Phil Lyon

Managing Director - Ellison Center
Philip Lyon


Philip Lyon, Ph.D.

Phil Lyon is the Managing Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He comes to the Ellison Center from Al Jazeera, where he was a Project Management Coordinator in New York City and Washington, DC. In addition to his managerial duties, Phil teaches classes at the Jackson School of International Studies on professional development and thesis writing.

Phil completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Maryland and earned his M.A. in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as well as an M.A. in History from the University of Washington. He was a Fulbright Fellow and a Boren Fellow in Croatia, where he was a visiting scholar at the Croatian Institute for History. He holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, where he majored in history and focused on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Phil recently served as Co-Chair of the Fulbright Association’s National Chapter Advisory Board, having previously served as the President of the Fulbright Association’s Washington, DC Board of Directors and having also been a Fulbright Association Board Member in New York City. Previously, he also served as Board President of the Boren Forum, the alumni association for the National Security Education Program’s Boren Fellowships and Scholarships.

In addition to his work in international education and media, Phil has worked on elections and civil society promotion with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kosovo, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Phil is an avid cyclist and served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) from 2010 to early 2015. Sometimes known as Dr. Phil, he is a native of Washington, DC and a proud Seattleite.