Medford/Somerville, MA—The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School), the first and oldest school in the United States dedicated to graduate studies in international affairs, will welcome three distinguished faculty in Fall 2015. Each brings to the School an accomplished record of excellence in understanding and solving complex international issues at the nexus of public, private, non-profit and academic sectors.
Fletcher alumnus Governor Bill Richardson, A70, F71, returns to The Fletcher School as Professor of Practice for the Fall 2015 term. Drawing on more than 30 years of public-service experience, the former Governor of New Mexico (2003-2011), Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), and U.S. Congressman (1982-1996) will teach a course on diplomatic tradecraft. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with the former governor in formal and informal settings.
“Governor Richardson is a renowned troubleshooter whose work in numerous hotspots—from North Korea to Iraq to Sudan—has earned him the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize several times,” says Academic Dean and Professor of International Law Ian Johnstone. “Fletcher students will benefit from his first-hand experiences as they look forward to joining the ranks of accomplished alumni like him.”
The Fletcher School also announces that Kimberly Theidon has been appointed the Henry J. Leir Chair in International Humanitarian Studies and tenured professor in the area of human security. An anthropologist and distinguished scholar, Professor Theidon specializes in transitional justice, gender and human rights issues, with a regional focus on Latin America. Her work is highly inter-disciplinary, spilling over into law, political science and history.
At The Fletcher School, Professor Theidon will teach courses on various aspects of human security—including global health, post-conflict reconstruction and drug policy—and will contribute to the growing body of research outputs and policy impact in connection with the School’s Institute for Human Security (IHS). In 2014, The Fletcher School received a $1 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York in support of the Institute's efforts to bridge the gap between academic research and policymaking.
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, F92, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been appointed Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy for the 2015-2016 academic year. Dr. Moghalu is the President and Founder of Sogato Strategies, an emerging markets strategy and risk advisory firm, a Partner in the U.S. law firm Cooke Robotham LLP, and an alumnus of The Fletcher School. He will return to Fletcher to teach a course on emerging Africa in the world economy, participate in public events and private engagements with faculty and students, and support research into emerging markets as a force in the global economy in connection with the School’s Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC).
During his five-year term at the central bank from 2009 to 2014, Dr. Moghalu led the implementation of far-reaching reforms to Nigeria’s banking sector after the global financial crisis as Deputy Governor for Financial Stability. He is the author of four books including the acclaimed “Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter” (Penguin Books, 2014) and a forthcoming book on global banking reform. His prior experience also includes prominent positions in the United Nations and the private sector.
Since 1933, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University has prepared the world’s leaders to tackle complex global challenges. As one of the world’s top-ranked graduate schools of international affairs, The Fletcher School generates global impact through its network of alumni who represent the highest levels of leadership in the world—including hundreds of sitting ambassadors, respected voices from distinguished media outlets, heads of global non-profit organizations, leaders of international peacekeeping and security initiatives, and executive leadership of some of the world’s largest for-profit companies.
In January 2015, the School announced its new strategic plan for delivering on its promise of preparing global leaders by fully embracing five disciplines that are core to an international affairs education—political science, history, economics, business and law. These are the foundation for the School’s degree programs: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD); Master of International Business (MIB); Master of Laws in International Law (LLM); Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations (PhD); the mid-career Master of Arts (MA); the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), which integrates residency with internet-mediated instruction; and the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA), offered jointly with the Friedman School of Nutrition.
“As the global Fletcher community rallies to bring its plans to fruition, I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome these three superb individuals home,” says Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School. “This is an electrifying time for the School, and I can’t think of three better qualified faculty to help our students ‘To Know the World’.”
For more information about The Fletcher School’s degree offerings, faculty scholarship and alumni stories of impact, please visit The Fletcher School website at: fletcher.tufts.edu.
Bill Richardson, who has served as Governor of New Mexico, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy, will receive the 2015 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award on Monday, May 11, 2014 in Kansas City at the downtown Marriott.