Civility and Governance

Civility and Governance
Oct 30, 2017
Jim Leach
Civility and Governance

JIM LEACH (BIO)

 

Jim Leach served as the 9th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities before accepting an appointment as the inaugural University of Iowa Chair in Public Affairs and Visiting Professor of Law in the College of Law. On January 1, 2017 he also accepted responsibility for directing the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Prior to heading the NEH, Leach was a Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and Interim Director of the Institute of Politics and Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. Leach’s brief stint in academia was preceded by 30 years of service as a representative in Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Leach graduated with honors from Princeton, received an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins, and did additional graduate studies at the London School of Economics. He holds fifteen honorary degrees and has received decorations from two foreign governments.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and formerly served as president of the largest international association of legislators (Parliamentarians for Global Action).