What to Expect If You Take a Course Taught by Condoleezza Rice at Stanford

Last month JBHE reported that former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was returning to Stanford University. Rice is a professor of political science and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

Rice will be working on two books and lecturing. She won’t be returning to the classroom immediately, but when she is ready to resume teaching she plans to focus on the process of making difficult foreign policy decisions. Rice will place students in simulations where they will go through the process of making a tough decision on a matter of national importance. While she will use historical simulations to teach students how certain decisions were made, she prefers to use simulations of events that may happen in the near future. She recently told the Stanford Report, “Students need to think about not just the abstraction of policy but the actual operational questions and choices.”