Bonnie Kovatch, 2013, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because it promised a sense of community that I did not think I would find in other programs. I knew that attending any graduate program would be a big adjustment for me, coming immediately from a deployed, military environment. It was important to me that I didn't feel lost in the masses and would be able to connect with faculty and students alike.

How I first learned about Fletcher: I first learned about Fletcher from an alumnus after I had learned that I was selected as a Rotating Faculty Member at West Point. I was weeks away from deployment to Afghanistan for 12 months, and I wanted to get my graduate school search underway before heading out. I reached out to current faculty at West Point to see which schools they attended and their thoughts on their experiences. After discussing Fletcher, I knew it was a school I had to give consideration to. Once I had returned from deployment I was able to attend an open house, and I knew then that Fletcher was the school I wanted to attend.

Favorite Magazine:

The New Yorker

Favorite Author:

Tom Robbins

Favorite City:

Fez, Morocco

Experience When You Felt the Farthest From Home:

Iraq deployment, 2005

Best Place to Study:

Ginn Library

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
    Political Systems and Theories

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Runners
    Task Force Against Human Trafficking

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Religious Studies, Siena College

Experience before Fletcher

  • United States Army, Battalion Human Resources Officer, 2-17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division - Fort Campbell, KY and Afghanistan
    United States Army, Company Executive Officer, HHC, 7th Infantry Division - Fort Carson, CO
    United States Army, Deputy Regimental Human Resources Officer, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment,  Operation Iraqi Freedom - Iraq


  • German