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Pekkanen, Saadia

Associate Director, Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
437 Thomson Hall, University of Washington

Research Interests: 

Science and Technology, International Relations, Foreign Policy, Peace, Violence, and Security (PVS), National Security, Research Methods

  • B.A., Richmond University, London, England
  • M.I.A., Columbia University (International and Public Affairs)
  • Ph.D., Harvard University (Political Science)
  • M.S.L., Yale Law School (Law)


  • JSIS 594: International and Area Studies
  • JSIS 598: Peace, Violence, and Security Seminar
  • JSIS A 437: International Relations of Japan
  • JSIS A 548: National Security of Japan
  • JSIS B 370: Privacy
  • LAW E 549: International Investment Law and Practice

Saadia Pekkanen is the founding Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program and the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law where she also teaches courses. Her areas of research interest include international political economy, international law, space security and policy, and the international relations of Japan/Asia.