University Distinguished Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, is the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at the JFK School of Government, Harvard. Nye has been on the faculty at Harvard since 1964, during which time he also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Assistant Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. Nye served as Dean of the Kennedy School from 1995 through 2004.
Nye is probably best known for his theoretical concept of soft power. His seminal book, Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, was published by Public Affairs Press in March 2004. Some of his other publications are Understanding International Conflicts , 4th edition (2002), The Paradox of American Power (2002), and an edited volume, For the People: Can We Fix Public Service? (2003). Nye received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.