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Announcing the Appointment of Gerd Nonneman as Dean of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar

May 25, 2011

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

It is with great pleasure that I announce that, in close consultation with Provost James J. O’Donnell and Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Carol J. Lancaster, I have appointed Gerd Nonneman as Dean of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, effective in September.  Dean Nonneman joins our community following his service as Professor of International Relations & Middle East Politics and Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. 

Dean Nonneman has had a rich and varied career working in both academia and foreign affairs. He has been on the faculty of University of Exeter since 2007, serving as Professor and Director of the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies before his most recent position as Director of the Centre for Gulf Studies.

Prior to his service at the University of Exeter, Dean Nonneman served as Professor of Middle East Politics at Lancaster University, where he also oversaw the University’s M.A. Studies program.  In 2003–2004, Dean Nonneman worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, developing a new curriculum for its Diplomatic College.  He holds Licentiates (Honors) in Development Studies and Oriental Philology from State University of Ghent (Belgium), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Exeter.
I am deeply grateful to Mehran Kamrava for his outstanding service and leadership as Interim Dean of SFS-Q, especially during the School’s transition to a new facility in Doha.  I am pleased that he will continue to be a valued member of the SFS-Q faculty.  I also want to express my sincere appreciation to the search committee, led by David Edelstein, Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service, for its commitment to conducting an inclusive international search and identifying the very finest leader for the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. 
Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dean Nonneman.  I very much look forward to our work together and the dynamic leadership he will bring to School of Foreign Service in Qatar in the years ahead.

You have my very best wishes.


John J. DeGioia

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