A Message from Dean Hari Osofsky

Dear Members of the Penn State School of International Affairs Community and Penn State Law Community,

I am delighted to begin today as the dean of the Penn State School of International Affairs and Penn State Law. I am excited for the future that we will all build together in the coming years. 

I am so grateful to all of you for your welcome and support this spring.  I would like to thank Vice Admiral Houck in particular for his enormous service to these schools and the gracious and generous way he has assisted me in this transition.  His leadership over these past four years has helped both schools grow and develop in important ways and form new partnerships across Penn State. His critical work has created the foundation upon which we will take our next steps forward together.

As I have said to you all repeatedly this spring, I truly believe that these are the highest potential law school and school of international affairs in the country.  We are at a moment of profound social change, in which technology, globalization, and the need for cross-cutting knowledge are transforming both law and international affairs.  As professional schools within a leading research university, we have the capacity to develop our already excellent programs in innovative ways to prepare our students to excel and contribute.

I very much look forward to collaborating with all of you. We Are!


Hari Osofsky
Dean, Penn State School of International Affairs and Penn State Law
Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of International Affairs
Professor of Geography