Kathleen Hurley, 2012, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose to attend Fletcher because it offers an unparalleled opportunity to interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis, a flexible curriculum, and the opportunity to work with leaders in my field. I believe the global perspective provided at Fletcher will allow me to assess environmental issues in a more holistic and effective way. The breadth of the curriculum allows me to make connections among diverse fields of study.

How I first learned about Fletcher: I first learned of Fletcher while researching possible graduate programs on the web. Soon after I was accepted, the power of the Fletcher network became apparent. Almost immediately, several Fletcher alumni and current students contacted me to discuss their experiences at Fletcher and to answer questions regarding the program. I was impressed by their glowing, yet frank, review of Fletcher.

Favorite magazine:

The Week

Favorite author:

Barry Lopez

Favorite city:


Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Mangement of natural resources through effective diplomacy, planning, and science

Best place to study:

The study carrels in the back of the Ginn Library

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Green
  • WILD - Outdoor club
  • Latin American Group
  • International relations mentoring program

Education before Fletcher

  • M.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University
  • B.A., Biology, Environmental Studies, University of St. Thomas

Experience before Fletcher

  • Windward Environmental, Project manager and environmental scientist - Seattle, WA
  • U.S. Fulbright Foundation, Research scholar - Dominican Republic
  • Western Washington University, Graduate teaching assistant - Bellingham, WA


  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

  • UNESCO, Water Science & Policy - Paris, France