Alan K. Henrikson

Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History, Director of Diplomatic Studies

  • BA, Rhodes Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford
  • MA, Rhodes Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford
  • AB, Harvard College
  • AM, Danforth Fellow, History, Harvard University
  • PhD, Danforth Fellow, History, Harvard University


Alan K. Henrikson, Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History, is also Director of Diplomatic Studies. He teaches the history of the foreign relations of the United States, U.S.-European relations, political geography, and the theory and practice of diplomacy. During the year 2010-2011 he was Fulbright Schuman Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He previously has taught as Fulbright Professor at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, and at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo. He has been Lloyd I. Miller Visiting Professor of Diplomatic History at the U.S. Department of State, and also a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Recent publications of his include: “FDR and the ‘World-wide Arena,’” in FDR’s World: War, Peace and Legacies; “The Washington Diplomatic Corps,” in The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society; the monograph, What Can Public Diplomacy Achieve?; “Diplomacy’s Possible Futures,” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy; and “Niche Diplomacy in the World Public Arena: The Global ‘Corners’ of Canada and Norway,” in The New Public Diplomacy: Soft Power in International Relations. A graduate of Harvard University (A.B., A.M., PhD) in History, he is also a graduate of the University of Oxford (B.A., M.A.) where he studied Philosophy-Politics and -Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College.

Professional Activities
  • Director of Diplomatic Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Fulbright Schuman Professor of US-EU Relations, College of Europe, Bruges
  • Visiting Professor, European Commission, Brussels
  • Fulbright/Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Relations, Diplomatische Akademie, Vienna
  • Visiting Professor (United Nations Development Programme), China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
  • Visiting Professor, National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo
  • Lloyd I. Miller Visiting Professor of Diplomatic History, US Department of State, Washington, DC

  • The Edward R. Murrow Center

Research Interests
  • American diplomatic history and foreign policy
  • Political geography and cartography
  • The United Nations system
  • Ideas of "new world order"
  • The history, theory, and practice of diplomacy



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