Dr. Jonathan Hartlyn, the Kenneth J. Reckford Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is the Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

As Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences, Hartlyn oversees: Aerospace Studies; African, African American and Diaspora Studies; Anthropology; Archaeology; Asian Studies; City and Regional Planning; Economics; Geography; History; Military Science; Naval Science; Political Science; Public Policy; Sociology; the Center for Urban and Regional Studies; and the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense.

He also oversees all of the global programs of the College that are housed together in the FedEx Global Education Center, including: the Office of Study Abroad, African Studies Center, Carolina Asia Center, Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Center for European Studies, Curriculum in Global Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Hartlyn served as Chair of the Department of Political Science for five years. He also served as Associate Director and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies (now the Institute for the Study of the Americas). He has been Director of Graduate Studies and Co-Director of Undergraduate Honors for the Department of Political Science, and he is a past Chair of the Council of Chairs of the College.

Hartlyn is a recognized scholar in the areas of comparative politics of Latin America, especially with relation to questions of democratization, political institutions and state-society relations. He has chaired the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association, and he has also served as a member of the Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association. He received a Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC in 2000.

He received a B.A. with honors from Clark University and both a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.

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