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Mark R. Jacobson

Assistant Dean for Washington Programs, Maxwell School of Citzenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University

As Assistant Dean for Washington Programs, Mark R. Jacobson oversees year-round academic programs for Maxwell’s D.C. headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

A scholar-practitioner of foreign policy and national security, Jacobson most recently served as the John J. McCloy Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College and prior to that at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His teaching and research interests include the history of propaganda and political warfare as well as how identity groups have used military service for community validation in the United States.

Jacobson previously served in government in a number of roles as both a civil servant and political appointee, including as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, as the first Deputy NATO Senior Civilian Representative-Afghanistan and as a Presidential Management Intern. Jacobson also worked on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a veteran, having served in both the Army and Navy reserves with mobilizations to Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Jacobson holds degrees from the University of Michigan, King’s College (University of London), and The Ohio State University (from which he earned a PhD in military history).


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    Assistant Dean of the Maxwell School of Citzenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University