Patrick Kabanda, 2013, Uganda

How I first learned about Fletcher: I first learned about Fletcher during my orientation at Juilliard when the school’s president, Joseph Polisi, a Fletcher alumnus from the MA program, was telling us about his education and background.  Later, I gained more information about Fletcher when I received a Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship from Juilliard. In the consortium of sixty-nine institutions, Fletcher was the first to receive the endowment for Young Leaders Fellowships from The Tokyo Foundation. Ever since then I was hooked.

On the thesis: I’ve always wanted to examine the role of the arts in international affairs and write about my findings. The thesis requirement at Fletcher challenges me to narrow my topic and to come up with reasoned arguments that can be a meaningful addition to the literature already out there. Furthermore, Fletcher encourages us to write a thesis that informs our practice in the field. For me, theory meets practice here.

Favorite Magazine:

The New Yorker

Favorite Book:

World on Fire by Amy Chua

Favorite Movie:

The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Food:

Ugandan sweet potatoes

Favorite Landmark:

Egyptian Pyramids

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
  • Law & Development
  • Social Institutions & Economic Development (self-designed)

Summer Internship

Researcher and Analyst, The Doi Tung Development project, Mae Fah Luang Foundation - Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Mentors
    Admission Interviewer
    Fletcher Perspectives
    Fletcher Fútbol

Education before Fletcher

  • Master of Music, Organ Literature and Performance, The Juilliard School
    Bachelor of Music, Organ Literature and Performance, The Juilliard School

Experience before Fletcher

  • Phillips Academy Andover, Music Instructor and School Organist – Andover, MA
    Trinity Wall Street, Assisting Organist - New York, NY


  • Luganda