Dr. Jason Ackleson
Ph.D. London School of Economics and Political Science,2001
Co-Director, NMSU Border Security Research Group and Frontier Interdisciplinary Experiences Program
Policy Analyst, Office of Policy and Strategy, Research and Evaluation Division, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Washington, D.C. (On professional leave, 2011-13)
Working and publishing on questions of security, borders and globalization, Dr. Ackleson's current research assesses international governance, immigration policy, and border security. He is active in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Border Security and Immigration, a major university consortium led by the University of Arizona. Within the Center, he worked on a major multi-year research grant that examines new forms of cooperation on border security policy. He also helps manage education and training programs for the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, based at the University of Minnesota.
Publications and Recognition
Dr. Ackleson's publications include numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Political Geography, Geopolitics, and Journal of Borderlands Studies as well as a vareity of book chapters and reports. Researchers have described Dr. Ackleson as a "leading international scholar" of border theory. Policy analysts have cited his work in testimony before Congress. He has appeared in local and international media, including NPR and CNN. From 2009-2010, he served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. In 2002, he was selected "Professor of the Year" by students in the Department of Government. In 2008, he was given the NMSU Early Career Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity. From 2003-2008, Dr. Ackleson served as Associate Dean of the New Mexico State University Honors College. Dr. Ackleson spent several years in the United Kingdom as a Truman and British Marshall scholar.
Dr. Ackleson teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, and political science, in particular in national security, border security, American foreign policy and European politics. His commitment to students extends through both mentoring of federally-supported students studying homeland security as well as his work as faculty advisor for the award-winning NMSU Model United Nations program, a leading student simulation of international politics and diplomacy.