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Carol Lancaster named Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

The following e-mail was sent by Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia to the Georgetown Community this afternoon

Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is with great pleasure that I write to announce that, in close consultation with Provost James J. O’Donnell, I have appointed Carol J. Lancaster as Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, effective immediately.  As you know, Dean Lancaster has served as Interim Dean of the School of Foreign Service since Robert Gallucci’s departure this past summer, and we are deeply grateful for her longstanding dedication to our community.

Dean Lancaster graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1964 and received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.  She has been a member of the Georgetown faculty since 1981, first in African Studies before joining the SFS faculty in 1989.  Over the years, she has served as the Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies, Director of the African Studies Program and Director of the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program.  Dean Lancaster has also had an extensive career in government, including roles as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1993 to 1996 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1980 to 1981.

Dean Carol Lancaster

Dean Carol Lancaster

As a Professor in the School of Foreign Service with a joint appointment in the Department of Government, Dean Lancaster has come to know a broad cross-section of our faculty and student communities.  She has a deep regard for the intrinsic significance of faculty research and for the many ways that scholarship can shape policy, diplomacy, and civil society.  As a Georgetown alumna herself, she appreciates the power and distinction of the SFS undergraduate and graduate traditions of education.

Dean Lancaster has published numerous books and articles on the politics of foreign aid, the politics of development, and development in Africa.  She has consulted for the United Nations and the World Bank, and she serves on the boards of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Vital Voices, the Society for International Development, the American University of Afghanistan, the Center for International and Regional Studies (SFS-Q), and the advisory board for the Center for Global Development.

She has been a Congressional Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow, a fellow of the American Counsel of Learned Societies, a Fulbright Fellow, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development.  She is a member of the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

I am grateful to the search committee, led by Professor Angela Stent, for its commitment to conducting an inclusive national search and identifying the very finest leader for the SFS.  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dean Lancaster as she assumes the deanship on a permanent basis.  I very much look forward to our continued work together and the dynamic leadership she will bring to the School of Foreign Service.

You have my very best wishes.

John J. DeGioia


A University Press Release on the appointment of Dean Lancaster can be found here.

Let me add my personal congratulations to Carol!! I look forward to a great deanship for her and much success for Georgetown!

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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