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Dean of the College of Public and International Affairs
University of Bridgeport

Areas of Expertise
Civil Society, Globalization, Human Security, International Development, International Non-Governmental Organizations, Peace and Security, Regional Specialization, United Nations

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean

Background
Thomas Ward is Dean of the College of Public and International Affairs (CPIA) and Vice President for Internationalization at the University of Bridgeport. He teaches graduate courses in International Conflict and Negotiation and in Political and Economic Integration for the CPIA graduate program in Global Development & Peace and in its graduate program in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies. Ward joined the University of Bridgeport in 1993 and worked closely with former UN General Assembly President Stoyan Ganev in the University’s New England Center for International and Regional Studies for more than five years to develop the academic focus and framework for the College of Public and International Affairs. Ward began his career as a risk analyst for Equibank in Pennsylvania and later worked for the Bank of America in France. He then served as a lecturer and researcher on comparative political systems for over a decade developing briefings and written materials for legislators and for other government officials in the United States and abroad. Ward has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States and has traveled in more than 70 countries. He participated in a Track II diplomatic initiative to North Korea in late 1992 and served as an intermediary in the process that led to Pyongyang’s June 23, 1992 announced suspension of “Anti-American month.”

A graduate with high honors of the University of Notre Dame, Ward did his doctoral studies at the Institute of Social Studies of the Catholic Institute of Paris and at De La Salle University in the Philippines where he compared four models of socioeconomic development and their approaches to education. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi academic honors societies. Dr. Ward lectures in English, French, and Spanish and has studied several other European and Asian languages. He holds the Diplôme Supérieur (D.S.) in French Studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Ward has been invited as a visiting scholar to the Peoples Republic of China and with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Academia Sinica in Taipei. He has served as a Human Rights Commissioner in New York’s Dutchess County, as a member of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s Advisory Committee on International Education Policy, and as a Special Examiner for the Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards. In 2013 Ward was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to participate in the first International Education Administrator (IEA) program ever held in France. This led to his article on “How the Shanghai Reforms transformed the French Educational System” that appeared in the 2013 edition of the Journal of Global Development and Peace. Ward has done pioneer writing and research on the political economy, featured in his book NGOs in Development, Social Justice, and Civil Society: An Introduction to the Political Economy of NGOs, and its role in human security in his piece “The Political Economy of NGOs and Human Security” featured in the International Journal on World Peace and he has also conducted research and has also written on the ongoing Comfort Women Controversy, which has led to a deep divide in the bilateral relations between Japan and Korea. An article that he co-authored on this topic “The Comfort Women Controversy: Not Over Yet” appeared in the December 2016 issue of East Asia http://rdcu.be/mF9V.