A STORYTELLER ACROSS THE GLOBE
About the author
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, volunteered and/or visited in in 85 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, North America, and South 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 personal relationships represented by the 13,464 business cards he received in his hundreds of international trips. This book was first published in Chinese by the Shanghai University Press and was #1 on the best-seller list of the Chinese online equivalent of Amazon for two months in 2019. A revised version was published in English in 2021. His second book, My Year of Living Adventurously, is an autobiographical account of the years 1966-1967, which he spent visiting 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe following his graduation from high school. His third book, a work-in-progress, is an historical fiction novel entitled Flash the Lightnings, Weigh the Sun. In this book, he has chosen three of the most unfortunate global political and human disasters and reimagined them in ways which result in positive, conciliatory outcomes that made the world a happier and safer pace.
Despite his global peregrinations and interests, Sheehan believes that the most important and rewarding work he ever performed was domestic, as the father of Annie and Angie.