Announcing the 2014 Rosenthal Fellowship Class

leigh   June 4, 2014   News

The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations and its partner, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), announce the selection of thirty fellows for Summer 2014.  The Fellowship provides graduate students at APSIA member schools the opportunity to spend a summer working on international relations related issues in the US government Executive Branch or the Congress.

View the list of 2014 fellows and placement offices

Established in 1977 in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a Congressional staffer and victim of international terrorism while on official duty, there have been 227 Fellows to date.  Since the inception of the Rosenthal Fellowship, many Rosenthal Fellows have also participated as EVP Fellows in The European Union Visitors Program (EVP).

In a joint statement, Carmen Mezzera, Executive Director of APSIA, and Rick Gilmore, Chairman of the Rosenthal Fellowship, said, “The program’s success depends first and foremost on the outstanding caliber of our fellows, the extraordinary support we receive from host offices in the Congress and Executive Branch, APSIA member school support, and the generous contributions and support of our Board, donor institutions, and longstanding friends of the program. The Fellowship is living proof that terrorism cannot overwhelm the human spirit.  We’re a program whose purpose is to provide exceptional students with unique government experience. They are our future leaders in new approaches to problem solving in international relations.”  The program is particularly pleased to continue its collaboration with the Robertson Foundation for Government and welcomes its support of four Fellowships. We also take great pride in the Alumni Advisory Council and the Rosenthal Roundtables where recognized experts and practitioners in international relations address Rosenthal and Robertson fellows and alumni.

This year’s Fellows represent 16 APSIA schools and will intern at the Departments of Defense, Labor, State, Treasury, USDA, and in committees and individual offices of Members of Congress.

Run in association with APSIA, the Rosenthal Fellowship receives support from a number of individual donors as well as the Robertson Foundation for Government, the Rotary Foundation and, previously, from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  Fellows are current graduate students in international affairs nominated by their schools and are both US citizens and foreign nationals.  Former Senator and Vice President, Fritz Mondale, serves as honorary chairman of the Fellowship.

2014 Rosenthal Fellows and Host Offices

Benjamin Briese (University of Denver), U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA)

Frank Broomell (Harvard University), APSA/SEA/South Asia Directorate

Clarke Burns (Georgetown University), APSA.AOC/Pakistan/Directorate

Emily Cole (Tufts University), US House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee

Sean Patrick Comber (Syracuse University), Department of State, Embassy of the United States in Manila, Philippines

Lara Danielle Crouch (Georgetown University), Department of Defense, Strategy, Plans and Force Development

Sam duPont (Princeton University), Office of the US Trade Representative and Rotary-Rosenthal Fellow

Owen Fletcher (Johns Hopkins University), US Department of Defense, Office of Secretary of Defense, China Desk/ APSA/East Asia

Barak Gatenyo (Sciences Po), US House of Representatives, Office of Ami Bera (D-CA)

Tschuna Gibson (American University), US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Alexandra Hackbarth (Syracuse University), US Department of Defense/Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict

Mark Hoover (Tufts University), US Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Burkina Faso

Brianna January (University of Maryland), US Department of Labor

Joyce Kang (University of California-San Diego), US Department of Labor

Kendrick Kuo (Johns Hopkins University), US Department of Treasury, Office of International Monetary and Financial Policy

Erica Lally (Johns Hopkins University), US Department of State/The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan

Rachel Mann (American University), US Department of State,The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Arthur Paul Massaro III (University of Maryland), US Department of State,The Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Jamie Morgan (Princeton University), US Department of Defense

Rebeca Orrie (Texas A&M), Department of Defense/ Mideast Partnership Program

Kaitlin Oujo (Columbia University), US Department of Defense, International Security Affairs/Middle East 

Sarah Park (Columbia University), US Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Andrew Reighart (University of Maryland), US Department of State/Bureau of Energy Resources

Dan Rothstein (University of California-San Diego), US Southern Command, Miami

Jennifer Rowland (Harvard University), US Department of Defense, International Security Affairs, Africa

Jenny Russell (Texas A&M), US Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

Amanda Van Dort (University of Michigan), US Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Diana Won (University of Michigan), US Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Lima, Peru

