Dr. Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.
From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. She also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.
From 1989 through March 1991, Dr. Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As Professor of Political Science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors—the 1984 “Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching” and the 1993 “School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching”.
She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including three best sellers, “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road” (2017), “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” (2011), and “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” (2010); “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (1995) with Philip Zelikow; “The Gorbachev Era” (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and “Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army” (1984).
Since 2009, Dr. Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Rice earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her Master's degree from the University of Notre Dame; and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Dr. Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.