Amb. Christopher Robert Hill has been named George Ball Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Until July 2020 he was Head of Global Engagement at the University of Denver where he also served as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies from September 2010 to December 2017. Amb. Hill is author of Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir and a frequent columnist for Project Syndicate and contributor to The Hill and "NBC Diplomacy."
Amb. Hill is a former career diplomat and a four-time ambassador. His last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Amb. Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999), and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council, 1999-2000.