University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

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Thomson Hall, home of the Jackson School
Established 1909 as the Department of Oriental History, Literature, and Institutions[1]
School type Public
Director Resat Kasaba
Location Seattle, Washington, USA

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies is a school within the University of Washington's College of Arts and Sciences, in Seattle, Washington. The school's name honors Henry M. Jackson, a former U.S. Senator from the state of Washington.

The Jackson School manages undergraduate and graduate academic programs in International Studies and regional studies. In addition to International Studies, the undergraduate programs include Asian, Canadian, European, Latin American, and Jewish studies, as well as comparative religion. The graduate programs include China; Japan; Korea; Middle East; Russian, East European and Central Asian; South Asian; and Southeast Asian studies; as well as comparative religion. The school also offers an accelerated 10-month Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) for professionals seeking to advance their careers in foreign affairs.[2]

The Jackson School also hosts eight National Resource Centers, listed below:

  • Canadian Studies Center
  • Center for Global Studies
  • Center for West European Studies
  • East Asia Center
  • Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
  • Middle East Center
  • South Asia Center
  • Southeast Asia Center

Through its curriculum, research, and professional events, the school is "committed to regional, cross-cultural, and comparative studies" and offers interdisciplinary, courses cross-listed with other departments. Additionally, students in the Jackson School have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty in international studies, including Joel Migdal (Middle East studies), Kenneth B. Pyle (Japan studies & founder of the National Bureau of Asian Research), and Wolfram Latsch (international political economy & former lecturer at Oxford) among others. Overall, the various programs allow for a variety of approaches to study, ranging from economics to area studies to sociology to geography.

In addition to university professors, the Jackson School also invites practitioners of foreign affairs to teach certain undergraduate and graduate courses. These individuals include former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Darryl N. Johnson[3] and Washington state Congressman Adam Smith.[4] Specifically, these expert policy practitioners often teach policymaking courses with an emphasis on development of professional skills. Most prominently, the practitioners instruct students in Task Force. Task Force, according to the Jackson School's 2014 Task Force Handbook, Task Force, "seeks to equip its students with the conceptual and analytical tools and knowledge needed to help make sense of complex global issues and processes". This capstone course, originally modeled on classes in Princeton University's international relations program, is taken by undergraduate Jackson School majors since 1983; In Task Force, small groups of students write a 200-page policy recommendation papers on topics chosen by their respective instructors.


  1. ^ Yang, Anand. A Hundred years of the Henry M. Jackson School: Engaging Minds | Engaging the World, 1909-2009. Seattle: The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, 2009.
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  3. ^ "National Security Advice--in 500 Words or Less". A description of a course in the Jackson School taught by Ambassador Darryl Johnson. University of Washington Arts and Sciences Newsletter, Summer 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Countering Al-Qaeda's Ideology: Re-Assessing U.S. Policy Ten Years After 9/11" (PDF). A Task Force Report written by Jackson School undergraduates under the direction of Washington state Congressman Adam Smith. University of Washington Libraries. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 47°39′24″N 122°18′21″W / 47.65667°N 122.30583°W / 47.65667; -122.30583