Jendayi Frazer

Distinguished Public Service Professor,
Carnegie Mellon University

Jendayi E. Frazer is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), with joint appointments in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and in the H. John Heinz College’s School of Public Policy and Management. She is the Director of CMU’s Center for International Policy and Innovation.

Dr. Frazer served as the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from 2001 until her swearing-in as the first woman US Ambassador to South Africa in 2004. Dr. Frazer was instrumental in establishing the Bush Administration’s signature initiatives. She is widely credited for designing the Administration’s policies for ending the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Burundi, and for helping resolve Kenya’s 2007 post-election crisis. In recognition of her contributions, Condoleezza Rice presented Dr. Frazer with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award bestowed by the Secretary of State. In 2010, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf awarded Dr. Frazer with the distinction of Dame Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption in recognition of her contribution to restoring peace and democracy to Liberia.

Dr. Frazer received a BA in Political Science and African and Afro-American Studies, Master degrees in International Policy Studies and International Development Education, and a PhD in Political Science—all from Stanford University.