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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Mark Jacobson: Professorial Lecturer 
Dr. Mark R. Jacobson is the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Navy, Ray Mabus. In this role, Jacobson serves as a coordinator and guide on sensitive issues and matters of direct interest and concern to the SECNAV. A member of the Navy’s Senior Executive Service since 2014, Jacobson’s role includes working with senior Navy leadership as a liaison within DoD and to outside groups such as Congress, the media, and other external audiences such as industry, Military Service Organizations, academia, and think-tanks. Previously, Jacobson taught at The George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs and was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He has served in executive positions in government on several occasions, most recently in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2009-2011 as the Deputy Political Advisor to the ISAF Commander General Stanley McChrystal and later as the first Deputy NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Afghanistan (DSCR-A). In this capacity Jacobson was also a principal foreign policy advisor to COMISAF General David Petraeus and worked closely with the international community to find solutions to diplomatic crises that could derail the comprehensive campaign in support of the Government of Afghanistan. Jacobson also served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services from 2007-2009 and from 2003-2005 taught courses on U.S. counterterrorism policy while the Visiting Scholar for International Security and Public Policy at the Mershon Center. Jacobson began his government service in 1998 as a Presidential Management Fellow, serving in various civilian roles at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff to include at the Joint Staff Current Operations Directorate (J-33) Special Operations Division and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). As a result of his efforts during this time, he was nominated and became a finalist for the Partnership for Public Service’s first Service to America Award in 2002. Jacobson is also ardent supporter of the next generation of public policy professionals and is actively involved in non-profit and university mentoring programs.

Jacobson’s 20 years of military service includes eight years enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Psychological Operations Specialist. In 2001 he was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is trained as a Defense attaché and strategic debriefer and has mobilized in support of NATO and U.S. military operations including mobilizations for Operation Joint Endeavor (1996) and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (2006) where he conducted a variety of U.S. and NATO Special Operations missions. Jacobson is a frequent public speaker and has testified before Congress and his commentary appears in national and international print media such as Foreign Policy and The Daily Beast. His regular television and radio appearances include CNN’s Crossfire, and The Situation Room, MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, Up with Steve Kornacki, and Hardball, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, FOX’s Kelly Files and The O’Reilly Factor. Jacobson is a life-Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Advisor to the Truman National Security Project. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Jacobson holds a B.A. in history a Masters from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London and earned his Ph.D. in Military History and Strategic Studies from The Ohio State University.


Vijay Jagannathan: Professorial LecturerVijay JagannathanVijay 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's teaching and research focuses on international organizations, global norms, US alliances, and national security challenges. Mr. Jain served previously as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff during the Bush and Obama administrations. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the GMF Transatlantic Academy and an advisor with the International Law Institute. 

As executive director for the Project for a United and Strong America, Mr. Jain coordinated a bipartisan foreign policy task force to produce a blueprint for a values-based national security strategy, Setting Priorities for American Leadership. He also served as an advisor for the White House Office of Global Communications and with the staffs of Senators Fred Thompson and Dan Coats. He is the author of several publications, including Like-Minded & Capable Democracies: A New Framework for Advancing a Liberal World Order (Council on Foreign Relations), Russia's Challenge to Liberal Norms (GMF Transatlantic Academy), and Nuclear Weapons and Iran's Global Ambitions: Troubling Scenarios (Washington Institute for Near East Policy).

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 F. Jeffrey retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of Career Ambassador in June, 2012.  At present he is the Philip Solondz Distinguished Vsiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Visiting Instructor at George Washington University, energy consultant, and member of the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of senior posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. Prior to his service as Ambassador in Ankara, 2008-2010, and Baghdad 2010-2012, he served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the George W, Bush Administration. Previously he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy. Earlier appointments included service as Senior Advisor on Iraq to the Secretary of State; Chargé d'affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad; Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara and Kuwait; Ambassador to Albania, and Deputy Coordinator for Bosnia. A former infantry officer in the U.S. Army, Ambassador Jeffrey served in Germany and Vietnam from 1969 to 1976.  His wife Gudrun and he have two children, Julia, and Jahn.

Jill Jermano: Professorial Lecturer
Dr. Jill Jermano is the U.S. Department of the Treasury faculty chair at the National War College. A member of the federal Senior Executive Service, she has overseen research and analytic support to economic sanctions programs at Treasury since 2006. She has worked in the national security field for thirty years, specializing in counterproliferation and economic tools of statecraft. She has served as a professorial lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University (GWU) since 2004, teaching courses on international security politics, illicit finance, international relations theory, and U.S. foreign policy. Dr. Jermano holds a Doctorate and a Master of Philosophy in political science from the George Washington University, a Master of Public Management in national security policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Illinois.

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