Dr. Jackson Janes is Executive Director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He has been engaged in German-American and European affairs for more than three decades.
Dr. Janes is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Bundestag Intern Network (ABIN) in Washington D.C. and on the Advisory Board of the Allied Museum in Berlin.
Dr. Janes joined the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in 1989 where he was Deputy Director until his appointment as Executive Director in 1994.
In 1985 Dr. Janes was invited to carry out a nation-wide survey on the status of German Studies in American colleges and universities. His findings were published by the German Marshall Fund in 1986 under the title “Mixed Messages: The Study of Contemporary Germany in the United States.”
Between 1980 and 1985, Dr. Janes served as Director of the European Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to this he was Director of the German-American Institute in Tübingen since 1977.
Dr. Janes has lectured throughout Germany and the United States and has published articles and op-ed pieces on topics dealing with Germany, German-American relations and transatlantic affairs. In addition to regular commentary given to German and American news radio, he has appeared on CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, CBC and on German television.
Following his studies in Germany in 1967-68 at the University of Freiburg, Dr. Janes went on to teach American Studies at the University in Giessen (1971-74).
Dr. Janes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Colgate University (1969), a Master of Arts from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago (1971), and a Doctorate in International Relations from the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California (1981).