Judd Robertson, 2011, United States

On the flexibility of the curriculum: Sixteen classes over four semesters sounded like a lot before I started at Fletcher. The first day I sat down with the 2009-2010 course offerings to solidify my schedule, sixteen classes seemed utterly insufficient. Fletcher’s curriculum allows me to make the most of these short two years by taking—from day one—the classes I find most relevant and interesting. The broad confines of core requirements and fields of study allow room for both intellectual exploration and expertise deepening.  For me that means classes in international law, international relations theory, economics, and international treaty behavior . . . all in my first semester.

How I learned about Fletcher: Having lived in Washington, DC for five years before starting my MALD, I had already heard of Fletcher before I began to consider graduate school seriously. Although I can’t remember when I first learned of the school, the Fletcher name carried a positive connotation both in my mind and in the Washington reputational ether. Once I started asking around, it seemed nearly everyone I talked to knew an alumnus. My friends had good things to say about the Fletcher grads, and the grads had great things to say about Fletcher.

Favorite book:

The Civilization of the Middle Ages

Favorite website:

Tie between ESPN and youtube (for study breaks)

Favorite landmark/site:

Sunrise from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

3 am border crossing from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan in middle of a seemingly interminable bus ride

Most interesting person you have met at Fletcher:

Among my classmate’s fascinating environmental work, for a summer he studied auklets—a type of sea bird—120 miles off the coast of Alaska on an island with a population of 1500

Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies
  • Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Intramural Flag Football
  • Fletcher Christian Fellowship
  • History tutor at local high school

Education before Fletcher

  • AB, History, Princeton University


  • Spanish
  • English