Professors of practice

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Our professors of practice are respected leaders in foreign affairs with decades of experience in diplomacy. They spearhead the Weiser Diplomacy Center’s mission to provide practical training in foreign affairs and to engage with the international policy community. They teach courses, mentor students, and chair policy workshops and symposia to help equip the next generation of foreign affairs leaders. They also contribute to ongoing conversations about diplomacy and international affairs, sharing expert analysis in the media, consulting with policymakers, and participating in study missions, dialogues, and boards. They are full members of the Ford School faculty, participating in the school’s governance and helping to shape our curriculum and programs to meet the needs of rising policy professionals.

Ambassador Susan D. Page

Professor of practice in international diplomacy

Ambassador Susan Page

Ambassador Susan D. Page (sdpage@umich.edu), a former diplomat, joined the Ford School faculty, and the Weiser Diplomacy Center in 2020 as a Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy. She also serves as a Professor from Practice at the Law School. Ambassador Page has served the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations in senior roles for decades, across East, Central, and Southern Africa, and in Haiti and Nepal. She was the first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan and served as deputy assistant secretary of State for African Affairs.
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Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky

professor of international policy and practice

Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky

Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky (levitsky@umich.edu), a retired career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, is a professor of international policy and practice at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He also serves a a senior advisor at the Weiser Diplomacy Center. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in the fall of 2006, Ambassador Levitsky taught for eight years as professor of practice in public administration and international relations at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
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Javed Ali

*Associate Professor of Practice, Fall 2021

Javed Ali

Javed Ali will begin his appointment as an associate professor of practice effective in fall 2021. Ali brings more than 20 years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, DC. He held positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Expanding our community

As we continue to grow our team, we have a search underway to hire another professor of practice in international diplomacy. Details of the position are available here, and please feel free to contact us with any questions or to express interest in this opportunity.