Part-time and Adjunct Faculty

The Elliott School's part-time and adjunct faculty is comprised of superb scholars whose research makes important contributions to our understanding of the world. Being in the heart of Washington, DC enables us to draw on the tremendous intellectual firepower that abounds in the policy community, think tanks, NGOs, and international organizations.


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Vijay Jagannathan

Vijay Jagannathan: Professorial Lecturer
Vijay Jagannathan is a Senior Fellow at the think tank, World Resources Institute in Washington DC, and is leading their work on sustainable cities and climate change. Before his retirement from the World Bank in September 2012 he was Sector Manager for Infrastructure in the East Asia and Pacific region; a unit that annually lends about $5 billion in transport, energy, water and urban development investments in developing countries of the region. He was also the region's liaison person for the various green growth initiatives of the region's industrialized countries (APEC, Australia, Japan, Korea and Singapore). Prior to this assignment he managed water and environment programs in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank for several years. In this assignment he helped establish the Arab Water Academy, and several irrigation modernization programs in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran and Iraq.

He has first-hand experience of practical applications of various policies and programs launched over the past twenty three years at tackling global and local environmental problems. He managed regional seas programs (METAP), and international waters programs (Nile Basin Initiative, Red-Dead project, Mekong regional project). In the past three years he has been a member of the APEC Experts Panel on Green Finance, Rockefeller Foundation's Panel for promoting urban resilience in Asian cities, and managed the region's large programs of disaster risk management, energy efficiency, green transport and sustainable water management.

Dr. Jagannathan holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University, and blends a unique combination of operational experience, substantive knowledge and excellent client relationship skills developed through decade's long engagements with policy makers and project staff in over twenty five developing countries, multilateral and bilateral development organizations.

Ash Jain

Ash Jain: Professorial Lecturer
Ash Jain is a former member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the US State Department. There he advised officials on strategic challenges facing the United States. He recently served as executive director for the Project for a United and Strong America — a task force of bipartisan foreign policy experts outlining a blueprint for a new national security strategy.

Mr. Jain is currently a nonresident fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a consultant with the Eurasia Group, a political risk advisory firm. Previously he worked as a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an adviser with the White House Office of Global Communications, and counsel with the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. His published articles and commentary have appeared in various news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, Fox News, C-Span, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting, FRANCE 24, and al-Hurra TV.

Mr. Jain earned a JD/MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan.

James Jeffrey

James Jeffrey: Lecturer
Ambassador James Franklin Jeffrey retired from the Foreign Service in June, after 37 years, attaining the highest rank in the Service, Career Ambassador, in 2011. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Member of the Defense Policy Board, OSD. His most recent Foreign Service assignments have been, working back from the present: Ambassador to Iraq, 2010-2012, Ambassador to Turkey, 2008-2010, Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House, 2007-2008, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, 2006-2007, Special Advisor to Secretary Rice for Iraq, 2005-2006, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Charge, Iraq, 2004-2005; Ambassador to Albania, 2002-2004. Previous assignments have included Deputy Chief of Mission in both Turkey and Kuwait, Deputy Special Representative for Bosnia implementation, various assignments in the State Department's European and Near Eastern Bureaus, and postings to Ankara and Adana Turkey, Tunis, Sofia, and Munich. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1976 as an infantry officer in Germany and Vietnam. He has an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Gudrun. They have two children, Jahn and Julia Jeffrey.

Jill Jermano: Professorial Lecturer
Jill Jermano is the Director of the Counterproliferation and Strategic Analysis Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she oversees research and analysis to inform the development and implementation of policy targeting illicit networks. She has worked in the national security field for more than twenty years, supporting U.S. Government agencies and the Intelligence Community, and her areas of expertise include weapons proliferation networks and the use of economic and financial sanctions in U.S. foreign policy. As a professorial lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University since 2004, she has taught courses on U.S. foreign policy and international relations theory. She currently teaches International Security Politics (PSC 6349).

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