- B.A. from Cornell University MA and PhD from the University of Chicago Senior Manager's Certificate from the Kennedy School at Harvard University
Jeff Burnam is an adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and a Senior Manager’s Certificate from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. His teaching and research interests are in climate change leadership, presidential-congressional relations and environmental policy and politics.
As a senior legislative staffer in the House and Senate (1979-2001) he drafted laws on energy, environmental, nuclear and forestry issues, including the Indiana Wilderness Act, the Global Environmental Protection Assistance Act of 1989 (Debt for Nature) and the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998.
From 2001-2007, Dr. Burnam was deputy assistant secretary for environment and senior advisor in the Africa Bureau in the U.S. Department of State, where he helped to create the Congo Basin Forest Partnership. He taught as a visiting professor and also as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University from 1998-2017.