From the study of diplomacy to the leadership of a top liberal arts college–Peter Uvin puts his skills to work:
When he was growing up in Belgium, “my first dream was to become a diplomat,” Mr. Uvin said in a phone interview. “I wanted to go across the world and end wars and promote justice.
“That was before I knew that this is not necessarily what diplomats do.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in diplomatic science and a master’s degree in political science from Ghent University. At 22 he went to Geneva to earn a doctorate in political science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
He came to the United States 20 years ago and worked most recently at Tufts University, for 12 years. For the past six, he was the academic dean at Tufts’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. As a professor of international humanitarian studies, he was the founding director of the Institute for Human Security. His academic specialization has been development, conflict, and human rights in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The African Studies Association honored his Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda as the most outstanding book of 1999.