Michael Newbill

Portrait of Michael Newbill

Michael Newbill

State Department Visiting Professor of Organizational Sciences and Communication

Visiting, Emeriti & Affiliated


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Michael Newbill is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service and Visiting Professor of Organizational Science and Communication. Most recently, Mr. Newbill served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur from 2020 to 2023. Prior to that, Mr. Newbill served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 2017 to 2020.  From 2015 to 2017, he was the Deputy Director for Mainland Southeast Asia in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, covering Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Newbill was the Counsellor for Economic and Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Newbill served as Director, then Senior Director, for South Asian Affairs, on the National Security Council in the White House, handling all political, economic, and military issues for India and other South Asian countries. Mr. Newbill also served as the Political and Economic Affairs Chief in Mumbai, India (2007 2010), the Economic Officer on the India Desk (2005-2007), as an Economic Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, with responsibility for multilateral and bilateral trade, intellectual property rights, biotechnology, and other economic issues (2003-2005), and Vice Consul in Manila, Philippines (2000-2002).

Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Newbill ran a project on Regional Security and Confidence-Building in South Asia for the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington-based research institution.

Mr. Newbill received his B.A. in History and English Literature from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1994 and a M.A. in South Asian History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1997. In 1994-95, Mr. Newbill was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at Jawarharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

B.A., History and English Literature,  University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1994

M.A., South Asian History, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1997



COMM 1040 - Public Communication

COMM 3174 - Intercultural Communication

ORSC 3190 - Globally Dynamic Strategies