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Jennifer Bulkeley Staats
Jennifer Bulkeley Staats -- It may be hard to imagine how one might learn about the world from a mountaintop in Tennessee, but Sewanee allowed Jennifer to do exactly that. Small classes and engaged, dedicated faculty fostered her interest in international relations theory and research, and Sewanee's Tonya Internship program and exceptional alumni network helped her experience foreign policy-making firsthand.
While at Sewanee, Jennifer focused on European security affairs and nonproliferation policy, which led her to work at the U.S. Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the U.S. Embassy in Germany, and the State Department Nonproliferation Bureau in Washington, DC. She later shifted her focus to China and Asian regional security, including work with the Arms Control Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, CA, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Most recently, Jennifer managed Asian and Pacific Security Affairs for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. She currently works as a Strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC.
Jennifer received a PhD from Harvard University, an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, and a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with honors from Sewanee. At Sewanee, Jennifer served as Head Proctor, was named an All-American basketball player, Academic All-American, and NCAA Woman of the Year for Tennessee, and she is now a member of the Sewanee Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Harvard, she was a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, as well as a Research Assistant with the Harvard-Stanford Preventive Defense Project chaired by William J. Perry and Ashton B. Carter. A Fulbright Scholar, NCAA Postgraduate Scholar, NSEP Boren Fellow, and Javits Scholar, Jennifer is proficient in both Mandarin Chinese and German.