Feigenbaum, an expert on China and India, has served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia and a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific.
“[Feigenbaum’s] expertise in Asian geopolitics will no doubt be valuable to our scholarship here,” said Douglas Paal, vice president for studies, in a statement. “We are eager to learn from Evan’s extensive experience in prominent senior-level State Department and academic posts, and sensitive inter-government negotiations.”
Feigenbaum will remain in Chicago, where he is executive director of the Paulson Institute, an independent center created in June 2011 by former Treasury secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson, and is located at the University of Chicago.
From 2001 to 2009, he served at the U.S. State Department as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia (2007–2009), deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia (2006–2007), member of the policy planning staff (2001–2006) and as an adviser on China to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick.