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Patrick Mendis serves as the vice president of academic affairs at the Osgood Center for International Studies and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He also teaches in the Graduate Program in Diplomacy at Norwich University. Before returning to academia, Dr. Mendis served as an American diplomat at the U.S. Department of State where he chaired a number of U.S. interagency working groups, managed the Department’s international educational and cultural programs, advised the U.S. Delegations to the United Nations, and served as vice chair of the Secretary’s Open Forum. After his diplomatic assignment, for which he earned the Department’s Meritorious Honor Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award, Mendis served as a consultant and economist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Center for Global Security Research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also lectured at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and graduated from a NASA leadership program at the Federal Executive Institute. Dr. Mendis was a visiting professor of economics and public policy at the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program and authored a book, Glocalization: The Human Side of Globalization as If the Washington Consensus Mattered, exploring globalization in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. A fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Mendis served as a board member of the USDA Graduate School, an appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
He earned his PhD in geography and applied economics from the University of Minnesota, MA in international development and foreign affairs from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and BS in business administration and economics from Sri Lanka. An alumnus of the Harvard Executive Leadership Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Mendis completed his postdoctoral research, as a Coolidge Fellow, at Columbia University and taught at Yale University’s Center for International and Studies. The first recipient of the University of Maryland’s Stanley Drazek Teaching Excellence Award and the University Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey Award for Outstanding Leadership, Dr. Mendis was honored with a wide range of other awards, including the Harold Stassen Award for UN Affairs and a Certificate of Honorary Citizenship from the Governor of Minnesota.