Jocelyn Braddock, 2012, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I knew that Fletcher was the right place for me when I first began researching graduate schools. After implementing agriculture and gender programs in West Africa for five years, I wanted a program that would challenge my understanding of international development work and expose me to influential scholars in a broad range of disciplines. Since arriving on campus, I am amazed at how much I am constantly learning at Fletcher and how this is influencing how I view the world. From conversations with renowned professors to study sessions with students that have lived and worked all over the world, Fletcher fosters a deeply academic and collaborative environment.

How I plan to use my experience at Fletcher to make a difference in the world: I plan to use my Fletcher education and the economic and policy analysis tools I have learned here to continue to work in international development. I would like to return to a field-based position to expand the reach of rural agricultural programs. I know that my Fletcher degree will prepare me to adapt to the changing needs of underdeveloped communities.

Favorite magazine:

The Atlantic and Entertainment Weekly

Favorite author:

Haruki Murakami

Most rewarding trip:

Visiting my Peace Corps village in Senegal after two years away

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

Stuck on muddy roads in southeastern Liberia during the rainy season

Most pressing world issue:

Economic revitalization after the global financial crisis

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • Human Security
  • Humanitarian Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Development Group
  • Global Women
  • Africana Club

Education before Fletcher

  • B.A., Art History, Swarthmore College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Women's Campaign International, Program Officer - Philadelphia, PA
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, Short-term Consultant - Ethiopia and Liberia
  • United States Peace Corps, Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development Volunteer - Senegal


  • French
  • Wolof
  • Sinhala
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Catholic Relief Services - Kigali, Rwanda