Jonathan Aloisi

Affiliate Professor
Jon Aloisi


Jonathan Aloisi retired as a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor in 2008. Among his assignments, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Vietnam, Foreign Policy Advisor to the senior U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, and Political Minister Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

During his 25-year career, the State Department assigned Mr. Aloisi to China on four occasions for a total of twelve years. He worked in Washington on U.S.-Southeast Asian relations as acting director of the State Department’s Office of Philippine, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Affairs and earlier as the Malaysia Desk Officer. He began his career as a reporting officer in Mexico. Mr. Aloisi speaks Mandarin Chinese at an advanced level. He also studied Vietnamese and Spanish and used them extensively in his diplomatic work.

In addition to his work with JSIS, Mr. Aloisi has lectured on international relations and environmental issues at a number of Chinese universities and institutions and worked with indigenous Chinese environmental NGOs. He first taught his simulation class on multilateral negotiations for the JSIS in 2010.


  • National War College, M.A., National Security Studies, 1998
  • University of Michigan, M.A., Anthropology, 1982
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Economic, 1978