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Jackson Institute to Welcome Blue Fellows

Neal Blue '57

James Levinsohn sets a high standard for teaching in global affairs at Yale. The key, he says, is to assemble extraordinary talent—both students and professors—in a setting that promotes rigorous theory, practice, and mentorships.

Levinsohn is the Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs and director of the Jackson Institute, home to Yale’s master’s program and undergraduate major in global affairs. Since 2009, he has built an outstanding community of permanent faculty, senior fellows (expert practitioners who teach on a term basis), and students from around the world.

To advance this work, Neal Blue ’57, chairman and CEO of General Atomics, has established a director’s fund at the Jackson Institute. Levinsohn will use the fund to provide fellowships for master’s students—to be known as Blue Fellows—and to recruit senior fellows as classroom instructors.

“Jim has elevated Yale’s reputation as a center for global affairs, emphasizing international competition and expanding the spectrum of available opportunities,” Blue said. “Expanded international engagement leads to global stability.”

A magnet for top scholars

Levinsohn is grateful for the funding. “Take our master’s program,” he said. “We look for students with a proven record of service. Fellowships, which cover tuition and a stipend, can make our program affordable to people with diverse backgrounds; they help us compete for the very best.”

Tim Sullivan, a 2007 graduate of Boston College, is a master’s candidate who came to global affairs via Afghanistan, where he served as an advisor to an anti-corruption task force.

“In Kabul, I became interested in supporting institutions and entrepreneurs in conflict-torn nations like Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “The Jackson Institute is an ideal place to study these questions, while pursuing a joint degree in the School of Management.”

“People like Tim distinguish our program and hold great promise for the future,” Levinsohn said. “As we recruit the next cohort of students, fellowships can help us bring more like him to Yale.”

(April 29, 2014)