Former State Dept. spokesman joins Penn State

Former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has accepted a research and teaching position at Pennsylvania State University.

Crowley resigned a little over a month ago after criticizing the Pentagon’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks. Crowley criticized the Army intelligence analyst’s treatment as "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."

Crowley will research national security and diplomacy, according to a statement issued by the university.

“I will use current developments such as Guantánamo, WikiLeaks and the unfolding Middle East transformation to discuss how the U.S. deploys military, civilian, and economic power in a manner consistent with its values and interests,” Crowley said.

Crowley’s appointment as the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership chair will allow him to teach at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College as well as at the Penn State's School of International Affairs. According to a tweet on Tuesday by Crowley, he will teach a class on course on "media and national security policy."

The Omar Bradley Chair's mission, the statement said, is to  "advance the study of strategic leadership and enhance civilian-military dialogue by offering distinguished individuals the opportunity to contribute to the educational and research activities of the partner institutions."

Crowley's comments about Manning, who reportedly had been forced to sleep naked and stand naked in his cell in a brig at Quantico, Va., echoed those of human rights organizations and some Democrats.
 
The State Department recently announced Manning, who has been held for more than eight months, would be transferred to a lower-security facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

--This story was updated at 11:45 a.m. 


While in residence, Crowley will conduct classes at Dickinson College, the U.S. Army War College and Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs.