Condoleezza Rice

Politician

1954 –

55

Who is Condoleezza Rice?

Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Rice was the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as the second African American, and the second woman. Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. Before joining the Bush administration, she was a professor of political science at Stanford University where she served as Provost from 1993 to 1999. Rice also served on the National Security Council as the Soviet and Eastern Europe Affairs Advisor to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification.

Following her confirmation as Secretary of State, Rice pioneered the policy of Transformational Diplomacy directed toward expanding the number of responsible democratic governments in the world and especially in the Greater Middle East. That policy faced challenges as Hamas captured a popular majority in Palestinian elections, and influential countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt maintained authoritarian systems with U.S. support. She has logged more miles traveling than any other Secretary of State. While in the position, she chaired the Millennium Challenge Corporation's board of directors.

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Born
Nov 14, 1954
Birmingham
Also known as
  • Condoleeza Rice
  • Dr. Condoleezza Rice
  • The Steel Magnolia
  • The Warrior Princess
  • Condi
Parents
Religion
  • Presbyterianism
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Miles College
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Denver
    Political Science
    ( - 1974)
  • Master's Degree, University of Notre Dame
    Political Science
    ( - 1975)
  • Doctorate, University of Denver
    Political Science
    ( - 1981)
  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • St. Mary's Academy
Employment
  • Provost, Stanford University
    (1993 - 1999)
  • Associate Professor, Stanford University
    (1987 - 1993)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University
    (1981 - 1987)
  • Professor of Political Science, Stanford Department of Political Science
    (1993 - )
  • United States Department of State
    (2005 - 2009)
  • Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Executive Office of the President of the United States
    (2001 - 2005)
  • Provost, Stanford University Office of the Provost
    (1993 - 1999)
  • Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Soviet Affairs, United States National Security Council
    (1990 - 1991)
  • Director, Soviet and East European Affairs, United States National Security Council
    (1989 - 1990)
  • Associate Professor, Stanford Department of Political Science
    (1987 - 1993)
Lived in
  • Birmingham
  • Washington, D.C.

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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