United States Director, Indiana University's Center on Congress
Former US Representative (D-IN)
Areas of Expertise
Lee Hamilton is the director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. From 1965 to 1999, he represented Indiana in the US House of Representatives. Hamilton has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 1999.
While in Congress, Hamilton was an important voice on international relations and American national security. His chairmanships included the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, and the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress.
Since retiring from Congress, Hamilton has been at the center of efforts to address some of our nation’s highest-profile homeland security and foreign policy challenges. From 1999 through 2010, Hamilton was president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He also served as vice chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (known as the 9/11 Commission).
Hamilton is currently a member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, the CIA’s External Advisory Board, and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil.
At Indiana University, Hamilton is a professor of practice in the School for Public and Environmental Affairs, a distinguished scholar in the School of Global and International Studies, and co-chair of the university’s International Engagement Advisory Board.
Hamilton graduated from DePauw University and Indiana University School of Law. He is the author of three books: How Congress Works and Why You Should Care (Indiana University Press); Strengthening Congress (Indiana University Press); and A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress (Woodrow Wilson Press).