Elizabeth Anne Mandeville, 2008, United States

 Why I chose Fletcher: As a doctoral student, I wanted a program that was both academically challenging and practically oriented; by no means a traditional PhD program. Fletcher facilitates both of these goals by training scholars whose research and writing inform theory, contribute to international policy and decision-making, and offer in-depth understanding of context and crises on the ground. At Fletcher, I am surrounded by and learn from dedicated students concerned about having a positive impact on the world around them, and by excellent professors with feet firmly grounded in both practical and academic fields.

On Fletcher’s international community: I am continually astounded and humbled by the diversity of experience and knowledge brought to Fletcher by its student body. In any class, students representing legal, military, volunteer, development, financial, humanitarian, and government backgrounds both contribute to discussion and take in the perspectives of those around them, deepening the understanding we all have of the issue at hand. Fletcher’s student body is its greatest asset. The lessons I have learned from fellow students over meals or walks have been as important to my education here as classroom lectures.

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations;
    Humanitarian Studies

Education before Fletcher

  • MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University;
    BA, International Relations, Wellesley College

Professional Experience before Fletcher

  • Luce Scholar, Cambodia – Researcher, Community Legal Education Center (research on labor dispute resolution in Cambodia for the World Bank and ILO) – Luce Scholars Program;
    Researcher, UNDP History Project – United Nations Development Programme

Summer Internship while at Fletcher

  • Worked with a Tufts University research team studying conflict and changing livelihood strategies among the Karamajong in Northeastern Uganda


  • English;