Clint Shoemake, 2015, USA

On the community: The Fletcher School is known for its close-knit community, and I knew that it was something I wanted to be part of. Even after a student's time at Fletcher, they continue to be a part of the community through Fletcher's renowned global network of distinguished alumni. I had also heard that Fletcher faculty were approachable and accessible, which was important to me. In fact, the first week of classes I was already meeting one-on-one with my advisor. I also wanted to spend my time in graduate school away from Washington. Fletcher is known for its fresh and innovative thinking, which is something I do not think I would have benefited from as much by going to school inside the beltway. Lastly, the MALD was exactly the sort of graduate degree I was looking for because of its interdisciplinary nature. The MALD is customizable while being both theoretical and practical in composition. It was browsing through all the Fields of Study that I could choose to concentrate in that finally sold me on Fletcher. One of the best parts of these Fields of Study is that you can even work with faculty members to come up with your own.

On the classroom experience: This semester I am working on the World Peace Foundation's 'How Mass Atrocities End' research project as an independent study course. The experience has been invaluable to me as a new student because I receive a lot of personalized attention and I am entrusted with real responsibility early on during my time at Fletcher. On a weekly basis I get to meet with a professor and five other students to discuss our research. Working with such a small team is invaluable in graduate school and a great way to learn from each other.

Favorite magazine

The Atlantic and The Economist

Favorite musician or band:

The Avett Brothers

Favorite city:

My hometown, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Favorite landmark:

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi

Fletcher alumni you admire:

Thomas Pickering, Daniel Patrick Moynahan, Roberta Jacobson, Mahmood Mamdani

Fields of Study:

  • International Security Studies
  • Political Systems and Theories

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Staff Editor for the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
  • GED tutor at Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • Fletcher Diplomacy Club
  • Admissions Ambassador

Education before Fletcher:

  • BA, Anthropology and Political Science (double major), University of Arkansas

Experience before Fletcher:

  • United States Department of State, Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, Washington/DC/USA


  • Swahili
  • French
  • English