Satomi Yanagidani (Yale University), Office of Sen. Levin and Office of Cong. Jim McDermott

Olivia Zetter (Harvard University), US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

LBJ Returns to the Nation’s Capital with New Washington Center Offering Unique 18-Month, D.C.-Focused Curriculum

leigh   May 12, 2014   News

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 – The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin is creating the LBJ School Washington Center enabling students to earn a master’s degree in 18 months with a unique focus on federal public policy. The Center, initially co-located with Politico in Arlington, VA, will also provide a platform and forum for nonpartisan policy analysis on the critical issues facing the country and the world and serve as a hub for the dissemination of faculty research.

LBJ School Announcement Reception 159 (1)“We are very proud to be able to say that LBJ is returning to Washington where our School’s namesake dominated the political landscape for nearly 20 years,” said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School. “We want this Center to be at the heart of empowering a new generation of policymakers who can get things done in government just like President Johnson did 50 years ago. Our Washington Center will offer a unique program that is focused on policymaking at the federal level and designed to launch students into their D.C. careers. The Center will also serve as a vehicle for enhanced engagement of our faculty experts and their research in the national political dialogue.” (Download a PDF of Dean Robert Hutchings’ formal remarks announcing the Center at the Library of Congress)

The LBJ School, among the top graduate public affairs schools in the nation, will provide students the option of a Master of Public Affairs or Master of Global Policy Studies degree with a specifically tailored curriculum.

Students will begin the program at the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin for the first phase of the program, receiving a rigorous analytical and theoretical foundation in public policy as well as an understanding of policy issues at the local, state and national levels. The Washington portion of the program would include a 6-month, Monday-to-Thursday apprenticeship with a public or non-profit agency and course work on Fridays and Saturdays geared toward the essentials of policymaking at the federal level. The LBJ School will begin accepting applications in fall 2014 with the first cohort beginning class in fall 2015.

In the creation of the Washington Center, the LBJ School has formed a Founding Committee, which includes: Robert Allbritton, Bill Archer, the Honorable Ben Barnes, the Honorable Tom Daschle, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, Luci Baines Johnson, Joe O’Neill, and Lynda Johnson Robb.  LBJ School Announcement Reception 182

“When LBJ founded the School in 1970 it was always with the aspiration that the School would develop a pipeline for dedicated, well-trained policy professionals to get to Washington to make a difference on the national stage,” said Ben Barnes, Former Speaker of the House, Former Lieutenant Governor of Texas and LBJ Foundation Trustee. “It is highly gratifying to see the former president’s dream for his school realized.”

The LBJ School of Public Affairs is a professional graduate school that draws on the legacy of its namesake to empower the next “get it done” generation to take on effective leadership roles in public service. The LBJ School offers three master degree programs: the Master of Public Affairs, the Master of Global Policy Studies, and the Executive Master in Public Leadership, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy.


Susan Binford, Assistant Dean for Communication, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 512-415-4820,

Kerri Battles, Communications Manager, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 512-507-4335,

Images courtesy of Madonna Belton

Travel Program Brings 15 Young Leaders to Japan

leigh   May 5, 2014   News

For the sixth year, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, in collaboration with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), will sponsor 15 graduate students on a ten day study-tour through Japan, with site visits to Tokyo, Sendai, Hiroshima, and Osaka.

Students selected for the 2014 program are:

  • Matt Buttweiler, University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
  • Jenna Gibson, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • David Gitter, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Whitney Hoot, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
  • Rebecca Hostetler, University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies
  • Nicole Kessler, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Saumya Kurup, Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Daniel Khalessi, Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
  • Emily Rodriguez, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Emmett Sapp, Princeton University Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Eugene Shapsyuk, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Clint Shoemake, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Brett Tolman, Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
  • Diana Won, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
  • Calita Woods, American University School of International Service

The Program works to foster a new generation of leaders in the United States who have first-hand knowledge of Japan and how it is trying to fulfill its shared global responsibilities. During the trip, students engage with Japanese experts in the fields of politics, economics, and civil society; visit government ministries, think tanks, policy institutes, businesses, and non-profit organizations; conduct a self-organized research day in Tokyo in small groups; and enjoy cultural excursions.

