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Thomas Ward is Vice President for Internationalization at the University of Bridgeport. He teaches graduate courses in International Conflict and Negotiation and in Political and Economic Integration for the SPIA graduate program in Global Development & Peace and in its graduate program in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies. Ward joined the University of Bridgeport in 1993 and worked closely with former UN General Assembly President Stoyan Ganev in the University’s New England Center for International and Regional Studies for more than five years in developing the academic focus and framework for the School of Public and International Affairs. The University of Bridgeport has a long history of UN involvement and since 2012 has had official NGO status with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). Ward serves as the University of Bridgeport as the University’s main representative for the University with UNDPI and he serves on the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) and is a member of the steering committee of the annual CTAUN conference, which is conducted at United Nations headquarters.
Dr. Ward began his career as a risk analyst for Equibank in Pennsylvania and later worked for the Bank of America in France. He then served as a lecturer and researcher on comparative political systems for over a decade developing briefings and written materials for legislators and for other government officials in the United States and abroad. Ward has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States and has traveled in more than 60 countries. He participated in a Track II diplomatic initiative to North Korea in late 1992 and served as an intermediary in the process that led to Pyongyang’s June 23, 1992 announced suspension of “Anti-American month.”
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ward did his doctoral studies at the Institute of Social Studies of the Catholic Institute of Paris and at De La Salle University in the Philippines. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the potential role that four development models (Western democracy, Marxism-Leninism, Liberation Theology, and Confucian-based Social Theory) could play in the Philippines’ future political economy. His thesis advisor was Brother Andrew Gonzalez who later served as Minister of Education of the Philippines. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi academic honors societies.
Dr. Ward lectures in English, French, and Spanish and has studied several other European and Asian languages. He holds a Diplôme (Hons.) in French Language and Literature (European institutions concentration) as well as a Diplôme Supérieur (D.S.) in French Studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He also holds a professional certification in Juridical French (DFP Juridique) from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris and is a recipient of the French Ministry of National Education’s Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF C2/ Humanities and Social Science Track). Ward has been a visiting scholar in the Peoples Republic of China and a guest lecturer at the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, at De La Salle University in the Philippines and at the Catholic University of La Plata in Argentina. He has served as a Human Rights Commissioner in New York’s Dutchess County, as a member of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s Advisory Committee on International Education Policy, and as a Special Examiner for the Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards.
B.A, University of Notre Dame; M.R.E., M.A., California State University; D.Ed., De la Salle University
“How the Shanghai Reforms transformed the French Educational System” that appeared in the 2013 edition of the Journal of Global Development and Peace. Ward has done pioneer writing and research on the political economy, featured in his book Development, Social Justice, and Civil Society: An Introduction to the Political Economy of NGOs, and its role in human security in his piece “The Political Economy of NGOs and Human Security” featured in the International Journal on World Peace.
Honors and Awards:
Diplomate, French Ministry of National Education/ Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Fulbright Scholarship (France 2013)