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Johns Hopkins SAIS names Sergey Radchenko as new Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has named Sergey Radchenko as its new Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor, effective starting fall 2021. This is an endowed professorship based primarily at SAIS Europe and is part of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS. Radchenko succeeds Christopher Hill, a senior adjunct professor at SAIS Europe, who served as the first Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor from 2017 to 2020.
The professorship was established in 2016 by Wendy and Eric Schmidt in honor of Eric’s father, Wilson E. Schmidt, who taught graduate courses in economics and development at SAIS Bologna Center in the 1960s. The goal of this position is to produce world-class scholarship, engage in cross-disciplinary research, contribute to policy advising, and teach topics connected to the Kissinger Center's mission of historically informed statecraft and strategy. In addition to fulfilling the academic duties associated with the role, Radchenko will also be responsible for strengthening ties between SAIS Europe and the school’s Washington, DC campus. 
Radchenko joins SAIS from his previous position as professor of international politics and director of research at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. He has also served as a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Radchenko has written widely on Soviet/Russian and Chinese foreign policies during the Cold War and published Unwanted Visionaries: The Soviet Failure in Asia at the End of the Cold War (New York: Oxford University Press, January 2014). His forthcoming publication The First Fiddle: a History of the Cold War and After (Cambridge University Press) is expected to be released in 2022.
A native of Sakhalin Island, Russia, Radchenko spent his formative years in Russia and the United States, and pursued undergraduate studies in the U.S., Hong Kong, and London. He completed his studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science with a bachelor’s in international relations in 2001 and a Ph.D. in international history in 2005.

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Monday, July 12, 2021