Since 1991, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership has worked to strengthening the global US-Japan partnership and cultivating the next generation of public intellectuals necessary to sustain this partnership. APSIA represents 70 leading schools of international affairs around the world, dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security.

APSIA Launches Career Trends Series

leigh   April 14, 2014   News

In spring 2014, APSIA launched an ongoing series of conference calls and webinars to educate the career services staff at its member schools. Presenters have included management staff from Deloitte Consulting, Oxford HR (UK), and Bread for the World, in addition to members of the White House Presidential Personnel Office.

Discussions focus on hiring trends in the field and how members can best prepare APSIA graduates for the marketplace.

Nancy Rhodes of Bread for the World stressed the value of highlighting “cross-cultural skills, analytical abilities, and real accomplishments” on a resume, rather than a list of tasks.  Similarly, White House staff noted that individuals with excellent communication skills, tact, and a broad range of perspectives excelled in executive branch positions.

Joni Swedlund and Jonathan Rice described the “entrepreneurial, collaborative, and team-oriented” attitude needed for success at Deloitte;  while Hazel Douglas explained how Oxford HR has shifted from searching for candidates with a background in humanitarian aid to needing individuals with trade, finance, education, and other skills who can “support the development of economic infrastructure in developing countries.”

In addition to their advice on hiring trends, the presenters walked APSIA directors through the formal and informal hiring processes at their organizations.

Due to positive feedback, APSIA will continue this series into summer 2014.  Through these and other programs, APSIA strives to promote excellence in professional, international affairs education worldwide by sharing information and ideas among our member schools.

Penn State School of International Affairs launches specialized study tracks

leigh   April 3, 2014   News



New study tracks announced by Penn State University’s School of International Affairs (SIA) provide graduate students the opportunity to develop general international affairs skills in navigating global challenges and expertise in a specific field. The six new study tracks—International Security Studies; Development Policy; International Education; Dispute Resolution; Environment and Resources; and Humanitarian Response and Human Rights tap into the strengths of SIA’s faculty expertise. In addition, the tracks reflect critical areas of global international affairs practice. 

“We are very excited to offer these compelling enhancements to students who have expressed both a vocational and academic interest in these study areas ,” said SIA Director Tiyanjana Maluwa who is also the Associate Dean for International Affairs at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. “Participants can continue to create their own curriculum choosing from dozens of electives, or take advantage of the outstanding opportunities afforded by our new study tracks.” Director Maluwa emphasized that the Master of International Affairs program is designed to equip its graduates with the doctrine and skills required of effective leaders in the global marketplace.

The new tracks capitalize on the strong relationship between SIA and Penn State Law School which are co-located and share a number of Law and International Affairs faculty members. Faculty leading the tracks include: Richard Butler, Johannes W. Fedderke, Scott Sigmund Gartner, Amy Gaudion, Dennis C. Jett, John A. Kelmelis, Flynt Leverett, Tiyanjana Maluwa, Sophia McClennen ,  and Catherine A. Rogers.

“The focus of our program has not changed,” said Professor Maluwa. “We are fortunate that our students come from all over the world—more than half of our students are from outside of the U.S. Our goal continues to be to augment the abilities and skills students bring into the program with the capacity to think, communicate, and practice as an international affairs expert.”

Professor Maluwa said, “our emphasis is on graduating students with the skills and confidence to begin an international affairs career anywhere in the world.”

About SIA

A Master of International Affairs degree from Penn State’s School of International Affairs is designed to train leaders who create, research, and enact global solutions. Through our curriculum, faculty mentorship, career services, and integration with Penn State University, a top global research institution, students can map a program of study that marries their personal interests  and professional goals. SIA is an affiliate member of APSIA (the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs).

Bush School Names Scowcroft Institute, MPIA Program Leaders

leigh   February 20, 2014   News

AndrewNatsiosAndrew Natsios has been named director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, where he is also an executive professor and Scowcroft Institute Fellow.  Natsios was most recently a Distinguished Professor in the practice of diplomacy at Georgetown University and former administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).  As USAID administrator from 2001-2006, Natsios managed reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan.  He also served as US special envoy to Sudan in 2006-2007.



