Honorable Alumna receives medal from the NIA
Recently, the National Intelligence Association awarded William Smith alumna and Georgetown University Professor of History Nancy Bernkopf Tucker ’70 its prestigious National Intelligence Achievement Medal. The award recognizes outstanding service to the United States by a member of the intelligence community.
Tucker worked in U.S. intelligence as the first Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analytic Integrity and Standards and Analytic Ombudsman in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Her contributions included the advancement of the National Intelligence Strategy, creation of a research schema in analytic methodology and much more.
“Dr. Tucker’s insight, commitment, and visionary leadership have produced new avenues for analysts to deepen their expertise, says the NIA citation. “Her legacy will continue to strengthen analysis for many years to come.
After more than a year of service in this role, Tucker returned to her professorship at Georgetown University. In 1987, she was hired by Georgetown University for a joint appointment in the college and the school of foreign service and was subsequently promoted to her current position as professor. She is a scholar and expert in U.S.-East Asian Foreign Relations. Her accolades also include a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United States Institute of Peace, Harvard University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Council of Foreign Relations and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center as well as serving as the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in the Office of Chinese Affairs at the U.S. State Department and at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. She has received grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation, ACLS and the NEH.
But where does such a life of experience and achievement begin? Hobart and William Smith, of course. Graduating in the William Smith Class of 1970, Tucker was a keen example of the William Smith woman: an eloquent balance of strong academics and engaged co-curricular involvement. In the classroom, Tucker was a history major whose work earned her a place on the Dean’s List for four years and a place in Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu, the international honors society for social sciences, which she served as president. Outside the classroom, Tucker was a member of Colloquium, the Herald, the International Relations Club and William Smith Congress. She also served as the chair of the Student Academic Affairs Committee and a student representative for the Faculty Academic Affairs Committee.
In the summer of her junior year, Tucker took part in the Neglected Languages Program which enabled her to go to Stanford University with the help of a fellowship from the National Science Fellowship for study in the Chinese language. Before graduating summa cum laude in 1970, Tucker was awarded the John Milton Potter Prize for a distinguished academic record in the humanities, the Pi Gamma Mu Memorial Scholarship and highest honors in history. She was also named in the “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Tucker went on to spend eight years studying at Columbia University where she earned an M.A. in history, an M. Phil. in American and East Asian relations, a certificate from the East Asian Institute, and her Ph.D. in 1978. She has taught at New York University and Colgate University before joining the faculty at Georgetown University.