Marlene Houngbedji

Marlene Houngbedji, LLM 2014, Benin/France/USA

Current Role: Supervisory Refugee Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Fields of Study:

  • Human Security
  • Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Africana Club
  • ILS (Intl Law Society)
  • Fletcher Veterans
  • Tufts Marathon Team
  • Fletcher Gender Initiative

Education before Fletcher:

  • Licentiate, Public International Law, Universite de Paris I- Sorbonne (France)
  • Bachelor’s of Arts, Political Science, Whittier College (CA, USA)
  • Master’s of Arts, Diplomacy, International Conflict Management and Human Rights, Norwich University

Experience before Fletcher:

  • United States Navy, Public Affairs Representative, Gulfport, MS, US
  • Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Grants Manager/Board Relations, Los Angeles, CA US
  • Public Counsel Law Firm, Interpreter, Translator and Researcher, Los Angeles, CA US


  • French
  • Fon
  • Mina
  • English

On the flexibility of the curriculum: The flexibility of the curriculum has thus far allowed me to cross-register for clinical courses at Harvard Law School, which complements my Fletcher in-class training beautifully. Being an “uber-nerd,” I love all the lectures I attend at Fletcher and truly enjoy listening to Prof. Hannum (Human Rights Law) and Cerone (International Humanitarian Law)! However, my strong interest in gender-based violence in times of conflict makes Dr. Mazurana’s lively Gender in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies class my favorite.

On Career Services: Students are very appreciative of the month-long professional development training (PDP) offered by the Office of Career Services. This program encourages us to focus on professional objectives and work to reach our goals throughout the academic year. I certainly look forward to the career trips to New York and Washington D.C.