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Frederick D. Barton

Lecturer in Princeton School of Public and International Affairs


Rick Barton taught at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs from 2001-5, including as the Frederick Schultz Professor from 2001-2, and returned in 2015 to lead Junior Task Forces that cover the prevention of conflict, post war reconstruction, stabilization and peace building and also serves as a thesis advisor.  His book, Peace Works - America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018.  Barton lectures, participates in panels, publishes and guides organizations and individuals around the world and serves on public service boards.  From 2016-23 he co-directed Princeton's Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) with his wife, Kit Lunney.

Barton was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations  (2011-14), U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York (2009-11), Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2002-9), Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR (1999-2001), founding Director of USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (1994-9) and a business and political leader in Maine earlier in his career.

Barton seeks to advance peaceful democratic change and loves working with Princeton's students, faculty and community.