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Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professorship

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Established in 2016 by Wendy and Eric Schmidt in honor of Eric’s father, Wilson E. Schmidt

ERIC SCHMIDT, former executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (formerly Google Inc.) has strong ties to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and to Bologna. His father Wilson Emerson Schmidt (pictured left) taught graduate courses in Economics and Development at the SAIS Bologna Center in the ’60s.

Upon the launch of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Eric and his wife WENDY established the Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professorship to support a senior faculty member at SAIS Europe in Bologna who will collaborate with other Kissinger Center faculty members.


Held by Sergey Radchenko

Before his SAIS appointment, SERGEY RADCHENKO was a professor of international relations, Cardiff University. Radchenko has an international reputation for research on the history of the Cold War. He has written on Sino-Soviet relations, on Soviet and Chinese foreign policies, on atomic diplomacy, and on Cold War crises. In addition, he has published work on North Korea and Mongolia and continues to have interests the international politics of East and Central Asia and in contemporary Sino-Russian relations, Russian foreign policy, and Russia-NATO relations. He has served as a Global Fellow and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre (in Washington D.C.), and as the Zi Jiang Distinguished Professor at East China Normal University (Shanghai). Currently his research interests center around the global history of the Cold War. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, National Interest, The Moscow Times, and other national and international media.