Saadia Pekkanen

Professor, Associate Director - Jackson School of International Studies Founding Director, JSIS Ph.D. Program


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Saadia Pekkanen is the founding Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program and the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law where she also teaches courses. Her areas of research interest include international political economy, international law, space security and policy, and the international relations of Japan/Asia.


  • Yale Law School, Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.), 2004
  • Harvard University, Department of Government, Ph.D. in Political Science, 1996
  • University of Michigan, Summer Training Program, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Diploma in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, 1995
  • Inter-University Center for Japanese Language (IUC), Diploma in Japanese, Tokyo, Japan, 1993
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Masters in International Affairs (M.I.A.), 1988
  • Richmond University, B.A. (Honors), London, England, 1986

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