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An Interview with the Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal

Professor Andrew S. Bergerson introduces his "surprise guest" - U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Allan Katz - to his History 208: World Civilizations class.
Professor Andrew S. Bergerson introduces his "surprise guest" - U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Allan Katz - to his History 208: World Civilizations class. Photo Credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications.

Allan Katz now teaches at his alma mater, UMKC

Listen to the story on KCUR’s website.

Allan Katz recently returned from service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, the University of Missouri-Kansas City. President Barack Obama nominated Katz for the position in 2009, which was followed by what Katz says was a long, arduous process of congressional approval.

Katz talked about the experience on a recent segment of KCUR-FM’s Central Standard.

Katz’ professorship is a joint appointment to both the Department of Public Affairs, part of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management; and the Department of Political Science, part of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences.

Katz graduated from UMKC in 1969 with a degree in History, and received his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law. In 2012, UMKC presented Katz with an honorary degree, Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa, recognizing him as an outstanding alumnus.

KCUR-FM is a service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


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