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Kurt Jefferson

Kurt Jefferson

Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives and Director, Churchill Institute for Global Engagement/Professor of Transnational and International Studies
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Current Position
Dr. Jefferson has served at Westminster College since 1993. He is the Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives and the Director of the Churchill Institute for Global Engagement. He is also professor and chair of the Transnational and International Studies. He teaches courses in European politics, international politics, and transnational and international studies. In his current role, he has connected the college to institutions and governments in China, France, Jordan, Mongolia, South Africa, and Turkey.

Education and Experience
Dr. Jefferson has served as chair of the political science department (most recently in 2008-10) and chair of the social sciences division (2004-07). Dr. Jefferson earned MA and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a BA (magna cum laude) in political science from Western Illinois University.
Scholarly/Professional Highlights
He has authored two books, Christianity's Impact on World Politics (2002) and Celtic Politics: Politics in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (2011), numerous scholarly articles, and commentary pieces on a range of topics including European political parties, Russian politics, and Middle Eastern affairs. Dr. Jefferson has served as a visiting lecturer and professor of global business and politics at ICN Graduate Business School in Nancy, France in 2008 and 2010 where he taught graduate students on American democracy, globalization, civil society, political culture, and United States-Russian relations.

Personal Information
Dr. Jefferson is a native of Macomb, Illinois and is a direct descendant of Field Jefferson, the uncle of the third President of the United States (1801-09), Thomas Jefferson. He is married and has three daughters and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys sports (watching baseball and soccer and playing golf), reading, and music.
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