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Biography: Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter


Director, Policy Planning Staff (S/P)
Term of Appointment: 01/23/2009 to present

On January 23, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the appointment of Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter as the new Director of Policy Planning. Dr. Slaughter comes to the Department of State from Princeton University where she served as Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs. Prior to becoming Dean, she was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law and the Director of Graduate and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. She also taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of Chicago Law School.

Dr. Slaughter is a distinguished writer, commentator, and teacher on a wide range of international affairs issues. Her most recent book, The Idea that Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World, was published by Basic Books in 2007. In 2006 she co-authored the final report of the Princeton Project on National Security, “Forging a World of Liberty under Law,” with professor John Ikenberry.
Dr. Slaughter earned an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.Phil and D.Phil from Oxford University. Her doctoral dissertation examined “Conceptions of the German Question in West German Domestic Politics, 1975-1985.”

January 27, 2009