Welcome!

I’m the William Preston Few Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University. I also hold Fellow positions at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Chicago Council on Global Affairs. I’ve been the longtime Co-Director and now Senior Advisor for the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy engagement among academics.

My work focuses on American foreign policy and contemporary international affairs. My latest book, Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2022), bridges the academic and policy worlds, addressing both scholarly debates and policy challenges. I’ve also been writing on a range of other pressing foreign policy issues in journals, blogs, op-eds and other forums. In all my work I strive to blend what I’ve learned from the experience of having served in a number of foreign policy positions with the perspective and training of being a professor.

I still reflect on the impact some of my professors have had on me. Teaching and mentoring continue to be real privileges.

Most Recent Media:

One-on-one with former President Donald Trump

Spectrum News 1: Capital Tonight
Dr. Jentleson joins Capital Tonight’s host to counter statements made by the former President.

For more events:

Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know

Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know
Oxford University Press (September 2022)

Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, speaking to an unpictured crowd

“American Consensus on Ukraine Has Fractured” Foreign Policy
(March 29, 2023)

Black Serif text indicating "Bruce W. Jentleson," and the title of the article, "Beyond the Rhetoric: A Globally Credible US Role for a 'Rules-Based Order'"

“Beyond the Rhetoric: A Globally Credible US Role for a ‘Rules-Based Order'”
The Washington Quarterly (Fall 2023)

Bridging the Gap Project

I’ve been the longtime Co-Director and now Senior Advisor for the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy engagement among academics. Along with Jim Goldgeier and Steve Weber, I also serve as co-editor of the Oxford University Press Bridging the Gap book series. For more on Bridging the Gap: