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History and Prospects for Black Leaders in a Racialized State Department
Why are there diminished returns at increasing levels of leadership on seemingly good-faith efforts to recruit a diverse public service? Data on African American Ambassadors from 1949 to 2020 presented as W.E.B. Du Bois-inspired data visualizations, and a historical review of African Americans in the US State Department confirm the State Department is a racialized organization.

Apr 19, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs @Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington Univ
Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; an MPA from the Monterey Institute for International Studies; and a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She won the 2016 Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in International and Comparative Public Administration and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Her areas of expertise include public-private partnership, governance, NGOs, development management, and diasporas. Dr. Brinkerhoff has consulted for multilateral development banks, bilateral assistance agencies, NGOs, and foundations. She is particularly keen on encouraging people to pursue service careers thoughtfully, grounding their commitment to change in self-awareness and working in community.