This morning Princeton University announced that Harvard Law School Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter has been selected as the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Slaughter will begin her tenure at Princeton on September 1.

“Although I will miss Anne-Marie very much, I am glad to have been her dean and colleague for nearly a decade,” said Harvard Law School Dean Robert Clark. “It has been a joy to watch her develop her academic and leadership skills here at Harvard Law School. She has been an exceptional teacher and an outstanding scholar who has provided invaluable and inspired service to the Law School as faculty director of Graduate and International Studies. I am proud that when Princeton conducted its search for a new head of its important school of international studies, it looked to Harvard Law School and selected a uniquely talented member of our tremendous faculty.”

Slaughter, a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School, has served as director of the Law School’s Graduate and International Studies Program since 1998. An expert in international law and American foreign relations, Slaughter received her undergraduate degree from Princeton and has masters and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Oxford University.

“I am sad to be leaving Harvard and will miss my colleagues and friends at the Law School and throughout the University,” said Slaughter. “But Princeton has offered me a unique opportunity — to lead a public policy school with a strong tradition in international affairs. I chose to go to Princeton as an undergraduate because of the Woodrow Wilson School; I am thrilled to have the chance to return.”

Recently named a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Slaughter also serves as a faculty associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

“Anne-Marie Slaughter has made outstanding contributions to Harvard as a member of our law faculty and as a leader in international studies. She is a person of real intellectual vitality, admired for her scholarship, her teaching, and her university citizenship,” said Harvard University President Lawrence Summers. “Saddened as I am by the prospect of her leaving, I know she will make the most of this excellent new leadership opportunity, and all of us here wish her the very best.”

Slaughter now joins a long list of Harvard Law School faculty and alumni who have become deans of major academic institutions. Among these are Kathleen Sullivan, dean of the Stanford University Law School; David Leebron, dean of the Columbia University Law School; John Sexton, president of New York University; and former Harvard University President Derek Bok.

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