School of Foreign Service appoints World Bank Economist as new dean

This morning, the Office of the President announced that Dr. Joel Hellman will begin as the new dean of the School of Foreign Service starting on July 1.

Hellman’s expertise lies in international conflict, security, and political economy of development, and his professional resume boasts a variety of prestigious organizations and involvement in 50 countries across the world. He most recently served as the Chief Institutional Economist in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank.

“I’ve been in development for 15 years now working on the front lines, and from what I see most is that we are currently facing some crises across the world in which the ideas needed to break through these crises are really what we are lacking,” he says in the video on the University’s homepage. “And Georgetown has the strengths to do that.”

Having worked at the World Bank since 2000, he has served as the Director of Fragility and Conflict as well as the founding head of the Bank’s Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Previous other positions include Manager of the Governance and Public Sector Unit for the South Asia Region, Coordinator of the Bank’s tsunami response in Aceh and North Sumatra, and Lead Governance Specialist for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Before coming to the Bank, Hellmam was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University and in the Department of Political Science at Colombia University. From 1997 to 2000, he also served as the Senior Political Counselor at the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Hellman will be taking over for Dr. James Reardon-Anderson, who has been serving the SFS as Interim Dean since the passing of Dean Carol Lancaster last fall.

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