James Bullock

Headshot of Lecturer James Bullock
School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Areas of Expertise

Media and Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy, Middle East and North Africa

Following a long Foreign Service career, James Bullock has continued to be involved with international educational and cultural affairs, as a part-time consultant to the Department of State, as an educator, and as a writer and volunteer.  Prior to returning to the Washington area in 2010, Bullock was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The American University in Cairo.  

Bullock was in U.S. government service for over thirty-six years - with the Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency, and the U.S. Navy.  His final active duty assignments with the Department of State were as head of US Embassy public affairs sections in Paris, Riyadh, Baghdad and Cairo.  Earlier, in Washington, he served as Deputy Coordinator for Geographic Liaison in the International Information Programs Bureau, as an office director in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and as a member of the Department’s “Senior Seminar.”  Overseas, he served primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, but he also spent two years as the U.S. Embassy’s press attaché in Moscow, 1989-1991.  

In the Navy, he served primarily in public affairs assignments, both at sea and ashore, including a “collateral duty” assignment as a White House social aide under Presidents Ford and Carter.  After the Navy, Bullock worked briefly in consumer product marketing with Procter & Gamble until he joined USIA in 1979.

Bullock contributed the chapter “The Role of the Embassy Public Affairs Officer after 9/11,” to Engaging the Arab and Islamic Worlds through Public Diplomacy, edited by William A, Rugh, Washington, DC.  Public Diplomacy Council, 2004, pp. 35-48.  
Bullock is married to a French-American dual national, Carole Hoeveler-Bullock.  They live in Washington, DC.  They have two children, both also French-American dual nationals.


B.A., Russian and Eastern European Studies, Yale College, 1971

Graduate Certificate, Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma, 1975 (DoD contract program)

Evening graduate course work in Public Relations (American University), Psychology (Catholic University) and undergraduate course work in French (Georgetown University) while in the Navy, 1975-1978

Continuing non-degree professional training, languages (French, Arabic, and Russian) and other professional certification courses, up to and including the Senior Seminar, U.S. Department of State’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center / Foreign Service Institute, 1979-2009

Certificate, Institute for Educational Management, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, 2009 (summer program for university administrators)

Classes Taught

SMPA 6210, Media and Foreign Policy, since 2011