Former HLS faculty member Anne-Marie Slaughter ’85 is the new director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department. She will provide Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with strategic policy analysis aimed at advancing U.S. interests around the world.

Upon her appointment as director on January 23, Slaughter became the first woman director of policy planning staff in the department’s history.

Prior to joining the State Department, Slaughter was dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She joined the HLS faculty in 1994 and became director of the International Legal Studies Program in 1997.  She left for Princeton in 2002.

Slaughter began her academic career as a research assistant to former HLS Professor Abram Chayes LL.B. ’49 and Professor Hal Scott. She was a fellow in international law at the Law School from 1988-1989 and then joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1989, where she taught until returning to HLS in 1994.

Slaughter writes broadly on global governance, international criminal law, and American foreign policy. Her most recent book is The Idea that Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World. She is also the author of A New World Order, in which she identified transnational networks of government officials as an increasingly important component of global governance.

A prolific scholar, Slaughter is the author of over 80 articles published in leading scholarly journals. She is a former President of the American Society of International Law and currently serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the New America Foundation, the Canadian Institute for International Governance Innovation, and is also a member of the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group. Slaughter is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

At Princeton, Slaughter created and co-chaired the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States.

In addition to her J.D. from HLS, Slaughter holds an A.B. from Princeton University (1980), and an M.Phil and a D.Phil in international relations from Oxford University (1982 and 1994).