Christopher Teal, M.A.


A career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, Christopher Teal is currently on a faculty assignment at the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.  He teaches graduate classes to senior level Latin American officials on diplomacy, human rights, military/civilian relations, and defense/security policy.


He recently completed a sabbatical fellowship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  He is directing a documentary on the first African-American diplomat, Ebenezer D. Bassett.  The film, A Diplomat of Consequence, tells the story of this ground-breaking diplomat and pioneer on international human rights and examines the legacy of racial diversity today, nearly 150 years after his appointment.


Prof. Teal previously served as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico.  He oversaw programs on bilateral security, economic and trade promotion and cross-border exchanges between the United States and Mexico in the Sonora-Arizona region. His prior diplomatic assignments include: Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara, Mexico; Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru and consular and press officer at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  In Washington D.C. he also worked at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center in charge of the African portfolio and in the European Bureau overseeing public affairs for Southern Europe and the Caucasus.


Before joining the Foreign Service, Prof. Teal worked with award-winning journalist Juan Williams on their biography Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary about the former U.S. Supreme Court Justice.  Published by Times Books/Random House in October 1998, The New York Times listed it among their most notable non-fiction works of the year.  His biography about Ebenezer Bassett, entitled Hero of Hispaniola, was published in 2008.  He has a B.A. from the University of Arkansas and an M.A. in political science from George Washington University.




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