Andrew C. Hess

Board Member
Director of the Fletcher School's Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Program
8 years

Andrew C. Hess, Ph.D. serves as a Board Director at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies. He is the Director of the Fletcher School's Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Program, and the world's leading authority on the Battle of Lepanto, 1571.

He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from Kent State University, a M.A. in European History from University of Pittsburgh, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He was a scholar at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study. He subsequently taught at American University in Cairo and Temple University.

From 1978 to 1984 he held executive positions with the Arabian American Oil Company in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Fletcher School to take the position of Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the Program for Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization. He also served as Academic Dean of the Fletcher School from 1996 to 1998.

He is the author of The Forgotten Frontier: A History of Sixteenth Century Ibero-African Relations (University of Chicago Press, 1978) and numerous scholarly articles, including "The Arabs and Technology," The World and I, February 1990; "Review Essay: Riding Out the Storm?," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Summer/Fall 1994; "Peace and Political Reform in the Gulf: The Private Sector," Journal of International Affairs, Summer 1995; and "Eurasia and the Geopolitics of Gas," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Winter 2008.


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