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Current SIS PhD Students

Annabel Hertz

I was drawn to international relations as a result of the Reykjavík Summit, Gorbachev, the anti nuclear testing movement, and Dr. Caldicott—though the seed was planted when I saw the film, "The Last Epidemic," at age 14.

Prior to AU, I was a policy research consultant, adjunct faculty at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and Global Governance Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Previously, I held senior advocacy and executive roles on behalf of NGOs advancing women and environment friendly development, and peace and security. I recently released Seeing Green, the humorous tale of a multicultural activist's jaunt into DC/international politics of 1992.

Why I chose SIS

I chose SIS because of the diversity of the faculty and the interdisciplinary orientation of the school. So far the faculty and my cohort have been the best part of SIS. I'm also impressed by the level of green and social awareness among the students and programs and particularly by the new SIS building: the natural light, atrium, and espresso were a confirmation I was in the right place.

Previous Education

MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

MA, International Relations, San Francisco State University

BA, Politics, University of California

Adjunct studies: University of Sussex (UK) and UNITAR/Ralph Bunche Institute (NYC)

Executive Education (business school training), World Economic Forum

Awards & Fellowships

  • Rumi Forum Study Fellowship (2013)
  • Summer University Srebrenica Fellowship (2010)
  • German Marshall Fund US-Spain Young Leaders Program Fellowship (2002)

Research Interests

International system, intervention, post conflict revitalization, climate change, sustainable development, US foreign policy, economy-environment-security nexus, links among domestic politics, foreign policy, and global governance


My LinkedIn Page

Selected Publications

Opinion pieces


  • "Building Resilience to Natural Disasters: A Framework for Private Sector Engagement" (2008). (with Dalberg Global Development Advisors). World Economic Forum/Word Bank/UN Report. World Economic Forum. 
  • "Women's Leadership for Climate Change: Lessons from the Peace Process…" (2004). Innovations in International Environmental Negotiations, Vol. 13: Harvard Program on Negotiation 

Contributing author

  • "Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict: Addressing Complex Crisis Scenarios in the 21st Century" and "Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in Northwest Africa" (2012). Center for American Progress.

Selected Presentations

  • "Climate Change and DRR in the Sahel: Overlapping Responses?" UNISDR, Geneva, May 2011