Ronnie Olesker, 2007

Ronnie Olesker, PhD

Ronnie Olesker is currently an assistant professor in the government department at St. Lawrence University (SLU), a small liberal arts university located in upstate New York. She came to SLU in 2008 after completing her Ph.D and another year of teaching at the political science department of Tufts University. Since then, she has married and had her first child, Zoey, in January 2012.

Dr. Olesker notes: "I love my job — I get to interact with bright young minds on a daily basis and my students always comment that what they enjoy most about my classes is the 'real world experience' I bring into our discussions. I could not have had the perspective I do had it not been for Fletcher. One of the exercises my students enjoy the most, and that I learned how to do at Fletcher, is running war game simulations, which require students to develop their own strategies in the simulated crisis. Students learn so much during these simulations, and I always credit my education for that. Having been inspired by my own professors at Fletcher, choosing a career and academia has been extremely rewarding."


PhD Dissertation

  • The Value of Security vs. The Security of Values: The Relationship Between the Rights of the Minority and the Security of the Majority in Israel

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • Scholarly Development Award, St. Lawrence University, Spring 2012
  • William B. Bradbury Junior Faculty Award, Fall 2011
  • Faculty Research Fellowship Award, St. Lawrence University, Spring-Fall 2011
  • Scholarly Development Award, St. Lawrence University, Spring 2011
  • CIEE International Faculty Develop Seminar, Travel Award, Center for International and Intercultural Studies, St. Lawrence University, June 2009
  • Contemporary Issues Forum, St. Lawrence University, March 2009
  • Instructor of an Exceptional College Course Graduate Survey, May 2007
  • Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Study Research Award, June 2006
  • Instructor of Best Course by Sophomore Experience Survey, June 2006
  • Instructor of an Exceptional College Course Graduate Survey, June 2006
  • Ruth Scaife Scholarship for Academic Excellence, March 2006
  • Summer Institute on College Teaching Fellowship, Tufts University, May 2005
  • Dissertation Fellowship, International Security Studies Program (ISSP) The Fletcher School, 2004-2007
  • Represented Israel in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC in the cases concerning international human rights law, March 2000
  • Special Honors Award from the Dean of the College of Management Law School for Exceptional Academic Achievement, March 2000
  • Exceptional Soldier Award by the Head of Research Division of IDF Intelligence Department, June 1996

Education before Fletcher

  • MALD, Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, 2003
    The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Academic Concentrations: International Legal Order, Human Rights Law
  • Thesis Title: “Questions of National Identity and Democracy – Can the Rights of a Palestinian National Minority Be Protected in a Jewish-Democratic State?”
  • LL.B, Law Degree (Israel), 2000
    The College of Management Law School
  • Specialization: International Law

Experience before Fletcher

  • Adjunct Professor at Tufts University, Political Science Department, Medford, MA, 2005-2008
  • Lecturer at Tufts University, OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, Medford, MA, 2006-2008
  • Adjunct Professor at Bentley College, International Studies, Waltham, MA, Spring 2008
  • Teaching Assistant at The College of Management, Law School, Rishon Lezion, Israel, 2000-2001
  • Graduate Research Assistant at Tufts University, Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, 2003-2004
  • Judge at Jessup Moot Court Competition, International Law Student Association (ILSA), 2003
  • Legal Researcher at United Nations Headquarters, Office of Legal Advisor, Department of Management, New York, NY, Summer 2002
  • Assistant District Attorney, Clerkship for the Admission to the Israeli Bar Association, Central District Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2000-2001

Fletcher Fields of Study

  • Security Studies
  • International Law
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict Resolution


  • Hebrew
  • English