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Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: History and Prospects for Black Leaders in a Racialized State Department
Join the Elliott School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative for Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: History and Prospects for Black Leaders in a Racialized State Department. The featured research stems from a larger project on African Americans in American Foreign Policy, co-led by Aaron Williams (LEAP Board of Advisors member), Taylor Jack (Elliott School alumna), and Jennifer Brinkerhoff (faculty).

Jennifer M. Brikerhoff, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
Christopher Richardson served in Nigeria, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and Spain as a Consular Officer. He resigned in protest due to President Trump’s Muslim Ban and the President’s derogatory statements about African countries.
Ambassador Skip Gnehm served as State Department Director General from 1997 to 2000. He is the Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs and Director, Middle East Policy Forum at the Elliott School.
Taylor Jack is a Senior Associate at Chemonics International, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, and a graduate of the Elliott School’s International Development Studies MA program.

Abstract: Why are there diminished returns at increasing levels of leadership on seemingly good-faith efforts to recruit a diverse public service? Data on African American Ambassadors from 1949 to 2020 presented as W.E.B. Du Bois-inspired data visualizations, and a historical review of African Americans in the US State Department confirm the State Department is a racialized organization.

Feb 25, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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