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Bill Richardson, A70, F71, Is Among Three New Fletcher Faculty

Former U.N. ambassador, former Nigerian bank leader and medical anthropologist will arrive on campus this fall
March 24, 2015

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Editors Note (July 27, 2015): Due to unforeseen circumstances, Gov. Richardson’s class will not be offered in Fall 2015. Future updates will be posted here.

The Fletcher School will welcome three new distinguished faculty members this fall: Bill Richardson, A70, F71, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and governor of New Mexico; Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, F92, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; and Kimberly Theidon, a medical anthropologist whose work focuses on Latin America.

A Fletcher alumnus, Richardson returns to the school as professor of practice to teach a course on diplomatic tradecraft for the fall 2015 semester. Bill RichardsonHis career in public service spans more than 30 years. In addition to his diplomatic post, he has served as governor of New Mexico (2003 to 2011), energy secretary under President Bill Clinton (1998 to 2000) and U.S. congressman from New Mexico (1982 to 1996). Students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with him in formal and informal settings throughout the semester.

“Governor Richardson is a renowned troubleshooter whose work in numerous hotspots—from North Korea to Iraq to Sudan—has earned him the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize several times,” says Ian Johnstone, academic dean and professor of international law.

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, F92, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been appointed professor of practice in international business and public Kingsley Chiedu Moghalupolicy for the 2015–16 academic year. Moghalu founded and serves as president of Sogato Strategies, an emerging markets strategy and risk advisory firm; he is also a partner in the U.S. law firm Cooke Robotham. He will teach a course on emerging Africa in the world economy, participate in public events and private engagements with faculty and students and support research into emerging markets through the school’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.

During his five-year term at the central bank, from 2009 to 2014, Moghalu led the implementation of far-reaching reforms in Nigeria’s banking sector in the wake of the global financial crisis. He is the author of four books, including Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter (Penguin, 2014) and a forthcoming book on global banking reform.

Kimberly TheidonKimberly Theidon, a former faculty member at Harvard who is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., has been appointed the Henry J. Leir Chair in International Humanitarian Studies and a tenured professor in the area of human security. She specializes in transitional justice and gender and human rights issues, with a regional focus on Latin America. Theidon’s work is interdisciplinary, spilling over into law, political science and history.

At Fletcher, Theidon will teach courses on various aspects of human security—including global health, post-conflict reconstruction and drug policy—and will contribute to the growing body of research and policy impact through the school’s Institute for Human Security. Last year, the Fletcher School received a $1 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the institute’s efforts to bridge the gap between academic research and policymaking.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome these three superb individuals,” says James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School. “This is an electrifying time for the school, and I can’t think of three better-qualified faculty to help our students to know the world.”