Sophal Ear, Ph.D. joined the Department of National Security Affairs of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School as an Assistant Professor in June 2007. In 2008, he was selected as a TED2009 Fellow for the 25th Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference, now held in Long Beach, California. In 2006-07, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, specializing in policy and administration in developing countries.
He has a decade’s experience in development consulting in post-conflict countries and specializes on Southeast Asia. His research has covered such varied topics as social protection, governance, and the livestock sector as it related to Bird Flu. He is working on the institutional arrangements needed to improve effective surveillance of emerging infectious diseases before they jump from animals to humans. In 2002-03, he was in charge of Democratic Governance as an Assistant Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor, and prior to that consulted for the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank on the Middle East and North Africa (Algeria, and West Bank and Gaza).
Prof. Ear received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006, and has three master’s degrees: a Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics, a Master of Arts in Political Science (both from UC Berkeley) and a Master in Public Affairs in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University. He has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, living in the region for several years. He speaks French, Khmer, Vietnamese, and Spanish. He moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.
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