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She graduated from Simmons with a degree in international business and put herself out there for overseas
work, but it wasn't always easy. "In 1963, the first question
they asked anyone who happened to be female-it didn't
matter what color you were-was if you could type," she
says. Her first job was doing that at the U.S. Embassy in
Paris. Since then, she's traveled all over the world as a U.S.
diplomat, learning Greek and Turkish along the way, and
earned a master's degree in public diplomacy from the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
"All of my classmates were 21," she says. "I was 38. I
thought, 'Oh my heavens, why did I say yes to this?' But
I got a fellowship to go." The fellowship was for one year,
and Elam-Thomas dedicated herself to completing the
degree program in that amount of time.
"It almost killed me," she says with a laugh, "but I did it."
After that, she lived in Washington, D.C., and worked
as a career counselor with the U.S. Information Agency-a move that wasn't planned but turned out to be a
tremendous plus in her own career.
"It was the best thing I've ever done," she says. "I spent a
year learning conflict resolution, trying to cope with Ameri-

cans of every size, shape, and gender who were not happy
about the assignments they'd been given to serve abroad. I
had to employ every conflict resolution skill I'd ever learned."
She also learned the value of going above and beyond
her job duties, often spending off-work hours making
phone calls to help people with their assignments, to great
appreciation from those she assisted.
In 1994 she was part of the State Department's Senior
Seminar that traveled through the United States to study
how domestic policy impacted foreign policy. That, she
says, was just as valuable as any overseas experience.
"I learned more about the Russian grain embargo by
spending three days with a farming family in Indiana, not
far from the Ku Klux Klan people," she says. "I thought
this would be an interesting experience. The family said
they had never met an educated African American before.
The young husband of the family didn't have the best writing or spelling skills, which shocked her. In talking with
them, she learned that most young farmers could never
own their own farms because of the high cost of inheritance taxes. You learn a lot about how America functions
by going from some of the poorest parishes [counties] in

"This book should be read by every scholar of globalization.
It demonstrates conclusively that the locality is not the
shrinking other of the wave of globalization but rather
its precondition, its theater, and its co-productive other.
Touching on such topics as affect, rights, materiality, and
rules, the essays in the volume bring globalization into the
dynamic center of some of the most vital debates in the
contemporary social sciences."
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Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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