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Senior Lecturer

William Jennings

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Will Jennings is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tennessee where he has received teaching awards from the Political Science Department, Panhellenic Council, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee  As an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will majored in Political Science and minored in History, taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad in Greece and Southern Africa.  Will received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina after conducting interviews with top decision makers at Central Banks, Treasury Departments, and Intergovernmental Organizations in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique on the potential for deeper monetary integration and currency union in Southern Africa.

After being hired at the University of Tennessee in 2003, Will has taught courses on African Politics, South Asian Politics, Political Change in the Global South, Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to International Relations, the department’s Honors Seminar on Globalization, a Howard Baker Center for Public Policy Seminar on “Envisioning Africa’s Future”, and Popular Culture and American Politics.  He is currently involved in the expanding mission of UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, where he serves as a Faculty Associate.

Will served as a leader on a Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church relief trip to Southern Sudan in 2007, only nine months after visiting Tanzania to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.  In 2012, Will was an Antiterrorism Academic Fellow in Israel and Palestine where he got the opportunity to interview failed suicide bombers, meet with government officials, and observe military exercises. Will’s teaching is infused with stories about his travels to more than sixty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe.