Human Rights, Politics and Government

Ambassador Frederick Barton

Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School; Co-director, Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative 

Ambassador Rick Barton is the Co-Director of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) with Kit Lunney.  He  has taught at Woodrow Wilson from 2001-5, including as the Frederick Schultz Professor from 2001-2, and since 2015.  His most recent Junior Task Forces cover stabilization and peace building.

Barton was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations  (2011-14), U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York (2009-11), Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2002-9), Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR (1999-2001), founding Director of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (1994-9) and a business and political leader in Maine earlier in his career.


He graduated from Harvard College, received his M.B.A. from Boston University, and was honored with a Ph.D. by Wheaton College of Massachusetts.

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