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Roger Scher

Roger M. Scher, M.A., M.B.A.

Faculty Associate

School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Roger has broad experience in academia and the business world, government and politics.

Roger Scher joined the Whitehead School of Diplomacy as a Faculty Associate in August 2009. His teaching and research interests include American foreign policy and security studies, country risk and international political economy, and the political economy of the "rising powers."Roger has broad experience in academia and the business world, government and politics. He was Managing Director and Head of Latin American Sovereign Ratings at Fitch Ratings for eleven years, where he published analytical reports on the political economy of emerging markets. He also headed Asian Sovereign Ratings at Duff Phelps Credit Rating Company. He was a Foreign Service Officer and Vice Consul based in the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, an economic analyst at the Federal Reserve, and an aide to former Senator Al Gore.

Prior to joining the Whitehead School, Roger taught Political Risk Analysis at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He currently writes for the Foreign Policy Association's Rising Powers blog.


  • M.B.A., International Finance, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • M.A., International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1987
  • B.A., Political Science, Tufts University, 1984

Academic Distinctions

  • Fitch Ratings Distinguished Credit Award for Coverage of Brazil, 2003
  • General Securities Representative (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Series 7 Examination), 1994
  • William P. Stevens Fellowship, The Wharton School, 1987
  • National Science Foundation fellowship, Honorable Mention, SAIS, 1985
  • Summa Cum Laude, Tufts Univeristy, 1984
  • Anna Q. Churchill Prize in General Biology, Tufts University, 1981



Office Phone
(973) 313-6147


Office Location
Room BY111
McQuaid Hall


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