James Houck

James W. Houck

Vice Admiral, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Director, Center for Security Research and Education
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs
Phone: 814-865-4294

Vice Admiral (Ret.) James W. Houck is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs. He joined Penn State in 2012 after a 32-year career in the United States Navy, beginning as a qualified destroyer officer of the deck and culminating in appointment as the 41st Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy. From 2013-2017, he served as the interim dean of the unified Dickinson School of Law and the School of International Affairs, as well as interim dean of Penn State Law in University Park for the school’s first two years. As a member of the Penn State Law and School of International Affairs faculty, he focuses on national security law, international law, law of the sea, law of armed conflict, and legal issues within the military.

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Keith Aronson, Associate Director, Social Science Research Institute

Jenni Evans, Director, Institute for CyberScience

Marie Hardin, Dean, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Andrew F. Read, Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

John M. Mason, Chancellor, Penn State Harrisburg

Lee Kump, Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Susan McHale, Director, Social Science Research Institute

Hari M. Osofsky, Dean, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs

Tom L. Richard, Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Richard Roush, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences

Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean, College of Engineering

Andrew Sears, Dean, College of Information Sciences and Technology

Neil A. Sharkey, Vice President for Research, Penn State

Paul E. Sullivan, Director, Applied Research Laboratory

Susan Welch, Dean, College of the Liberal Arts


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