Mark Gregory Przybyszewski Lagon


Guest Lecturer - SCS Summer and Special Programs
Chair, Global Politics and Security, MSFS Program


Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)
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Mark P. Lagon is Global Politics and Security Chair at the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program at Georgetown University. He teaches MSFS courses on Ethics and Decision-Making, and on the UN and Global Institutions. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lagon was previously Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris Project, which operates the U.S. Government's national anti-trafficking hotline (1-888-3737-888).

Previously, with rank of Ambassador, Lagon directed the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) at the U.S. Department of State, until January 2009. As such, he chaired by statute the Senior Policy Operating Group coordinating all U.S. agencies efforts to combat human trafficking domestically and internationally.

From 2004 to 2007, Lagon served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary. In this capacity, he had lead responsibility for United Nations-related human rights and humanitarian issues, UN reform, and outreach.

Lagon previously served as a member of the Secretary of State Colin Powell's Policy Planning Staff, where he focused on UN, democracy and human rights (2002-2004).

From 1999 to 2002, he was on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with responsibility including the United Nations and human rights.

Previously he won a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship, where he specialized on U.S. policymaking toward in China (1998-1999); served at House Republican Policy Committee (1997-1998); worked for Georgetown Leavey Professor Jeane J. Kirkpatrick as her principal aide at the American Enterprise Institute. He has taught previously in the Government Department (as Visiting Assistant Professor and Adjunct) and the Security Studies Programs of Georgetown University, and at the Institute of World Politics.

Dr. Lagon is currently on the Board of Directors of the Council for a Community of Democracies. He is a Founding Board Member of the Global Business Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (, which includes as members Carlson, Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Ford, LexisNexis, Manpower, and Microsoft. He on Advisory Boards of the Stanley Foundation, UN Watch, and ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking).


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  • Ph.D. (1991) Georgetown University, Government
  • M.A. (1988) Georgetown University, Government
  • A.B. (1986) Harvard College, Government


  • French (speak, read, write)