Phoebe Donnelly, 2013, United States

Associate Director, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights - Boston, MA

What class did you take that you never expected you would? I never expected I would take the course, "Understanding Mass Atrocities," and in that semester found it difficult to tell people my schedule when I was taking that class and several other classes on conflict. The academic setting at Fletcher made me feel comfortable studying these emotionally difficult topics and helped me to understand the importance of learning about topics that many people shy away from addressing.

Something that surprised me about Fletcher:
The thing that most surprised me about Fletcher, and at the same time made me most excited about my experience there, is the attitude of the faculty. Repeatedly I was told that the faculty was there for the students, and that we should feel free to come by just to chat. I couldn't believe that I had so many incredibly accomplished and intelligent people willing to provide me with the guidance I had so been hoping for. I slowly learned that the faculty truly meant it, so I contacted a wide variety of professors whose opinion I wanted to hear. Each one provided different insight and was equally willing to take the time to get to know me.

How did your Fletcher experience prepare you for your current job? At Fletcher, I gained two mentors who influenced by career path and continue to inspire me and guide me. I hope to remain in touch with them throughout my career. My experience at Fletcher has helped me in my current role because the interdisciplinary knowledge I gained has helped me in the different parts of my job, whether knowing certain acronyms, or facts about the UN Security Council, or the key literature in my field of expertise.

Favorite Book:

Gone with the Wind

Favorite Movie:

The Wizard of Oz

Favorite City:

Buenos Aires

Most Rewarding Trip:

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu

Global Problem That Brought You to Fletcher:

Women's rights

Fletcher Capstone

  • Gender and Non-State Armed Groups

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
    International Security Studies

Summer Internship

State Department, U.S. Mission to the UN - New York City, NY

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Students in Security
    Fletcher Forum 
    Human Rights Project

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Experience before Fletcher

  • Legislative Correspondent, United States Senate, Washington, DC
    Deputy Compliance Director, Blumenthal for Senate, Stamford, CT
    Paralegal, Covington & Burling LLP, New York, NY


  • Spanish