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Former Diplomat and Southeast Asia Expert Named New Simmons College Joan M. and James P. Warburg Chair of International Relations

BOSTON (August 31, 2010) — Simmons College has named Catharin Dalpino, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, as the College's new Joan M. and James P. Warburg Chair of International Relations.

Dalpino was the State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, serving from 1993 to 1997. Prior to that, she was a Policy Analyst at The World Bank, and for 10 years was a career officer with The Asia Foundation — a non-profit, peace-building organization. She was the Foundation's resident representative in Thailand and re-opened country programs in Laos and Cambodia.

After leaving the State Department, Dalpino was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she wrote on U.S. democracy promotion and U.S. policy toward Asia, and taught at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and George Washington University. For the past five years, she has been a visiting associate professor at Georgetown and director of its Thai Studies Program. Dalpino is the author of three books on U.S. policy toward Asia; is a frequent media commentator; and has regularly testified before Congress on issues related to U.S. policy in Asia.

Dalpino holds master's degrees in international relations and comparative linguistics from San Francisco State University, and a bachelor's degree from Bard College in government and literature.

The Warburg Chair was created in the 1980s by Simmons alumna and Emerita Trustee Joan Melber Warburg to educate the Simmons community about international affairs. Previous Warburg Chair Thomas Hull was the former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone. During his three-year tenure at Simmons, Hull focused his teaching and lectures on national and international peace building and democracy.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.