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September 27, 2010

CCNY Names International Relations Expert Rajan Menon to Spitzer Chair

 Rajan Menon

Dr. Rajan Menon, an International Relations expert, is the new Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair Professor of Political Science at CCNY.

Dr. Rajan Menon, a widely quoted international relations expert whose affiliations include the Council on Foreign Relations, has been appointed Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York (CCNY).

“Professor Menon is a preeminent figure whose opinion and expertise are highly sought in academia and the media,” said CCNY President Lisa Staiano-Coico in announcing his appointment. “He’s an invaluable addition to our distinguished faculty and we’re thrilled and honored to have acquired a scholar and thinker of his reputation.”

He joins CCNY from Lehigh University, where he was Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Department of International Relations, and had taught previously at Columbia University and Vanderbilt University. 

A regular commentator on global affairs on television and in print media, Professor Menon also serves as a consultant to several U.S. government agencies on a wide range of foreign policy and national security issues. His areas of scholarly interest include: American foreign and national security policy; globalization; terrorism, and security issues in northeast Asia, Russia and other post-Soviet states.

Touting CCNY’s history, diversity and the remarkably motivated students he’s encountered, Professor Menon said he felt privileged to have joined the 163-year-old institution. 

“CCNY has a compelling story to tell,” he remarked. “The College has made an enormous contribution to the development of an intellectual class in the United States and is the alma mater of such great thinkers as Nathan Glazer and Irving Howe.”

Mr. Glazer and Mr. Howe, along with contemporaries Irving Kristol and Daniel Bell, rose to prominence as political and cultural critics in post-World War II America after all four attended CCNY in the 1940s.

Professor Menon has also been a Fellow at the New America Foundation and an Academic Fellow and Senior Advisor at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he played a key role in developing the Corporation’s “Russia Initiative.” In addition, he has served as Director for Eurasia Policy Studies at the Seattle-based National Bureau for Asian Research (NBR) and as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). 

Professor Menon has authored numerous books and penned articles for prominent newspapers and magazines such as the “Los Angeles Times,” “Newsweek,” “Financial Times,” “International Herald Tribune” and “Christian Science Monitor.” He has appeared as a commentator on ABC, BBC, CNN, NPR, PBS, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and Australian Broadcasting Corp.  His latest book, “The End of Alliances,” (Oxford University Press, 2007), was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Title” by the American Library Association. 

Professor Menon was a 2002 – 2003 Carnegie Scholar and has received fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

His other honors include the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching from Vanderbilt University, and the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Award for Distinguished Research and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Lehigh University.He holds a PhD in political science from University of Illinois, an MA in international relations from Lehigh and a BA (Honors) in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, in India.

The Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair is supported by an endowment established in 2005 by Bernard Spitzer, ’43, a prominent New York real estate developer and philanthropist, and his wife, Anne. The Spitzer Chair was first held by the late Dr. Randall C. Forsberg, who died of natural causes in 2007.