Amy Patanasinth, 2011, United Sates

Program Manager, Syria - Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), USAID, Washington, DC 

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher for many reasons: the community, alumni network, student/faculty ratio. Mainly though, I chose Fletcher because of the flexibility of the curriculum and how it allowed me tailor my degree to my interests. At Fletcher I didn’t feel like I got a cookie cutter degree, I got a very personalized and unique education. I was able to combine and explore my seemingly diverse interests in international affairs. I could look at international security issues through traditional and contemporary lenses and look at their intersections with “softer” issues like health, gender, religion and culture. Fletcher was the perfect combination between theory and practice, giving me the knowledge and tools to transform my education into practical solutions for the ever changing world.

How has the Fletcher alumni network been helpful to you? The close bonds that I formed at Fletcher have only intensified and grown since leaving. The Fletcher alumni community is like a family away from home. I distinctly remember the first alumni happy hour the summer after I graduated from Fletcher. The alumni were incredibly welcoming and went out of their way to help me with everything from moving to connecting me with colleagues with similar interests.

Favorite magazine:

Real Simple

Favorite book:

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

International security

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Anthony Banbury

Thesis topic:

Medical stability operations

Fields of Study
  • Human Security
  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Global Women
  • Women In International Security
  • Africana Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Relations and History, Tufts University

Experience before Fletcher

  • UN World Food Programme Consultant - Oecusse, East Timor
  • Peace Corps, Community Health and AIDS Prevention Volunteer - Bassar, Togo


  • French
  • English
  • Thai

Summer Internship

  • U.S. Department of State, Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization - Washington, D.C.