Yale University will open its first new professional school in more than 40 years

Yale University announced on Tuesday that it will officially open the Jackson School of Global Affairs for the fall 2022 semester. As reported in the Yale News, the school, currently known as the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, will become the first professional degree-granting school established at Yale in more than 40 years. The last professional school to open at the university was the School of Management in 1976.

In making the announcement, Yale President Peter Salovey also named James A. Levinsohn, founding director of the Jackson Institute and Charles W. Goodyear Professor of Global Affairs at Yale, as the school’s inaugural dean, effective of July 1.

Of the new school, Salovey said, “The impact it will have on the world through the students who receive an education through the scholarship the Jackson School is involved in and through the practical policy advice it can providing is going to be huge and branching out. out – yes, it will branch out to Yale – but more importantly, it will solve problems in the world.

The Jackson Institute was established in 2010 with the founding gift of former pharmaceutical businessman and philanthropist John Jackson, a Yale graduate in 1967, and his wife, Susan. The couple donated $50 million to launch the Institute, with the understanding that Yale would consider turning it into a school later.

In 2019, Yale’s board of trustees approved plans to expand the institute into a vocational school, on the condition that the university raise $200 million to endow the institute. On Tuesday, Salovey said the university had achieved that goal.

Under Levinwohn’s leadership, Yale faculty worked to develop several initiatives that will fall under the new school. A master’s degree in public policy was created and other changes were made to the institute’s curriculum.

Additionally, the Jackson Institute added an undergraduate major in global affairs, as well as the Kerry Initiative and the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy. It also integrates several existing Yale programs in the field of political studies, including the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program, the Leitner Program in Effective Democratic Governance, the Global Health Studies Program, and International Security Studies.

Crediting the work of a team of faculty, university leaders, staff, students and donors to prepare the Jackson Institute for the transition, Levinsohn added. “We will be opening the best-in-class school of international politics next fall, and I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to lead this new school – Yale’s first in decades.”

Plans call for the new school to collaborate with other Yale professional units, as well as Yale College’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. According to Yale News, at least three other professors are expected to join the school in the fall, including Amit Khandelwal, an economist at Columbia University. Two professors already at Yale — Lorenzo Caliendo in the School of Management and Penny Goldberg in the economics department — will receive part-time appointments at the Jackson School.

The school also plans to add to its already existing roster of international practitioners which includes diplomats, journalists and policy makers who serve as senior fellows. Fellows teach courses, conduct research, and consult with students. Past and current fellows include columnist and political commentator David Brooks, former governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, and ambassadors Anne Peterson and Harry K. Rogers.


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