Steven Feldstein has joined the Frank Church Institute at Boise State as the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, and teaches in the global studies program.
Feldstein served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for the State Department’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. At the State Department, Feldstein was the senior official responsible for overseeing U.S. democracy and human rights policy for Africa, international labor aff airs and international religious freedom.
“I look forward to advancing research, teaching and public engagement that builds on Sen. Church’s values and reaches out to a new generation of citizens,” Feldstein said.
Prior to his appointment at the State Department, Feldstein was the director of policy for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He also served for five years as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations under chairmen Joseph Biden and John Kerry. He has been published in a wide range of academic and popular publications, including the California Law Review and Huffington Post. He has been a lecturer at American University and a consultant advisor at Notre Dame. He earned his bachelor of political science at Princeton and his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.