Rebecca Spahr, 2014, USA

Why Fletcher: Fletcher's stellar reputation has been built over decades by top-notch professors who are leaders in their fields, staff who go out of their way to help students succeed, and students and alumni who learn, then venture into the world to practice the multifaceted discipline of international relations. When I learned about this reputation, I said, "I need to be a part of that!" The decision to pursue an education at Fletcher was easy for me; I feel at home at a school where everyone looks out for my best interests and where the sense of community extends far beyond Cabot Hall. I am confident that my experiences at Fletcher will shape the rest of my life, both personally and professionally, and I am so proud to be a part of the vast, but close-knit Fletcher community.

On having a family at Fletcher: As one of a small number of Fletcher students who have families, I didn't expect that my family would be able to enjoy the Fletcher experience alongside me. I have been happily surprised by the number and quality of family-centered or family-friendly events that Fletcher hosts, as well as the family events hosted by the greater Tufts community. The staff have been especially accommodating of my small children and have acted as an incredible resource for local information during my relocation to Medford.

Favorite book:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Favorite author:

Khaled Hosseini

Favorite landmark:

The U.S. Capitol Building

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

General Joe Dunford, USMC

Experience when you felt the farthest from home :

My year-long deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Fields of Study:

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Fletcher Veterans
  • Women in International Security
  • Fletcher Students in Security
  • Fletcher Families

Education before Fletcher:

  • BA, Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of Pittsburgh

Experience before Fletcher:

  • United States Marine Corps, Major


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English