Our Graduates in International & Area Studies

In 2013 Nancy McEldowney, above, was appointed to take over all training for the U.S. Department of State as director of the Foreign Service Institute. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council staff. She earned graduate degrees from the National Defense University and Columbia.

New College is proud of our many graduates who have studied International and Area Studies. Here is a look at some of them:

Glenn Hendrix ‘76 is an international lawyer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as an arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration proceedings administered by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is active in the American Bar Association (ABA), presently serving as chair of the ABA’s Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services and as the immediate past chair of the ABA’s Section of International Law. He is also a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. Hendrix is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in Best Lawyers in America.

Michael Jones ‘99 was awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright to study educational practices used in Laotian schools as well as NGO effectiveness in influencing educational practices. He has worked in education, youth empowerment and nonprofit governance for over a decade. Before turning 20, he served on the board of directors for both local and national youth advocacy nonprofits in addition to co-founding a political action committee aimed at promoting human rights. He went on to spend six years in the classroom, teaching various ages and subjects in both the U.S. and abroad, until moving to rural Cambodia to work as an education consultant. Since then, he has launched a nonprofit organization called Open Equal Free. Opened in August 2011, Open Equal Free addresses many of the educational gaps he has witnessed overseas.

Eben Kirksey ‘96 is an anthroplogist and the author of Freedom in Entangled Worlds. He first went to West Papua, the Indonesian-controlled half of New Guinea, in 1998 as a New College exchange student. His later study of West Papua’s resistance to the Indonesian occupiers and the forces of globalization morphed as he discovered that collaboration, rather than resistance, was the primary strategy of this dynamic social movement. Accompanying indigenous activists to Washington, London and the offices of the oil giant BP, Kirksey saw the revolutionaries’ knack for getting inside institutions of power and building coalitions with unlikely allies, including many Indonesians. He discovered that the West Papuans’ pragmatic activism was based on visions of dramatic transformations on coming horizons, of a future in which they would give away their natural resources in grand humanitarian gestures, rather than passively watch their homeland be drained of timber, gold, copper and natural gas. During a lengthy, brutal occupation, West Papuans have harbored a messianic spirit and channeled it in surprising directions. Kirksey studied West Papua’s movement for freedom as a broad-based popular uprising gained traction from 1998 until 2008. Blending extensive ethnographic research with indigenous parables, historical accounts and compelling narratives of his own experiences, he argues that seeking freedom in entangled worlds requires negotiating complex interdependencies.

Charles Brown is a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he is responsible for implementing the components of President Obama's initiative to integrate atrocity prevention and response into U.S. policy. Previously he served as DOD’s senior director for rule of law and international humanitarian policy. He has held senior positions at Citizens for Global Solutions, Amnesty International and Freedom House. During the Clinton administration, he served as chief of staff in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He also co-authored The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba.

Lincoln Díaz-Balart ’71 retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 where he had represented 21st Florida District from Miami since 1992. He was the first Hispanic in history named to the powerful House Rules Committee. Earlier in his political career, he served as a Florida state representative and state senator. About his time at New College he says, “I had extraordinary teachers who never said no. If you came in with an idea, they said ‘go for it.’ For my thesis, I taught a class in Cuban history.”

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in International and Area Studies

• JFK School of Government at Harvard
• Stanford University
• University of California - Berkeley
• Johns Hopkins University
• Georgetown University
• George Washington University
• University of Colorado - Boulder
• University of Denver
• Columbia University
• London School of Economics (UK)
• University of Exeter (UK) 
• Alborg University (Denmark)
• Arizona State University

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Plans are underway at New College to build a new International Studies Center, cementing the College’s commitment to the international arena as a cornerstone of its offerings.

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