Beyond the Academy: Public Policy Careers for Asianists

(Special Roundtable Discussion)

Friday, March 23, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall South, Mezzanine

Despite the context of drastic funding cuts where U.S. resources for education and cultural exchanges are affecting America’s knowledge of and interest in Asian studies, Asia continues to attract a large number of students every year. Yet the pursuit of an academic career in the field of Asian studies is becoming more challenging as the demand for teaching jobs far exceeds the number of tenure-track positions available. As a result, an increasing number of students are considering career options outside academia. This 2018 “Beyond the Academy” roundtable brings together five professionals in the field of public policy in Washington, D.C. to provide students and recent graduates with practical advice on how their academic training prepared them for their career in the US Department of State Foreign Service, think tanks, and non-for-profit sector. Drawing on their personal experience, the panelists will discuss which skills they find are best suited for non-academic jobs, how to best approach a career outside the academy, and how to capitalize on the training, skills, and knowledge gained in the course of post-graduate studies.

Roundtable Participants:
Stacy Hartman (Moderator), Project Coordinator, Modern Language Association; Tim Marshall, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Department of State, Fulbright East Asia and Pacific; Apichai Shipper, Associate Professor, Georgetown University; Sameer Lalwani, Senior Associate and Co-Director of the South Program, Stimson Center; Mary Ellen Lane, Executive Director Emerita, Council of American Overseas Research Centers


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