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Deborah W. Nutter

Senior Associate Dean
Professor of Practice
Program: Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP)

Deborah W. Nutter

Senior Associate Dean
Professor of Practice
Cabot 401A
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Ave.
Headshot of Deborah Winslow Nutter
  • A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, with Distinction in Government, Colby College
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University

Deborah Winslow Nutter is the senior associate dean and professor of practice at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is the founding director of the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), Fletcher's signature hybrid residency and Internet Master’s program, in which she teaches foreign policy leadership and team dynamics. GMAP attracts senior international affairs professionals from around the world in business, government, the United Nations, and NGOs. Dean Nutter holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, where she held several fellowships, including an Honorary Presidential Fellowship. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Colby College and studied at Oxford University.

Prior to coming to Fletcher, she taught international politics, security studies, Soviet and Russian foreign policy, and international organizations and law at Bowdoin and Simmons Colleges, serving as chair of the department of political science and international affairs at the latter institution and leading its internationalization effort. Dr. Nutter has been a fellow at Harvard University at both the Center for International Affairs and the Center for Science and International Affairs and spent one year as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow.

Dean Nutter lectures and writes on the intersection of geopolitics and leadership, using major historic world leaders and the challenges they faced as a basis for evaluating leadership performance and success. Her research and teaching also focus on leaders' relations with their key advisers, including spouses. Her publications include "Soviet Foreign Policy in Transition" with Cambridge University Press, and journal and newspaper articles on security studies, transatlantic relations, international political leadership, India's role in world affairs, and Winston and Clementine Churchill. She coined the word "Triplomacy" to describe diplomacy in the current era.

Research Interests
  • Foreign policy leadership
  • United States foreign policy
  • United States transatlantic relations
  • The changing geopolitical landscape


Review of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Game Plan, in Soviet Union/Union Sovietique (1991).

Nutter, Deborah Winslow. "Review of George Liska, Rethinking US-Soviet Relations." Ethics and International Affairs 4, no. 2 (1990).

"Military Power, SDI and Arms Control in East-West Relations" (essay review with R. Kanet and J. Schmitz) in OstEuropa, Vol.39, No. 8 (1989).

"What Role for Limited BMD?" (co-author) Survival (January 1987).

"The Soviet Union Confronts an Interdependent World," Choix (January 1987).

"How Can We Improve Soviet-American Relations?" Simmons Review (Spring 1986).


Nutter, Deborah Winslow, Roger Kanet and Tamara Resler. Soviet Foreign Policy in Transition. Cambridge University Press, 1992.

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