The Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy is headed by Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou and supported by a team of graduate students who organize the annual fall conference and Spring Speaker Series.
Current Student Leadership
Co-Chair: François Venne
François is a second-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School, where he concentrates in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Political Systems and Theories.
As a proud 2019 College of the Holy Cross alumnus, he earned his B.A. in International Studies and French, minoring in Religious Studies. A dual French-American citizen, he has experience living, working and studying in Europe, having spent a full year abroad in Strasbourg, France (2017-2018). Particularly interested in transatlantic affairs, François is especially drawn to religion’s role in shaping European states’ identities and how it subsequently informs domestic policies and U.S.-European relations. Following his studies at Fletcher he hopes to pursue a career in the Foreign Service.
Co-Chair: Christopher Pumford
Christopher Pumford is a second-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School, studying negotiation and conflict resolution and international organizations. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Christopher became interested in the role of religion and peacebuilding while interning at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, DC. He hopes to work on alternative reconciliation strategies in the Middle East after completing graduate school. Aside from his academic engagements, Christopher spent two years in Ontario as a volunteer missionary and also performed with the University of Michigan’s drumline.