John Robert McNeill - Biography#

John R. McNeill was born in Chicago (IL, USA) in 1954. After receiving his Bachelor’s from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore (PA, USA) and spending a year teaching Geography and Economics in Athens (Greece), he completed his Master’s in History at Duke University in Durham (NC, USA). He earned his PhD at the same university in 1981 for his study of the relationship between the French and Spanish empires and their Atlantic colonies in the 18th century.

McNeill became a member of the History faculty at Georgetown University in Washington DC (USA) in 1985. Since 1985, he has also taught at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, a centre for research and teaching on global affairs.

He became a professor at Georgetown University in 1993. He holds a primary appointment as Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a secondary appointment as Professor, College - Department of History at Georgetown University.

He has held various visiting appointments:
  • 2020 Sciences Po (Paris)
  • 2019 University of Bologna, Istituto di Studi Avanzati
  • 2015 University of Oslo
  • 2010 Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)
  • 2000 University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
  • 1992 - 1993 University of Otago (New Zealand)

He also held a Honorary Appointment: 2018-2020 Peking University (University of Beijing) Guest Professorship

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