Jackson Named Director of Washington, D.C. Academic Program

Steven I. Jackson has been named director of the new academic program in Washington, D.C. Formerly associate director of Cornell University’s Cornell-in-Washington Program, Jackson brings a wide range of Washington, D.C., experience and contacts to Washington University’s academic program. The academic program is part of an overall University-wide alliance with the Brookings Institution, which also includes faculty exchanges, grant and research opportunities, a lecture series, and an executive education program.

 “With several law students already interning at the Brookings Institution, the new program and Jackson’s involvement will certainly open more doors in Washington for law students,” says Tomea Mersmann, the law school’s associate dean for strategic initiatives and a member of the search committee who recommended Jackson. “The arrangement is benefiting the law school in a number of ways, including expanding its longstanding Congressional & Administrative Law Program to year-round offerings and creating visiting fellowships for faculty. Having a University-wide academic program in such a significant city creates numerous opportunities for internships, research collaboration, and policy studies.”

As program director, Jackson will teach at least one course each semester, supervise and assist with internship placements for students from throughout the University, and supervise management of the new D.C. facilities, located in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building.

Jackson holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. in political science, all from Yale University; an M.Sc. in international relations from London School of Economics; and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Doing Research Right: A Textbook for the Study of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design, Analyzing American Government, and Growth with Fairness: A Program to Rebuild the American Economy. His broad teaching experience includes courses on public policy, foreign policy, and research methods.  T

The search committee for the new program director position was chaired by Kent Syverud, dean of the law school, the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor, and associate vice chancellor for Washington, D.C., Programs. Other members were Professor Andrew Rehfeld (Political Science) and Dean Jeff Cannon (Olin).

By Rachel Wisdom