Social Impact Career Chats: Foreign Policy & Security Careers with Dr. Dafna Rand

Dec 4, 2023, 6:00 pm7:15 pm
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Students


Event Description

Join Dr. Dafna Rand, a specialist in foreign policy, defense and security, for a conversation about how she navigated her career within the U.S. Department of State, National Security Council and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Dr. Rand will share how she got her start, managed transitions in her career, and what makes a standout applicant in this field. She will also describe highlights of her roles within nonprofits and think tanks.

Co-presented by the School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Career Development.

Refreshments will be served.

Email Satomi Chudasama ([email protected]) to request accommodations at least 2 weeks prior to the program.

Speaker Bio

Dafna Rand

Dr. Dafna H. Rand most recently served as Director of the Office of Foreign Assistance at the U.S. Department of State from 2021-2023. She has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff, at the National Security Council, and as a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Outside government, Dr. Rand has served as Vice President for Policy and Research at Mercy Corps and as Deputy Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and an A.B. from Harvard University. Dr. Rand has published two books and several articles on international security and political change in the Middle East and North Africa.

Currently, Dr. Rand is a lecturer in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a distinguished resident fellow in strategic affairs at Georgetown University, and a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.