Claire McGillem is a master’s candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studies international security and post-conflict reconstruction in sub-Saharan Africa. She is especially interested in design, monitoring, and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. Most recently, Claire interned with the U.S. Department of State in the Africa Bureau, Office of Security Affairs. Upon graduation, Claire plans to pursue a career in monitoring and evaluation of U.S. security assistance in conflict-affected states.
Prior to Fletcher, Claire worked for the International Rescue Committee in Sierra Leone as a Princeton in Africa Fellow. She also conducted research at two think tanks in Washington, D.C. on U.S. development and national security policy. Claire has studied and worked in Rwanda, France, Palestine, Kosovo, Liberia, and El Salvador on issues ranging from youth development to conflict resolution.
Claire has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College where she studied political science and international relations, with a minor in French and francophone studies. She graduated magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.