Mark Titus Hoover
Fletcher School of Tufts University
Class of 2015
As an American born and raised in Central and East Africa, I have significant passion and optimism for the African continent and the role that the US can play overseas and particularly in Africa. As someone who loves to communicate in others’ mother tongues, I have studied French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Arabic, and Kiswahili. Growing up in the DRC, international relations was always an interest of mine, but I am very grateful to my Wake Forest University Professors Brister, Tarte and Phillips for nurturing and developing my academic interests and analytical skills. As a Fulbright Fellow to Andorra, I taught English and played as a left-back for local soccer club F.C. Lusitanos and enjoyed the opportunity to engage in cultural diplomacy. Following two years working in admissions at Wake Forest, I enrolled at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where I enjoy the opportunity to learn with incredible students, excellent professors, and experience an unparalleled community. At Fletcher, much of my research and coursework has focused on the role that religion-primarily Islam and Christianity-can play in conflict and conflict resolution. I am also very interested in the role of a conflicted country’s diaspora on the conflict itself. During the summer of 2014, I served as a political and economic assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where I partnered with various representatives of the U.S. Government to advance U.S. interests in Burkina Faso and the wider region. Prior to Fletcher, I also worked as a French-English translator for a development NGO in the DRC, I worked for a North Carolina-based poverty reduction agency, and I interned with the economic section of the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. On a personal level, I am fiercely loyal, I possess a high work ethic, and I value curiosity as one of my most important traits. As I have traveled and worked, I have become increasingly grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by my US citizenship and I look forward to serving the US Government throughout my career as a Robertson Fellow.