Matthew Long

Degree and Year: 
BA 1989
Professional Title: 
Foreign Service Officer
Employer: 
U.S. Department of State

Professional Background: 
After ten years as an English and French teacher, including Peace Corps service in Nepal, I made the switch to diplomacy. I have since served overseas in six countries over fifteen years in roles ranging from press and cultural attachí© to counterterrorism coordinator. I have honored Battle of the Bulge veterans in Luxembourg, organized a film festival in Tunisia, sent students to Space Camp from Morocco, and flown with wildlife rangers in Kenya among many other memorable experiences.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
After floundering around a bit during my freshman year, I found a home in the English Department at Duke. Professors like James Applewhite, Reynolds Price and John Clum challenged me to think more rigorously and express myself more eloquently. I still find those skills useful every time I write a proposal for a new program, a press release on a key milestone, or a speech for the Ambassador or speak with everyone from senior leaders to school kids.