Shifrinson Named Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow

May 06, 2015

Josh Shifrinson

Dr. Joshua Shifrinson, assistant professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, has been named a US Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.  As a Fellow, Shifrinson will spend up to one year in residence at Dartmouth focusing on international issues related to the Dickey Center’s research emphases, which include the environment, health, human development, gender, and security. He is one of only eight scholars in the US and Europe selected for the prestigious fellowship.

The Dickey Center for International Understanding was established in 1982 and is dedicated to the memory and values of John Sloan Dickey (1907-1991), who served as Dartmouth’s president from 1945 to 1970.

Shifrinson earned his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he focused on international relations and security studies. A summa cum laude undergraduate from Brandeis University, his research interests include grand strategy, power transitions, military operations, energy security, and diplomatic history. His research has been published in journals such as International Security and the Journal of Political and Military Sociology as well as by think tanks and research organizations. At the Bush School, Dr. Shifrinson teaches courses on American foreign policy, energy security, and security and strategic studies.

The Fellows program is aimed at recent PhD recipients. While in residence, Fellows meet regularly with a faculty mentor who provides professional advice for career building; participate in an undergraduate course with other Fellows; continue their research; build networks with other Fellows, Dartmouth faculty, and other policy professionals; and contribute to the intellectual life of the College.

The program also seeks to help bridge the gap between academic work on US foreign policy and international security and the broader world of policy development and review. Fellows will learn effective strategies for connecting to the media regarding their research activities as well as for publishing books and articles.

A key element of the Fellows program is establishing and maintaining contacts with policy experts in Washington, DC, and internationally. Fellows also have meetings with visitors to the Dickey Center.  In recent years, visitors have included individuals such as Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state; Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA; Mara Rudman, former deputy national security advisor; General Carter Ham, former commander of US Africa Command; and Bruce Riedel, senior advisor to four US presidents on the Middle East and South Asia.

Bush School Dean Ryan Crocker noted that Shifrinson’s selection honors his outstanding scholarship as well as his potential for future contributions to policy development.

“Being named a Fellow by the Dickey Center confirms Dr. Shifrinson’s growing reputation as a young scholar who has already made considerable contributions to the study of international relations and security,” said Crocker. “I’m pleased that he has received this prestigious fellowship and am confident it will enhance both his teaching and research here at the Bush School.”


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