Bush School Dean Ryan Crocker has also named retired Ambassador Larry C. Napper as interim director of the School’s Master’s Program in International Affairs (MPIA).  Napper will hold the position while the School conducts a national search for the department’s next leader.  Former MPIA director Dr. Charles Hermann will spend the next academic year

as Scholar in Residence at the Mershon Center for Security Studies at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Hermann was director of the Mershon Center before coming to Texas A&M.

Currently a senior lecturer at the School, Ambassador Napper spent 31 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, retiring in 2005.  Among his many diplomatic assignments was serving as U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan from 2001-2004.  His distinguished service was recognized with the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award, and two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, among others.

Former MPIA director Dr. Charles Hermann will spend the next academic year as Scholar in Residence at the Mershon Center for Security Studies at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Hermann was director of the Mershon Center before coming to Texas A&M.

Maxwell School selected to host young African leaders

leigh   February 6, 2014   News

he Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University will join IREX and the U.S. Department of State to host 25 participants from President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) for a six-week public administration training institute. The first session is planned for this summer on the Syracuse University campus.

The Maxwell School’s public administration institute will bring together young professionals from across Africa who are currently employed by government and non-governmental organizations or who are seeking to build careers in public service. The program will be led by public administration and other social science faculty at the Maxwell School as well as teachers from across Syracuse University. In addition to classroom sessions, the participants will meet with local, county, and state government officials to gain a first-hand experience of American public administration and policy making in practice.

“We’re honored to be one of the inaugural university partners for the Young African Leaders Initiative. Maxwell’s 90-year tradition of preparing leaders to make a difference in their community makes the School a natural home for this urgently needed, path breaking program,” said Maxwell Dean James B. Steinberg.

The YALI was established in 2010 by President Obama to help provide young African leaders the skills and knowledge necessary to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent. YALI will bring 500 Africans to the United States each year to attend programs being organized by selected universities across the country. All sessions will emphasize leadership but will focus on three themes: public administration, civil society, and business management. The program will culminate with participation in a Presidential Summit on Africa at the end of July.

APSIA announces a new executive director

leigh   December 17, 2013   News

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Iezzi  Mezzera as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2014. Mezzera was selected from a strong pool of candidates.  She brings extensive experience as a director of international non-profit organizations, a deep understanding of professional education in international affairs and a passion for our graduates.


APSIA President Susan M. Collins said, “APSIA’s Executive Committee looks forward to working with Carmen, who will be a strong advocate for international affairs education.  Her leadership will help us to strengthen our global network of member and affiliate schools and enhance APSIA’s partnerships, especially with alumni, employers and policy leaders.”

Mezzera replaces Leigh Morris Sloane, who left APSIA in August to become Chief of Staff to the President of the Brookings Institution.

Upon accepting the position, Mezzera stated, “As an alumna of an APSIA member institution, I am honored to have the chance to further members’ efforts to prepare students for the global marketplace. In an increasingly interconnected world, an understanding of international affairs remains critically important. I look forward to working with members, affiliates, and the wider community to advance APSIA’s mission.”

Before joining APSIA,  Mezzera served as the Director of Programs and Operations at the Bretton Woods Committee.   Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at the Atlantic Council of the United States, and Director of Alumni Relations for the School of International Service (SIS) at American University.

Mezzera received both her undergraduate degree (Phi Beta Kappa ) and master’s degree from SIS.  Her graduate studies focused on international organizations and sustainable development, and in the course of her studies, she provided analyses for NATO’s Partnership for Peace in Mons, Belgium and the United Nations Development Program Washington Office.

Actively engaged as a volunteer, Mezzera has served as Vice Chair of the Board for St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC, Co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade, and Director-at-Large of the Abyssinian Fund in Harlem, NY. She has written and/or provided interviews for CNN, CBS, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, and Cooperative Grocer Magazine - among other outlets – and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. She received the 2008 Rising Star Alumni Award from American University.

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