Dennis Jett receives Fulbright fellowship to teach, conduct research in Israel

SIA professor and retired U.S. Ambassador Dennis C. Jett Credit: Mary Szmolko

Professor of International Affairs and retired U.S. Ambassador Dennis Jett has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to teach and conduct research in Israel in spring 2016.

Jett will spend his time on the Fulbright grant at Tel Aviv University, teaching a class titled the History of U.S. Foreign Policy. His research will focus on peacekeeping in the Middle East, and build on his first book entitled “Why Peacekeeping Fails.”

“It’s a competitive award so I was honored to receive it,” Jett said. “The great thing about academia is that you have the opportunity for these experiences.”

Jett will continue to teach his annual spring course Colloquium on Current Policy Challenges (INTAF 590) by videoconference in 2016.

Jett joined the Penn State School of International Affairs in 2008 after his career in the U.S. Foreign Service and eight years as the dean of the International Center at the University of Florida. In addition to his time as ambassador in Mozambique and Peru, his experience abroad includes tours in Argentina and Israel, and in Malawi and Liberia as deputy chief of mission. He also served as special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs on the National Security Council at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The Fulbright Scholarship Program was founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.