Anna Schulz, 2008, United States

 On the flexibility of the curriculum: As a student of transboundary water issues, The Fletcher School allowed me the flexibility to pursue my niche in a rich interdisciplinary environment. The Water Systems, Science & Society Program, which integrates Fletcher in the broader system of Tufts graduate schools, has provided a rich opportunity to work with scientists and engineers on transboundary water issues, while remaining rooted in international relations theory and practice. The strength of the Fletcher community is the interconnection between theory and practice. All of my professors and fellow students spend time working as practitioners in their fields, creating a tremendously rich environment for learning. I continually find that I am learning fascinating new things from the experiences of others.


Thoughts on life after Fletcher: Really, I see my life after Fletcher as a continuation of my life at Fletcher. Moving through the MALD program, I developed my area of expertise, and fostered the connections that would provide the foundation of a career at the nexus between academia and practice. Now as a PhD student these connections are coming to fruition and I am looking forward to sharing my passion for transboundary water issues with others, working to help resolve such problems as a practitioner, as well as contributing to the theoretical groundings of my field.

Fields of Study

  • International Environmental and Resource Policy; 
    International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Africana Student Group Environment
    Sustainability Initiative

Education before Fletcher

  • MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University;
    LLM in International and Comparative Water Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland;
    BA in International Relations and Political Science, Wheaton College

Professional Experience before Fletcher

  • Writer, editor, and consultant with Earth Negotiations Bulletin, International Institute for Sustainable Development (currently); 
    Negotiation Consultant, North Coast Environmental Center, working on Klamath Dam Relicensing in Northern California;
    Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics, College of the Redwoods, CA; 
    Research Associate, International Water Law Research Institute, University of Dundee Scotland

Languages

  • English;
    French