Barbara K. Bodine


Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her 33-year Foreign Service career was spent primarily on the broader Persian Gulf region with a dual focus on security/counterterrorism and governance/development. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 1997 through much of 2001, and also served in Kuwait and Iraq. In 1991, she received the Secretary of State's Award for Valor for her work in occupied Kuwait. Ambassador Bodine is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in East Asian studies and political science. She received her master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts. She is Regent Emirita of the University of California and a member of the Board of Directors of The American Academy of Diplomacy.

James P. Seevers


James P. Seevers is Director of Studies and the Georgetown Leadership Seminar at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also teaches in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program and conducts co-curricular activities for the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Prior to joining the Institute in 2005, Mr. Seevers was a State Department Foreign Service Officer, gaining wide-ranging experience through his work in South Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, and on Capitol Hill. He also has extensive Congressional experience in the Senate and with the Congressional Research Service. Mr. Seevers is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in international relations and a master of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School.

Dr. Kelly M. McFarland


As Director of Programs and Research, Dr. Kelly McFarland manages ISD’s Carnegie Corporation-funded project to expand and improve ISD’s diplomacy case studies library, an online resource for academics and students around the world engaged in the study of real-world diplomatic issues and practice.  He also leads ISD’s policy and research agenda, to include a series of scholar-practitioner working groups that explore emerging global policy challenges and make viable recommendations to policymakers.  Dr. McFarland also teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service.



Ambassador Gadsden, a retired career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, is currently Senior Counselor for International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.  Before joining the Foundation, he was a Diplomat-in-Residence and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from September 2008 through July 2011.   From October to December of 2007, he was Senior Advisor for European Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.  From 2006 to 2007 he was Deputy to the Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College in Washington, D.C. He joined the National War College’s faculty in August 2005, after completing three years as U.S. Ambassador to Iceland.  He served as Special Negotiator for Agricultural Biotechnology from September 2001 to June 2002. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from August 1997 through June 2001, with responsibility for U.S. bilateral relations with twenty-five European countries, including the major European powers. Earlier, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest (1994-97), Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris (1989-93), economic/political officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Communities in Brussels (1985-89), and European Communities desk officer at the U.S. Department of State (1981-84).

Helen F. McNeill


Helen McNeill has been the consultant to the Georgetown Leadership Seminar since 2000. She also consults for other academic programs and international groups. From 1992 until 1999, she worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the International Affairs Program Director at the Woodrow Wilson House and has also held posts at the Meridian International Center, the Environmental Film Festival, and at Washington National Cathedral. She holds a B.A. from Rosemont College and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and also studied at the University of Vienna.



Bianca Kemp is Business Manager and Academic Programs Coordinator at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, having previously served as Program Manager for the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown. She brings to ISD a background in (higher) education administration, accounting, admissions, research, and teaching. Alongside these skills, she offers qualitative research experience in Argentina, as well as study, teaching and research experience in Spain and Egypt--the latter where she worked as Graduate Research Assistant to Founding Dean of The American University in Cairo School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Ms. Kemp earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from The American University in Cairo.

Vanessa Lide


Vanessa Lide is Case Study and Publications Editor at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She joined ISD in 2016 under the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s “Bridging the Gap” initiative to connect policymakers and practitioners with university research in the area of global affairs. Ms. Lide works on ISD diplomacy case studies and other ISD publications, and also edits articles for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, a Carnegie-supported blog aimed at providing broader access to current political science research.

Wei (Daisy) Zhang


Wei Zhang is Events and Communications Manager at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. After graduating from the Communication University of China in Beijing with a M.A. in advertising in 2011, she began her career in China as a public relations specialist for Lexus, where she managed corporate messaging, crisis management, and marketing campaigns. She has also worked as a business development specialist for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.