Jean Garrison

Jean Garrison is professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wyoming and co-director of the Wallop Civic Engagement Program.

She specializes in American foreign relations, U.S.-China relations, energy security, and civic engagement. Her recent scholarship includes a co-edited book (with co-editors Tanja A Börzel, Thomas Risse, and Stephanie B. Anderson), Polarization and Deep Contestations of the Liberal Script in the United States, which is forthcoming in 2024 with Oxford University Press. In addition, she is the author of three books, Games Advisors Play: Foreign Policy in the Nixon and Carter Administrations, The Making of U.S.-China Policy: Nixon to G.W. Bush, and China and the Energy Equation in Asia, and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of American foreign policy. In 2021-22 she was named the College of Arts and Sciences’ Seibold Professor to advance her work on civic engagement, curriculum in the area of national security, and research on global polarization with partners at Freie Universität Berlin.

Her administrative appointments have included Special Assistant to the Provost for Community Engagement (2022-23) chairing UW’s successful effort to be designated as a Carnegie Community Engaged University. She also led UW’s community engagement initiative from June 2017-August 2020 first as special assistant to the president for engagement and founding director of the Office of Engagement and Outreach and UW’s chief engagement officer. Additional administrative positions have included serving as the founding director of the Center for Global Studies (2014-2019; 2020), former director of the Global and Area Studies Program/International Studies Program, and interim department head for Modern and Classical Languages. She has been a senior fellow with the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) – Transformative Power of Europe at the Freie Universität Berlin, received a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship where she served in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the U.S. State Department, and been a visiting fellow with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in Washington, DC. She holds PhD and MA degrees in political science from the University of South Carolina and BA from the University of Wyoming.