Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and International Relations and Security Chair, Master of Science in Foreign Service
Mark P. Lagon is International Relations and Security Chair in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program. He teaches courses on Ethics and Decision-Making, and the UN and Global Institutions. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Lagon serves on the Boards of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking, which he helped found, and the Council for a Community of Democracies. Lagon was previously Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris Project, which operates the U.S. Government's national anti-trafficking hotline (1-888-3737-888). With rank of Ambassador, Lagon directed the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) at the U.S. Department of State, 2007-2009. Previously, Lagon served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary, where he had lead responsibility for United Nations-related human rights and humanitarian issues, UN reform, and outreach. Lagon served as a member of Secretary of State Colin Powell's Policy Planning Staff, where he focused on UN, democracy and human rights (2002-2004). From 1999 to 2002, he was on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with responsibility including the United Nations and human rights. He is author of the book The Reagan Doctrine, and co-editor with Anthony Clark Arend of the forthcoming volume, Human Dignity and The Future of International Institutions.