Jessica Tuchman Mathews

It Is Possible For Science, Which Includes Much Uncertainty, To Be The Basis For Strong Policy and Regulation

Jessica Tuchman Mathews (born July 4, 1946)


Has been president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C., since 1997. She has held jobs in the executive and legislative branches of government, management and research in nonprofits, and journalism.




Jessica Tuchman Matthews was born on July 4, 1946, to Barbara Tuchman (1912–1989), historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Lester Tuchman (c. 1904–1997), medical researcher and professor of clinical medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Mathews attended Radcliffe College (1963–1967), earning her A.B. in 1967. She continued her education in biochemistry and biophysics at California Institute of Technology (1968–1973), receiving her doctorate in 1973.

From 1977 to 1979, she was director of the Office of Global Issues of the National Security Council, covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales policy, chemical and biological warfare, and human rights. In 1993, she returned to government as deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs.[citation needed]

She served on the editorial board of the Washington Post from 1980 to 1982, covering energy, environment, science, technology, arms control, health, and other issues. Later, she became a weekly columnist for the Washington Post, writing a column that appeared nationwide and in the International Herald Tribune.[citation needed]

From 1982 to 1993, she was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute, an internationally known center for policy research on environmental and natural-resource management issues.

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