Slaughter’s course, which she plans to co-teach with Gordon LaForge (senior researcher at Princeton University) will examine the role and design of networks in global affairs. The course description focuses on the confluence of nation-states and intersecting networks (the internet, air travel, global supply chains, terrorist networks, and more), and the need for the development of new tools in order to understand the consequences of this confluence.
“We are thrilled to have Anne-Marie, one of the world’s greatest legal scholars, provide our students with her depth of knowledge as a practitioner of politics,” said ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester. “As the head of the New America foundation and former top State Department official, combined with her distinguished career as a dean, professor and author, Anne-Marie will bring our students a wealth of political and international relations expertise unlike any other.”
Slaughter’s experience is rich and manifold. She formerly served as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State — the first woman to hold that position. Upon her departure from this position in 2011, she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, among other awards. She is also the current CEO of New America, a think and action tank “dedicated to renewing the promise of America, bringing us closer to our nation’s highest ideals.”
“I could not be happier to be joining the ASU community,” Slaughter said. “The opportunities for innovation and experimentation with new ways of teaching and bringing different streams of knowledge together are vast and exciting.”