Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

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Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
The Jackson School is sited at the University of Washington's Thomson Hall (pictured).
The Jackson School is sited at the University of Washington's Thomson Hall (pictured).
Former names Department of Oriental Subjects
Established 1909
Parent institution College of Arts and Sciences
Academic affiliation University of Washington
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Director Reşat Kasaba
Website https://jsis.washington.edu
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The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (also known as the Jackson School and abbreviated as "JSIS") is a school within the University of Washington's College of Arts and Sciences that specializes in research and instruction in area studies and is most noted for its work in Oriental Studies. Founded in 1909 as the Department of Oriental Subjects, its current name honors Henry M. Jackson.


The University of Washington established a Department of Oriental Subjects in 1909 under the chairmanship of Herbert Henry Gowen. The department became the School of International Studies in 1976, and, in 1983, was renamed the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, in honor of Henry Jackson.[1]

As of 2016, the Jackson School was the United States' largest recipient of United States Department of Education grants in support of area studies and hosted eight National Resource Centers.[2] Its oldest center, the East Asia Center, was established with a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense in 1959 as the Far Eastern Institute. It was followed by the Middle East Center. Other National Resource Centers hosted by the Jackson School are the Canadian Studies Center; Global Studies Center; West European Studies Center; Russia, East Europe, and Central Asian Studies Center; South Asia Center; and Southeast Asia Center.[3]

In 2016 the Jackson School hosted the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, of which it is a member.[4][5]


The Jackson School offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in seven subjects: Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, Comparative Religion, European Studies, International Studies, Jewish Studies, and Latin American Studies. It also grants Master of Arts degrees and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in International Studies. Since 2015 it has, additionally, offered a Master of Arts in Applied International Studies, which is geared towards "mid-career professionals".[4]


In addition to its undergraduate journal, Jackson Journal, the school also houses two refereed journals, the Journal of Japanese Studies and the Journal of Korean Studies.

Faculty and alumni[edit]

Notable present and former faculty of the school include Darryl N. Johnson, Jere L. Bacharach, France Winddance Twine, T.J. Pempel, Philip N. Howard, and Charles T. Cross.

Notable graduates of the school's programs include Elizabeth J. Perry, Rob McKenna, and Matthew Bannick.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blecha, Peter. "UW hosts lecture by Rev. Herbert H. Gowen on May 11, 1909, to inaugurate new Department of Oriental Subjects". HistoryLink. HistoryInk. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES". Foreign Policy. 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Kristina (October 8, 2014). "Jackson School centers receive $16 million for international education". UW Today. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b The Jackson Report: 2015-2016 (PDF). Seattle: Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Member Directory". APSIA. Association of Professional Schools of International Studies. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ Yang, Anand (June 12, 2009). "The UW's Jackson School: A 100-year-old vision realized and expanding". Seattle Times. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 

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