Maxwell School updates including Boren Fellowships, staffing updates, and more

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Maxwell School updates including Boren Fellowships, staffing updates, and more

The Maxwell School was, once again, ranked #1 in the nation for public affairs according to U.S. News & World Report. For 25 years, since U.S. News began ranking graduate public affairs programs in 1995, Maxwell has held the #1 spot in every survey except one. 

Two current Robertson Fellows, both MPA/MAIR dual degree candidates in the Maxwell School, have been selected for Boren Fellowships to conduct in-country language study.  Erica Stuke has been selected for Chinese language study in Taiwan, and Holly Ratcliffe has been selected to study Arabic in Jordan.

Michael J. Williams has been appointed the new director of the Master of Arts in International Relations program at the Maxwell School.  Williams was previously director of the international relations program at New York University. A scholar of international security, NATO-Europe, and Russia, Williams is Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Politics, an Associate of the think-tank IDEAS! at the London School of Economics & Political Science and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. 

Mark R. Jacobson, a scholar of foreign policy and national security who also boasts extensive work experience in federal government and international organizations, has been tapped to lead Washington, D.C., operations for the Maxwell School. As assistant dean for Washington programs, Jacobson will oversee year-round academic programs for Maxwell’s D.C. headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the #1-ranked think tank in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Go To Global Think Tank Index), where Maxwell serves approximately 200 undergraduate, graduate and mid-career executive students each year.