Andrew Harris

Name: Andrew Harris Picture of Faculty/Staff Member
Alumni Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • M.S. INTA 2010
Current Job: Internet Policy Advisor in the State Department

Andrew Harris currently works as the Internet Policy Advisor in the State Department’s Office of International Communication and Information Policy where he focuses on the multi-stakeholder system of Internet governance and Internet policy issues that arise in the UN and its various agencies.  Andrew reports to the Ambassador appointed as US Coordinator for International Communication and Information Policy, assisting with the formulation and execution of international Internet-related policies, serving on delegations to various international fora, and developing public messaging.

How did Tech and INTA help you get where you are?

Georgia Tech and INTA provided a solid foundation in international affairs along with critical thinking and writing skills that have allowed me to thrive in a foreign policy career.  Further, INTA’s professors, many with technical expertise beyond the field of International Affairs, were critical in developing my understanding of the technological aspects of foreign policy, an asset that has greatly assisted my career.

What advice you would give current students at Tech as well as the Sam Nunn School specifically?

I would urge all Sam Nunn students to take advantage of all that Tech has to offer.  Plenty of universities offer degrees in political science and international affairs, but very few have the same depth in engineering, science, and computing.  This is a major advantage of the Nunn School, and every INTA student should make it their own advantage by applying their international studies work to these varied fields.  Doing so will make Nunn students exceptionally competitive after graduation.

What is something that you got from studying INTA at Tech?

During two years of constant and often grueling challenges, Tech instilled in me the necessity for discipline and collaboration in every aspect of work; those skills have greatly sharpened my own professionalism.