Thomas W. Simons Jr.
AM ’59, PhD ’63; Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Educated at Yale and Harvard, Thomas W. Simons Jr. is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. During a 35-year U.S. Foreign Service career, he specialized in East-West relations, serving in Poland, the USSR, Romania and Washington. During the 1990s Simons was U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. He is the author of dozens of articles on Central and East European history and politics, and four books, including his most recent, Eurasia’s New Frontiers: Young States, Old Societies, Open Futures.