Lawrence Dunham

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Lawrence Dunham served as U.S. Assistant Chief of Protocol from 1989 until 2005, and held a variety of other positions in the State Department Protocol Office beginning in 1983. He was Acting Chief of Protocol from January until June 2001. He now consults for government and private sector clients and is a Senior Associate with Protocol Partners, where he has provided training services to organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean and the Cleveland Clinic. He also has provided consulting services for the US Department of State (Office of Protocol and 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago), and the 2014 US - Africa Summit.

Mr. Dunham was a contributing writer for United States Protocol – the Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette, authored by Ambassador Mary Mel French. He has been featured as an authority on matters related to protocol and diplomatic immunity in news articles and on television and radio broadcasts, has been consulted by numerous journalists and authors for insight and guidance in these areas, and has lectured to diverse groups on a wide range of protocol related matters.

Mr. Dunham is a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and an adjunct faculty member in the Event Management Certificate Program at the George Washington University School of Business. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Student House in Washington; the advisory board of THIS for Diplomats, which serves the diplomatic community in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. board of directors of Nyumbani in Kenya, an organization which provides assistance to children and families affected by HIV; and is an honorary member of the Board of Advisors of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. He previously has served on the board of directors of Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association, the Executive Committee of the Consular Corps of Washington, D.C., and the advisory committee for Passport DC’s annual embassy open house.

He is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and the Secretary of State’s Certificate of Appreciation. Other awards include the Order of Her Most Catholic Majesty Queen Isabella, from the King of Spain, and the Commander’s Cross, from the Government of Austria, the Spirit of Diplomacy Award from Protocol and Diplomacy International and a distinguished alumni award from the George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Dunham is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the George Mason University School of Law.


Protocol in Diplomacy & International Business

B.A. Catholic University of America; J.D. George Mason University School of Law