James B. "Jim" Steinberg (born 1953) is an American academic and political advisor, and is currently Deputy Secretary of State. He was previously the Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Steinberg comes from a Jewish family . He was educated at Harvard College (1973) and Yale Law School (1978). His previous positions included a senior fellowship at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1985-1987), senior analyst at RAND Corporation (1989-1993), Director of Policy Planning (1994-1996), and Deputy National Security Advisor (1997-2001). He also served on the Project on National Security Reform's Guiding Coalition. He was also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Steinberg, along with Daniel Kurtzer and Dennis Ross, were among the principal authors of Barack Obama’s address on the Middle East to AIPAC in June 2008, which was viewed as the Democratic nominee’s most expansive on international affairs.