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Amanda Schwartz

Program: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2020
Country: United States
Field of Study: International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, International Security Studies

Amanda Schwartz

Program: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2020
Country: United States
Field of Study: International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, International Security Studies
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Biography

On the Map Your Future pathway
I came to Fletcher because I wanted a graduate school that would challenge me. Many former colleagues of mine completed graduate degrees to simply check the box, which seemed to me like a huge commitment of time and money for so little in return. At Fletcher, I knew I would be able to build knowledge and relevant skills, learn from renowned scholar-practitioners, and study alongside the most brilliant and diverse classmates that I can imagine. I specifically chose the Map Your Future (MYF) degree program because it allowed me to gain two years of work experience with the comfort of knowing that I had my graduate studies planned out. Those two years were invaluable to me because not only did I discover a field that I am passionate about, but I also learned who I am as a professional and where I would like to take my career.

On a favorite class
My favorite class this semester is international humanitarian law taught by Professor Tom Dannenbaum. In this course, we examine the law of armed conflict and cover topics such as detention, civilian protections during hostilitiesĀ and unorthodox armed actors. The workload is demanding, but I find myself engaged by the readings and excited for the fast-paced class discussion. I am grateful for Fletcher's emphasis on law and this course challenges me to think about issues that I have never thought about before.

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Women in International Security
  • Culinary Diplomacy Club

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science/Communication, Northeastern University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Counterterrorism Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
Languages
French, English