I have known Jeff for almost 30 years and had the privilege of sharing quite a few memorable experiences with him. Jeff is a unique character, one of a kind. Thanks to his curiosity, his empathy for people and his charisma, he has this unique ability to reach out to people of highly diverse cultures, religions, and social backgrounds, and to go behind the mirror to apprehend what makes them special.

- Frédéric Dubois, Paris, France
Président, Santé et Loisirs
Jeff speaking to the Shanghainese Association of Greater Philadelphia at the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 21, 2019.
Jeff at the Book Launch of There Are No Foreign Lands, in Beijing, August 12, 2019.
Jeff with Zhang Rui Min, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Haier Group Corporation, Qingdao, China.
Jeff and his family purchasing their Christmas tree.
Jeff en route to Mt. Everest, November 1997.
Jeff in Bangui, Central African Republic, Summer 1966.


Jeffrey A. Sheehan is a dedicated and accomplished globalist who believes that effective international synchronization, communication, collaboration, and human relationships developed over time are critical to the world’s future peace and prosperity.

Sheehan was educated in the public schools of a small town in Western Massachusetts, followed by the Manchester Grammar School, Phillips Exeter Academy, the American University of Beirut, Columbia University, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has lived, studied, worked, and volunteered in 85 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His working career was a journey from Dublin School in New Hampshire to The Fletcher School in Massachusetts, to the University of Pennsylvania, where he served the Wharton School for 30 years as Associate Dean for International Relations. He has also mentored and advised hundreds of young people and their parents from all over the world in the pursuit of their educational goals. In September 2003, he received the Silver Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government.

His first book, There Are No Foreign Lands, is an inquiry concerning intercultural communication, and draws on both extensive research and the 13,464 business cards he received in his hundreds of international trips.
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Vassily and Family
Jeff in Bangui in the summer of 1966 - October 7, 2017
Photo with Mian Hua
The group in Africa in 1966
Durreen in BWDA

About Jeff

Jeffrey A. Sheehan is a Citizen of the World who is an idealist, a globalist, and a lifelong believer in the personal obligation to strive for social justice and reconciliation both within the United States and around the world.  He has spent his life in a variety of pursuits to encourage the widespread adoption of these concepts.    After a long career as a teacher, dean, author, and educational adviser, he has accumulated an unrivalled network of contacts in 85 countries across every inhabited continent.  He is the author of There Are No Foreign Lands, an inquiry concerning intercultural communication, and My Year of Living Adventurously, an autobiographical account of the years 1966-1967.  His current work-in-progress is an historical fiction novel, Flash the Lightnings, Weigh the Sun, which imaginatively solves three of the most egregious global problems caused by the failures of imperialism and colonialism..

there are no foreign lands

An Inquiry Concerning Intercultural Communication

Jeffrey A. Sheehan brings a unique perspective to the understanding of intercultural communication, its superficial differences, and more profound commonalities, after spending his life travelling to 85 countries, living outside the United States for two years, volunteering and attending educational institutions in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and exchanging business cards with 13,464 people. In this book you will meet seventeen individuals who will inspire you and with whom you will quickly identify, despite the fact they were born in seventeen countries, speak eleven mother tongues, pursue seventeen professions, were raised in ten spiritual traditions, and prefer the seventeen cuisines that their mothers fed them. Sheehan has had adequate opportunities to observe at close hand the best and worst of intercultural communication in action. Read more…

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