Duke Public Policy Professor Named U.S. State Department Advisor

DURHAM, N.C. -- Bruce Jentleson, a professor of public policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, was sworn in last week as Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. Jentleson has written extensively on American foreign policy and previously served in the Clinton-Gore administration.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve,” Jentleson said. “President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are providing crucial leadership at a critical time for the United States and the world.”

Jentleson will be consulting on a range of foreign policy issues, including the Middle East, with Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter, former dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He’ll be working several days a week in Washington, while continuing active teaching and advising at Duke.

“Bruce Jentleson literally wrote the textbook on U.S. foreign policy, and his highly respected powers of observation and analysis have been demonstrated in previous administrations,” Slaughter said. “His perspective adds an important scholarly dimension to our work. I am pleased to have him on board.”

Duke President Richard Brodhead said advisory roles such as Jentleson’s can enhance the classroom experience for Duke students, while also bringing academic expertise to political issues.

“Knowing that your professor is engaged in current affairs adds immediacy and relevance to teaching,” Brodhead said. “It also demonstrates Duke’s commitment to putting knowledge in the service of society.”.

Jentleson joined the Duke faculty in 2000 and served as director of the Sanford Institute of Public Policy through 2005. He is the author of American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, a widely adopted college textbook, and numerous articles on foreign policy, security studies and international relations.

In 1993-94 he was on the State Department Policy Planning Staff as Special Assistant to the Director. He also has held research appointments at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institution, Oxford University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Spain.