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Jeremi Suri

jeremi@jeremisuri.net

Phone: (512) 232-3989
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box Y
Austin, TX 78713-8925

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Education: PhD, Yale University; MA, Ohio University; BA, Stanford University

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I am a child of the global transformations that re-made societies in the last century–war, migration, nation-building, and mobility through higher education.  All of my research, writing, and teaching seeks to explain these transformations–their diverse origins, their contradictory contours, and their long-lasting effects.  My scholarship is therefore an extended inquiry into the workings of power at local and international levels, and the interactions across these levels. Like other historians, I treat power as contingent, context-dependent, and often quite elusive. Like practitioners of politics, I view power as  essential for any meaningful achievement, especially in the realms of social justice and democratization.

My hope is that my work will reach a broad and diverse audience of citizens. Scholarship cannot substitute for real-lived experience, but I believe it can enhance our contemporary understanding of the choices we confront in the allocation of our resources, the structuring of our communities, and the judgment of merit. In this framework, international, transnational, and global history should contribute to better thinking about current international, transnational, and global problems.  I am a proponent of historical and political studies that are broad, compelling, creative, and, ultimately, useful. We should research with Monkish rigor, as we write (and lecture) with novelistic flair.

 

Credit: Jessica Lin, University of Texas at Austin

Artist: Jessica Lin, University of Texas at Austin

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Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs.

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