Anne-Marie Slaughter: Biography highlights

Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world.

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About Anne-Marie Slaughter

A Princeton University foreign policy expert, a former top official at the U.S. State Department, and a Work-Life leader, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership — with a unique and powerful voice. She writes a monthly column for The Financial Times.

As CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City. Winner of the 2015 and 2017 “Best U.S. Social Policy Think Tank” Award for Prospect Magazine, New America’s cutting-edge solutions address public problems in such areas as national security, healthcare, technology policy, and education. Slaughter is co-chair of Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers and Technology, formed by New America and Bloomberg to study the future of work in America.

Slaughter headed the U.S. State Department’s internal think tank and advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As the first female Director of Policy Planning, she oversaw a major review of America’s diplomatic and development priorities.

In her latest book, The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Slaughter uses network science to develop a new way of thinking about strategy in business and politics at a time of accelerated change and disruption. Publishers Weekly called it a “paradigm-changing book.”

Her 2012 article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” an in-depth and controversial look into the extreme work-life balance of today’s professional women, quickly became one of the most-read articles in The Atlantic’s 100-year history. Named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR and The Economist, Slaughter’s latest, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, focuses on the future of the workplace. The Financial Times featured her in its special issue, “Women of 2015.”

She is the Bert G. Kerstetter University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton. The first female Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, Slaughter rebuilt the school’s international relations faculty and programs. A contributing editor to the Financial Times, Slaughter also writes a column for Project Syndicate. She is the author and editor of seven books, including A New World Order.

Slaughter received her doctorate in International Relations from Oxford and her law degree from Harvard before teaching at University of Chicago and Harvard Law Schools. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, on the board of Abt Associates, and, along with Ben Bernanke and Gordon Brown, is one of the five members of the PIMCO International Advisory Board.



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Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all "have it all"?
Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all "have it all"?
Anne Marie Slaughter on What Real Equality Looks Like | Upfront Summit 2018
Anne Marie Slaughter on What Real Equality Looks Like | Upfront Summit 2018
Anne Marie Slaughter on masculinity and feminist double standards
Anne Marie Slaughter on masculinity and feminist double standards
A New Era of Great Power Competition
A New Era of Great Power Competition
The U.S. War with Iran Goes Hot What it Means for Iraq and the Region
The U.S. War with Iran Goes Hot What it Means for Iraq and the Region
In Conversation: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Anne Marie Slaughter
In Conversation: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Anne Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter, “The Chessboard and the Web”
Anne-Marie Slaughter, “The Chessboard and the Web”
Anne Marie Slaughter: "Our democracy is broken" #SkollWF2017
Anne Marie Slaughter: "Our democracy is broken" #SkollWF2017
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

“Anne-Marie Slaughter is the rare speaker who can light up a room. Her participation definitely met and exceeded our definition of success.”


“Dr. Slaughter’s presentation ‘Hot Spots and Blind Spots’ delving into the nuances and subtleties of geopolitical risk and analysis stood out as among the best in Secular Forum history. She was able to entertain, inform, and persuade a sophisticated audience. Simply put, she is dazzling.”

The Art of Productions, Inc.

“One of the best speakers I have seen. What an incredible person she is.”

Lafayette College

“[Her] wise and cogent remarks and splendid presence helped to make this day a very special one for Lafayette and for me personally. Her address stands in my memory as the best I have heard in a long career of commencements.”

Duke University

“Dr. Slaughter was clearly interested in getting to know the Baldwin Scholars and made us feel comfortable with her immediately. It was great to see such a successful professional woman invested in young women embarking on their professional journeys.

Her talk was accessible and interesting to all-from policy buffs to science majors. We left with a nuanced framework for understanding how to think and talk about global hot spots and foreign policy.”

University of South Carolina

“Anne-Marie was a HUGE hit here. I’ve heard from several people about how her comments affected them personally. Everyone appreciated what she had to say and they are grateful that she came to speak.”

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

“Ms. Slaughter was outstanding, among the best we’ve had. Her thoughts on how we should seek to understand evolving world events provided me, and I’m sure others, a useful framework for assimilating and attempting to understand what appears to be never ending crisis and potential chaos around the world.”

Asahi Shimbun

“Her speech and comments for the panel discussion, including the advantages for Japan in a more energy-efficient and energy-independent world, was indeed inspiring and persuasive.”

HR People + Strategy

“The conference left attendees engaged and energized, and we appreciate Dr. Slaughter’s contribution to the success of the event. Her session was one of the highest rated. We look forward to working with her again in the future.”

Dartmouth College

“Anne-Marie Slaughter was great. Her public presentation was well attended by students, which we love to see, and her pre and post talk events with faculty and students went very well. It was a pleasure to have her here.”

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