Remembering Public Policy PhD Alumni Kevin Fandl

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The late Kevin Fendl, Schar School PhD in Public Policy alumni, in a suit, tie, and white shirt smiling at the camera.
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The faculty and staff at the Schar School of Policy and Government were saddened to learn of the death of Kevin Jon Fandl, 45, who passed away on June 29 after a seven-month long fight with leukemia. Dr. Fandl received his PhD in Public Policy from the Schar School in 2010 and went on to complete a Fulbright fellowship to Bogota, Columbia, to teach. He also earned his master’s degree and juris doctorate from American University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Lock Haven University.

Before passing, Dr. Fandl was working at the Fox School of Business at Temple University as an associate professor of legal studies and strategic global management. He was an Irwin Gross Research Fellow, Academic Director of Global Immersions, and Executive Director of Temple’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

Prior to his work at Temple University, Dr. Fandl worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in various roles, including Chief of Staff for International Trade, and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Secretary. He authored more than 45 journal articles in his impressive career, and five books on topics related to law and public policy.

“I’ve had many very senior professional lecturers in my global trade and international law classes over the years,” said Stuart Malawer, Distinguished Professor at the Schar School. “Without a doubt he was the most liked by my students. He was clearly one of the most prolific scholars in the law and public policy field. He left us way too young. He will be sorely missed by many, many people.”

“Kevin was one of my most successful, productive students, and became a wonderful scholar and colleague. It’s a tragic loss to all of us who knew him and worked with him,” said Jack Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy at the Schar School.

Dr. Fandl is survived by his wife, Monica, their two daughters, Isabella (14) and Daniela (6), and his dog, Blue. Dr. Fandl dedicated his Schar School dissertation to his family, thanking them “for their support of my ideas, their patience in my research endeavors, and their unconditional love, which made all of this possible.”

—Mason Goad