Ivan Rasmussen

PhD Candidate

  • MALD, Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • BA, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University


Ivan Willis Rasmussen is an adjunct lecturer at Boston College and PhD candidate at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. Academically, Mr. Rasmussen focuses on international negotiation, conflict resolution, international organizations, and East Asia. Mr. Rasmussen completed undergraduate studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 2006 and received his Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in 2009. In addition to teaching at Boston College, Mr. Rasmussen has acted as a teaching assistant for multiple undergraduate and graduate courses. Originally from rural Kentucky, he has lived and worked abroad for sustained periods of time in France, China, India, and Turkey. Mr. Rasmussen previously was a Rosenthal Fellow for the US Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Beyond public sector experience, he has also coordinated an international civic engagement program based in Zhuhai, China (PRC) sponsored by Duke University and the Gates Foundation. His most recent academic work is on Chinese international treaty behavior (Asian Journal of Public Affairs), how nationalism impacts Sino-Taiwanese negotiations (Chinese Yearbook of International Law and Affairs), and the changing politics of UN Peacekeeping. Mr. Rasmussen has received fellowships to support his research from diversity of sources including Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, the Dean’s Discretionary Fund at the Fletcher School, and Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation.

Curriculum Vitae - Ivan Rasmussen

Areas of Expertise
  • International Organizations
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • Graduate Institute for Teaching
  • Graduate Institute for Teaching
  • Next Generation Grant (Harvard Program on Negotiation)
  • Rosenthal Fellow (US State Department)
  • Academic Fellow (The Institute of Law, Economics, & Politics, Hong Kong)
  • Dean’s Discretionary Fund for Research (The Fletcher School)
  • Roome International Scholar (The Fletcher School)
  • Ruhl J. Bartlett Fellow (The Fletcher School)
  • Critical Language Scholar (US State Department)
  • Woodrow Wilson School Undergraduate Research Fund Award (Princeton University)
  • Fred Fox Fund Award (Princeton University)

Fields of Study
  • International Negotiation & Conflict Res.
  • International Organizations
  • Pacific Asia

• "From PLA to MBA: Gauging the future of China's 'Fifth Generation' of Leaders." InstituteLEAP Working Papers 2010 (www.instituteleap.org). 22 March 2010.
"Torture in the United States and China." Asian Journal of Public Affairs. (Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2008). Under review.

• International Studies Association Annual Conference (Apr 2012) Paper presented: “A Domestic Theory of International Relations: Theorizing international relations in East Asia.”
• China's Global Impact, Utah Valley University (Mar 2012) Paper presented: “Asia Revived: The potential for Northeast Asian regional integration”
• Association for Asian Studies Conference (Apr 2011) Paper presented: "The Changing Politics of Peacekeeping: China's impact on United Nations peacekeeping."
• Columbia University Graduate Conference on East Asia (Feb 2010) Paper presented: "Quantifying Conflict: Contestation concerning Tibet"
• Tufts Graduate Student Council Symposium Research (Apr 2010) Presentation: Conflict escalation and new methods for conflict analysis
• North American Taiwanese Studies Conference (June 2009) Paper presented: "Nationalism and Negotiating the Sino-Taiwanese conflict"
• Murrow Center Conference on Credible Public Diplomacy (Apr 2008) Paper presented: "Why do countries turn to public diplomacy?"
• The 5th Annual Fletcher Doctoral Conference (Sept 2011) Paper presented: “The Nation Now United: Domestic Chinese Nationalism and its Impact on International Affairs”
• The Fletcher School’s ASEAN Symposium (March 2009) Paper presented: “Prospects for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism”

PhD Dissertation (working title)
  • “Rational Nationalism on the Rise: The impact of Chinese public opinion on foreign relations” Master’s Thesis: “A New World War…of Ideas? A quantitative analysis of soft power”

Faculty Advisor(s)
• Alan Henrikson
Alan K. Henrikson
• Alan Wachman
Antonia Handler Chayes
• Sung-Yoon Lee

Teaching Experience
  • Visiting Lecturer, PO516: American Foreign Policy, Political Science Department, Boston College
  • Teaching Fellow, PS126: Chinese Politics, Political Science Department, Tufts University
  • Instructor, Friend or Foe? Sino-US historic and contemporary relations, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Tufts University
  • Instructor, Inside the Leviathan: Interagency Relations in the United States, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Tufts University
  • Teaching Assistant, PS61: Introduction to International Relations, Tufts University (three semesters)
  • Teaching Assistant, PS135: Comparative Revolutions, Tufts University (two semesters)
  • Teaching Assistant, SOC50: Globalization and Social Change, Tufts University
  • Teaching Assistant, DHP D220: Graduate Seminar on International Negotiation, The Fletcher School (four sections)
  • Teaching Assistant, ILO L209: International Treaty Behavior, The Fletcher School
  • Teaching Assistant, DHP D204: US Public Diplomacy, The Fletcher School
  • Teaching Assistant, EIB B205: Graduate Statistics Course, The Fletcher School (four semesters)

  • International Studies Association, member
  • Association of Asian Studies, member

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The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave
Medford, MA, 02155

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