Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

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Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Type Private
Established 2010
Parent institution
Yale University
Dean Jim Levinsohn
Students 200
Campus Urban
Affiliations APSIA
Website jackson.yale.edu

Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs promotes education and scholarship on global affairs at Yale. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the institute’s mission is to inspire and prepare Yale students for global leadership and service. The institute, which was established in 2010, is home to a master’s program in global affairs, a master of advanced study in global affairs and an undergraduate major in global affairs. The master’s program in global affairs was called international relations prior to its redesign and name change in 2013.

The Jackson Institute, led by Director Jim Levinsohn, also includes Global Health and the Yale World Fellows program.


In April 2009, Yale announced it had received a $50 million gift to create the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. In the fall of 2010, the university officially opened the institute. 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.[1] 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."[2]


The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is located in Horchow Hall on New Haven's historic Hillhouse Avenue, called "the most beautiful street in America" by Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. The building formerly housed the Yale School of Management.

Senior Fellows[edit]

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.[3]

Past and current Senior Fellows include:[4][5]


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

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