Office of the Provost


February 28, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. John T. S. Keeler has accepted my offer to become the Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, effective July 1, 2007. Widely recognized for his scholarship in European politics, comparative public policy, and transatlantic relations, Dr. Keeler is currently Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for West European Studies and European Union Center, and Chair of the Division of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the elected chair of the European Union Studies Association, the premier scholarly and professional association focusing on the European Union.

Dr. Keeler earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern California and his masters and doctoral degrees in political science from Harvard University. He has published broadly, with notable publications including Defending Europe: NATO and the Quest for European Autonomy, Chirac's Challenge: Liberalization, Europeanization and Malaise in France, Agricultural Policy (2 volumes), The Politics of Neocorporatism in France: Farmers, the State and Agricultural Policy-making in the Fifth Republic, Réformer: Les Conditions du Changement Politique and articles in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics and French Politics and Society. He is currently working on a book that examines terrorism and transatlantic relations.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Comparative European Politics and French Politics. He has been a research associate or visiting professor at Nuffield College (Oxford), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Paris), the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the London School of Economics and the University of Tübingen. He has also served as a USAID Consultant to the Supreme Rada of Ukraine. He has received the American Political Science Association's Gabriel A. Almond Award, the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award, and awards from three different French ministries, including the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the French Ministry of Higher Education.

I have great confidence that Dr. Keeler will provide the academic and administrative leadership and judgment needed to make our GSPIA programs as strong as they can possibly become. He shares our vision of strengthening our research and scholarship base and preparing students to succeed in and contribute to a global, multicultural environment. He is known for his strengths in leadership, marked by openness to discussion and a systematic approach to identifying solutions; program development; and fundraising, and possesses the energy and integrity needed to develop the School's priorities.

I look forward to working with Dr. Keeler. His efforts as Dean will assist the University in reaching its aspiration of having an even stronger Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


James V. Maher

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