Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
Professor in the Practice of International Affairs
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Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair

International Politics and Security in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program

Prof. Bibbins Sedaca serves as the Chair for the Global Politics and Security Concentration in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program and is a Professor in the Practice of International Affairs in MSFS.

Ms. Bibbins Sedaca has held numerous positions in the public and non-governmental sectors in the United States and Ecuador. She served for ten years in the United States Department of State, working on democracy promotion, human rights, human trafficking, religious freedom, refugees, and counterterrorism. During this time, her positions included: the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and External Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the Special Assistant to the Ambassador-At-Large for Counterterrorism.  Following her governmental service, she opened and directed the International Republican Institute’s local governance program in Ecuador. She also taught at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) on democratization and conflict resolution. She also co-led the USFQ Model United Nations team that won several awards in April 2009. Prior to returning to Georgetown full-time, she served as the Director of the Washington Office of Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group.

Ms. Bibbins Sedaca holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The College of William and Mary, where she was a Presidential and Monroe Scholar. She studied at Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, while on a Rotary International Scholarship.

In 2015, she was awarded Georgetown’s 1820 Graduate Award for outstanding leadership and service by graduate alumni to the Georgetown alumni community. She has earned three Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State. While at Georgetown, she received the Dean’s Citation and Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, and also was a Georgetown University Scholarship Recipient, Dorothy Danforth Scholarship Recipient and Edward Weintal Distinguished Scholar.

She serves at the Chairperson of the Board of the International Justice Mission, a non-governmental organization fighting human trafficking and violence against the poor. She has served as the Chair of the Board of the Institute for Global Engagement, a non-governmental organization promoting religious freedom overseas, and also served on the Board of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, the William and Mary Fund and the William and Mary Washington Office.

Areas of Expertise: Human rights, democratization, democracy support, human trafficking, religious freedom.


Contributing chapter author to the Georgetown University Press book, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions, edited by Drs. Anthony Arend and Mark Lagon.

“After 100 Days, Trump Still Sets a Sad Example for the World” Foreign Policy, April 29, 2017.

“Without Justice, History Will Repeat Itself”, Global Justice Blog, February 2017.
“Is Donald Trump ‘Leader of the Free World?’” Foreign Policy, January 26, 2017.
“The United States Has to Put Teeth into Its Warnings to Assad and Putin” Foreign Policy, October 4, 2016.
“An Opportunity for the GOP to Save Face” Foreign Policy, August, 4, 2016.
“Lessons from Kenya” Foreign Policy, July 12, 2016.
“In Support of Supporting Democracy”, Foreign Policy, March 17, 2016.
“Holding Steady? US Democracy Promotion in a Changing World” Programme Paper for Chatham House, 01 February 2014, with Nicholas Bouchet.
“Under the World’s Eye : The Case of the Rohingya”, Georgetown Journal for International Affairs, June 23, 2015.
“Je Suis a Defender of Freedoms: Why Democracies Need Freedom of Religion, Not Just Expression, Now More than Ever” Georgetown Journal for International Affairs, January 16, 2015
“Why Religion Matters in International Affairs”, Georgetown Journal for International Affairs, May 8, 2013