Dr. Mike Sfraga is the director of the Polar Initiative at the Wilson Center. A geographer by training, he is an internationally recognized authority on the geography of Arctic landscapes, Arctic policy, and the impacts and implications of a changing climate on social and political regimes in the Arctic.

Sfraga previously served as vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) as well as faculty member, department chair, and associate dean in the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension. He served as co-lead scholar for the inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative 2015-2017, a complementary program to the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. He will serve in the same capacity for the Fulbright Arctic Initiative from 2017 to 2019.

He also serves as co-director of the University of the Arctic’s Institute for Arctic Policy and is an affiliate faculty member at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Sfraga serves as chairman of the Institute of the North and is a member of the Alaska Climate Change Roundtable.

He holds a PhD in northern studies and geography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Source: Wilson Center