Professor John McNeill Elected to Prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. John McNeill was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a member of the history subject area. He joins his Georgetown colleagues President John J. DeGioia, Provost Robert Groves, and Professor and former SFS Dean Robert Gallucci, all elected in 2010 to the Academy. McNeill also joins his father, the late William McNeill, who had a long career as a historian at the University of Chicago, in the Academy.

McNeill joined the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service faculty and History Department in 1985. He was granted tenure in 1990, served as the Cinco Hermanos Chair of Environment and International Affairs from 2003-2006 before achieving the rank of University Professor in 2006. McNeill teaches courses in world history, international history, and environmental history, and has published six books focusing on environmental history. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Swarthmore College and both his Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Duke University.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1790, and, as one of the nation’s oldest academic societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, public, and private sectors to address critical global challenges. Membership in the Academy is a prestigious honor offered to some of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide.

“John McNeill has been a Georgetown gem for thirty years. He is one of the world’s leading historians, pushing the boundaries of historical research is so many new directions, especially with his work in environmental history. An inspiring teacher, John has prepared nearly a generation of undergraduate and graduate students to be thoughtful analysts of history and careful writers. All of us at the School are truly excited — but not surprised — about his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It is a honor so well deserved!” said Anthony Clark Arend, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs in the SFS.