Johns Hopkins University has announced a $10 million gift from Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson to create an international studies center.
The Aronson Center for International Studies will work to promote ties between the university's graduate-level Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and the undergraduate international studies program at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in Baltimore The gift also will provide support for two professors who will teach and collaborate with faculty in both schools. The Aronson Distinguished Professor will be a senior scholar whose work is focused on the Middle East, while the Aronson Professor will be an expert in international relations and comparative politics, international economics and social development, and/or conflict resolution. Among other things, the new faculty members will work to develop innovative approaches to the theory and practice of international relations and will oversee funding for undergraduates who want to do research or study abroad, including at SAIS campuses in Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China.
A JHU trustee since 2006, Jeff Aronson is a co-founder and managing principal of Centerbridge Partners, an investment management firm. He graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1980 and earned a law degree at New York University. In addition to chairing the JHU board since 2012, he is a trustee of the NYU School of Law. Shari Aronson is a member of the Washington-Baltimore Program in Social Policy Advisory Board at the Krieger School and a trustee of Lehigh University, the Jewish Museum of New York, and the Sunrise Association. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1980 and earned an MBA from Pace University in 1985.
"Our goal is to build a stronger bridge between two great Johns Hopkins schools," said Jeff Aronson. "At the faculty level, the Aronson Center will bring together a greater variety of experts to collaborate on thorny problems in international studies and make the world a more just and peaceful place. At the student level, the center will provide even greater opportunities for young people to learn from and work with the very best thinkers — and doers —in the field."