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John Stempel with Family
John D. STEMPEL is Senior Professor of the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce where he was director from 1993-2003. He served as Associate Director 1988-1993, coming to U.K. following a 24-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Focusing on political and economic affairs, he had overseas assignments in Africa, Iran, and India, concluding with three years as U.S. Consul General in Madras, where he quadrupled U.S. commercial collaboration with South India. His Middle East service (1975-79) in Tehran provided much of the material for his book, Inside the Iranian Revolution. His Washington assignments featured duty for both the State and Defense Departments, including a two-year tour as Director of the State Department's Crisis Center. Teaching stints at George Washington and American Universities, plus two years as "Diplomat in Residence" at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations. AB Princeton, MA and PhD, University of California at Berkeley. Married to the former Susan Hodgetts of Lexington with three daughters, Amy, Alix and Jill.

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