Torrey Taussig, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I came to Fletcher with a strong interest in U.S. foreign policy and a desire to build a career in public service. Before arriving, I was working in Washington, D.C., which I believed to be the center of the world (only half joking). However, there comes a time when everyone must realize that a world exists outside of “the Beltway,” and I was determined to experience it. I spent time talking with alumni from a number of different IR graduate schools, all of whom shared their unique experiences with me. Through these conversations, Fletcher seemed like the graduate school that would not only help me pursue my career goals and interests, but also open doors and opportunities I never knew existed.  

Why a PhD at Fletcher?

Fletcher's PhD program appeals to me because of its multidisciplinary nature and focus on the intersection of theory and practice. The wide range of interests present in the Fletcher PhD community is refreshing, and alumni go on to pursue a myriad of careers in academia, business and government. Many students continue to work at the forefront of policy throughout their doctoral studies, meaning that your time here is not spent away from your career, but rather building it. 

On the Fletcher Faculty:

The faculty are an exceptional aspect of the PhD program and should be a compelling reason for anyone choosing Fletcher. Engaged and interested, they work closely with students and provide our research with the expertise and attention needed to be a successful doctoral candidate. Serving as a Lecturer and Teaching Assistant for Professor Richard Shultz in one of Fletcher's core security studies courses, The Role of Force, gave me an appreciation for the expertise, effort and care that goes into teaching such a diverse and experienced group of Fletcher students. 

Favorite Book:

Elegance of the Hedgehog

Favorite author:

Robert Frost

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Favorite International Experience:

Hiking in the Cordillera Blanca mountains in northern Peru

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
  • United States(US Foreign Policy)

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Futbol
  • Student Council
  • Diplomacy Club
  • International Communications Club
  • European Club

Activities involved in during PhD Program

  • International Security Studies Program, Fletcher School, Research and Teaching Assistant 
  • Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Research and Teaching Assistant to Professor Nicholas Burns 
  • Women in International Security (WIIS)

Education before Fletcher

  • MALD, International Security Studies and US Foreign Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • BA, Political Science and Economics, Williams College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Researcher, The Glover Park Group, Washington, D.C.

  • Meetings Administration Coordinator, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY

  • Public Policy and Advocacy Intern, Save the Children, Washington, DC


  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

U.S. Mission to UNESCO (Department of State Internship), Paris, France
My work at the U.S. Mission to UNESCO was mainly in support of promoting U.S. commercial, political and educational interests at UNESCO. Specific projects involved drafting white papers on UNESCO public-private partnerships, writing briefing memos on UNESCO education projects including Holocaust Education and Teaching Respect for All, and conducting background research and reports on Middle East political issues pertaining to World Heritage. It was a very diverse internship where I was able to engage with a wide array of people from all over the world. A great opportunity to see U.S. diplomacy at work!

Dissertation Topic: 

The Twin Pillars of Authoritarianism: Sources of Revisionism in Russian and Chinese Foreign Policy