Keynote Speaker

Join the PHUNC Secretariat in welcoming Professor Joseph M. DeThomas to Opening Ceremonies! 

Professor DeThomas spent 29 years as a member of the Foreign Service and 32 years in the U.S. State Department. He served in Austria, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, and Mexico, and was the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia from 2001-2004.

In Washington, he has held a variety of positions, particularly ones that involved proliferation sensitive countries such as India, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Pakistan. Notably, he served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for non-proliferation from 1999-2001.

DeThomas has also received Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards for non-proliferation innovations, humanitarian contributions, and management and a group award for valor for service in Tehran, Iran. He was also a faculty member of the National War College from 2004-2006. In 2006, he retired from the government and directed international science engagement programs at CRDF Global. From 2010-2013, he returned to the U.S. Department of State as an adviser, where he implemented sanctions and attempted to impede the weapons of mass destruction efforts in Iran and North Korea.

He received his B.A. and M.A. from Penn State and his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. More about Professor DeThomas can be found here.