Message from the Director


Kathryn Stoner

Program Director

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I took over as faculty director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies in the fall of 2010. Filling Steve Stedman’s shoes was not easy, and the program owes him a great deal for all his hard work in restructuring IPS into a two-year master’s program. Steve’s efforts put Stanford firmly on the map in the international policy field.
 
One reason I have enjoyed leading IPS in particular is that I truly believe in the vital importance of interdisciplinary policy programs like ours. The breadth of political, economic, and social problems the world currently faces is a stark reminder of the need for policy analysts with a diverse set of skills and interests. Devastating floods in Pakistan, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the lingering global financial crisis are striking reminders of our global challenges. Natural disasters and those caused by human error present the world with ever more - and ever more interrelated - policy problems. Demand for well trained policy experts with diverse international experiences and solid economic and political training can only increase in the coming years. I look forward to gradually expanding and adapting the program as we seek to address these growing global challenges. 
 
In the past two academic years, IPS has continued its development as an increasingly professionalized and competitive two-year policy program. I think our program offers students three distinct advantages over our competition. First, since we are smaller than most other serious policy programs, we are able to provide students with more personalized faculty and staff attention than they might get elsewhere. Second, situated within Stanford, we are also able to offer our students access to some of the world’s leading researchers in international economics, development, politics, law, health, and the environment in particular. Third, through our affiliation with research centers at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), as well as with Stanford’s Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies (ICA), we offer our students a diverse international and interdisciplinary policy education from one of the world’s best universities. 
 
As we begin the 2012-2013 academic year, we welcome the Class of 2014 as well as welcoming back the class of 2013. Among our 43 students, 18 are from abroad, while the remainder are from the US; more than half are women; and all are remarkable. 
 
Kathryn Stoner
Program Director
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Deputy Director, Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law