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Jan. 30: Former US Envoy to Africa Jendayi Frazer Joins Faculty at Carnegie Mellon


Ken Walters                           

Former US Envoy to Africa Jendayi Frazer
Joins Faculty at Carnegie Mellon

FrazerPITTSBURGH—Jendayi E. Frazer, Ph.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the George W. Bush administration, has joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.
Frazer will be a distinguished public service professor with a joint appointment in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Department of Social and Decision Sciences and the H. John Heinz III College's School of Public Policy and Management.  She will also be associated with the university's Washington D.C.-based Center for International Politics and Innovation and the D.C. Policy Center of the Heinz College.
During her tenure with the State Department, Frazer was instrumental in many diplomatic initiatives, including efforts surrounding the national reconciliation of Somalia, the resolution of the political dispute following Kenya's 2007 presidential election, and the return to democracy in Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has been a vocal critic of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. In recognition of Frazer's contributions in advancing the United States' foreign policy in Africa, she was awarded the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in January 2009. It is an award that is only bestowed upon those officials whose exceptional leadership and significant accomplishment in foreign affairs contributed to the advancement of U.S. national interests.
Jendayi's contributions will cement Carnegie Mellon's status as a leader in international policy education and research, and her in-depth knowledge of the African continent offers additional expertise in a region of emerging importance in global politics," said Carnegie Mellon Provost and Senior Vice President Mark Kamlet. "Her experience will be invaluable as the university expands its presence in Washington, as well."
Frazer also served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa. Before becoming an ambassador, she was a special assistant to the president and senior director of African Affairs at the National Security Council, where she played an instrumental role in designing signature presidential initiatives, including the President's Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria (PEPFAR), the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and the Africa Education Initiative.
Before joining the Bush administration, Frazer taught public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1995 to 2001. Her additional experience in academia includes an assistant professorship at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and positions as a visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University and the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She also is a past editor of the journal Africa Today.
"Carnegie Mellon's expertise in international relations is renowned," Frazer said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to join a world-class faculty and apply my first-hand knowledge of African social, economic and political matters to build upon that expertise."
Frazer is an alumna of Stanford University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in political science and African-American studies, master's degrees in international policy studies and international development education, and a doctorate in political science.


Pictured above is Jendayi E. Frazer.