Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited eight​ books, including ​The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World (2017)​, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family (2015), The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007)​, and ​A New World Order (2004), ​as well as over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in the Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Dr. Slaughter is a contributing editor to the Financial Times and writes a bi-monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 140,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

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Who's Your President?

How to avoid wading into perilous "what if" territory when the incumbent president is inimical to your policy preferences.

Searching for the Spirit of Democracy

Alexis de Tocqueville's seminal political critique bears directly on the crisis of American democracy almost two centuries later.

Family-Focused Tech can Nurture the Economy, Too

Anne-Marie Slaughter authored an op-ed in the Financial Times arguing technology should make it easier to support and care for our families.

The Care Economy in 2030

Looking ahead, it will be crucial to recognize all types of work so that all people can live their best day.

Discard Old Ideas of a Leader of the Free World

Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote for the Financial Times about why global problems deserve a collective, international approach.

The Broken Promise of Higher Education

Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote for the Atlantic about the college-completion crisis, referencing the findings from Varying Degrees.

What Is Education For?

Anne-Marie Slaughter's recent commencement address zooms in on the anxieties faced by millions of college students around the country.

Four Futures for Work in America

What can we learn about the future of work by imagining the different scenarios that arise if we look at both sides of the coin?

Introduction: Changing the Culture

Anne-Marie Slaughter invites us to think about how me might shift norms that exploit the violence of humans against other humans.

Extreme You

A new book teaches us how to take risks, make extreme choices, and be our best selves—at the office and at home.

Fake News, Media Literacy, and the Role of Our Nation’s Schools

Are our public schools up to the task of inculcating in the next generation of leaders a critical sensibility as part of basic civics?

The Chessboard and the Web

From renowned foreign-policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, a new paradigm for strategy in the twenty-first century