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Anne-Marie Slaughter to Lead New America Foundation

Anne-Marie Slaughter the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and and International Affairs at Princeton University and former dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has been selected to serve as the next president of the New America Foundation.

She will start her new position on September 1 and transfer to emerita status at the University. 

Ms. Slaughter was dean of the Wilson School from 2002 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011, she served as director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State, becoming the first woman to hold that position. As author of the July/August 2012 cover story for The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Ms. Slaughter advanced a national conversation about the struggles women face when balancing careers and family. 

She is currently a member of the board of the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. 

A 1980 Princeton alumna, Ms. Slaughter is credited with rebuilding the international relations faculty during her time as dean. She also increased the size of the faculty — strengthening traditional research capacity and teaching expertise in public and international affairs while expanding to other disciplines relevant to public policy, including history and the sciences.

In addition, Slaughter expanded the school’s one-year master in public policy degree program, to include specialized concentrations for medical doctors, lawyers and Ph.D. scientists, and helped create a joint Ph.D. program in social policy. She was instrumental in creating and launching Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, a scholarship program that encourages the nation’s most talented students to pursue careers in the U.S. government, especially in the area of international relations.

She oversaw the creation of new research centers and programs while serving as dean, including the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance; the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program; the Policy Research Institute for the Region; and Institutions for Fragile States.

Ms. Slaughter has written or edited six books, including A New World Order (2004) and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007), and more than 100 scholarly articles. She received her M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford in 1982 and 1992, respectively, and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1985.

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