Morton Holbrook

Mr. Morton Holbrook
Tel. 270-231-7942




Vanderbilt University, BA, 1964. Economics; International Relations

University of Michigan, MA, 1967. Chinese language and history.

University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1972. Columbia University Law School, LLM, 1984.

Morton Holbrook III is a retired US diplomat (Foreign Service Officer) who has also worked as a professor and an attorney.  As a diplomat from 1975 until 2007, he was assigned to overseas United States diplomatic posts in Taipei, Beijing, Shenyang, Tokyo, Manila, and Paris. In China, he helped open the US Embassy in Beijing in 1979, was involved in negotiating the US-China Consular Convention, and drafted human rights reports.  He also served as principal officer (US Consul General) in Shenyang. In Northeast China. 

Domestic assignments at the State Department in Washington DC included the Office of the Under Secretary for Security Assistance, the Office of Chinese Affairs, the Legal Adviser’s Office, and the Office of the Counselor.  In New York City, he participated in the State Department’s academic training program at Columbia University Law School, where he was associated with the Center for Chinese Legal Studies and received an LLM degree.  He was also the State Department Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Following retirement as a diplomat, he was employed for five years as a Professor at United International College in Zhuhai, China, where he was the head of the Government and International Relations program. From 2013 until 2016, he was Director of the Hong Kong America Center, located on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  The Center organized simulations on foreign policy issues (jsuch as climate change; the South China Sea dispute) for students in universities in Hong Kong and surrounding areas in China.

Mr. Holbrook has recently taught part-time at Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, and at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.  He also oversees local participation in the academic webinar series on foreign policy issues from the Council on Foreign Relations.