Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs (2005 - 2009).
During the administration of George W. Bush, many Africa-related roles marked Frazer's involvement in the State Department, including Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council. During these years she helped develop and launch the President's Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Accounts (MCA).
She was then nominated to the position of Ambassador to South Africa as the first woman to hold that post, and immediately following became Assistant Secretary for African Affairs.
Before joining the Bush administration, however, Frazer was a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a subject in which she had personal experience as a political-military planner with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, during her time as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She was also Assistant Professor at the at the University of Denver and editor of the journal "Africa Today" from 1991 to 1994.
Her main area of interest on the continent is security and she often addresses military audiences or lectures on military-related topics.
After serving the Bush administration, Jendayi E. Frazer joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in February 2009 as Distinguished Public Service Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and in the H. John Heinz III College's School of Public Policy and Management.
Her current research focuses on strengthening regional security cooperation and economic and political integration in Africa. She is the Director of Carnegie Mellon's new Center for International Politics and Innovation (CIPI) where she is particularly interested in utilizing technology and applying innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance in Africa.
Dr. Frazer earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between civilians and the military in Kenya.