Compton Visiting Professorship in World Politics in the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs
The Compton Visiting Professorship in World Politics in the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs is one of three Miller Center professorships created by the New York-based Compton Foundation. The professorship was created in 1984 to attract faculty who will participate in Miller Center programs, teach courses and conduct research in a University department. The Compton Visiting Professorship is assigned to scholars who research emerging issues in world affairs such as science and technology, arms control, human rights or environmental and energy problems.
The Miller Center's Compton Visiting Professorship in World Politics was vacant through December of 2016. The Board of Visitors elected Ambassador Eric S. Edelman to the chair beginning in spring of 2017.
Ambassador Edelman is an expert in the areas of foreign affairs, war and terrorism, and American defense and security. He was a career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, undersecretary of defense for policy in the George W. Bush Administration, and Ambassador to Finland and Turkey. His activities for the Miller Center in the spring included: a conversation on national security for the Miller Center's website, participating in a seminar with other Miller Center faculty about his recent publications, presenting on a panel on Donald Trump held in Chattanooga, TN in partnership with Miller & Martin, and participating on a panel discussing Donald Trump's first 100 days in office at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.