Philip Wall

Affiliate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies


Philip Wall is an Affiliate Professor of International Studies in the Jackson School and a former Senior Foreign Service Officer. Over the course of his 26-year career with the U.S. Department of State, he served in Washington, DC, and overseas in China, Taiwan, Pakistan, France, New Zealand, and the Bahamas. He was also a foreign affairs advisor to the Mayor of San Francisco.

Mr. Wall’s diplomatic experience covered issued as varied as human rights in Taiwan, trade relations with China, World Bank development goals, and the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. As a negotiator, he helped remove trade barriers to US agricultural products, create new regional trade agreements, set development priorities in the Asian-Pacific Economic (APEC) forum, and shape the policy research agenda at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). And as a senior diplomat, he directed staff and resources, and shaped foreign policy goals, in several State Department units and as the senior career officer at overseas missions.

Mr. Wall was educated at the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a BA in History, and at the University of Washington, where he received an MA in East Asian Studies and an MBA in Finance. He was awarded several State Department meritorious and superior honor awards for his performance, and he received the Secretary’s Career Achievement Award for outstanding leadership. During his career, he earned professional-level ratings in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese and French.


  • University of Washington, M.A. in East Asian Studies (China),
  • University of Washington, M.B.A. in Finance,