Dr. Charles F. Hermann is the Brent Scowcroft Chair in International Policy Studies. He came to Texas A&M University in 1995 to serve as the founding director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. After the School became an independent unit with its own dean (initially Robert Gates), he served as associate dean for academic programs and then as the designer and first director of the Master’s Program in International Affairs when it was created as a separate graduate degree within the Bush School. He continued that assignment until 2013, when he spent a year on professional leave at the Ohio State University.
In addition to administrative responsibilities, Dr. Hermann has been an active scholar and teacher in the fields of foreign policy, national security, group decision making, and simulation and has published widely on each of these topics. In 2012, he edited and contributed to When Things Go Wrong: Foreign Policy Decision Making under Adverse Feedback. In pursuit of his research, he has received a number of grants and contracts from both private and public sources, currently including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.
After receiving his PhD from Northwestern University, he taught at Princeton University until he accepted a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship in 1969 to serve on the National Security Council under Dr. Henry Kissinger. From there, he went to the Ohio State University, where he became director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, a position he held until 1995. (He temporarily left that post from 1988 to 1990 to serve as the acting vice provost for International Affairs at Ohio State.) He has been active in his profession and served as president of the International Studies Association, 1988-89.