Duke Welcomes New Diplomat-in-Residence

Stephanie Hutchison’s diplomatic career spans continents and diverse roles

-By Charles Givens

December 1, 2023

Diplomats-in-Residence (DIR) are career Foreign Service Officers who offer guidance and assistance to students on opportunities and careers in international affairs and diplomacy. Duke University welcomes its latest DIR in Stephanie Hutchison. Hutchison is the new DIR for the Mid-Atlantic region, which covers Virginia and North Carolina.

Stephanie Hutchison, the new DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Stephanie Hutchison, the new DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region (Image credit: U.S. Department of State)

Hutchison served as the Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, where she contributed to an improved business environment between the two countries. Hutchison also worked at U.S. embassies in Portugal and Morocco, where she focused on energy, climate and information technology.

A map of the United States, broken up into the official DIR regions. The Mid-Atlantic Region includes Virginia and North Carolina. (Image credit: U.S. Department of State)

Hutchison’s time state-side in Washington, D.C. saw her work on U.S.-Turkish economic relations in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Hutchison also held appointments in Trinidad and Tobago and Tanzania.


Hutchison holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in Maine. Her office at Duke is in the John Hope Franklin Center, Room 120.

“We are thrilled to continue to host the Diplomat-in-Residence at the John Hope Franklin Center,” said Erin Dillard, Business Manager for the John Hope Franklin Center. “This is such a valuable resource for students who wish to explore opportunities to serve in the U.S. Government and form a meaningful connection with someone in the Foreign Service.”

The community is encouraged to connect with DIR Hutchison via email at DIRMidAtlantic@state.gov.

For more information on the Diplomat-in-Residence program, head to their website at careers.state.gov/connect-with-a-diplomat.