Thomas W. Simons, Jr. - Visiting Scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Department of Government

CGIS South Bldg., S321

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


Thomas W. Simons, Jr., holds an A.M. and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard and is the author of four books and dozens of articles on Central and East European history and on East-West relations and the Subcontinent. His latest book is Eurasia’s New Frontiers: Young States, Old Societies, Open Futures (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008). As a career foreign service officer (1963–1998), he specialized in East-West relations; in the 1990s he was U.S. ambassador to Poland, coordinator of U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (which took him to 12 of the 15 new Eurasian republics, many of them more than once), and U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. From 1998 to 2002 he taught international and modern Islamic history at Stanford. Subsequently he led the Program on Eurasia in Transition at the Davis Center. He teaches courses on the region in Harvard’s Government Department, including a seminar on “Islam in Central and South Asia: Comparative Hegemonies and Liberations.”

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