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Jackson Institute for Global Affairs


Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Established 2010
Type Private
Dean Jim Levinsohn
Students 200
Campus Urban

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is a school of international relations at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The program, launched in the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, is home to Yale's "Master’s Program in International Relations" and the undergraduate majors in "International Studies" and "Global Affairs." The Jackson Institute, led by its Director Jim Levinsohn, is part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.[1]


  • Foundation 1
  • Offices 2
  • Senior Fellows 3
  • References 4


In April 2009, Yale announced it had received a $50 million gift to create the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, set to launch in the 2010 fall semester. The donation came from ex-pharmaceutical businessman and philanthropist John Jackson, a 1967 graduate of Yale College, and his wife Susan. Jackson said he originally intended to become a diplomat when entering Yale, like his great-grandfather.[2] 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."[3]


The Jackson Institute is based in Rosenkranz Hall, designed by Boston architecture firm Koetter Kim & Associates. The building was inaugurated in October 2009 and is also home to Yale's Political Science Department and the MacMillan Center. The building, which has been LEED-silver certified, is named after its major donor, Robert Rosenkranz (Yale '62), who is the CEO of the Delphi Financial Group.[4]

Senior Fellows

A key component of the Jackson Institute is its "Senior Fellows" - distinguished policy practitioners and experts in global affairs that teach courses, consult with students on career goals and conduct their own research.[5]

Past and current Senior Fellows include:[6][7]


  1. ^ "About the Jackson Institute". Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Global affairs center created". Yale Daily News. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Transformational Gift to Create Jackson Institute for Global Affairs". Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rosenkranz officially opens". Yale Daily News. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Senior Fellows". Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "2010-2011 Senior Fellows". Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Senior Fellows 2011-2012". Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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