Lecturer of Public and International Affairs; Co-director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative

3-C-2 Green Hall
Renee Weist


Rick Barton is the Co-Director of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) with Kit Lunney.  He  has taught at Woodrow Wilson from 2001-5, including as the Frederick Schultz Professor from 2001-2, and since 2015.  His most recent Junior Task Forces cover stabilization and peace building.

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.