Associate World Fellow
Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Will Wright is a rising second-year MA student at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he is a General Wayne A. Downing Scholar and the founder of the Yale Special Operations/Interagency Symposium. He is also a literacy tutor at New Haven Reads and co-teaches a civics course for aspiring American citizens at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS). Concurrently, he is an active duty Major in the US Army Special Forces. Awarded the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, he most recently worked in the Deputy Directorate for Special Operations/Counterterrorism on the US Department of Defense’s Joint Staff. An Honor Graduate of the US military’s Command & General Staff College, he commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Duke University where he received his BA in English in 2006. Prior to matriculation at Yale, he conducted combat deployments to locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and JINSA’s “Grateful Nation” Award.