A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Jackson School of Global Affairs. In April 2019, the Yale Board of Trustees approved our transformation from the Jackson Institute to the Jackson School, Yale’s first professional school in decades.

Jackson was established to help tackle the world’s increasingly complex problems: climate change, war, migration, poverty, and others. Our students learn from faculty drawn from across the university’s professional schools and the graduate school, as well as Senior Fellows—leading practitioners in government, international organizations, the NGO community, and other global affairs fields. We are uniquely integrated with the rest of Yale, with students from around the university taking our classes. Our interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach makes us exceptionally qualified to give students the tools they need to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Our students come to Yale having already worked on complicated problems in all corners of the world. They are intellectually curious individuals who come to Jackson ready to define their own path to a career in global leadership and service.

In addition to our degree programs in global affairs, we host a number of initiatives, programs, and centers that enrich the Jackson community with visiting fellows, workshops, public events, and innovative research.

Jackson is a diverse, multilayered community of scholars, practitioners, and students from all over the globe. Here you will make lifelong connections with individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the world.

This bulletin will tell you more about our degree programs, our faculty, our centers, and the overall Jackson experience. I am excited about Jackson’s future as a school and invite you to take advantage of all that we have to offer.


Jim Levinsohn
Dean, Jackson School of Global Affairs
Charles Goodyear Professor of Global Affairs