About

The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs (MKAI) aims to stimulate crossdisciplinary engagement with global affairs at Wellesley and beyond. To that end, we are excited to launch a two-year pilot (AY 2024-25 and AY 2025-26) Albright Faculty Affiliates program designed to provide a platform for Wellesley faculty across all disciplines to connect, build community, and collaborate with other faculty and students toward advancing high-quality research that addresses global challenges. In partnership with the Wagner Centers for Wellesley in the World, the Albright Faculty Affiliates program will foster an inclusive and productive environment, bridging the gap between scientific inquiry and societal impact. Over the course of the two pilot years, we will be evaluating the features of the program and adjusting them in consultation with the Albright Faculty Advisory Committee and the Provost’s Office as needed to benefit the faculty, students, the Institute, and the College.

Whatever job you are asked to do, at whatever level, do it well because your reputation is your resume. —Madeleine K. Albright ’59

Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59: Diplomat, Global Leader, Visionary (1937-2022)

Madeleine K. Albright was a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama on May 29, 2012.

In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Dr. Albright was a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright was Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also chaired the National Democratic Institute and served as the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She was a member of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also served on the Board of the Aspen Institute. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

She was the author of seven New York Times bestselling books: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012), Fascism: A Warning (2018), and Hell and Other Destinations (2020).

Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.