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Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty member and former U.S. ambassador and alumna to participate in SNF Agora Institute’s “Remember, Reflect, Recommit: Celebrating Women's Suffrage” virtual conference


On Friday, September 18, Mary Sarotte, distinguished professor of historical studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley (‘84), former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Malta and Johns Hopkins SAIS alumna, will participate in a panel discussion titled “Women Working Across the Atlantic,” during the SNF Agora Institute’s “Remember, Reflect, Recommit: Celebrating Women's Suffrage” virtual conference, which will recognize the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. 
Sarotte will moderate a discussion in which Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley, Michelle J. Howard, retired Admiral of the U.S. Navy, and Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution, will share their experiences working to ensure U.S. safety and foster democracy around the world; the specific role they have played in protecting and promoting women’s rights internationally; and why it’s so important to include women in our country’s efforts abroad.
The full schedule for the virtual conference is available here


Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley 
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic Of Malta


Mary Sarotte 
Marie-Josée And Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor Of Historical Studies, Henry A. Kissinger Center For Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. EDT
Friday, September 18, 2020


This virtual event is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620

About the Speakers

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat, was the longest serving U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Malta from 2012 to 2016. Earlier in her career, she served in Baghdad, Jakarta, and Cairo before taking on the position of Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa. Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley’s Middle East assignments include election monitoring in the Gaza Strip and an extraordinary assignment where she actively supported gender equality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the first woman to lead a diplomatic mission there.
In addition to the State Department, she has held senior positions at the Defense Department and at the National Security Council of the White House. Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley was the recipient of the Maltese Order of Merit, Department of State Meritorious, and Superior Honor Awards, including "For acts of courage during an attack on the U.S. Consulate General, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 6, 2004 by al-Qa'ida terrorists.” She holds degrees from George Washington University and Johns Hopkins SAIS and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mary Elise Sarotte is an expert in the history of international relations and the inaugural holder of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professorship of Historical Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Most recently, she was the Dean’s Professor of History and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC). She is also a research associate at Harvard University's Center for European Studies. Sarotte earned her bachelor’s in history and science at Harvard University and her Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Following graduate school, Sarotte served as a White House Fellow, then joined the faculty of the University of Cambridge, where she received tenure before accepting an offer to return to the U.S. to teach at USC.
Sarotte is the author or editor of five books, including “The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall” and “1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe,” both of which were selected as Financial Times’ Books of the Year, among other distinctions and awards. Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the board of the Willy Brandt Foundation in Berlin. 

SNF Agora Institute

The SNF Agora Institute, created with a $150 million gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, aims to bring together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners from political science, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ethics, sociology and history, along with government, the media and the broader community of engaged citizens to forge new ways to support its efforts in promoting healthy democracies. Drawing its inspiration and name from the ancient Athenian agora, the institute seeks to replicate the agora’s role as a public space for citizens to develop the skills for everyday democracy, and engage in conversation, debate and the robust exchange of ideas.

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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