advisor at the U.S. State Department, lead climate lawyer and negotiator for U.S. government
Janine di Giovanni 2018-Current award-winning nonfiction author, journalist, war correspondent, expert analyst on the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa, among other topics
George Packer 2018-2019 staff writer for The New Yorker, award-winning nonfiction author
David Rank 2018-Current U.S. ambassador, leading career diplomat at the State Department
Gov. Bill Richardson 2018-2019 former governor of New Mexico, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, former Secretary of Energy, U.S. Congressman, former chairman of the DNC, former chairman of the DGA
Harry K. Thomas Jr. 2018-Current U.S. ambassador, career diplomat
Margaret Warner 2018-2019 former Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, news reporter
Colin Coleman 2019-Current former CEO of Goldman Sachs for Sub-Saharan Africa, expert on economic and political issues in South Africa
Chris Fussell 2019-Current partner at McChrystal Group, former officer in the Navy SEALs
Vanessa Kerry 2019-Current co-founder and the CEO of Seed Global Health, daughter of John Kerry
Francisco (Paco) Palmieri 2019-Current former Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs
John Podesta 2019-Current Counselor to President Barack Obama, former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign
Ross Douthat 2021-Current op-ed columnist for The New York Times, former senior editor at The Atlantic, conservative political analyst
Bill Morneau 2021-Current former Canadian Minister of Finance, executive chairman of Morneau Shepell, candidate for Canada's Secretary-General of OECD
David H. Petraeus 2021-Current former Director of the CIA, former commander of the International Security Assistance Force, former Commander of United States Central Command
Shoshana Stewart 2021-Current CEO of Turquoise Mountain, an international NGO working to revive historic neighborhoods and traditional crafts
Rory Stewart 2021-Current former Secretary of State for International Development, multiple roles in Ministerial offices in the UK government
Bisa Williams 2021-Current U.S. ambassador, career diplomat

See also


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