Research/Areas of Interest: -Globalization and the impact of modern technology on Middle Eastern societies -The role of international business in the development of Southwest Asia and Central Asia


  • AM, History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
  • PhD, History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
  • MBA, Kent State University, Kent, United States
  • BS, University of Michigan, United States
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, United States


Andrew C. Hess is Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Programs. He has a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Kent State University, an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an A.M. and PhD in Middle Eastern History from Harvard University. He teaches courses on the modern history and politics of the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Southwest Asia. He has a long record of developing and running, with student assistance, diplomatic and ministerial training programs for numerous Gulf and Central Asian states. His book, The Forgotten Frontier, was translated into Arabic and Turkish editions and the English language version was republished in 2010. In 2008, The Fletcher Forum featured his article on Central Eurasia and the Geopolitics of Gas. Hess has been an officer in the United States Marine Corps, a steel mill foreman, the Assistant Director of the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo, taught Middle Eastern history at Temple University, was appointed to a visiting research position at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, held a management post in Saudi Arabia with the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), and has served as the Academic Dean of The Fletcher School. Professor Hess is renowned for his travels in Central Eurasia where he acquired an interest in the use of Turkish re-curved bow.