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Joshua Walker

Professor, The American Presidency


Dr. Joshua Walker teaches in The American Presidency course for Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP), cosponsored by TFAS and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Washington, D.C.

Walker is vice president of global programs at APCO Worldwide and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Prior to the private sector, Walker served in a variety of roles and levels as a senior advisor to the U.S. government. He served at the U.S. Department of State in Secretary Kerry’s office of the chief economist, and previously served in Secretary Clinton’s Global Partnership Initiative as the senior adviser on the Middle East and North Africa. He has also worked for the U.S. Embassy Ankara, the Turkey Desk of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department and for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Before his government service, Walker was an academic and think-tanker, bridging the theoretical and policy worlds since his earliest days of growing up in Japan and pursuing a Fulbright Fellowship in Turkey.

Walker serves in a variety of community leadership positions including international boards of civil society and nonprofit organizations that promote values closely aligned to his own. He earned his Ph.D. in politics and public policy with a specialization in international relations and security studies at Princeton University. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and speaks both Japanese and Turkish fluently.