FEATURED MOVER | Ivan Sascha Sheehan, University of Baltimore

Daily Record Staff//March 21, 2023

FEATURED MOVER | Ivan Sascha Sheehan, University of Baltimore

By Daily Record Staff

//March 21, 2023

Ivan Sascha Sheehan has been named associate dean of The University of Baltimore’s (UB) College of Public Affairs (CPA) following the retirement of Laura Wilson-Gentry, who served as the college’s associate dean since its inception in 2010.

Sheehan has been a faculty member at UB since 2009. He served two terms as executive director of the School of Public and International Affairs, and, prior to that, as the dual director of the graduate programs in Global Affairs and Human Security and Negotiation and Conflict Management. He also served two terms as president of the CPA Faculty Senate.

Among his many accomplishments, Sheehan was the recipient of a University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for excellence in mentoring, a UB President’s Award for teaching, scholarship and service and a citation from the Maryland Senate in recognition of “exceptional leadership and service to The University of Baltimore.”

Ivan Sascha Sheehan, associate dean of The University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs.


Resides in:

Charm City! I live with my wife and children in Baltimore’s Guilford neighborhood. I so appreciate all that our city has to offer.


I received a doctorate and a Master of Science from The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in international peace and conflict studies from Swarthmore College. I would not be who I am without the formative experiences I had these institutions. Education is truly transformative.

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I found my dream job in higher education, but once upon a time I expected to land on Capitol Hill (at a think tank or Congressional staff) or at an agency like the U.S. Department of State. As I child I would have told you that I wanted to be a professional tennis player. You can tell how well that turned out!

Favorite vacation:

My family and I love to spend time in Hawaii on the island of Maui. Between the beaches and the sunsets, I cannot think of a more lovely spot.

When I want to relax … :

I put in my AirPods and head out for a run!

Favorite books:  

I enjoyed a book titled “The Professor and the President,” by Stephen Hess. It chronicles the unlikely relationship that flourished between President Richard Nixon, a conservative, and Harvard professor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a lifelong liberal and transcendent intellectual who was described by the Almanac of American Politics as “the nation’s best thinker among politicians since Lincoln and its best politician among thinkers since Jefferson.” I was also captivated by “The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World,” which unpacks how intellectuals have shaped politics through history.

Favorite quotation:

“For those to whom much is given, much is required.” – John F. Kennedy, 1961


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