Mark R. Shulman - a biographical sketch

A scholar and experienced program builder, I am currently teaching at several colleges in the New York area and in China.  Prior to returning to teaching, I spent a decade in academic administration most recently as the inaugural Associate Dean for Global Admissions at New York University, overseeing admissions to NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai as well as international admissions to NYU New York.  This exciting work followed nearly a decade as the first Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs & International Affairs at Pace Law School.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools meeting in January 2014. Photo credit Mark Wojcik.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools meeting in January 2014. Photo credit Mark Wojcik.

Immediately prior to joining Pace, I created and ran the Worldwide Security Program at the EastWest Institute in New York and Brussels. This project followed several years of private practice in corporate law at Debevoise & Plimpton, a global firm based in New York. An active member of the New York City Bar, I currently serve on the Executive Committee. In the past, I have chaired the Committee on Asian Affairs, the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, the Council on International Affairs, and the Committee on International Human Rights.

A teacher with almost three decades experience, I am currently teaching Human Rights at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, CUNY, Human Rights and International Law courses at Sarah Lawrence College and a course on the history of television news innovators at Fordham University.  Over the years, I have taught international law at Columbia Law School and Sarah Lawrence College and history/international affairs at Yale University, the U.S. Air War College, and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. I consult on human rights and international affairs projects for the Rockefeller Foundation, and have served as a co-founder and member of the board of Next Generation Nepal and of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation. 


B.A., Yale University - History

M.St., Oxford University - History of the British Empire and Commonwealth

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley - History with Political Science as a second field

J.D., Columbia Law School - Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law, Berger Prize for Excellence in International and Comparative Law. 


I have written widely in the fields of history, law and military and international affairs. My books include: The Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World (1994), Navalism and the Emergence of American Sea Power (1995), An Admiral’s Yarn (1999) and The Imperial Presidency and the Consequences of 9/11 (2007). My scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, American Journal of International Law, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Fordham Law Review, Journal of Military History, and Intelligence and National Security. I have also published essays in newspapers such as the New York Times and the Financial Times as well as to blogs such as Opinio Juris.

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