The JHU Gazette
By Dennis O’Shea
March 27, 2012
Vali R. Nasr, a leading scholar, foreign policy adviser to Democratic and Republican administrations, and commentator on international relations, has been appointed dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Nasr, 51, will join SAIS on July 1. He will be its eighth dean, succeeding Jessica P. Einhorn, who is retiring after a decade in the post.
Nasr has been a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy since 2007. He is a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board. For two years, from 2009 until last year, he also served as special adviser to Richard Holbrooke, who was then the president’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“Vali Nasr is a distinguished scholar and teacher, an adept policy analyst and adviser, a highly regarded public intellectual and an accomplished administrator,” said Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins, who recommended the appointment to the executive committee of the university’s board of trustees.