School of Social and Political Science

SPS alumna takes up key post in Biden administration

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A graduate of the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) has taken up a key role in US president Joe Biden’s administration, as National Security Council (NCS) Senior Director for Europe.


Dr Amanda Sloat completed her PhD in Politics at the SPS in 2001. The title of her PhD thesis was ‘Scotland's role in the European Union: expectations of multi-level governance among political elites - an actor-centred approach’.

Dr Sloat was most recently a Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe. She also served as Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration.  

She began her new role at the White House on 20 January.

On Twitter, Dr Sloat said: “Grateful for opportunity to join Biden Administration with amazing colleagues to rebuild transatlantic relationship [and] work with Europe on global challenges.”

Find out more about Dr Sloat

You can read more about Dr Sloat on the Brookings website.

More on the NSC appointments

Read more on the NSC appointments and initial priorities on the Washington Post website:

Biden’s NSC to focus on global health, climate, cyber and human rights, as well as China and Russia  – Washington Post