Condoleezza Rice

Professor, Political Economy

Condoleezza Rice

The Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy

Tad and Dianne Taube Director, Hoover Institution
Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution
Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Sciences
Senior Fellow (by courtesy), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow on Public Policy. She is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm.

From January 2005 to January 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first black woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to January 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during which time she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As professor of political science, she has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the university’s highest teaching honors.

From February 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director, then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs, as well as Special Assistant to the President for National Security. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, most recently To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth (2019), co-authored with Philip Zelikow. Among her other volumes are three bestsellers, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom (2017); No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011); and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010). She also wrote Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity (2018) with Amy B. Zegart; Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; edited The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and penned The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army; 1948-1983: Uncertain Allegiance (1984).

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, an affiliate club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. Rice remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after-school programs.

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at Rice, Hadley, Gates, & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, and former diplomat, author, and advisor on emerging markets, Anja Manuel.

In 2022, Rice became a part-owner of the Denver Broncos as a part of the Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group. In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series. She served on the committee until 2017.

Rice currently serves on the boards of, an AI software company; and Makena Capital Management, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is vice chair of the Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a trustee of the Aspen Institute. Previously, Rice served on various boards, including Dropbox; the George W. Bush Institute; the Commonwealth Club; KiOR, Inc.; the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the Hewlett-Packard Company; the University of Notre Dame; the Foundation of Excellence in Education; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the San Francisco Symphony.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s in the same subject from the University of Notre Dame; and her PhD, likewise in political science, from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded over fifteen honorary doctorates.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, 1981
  • MA, University of Notre Dame, 1975
  • BA, University of Denver, 1974.

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1981
  • Provost, Stanford University, 1993–1999
  • Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 1999–2001 and 1991–1993

Professional Experience

  • 66th Secretary of State of the United States, 2005–2009
  • President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor), 2001–2005
  • Director on President George H.W. Bush's National Security Council staff, Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1989–1991
  • Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1986
  • Served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military, 1997

Awards and Honors

  • School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University, 1993
  • Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University, 1984


Journal Articles

Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart
Harvard Business Review
May 2018


Condoleezza Rice
Random House
November 1, 2011
Condoleezza Rice
Crown Archetype
New York
Philip Zelikow, Condoleezza Rice
Harvard University Press
April 25, 1997
Condoleezza Rice, Alexander Dallin
Stanford Alumni Association
Condoleezza Rice
Princeton University Press
January 21, 1984

Stanford Case Studies

Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart, Jessica Renier
Charles Nicas, Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart
Torey McMurdo, Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart
Astasia Myers, Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart
Cameron Bell, Theo Milonopoulos, Charles Nicas, Condoleezza Rice, Daniel Slate
Condoleezza Rice, William Barnett, Cameron Bell
Condoleezza Rice, William Barnett, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo

Stanford GSB Affiliations

  • Faculty Director Center for Global Business and the Economy

Service to the Profession

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

In the Media

Insights by Stanford Business

November 02, 2022
Practical advice for avoiding divisiveness and working with people with different views.
October 19, 2022
Stanford GSB faculty and alumni discuss ways citizens, leaders, and organizations can begin to bridge the political gap. (Part 1)
May 02, 2018
Political risk can blindside a poorly prepared manager.
March 22, 2016
International affairs experts including Condoleezza Rice discuss ISIS, Syria, Russia and the refugee crisis.
March 26, 2014
Condoleezza Rice and Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen discuss communication technologies, foreign policy, and geopolitics.
March 04, 2014
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google explore how technological tools will change privacy, security, and terrorism.
May 24, 2012
The former secretary of state discusses political power in Russia, social stability in China, “the most surprising place in the world.”
December 01, 2010
New studies show that firms implementing systematic management practices improved their productivity by 10 percent reduced defects by 60 percent.
February 01, 2010
Stanford GSB professor Condoleezza Rice looks back at lessons learned and consequences of Middle East policy decisions of the Bush Administration.

School News

November 25, 2020
Described as “perhaps the foremost labor economist of his generation,” professor Edward P. Lazear passed away from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 23.
November 04, 2020
Underrepresented PhD students from around the country gathered at the inaugural Rising Scholars Conference to claim their place in academia.
January 28, 2020
Rice will assume the post as head of the 100-year-old public policy research center on September 1.
October 11, 2018
Building digital economies for inclusive growth, fostering resilient societies, and investing in people are crucial, says Jim Yong Kim.
April 23, 2018
Two first-time political candidates talk about applying the lessons they learned at Stanford GSB.
September 01, 2011
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Labour Party member David Miliband teaching Crisis Management on the World Stage class.