Deborah W. Nutter

Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Practice

  • AB, Phi Beta Kappa, with Distinction in Government, Colby College
  • PhD, Political Science, Columbia University


Deborah Winslow Nutter is the Senior Associate Dean and a Professor of Practice of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. She is also the founding director of the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), Fletcher’s signature hybrid residency and internet Master’s program. As Senior Associate Dean, she is responsible for Fletcher’s Board of Advisors and regional advisory groups for Asia, Latin America, Europe, South Asia and Africa; GMAP; The Tavitian Scholars Diplomatic Training Program, the Fletcher Summer Institute on Non-Violent Conflict, communications and public relations, several strategic initiatives, and diplomatic and executive education. Dr. Nutter teaches foreign policy leadership and team dynamics in the Global Master of Arts Program, which attracts senior international affairs professionals from around the world in business, government, the United Nations, and NGOs. She lectures and writes on the intersection of geopolitics and global leadership, using major historic world leaders and the challenges they faced as a basis for evaluating leadership performance and success. Dean Nutter earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, where she held several fellowships, including an Honorary Presidential Fellowship. She holds her A.B., Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College and studied at Oxford University. Prior to coming to Fletcher, she taught international politics, security studies, Soviet and Russian foreign policy, and international organizations and law at Bowdoin and Simmons Colleges, serving as Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the latter institution and leading its internationalization effort. Dr. Nutter has been a Fellow at Harvard University at both the Center for International Affairs and the Center for Science and International Affairs and spent one year as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. She also serves on the Board of Regents of the Portsmouth Abbey School. Dean Nutter’s research interests focus on how historic and current leaders confront changing geopolitical situations, as well as their relations with key advisers, including spouses. Her publications include Soviet Foreign Policy in Transition with Cambridge University Press, and journal and newspaper articles on security studies, transatlantic relations, international political leadership, and India’s role in world affairs.

Research Interests
  • Foreign policy leadership
  • United States foreign policy
  • United States transatlantic relations
  • The changing geopolitical landscape
• Review of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Game Plan, in Soviet Union/Union Sovietique (1991).
• Nutter, Deborah Winslow. "Review of George Liska, Rethinking US-Soviet Relations." Ethics and International Affairs 4, no. 2 (1990).
• "Military Power, SDI and Arms Control in East-West Relations" (essay review with R. Kanet and J. Schmitz) in OstEuropa, Vol.39, No. 8 (1989).
• "What Role for Limited BMD?" (co-author) Survival (January 1987).
• "The Soviet Union Confronts an Interdependent World," Choix (January 1987).
• "How Can We Improve Soviet-American Relations?" Simmons Review (Spring 1986).

Nutter, Deborah Winslow, Roger Kanet and Tamara Resler. Soviet Foreign Policy in Transition. Cambridge University Press, 1992.



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