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An International View

Alec Ward '18, during a study-abroad stint in Morocco.

Alec Ward '18, during a study-abroad stint in Morocco.

Alec Ward ’18 

Alec Ward ’18 is a defensive back on the football field and a double major in international studies and religion, with a minor in Arabic. He studied abroad in Morocco and also served an internship with the U.S. Army War College Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKOSI), researching governance structures during the Syrian Civil War; delivering a report on potential outcomes for the Syrian conflict; participating in a crisis-negotiation exercise on increased conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and working alongside high-ranking Department of Defense employees. For his senior capstone project, he’s researching Saudi Arabia’s 2012 military intervention in Yemen.


Erie, Pa.


International studies and religion, with a minor in Arabic.

Clubs and organizations:  

Varsity football, Club Lacrosse and Disciple Makers Bible Study.


John Dickinson Scholarship, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Academic All-American.

Describe Dickinson in one sentence:

Dickinson is what you decide to make of it.

Favorite book:

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

Favorite movie:


On choosing Dickinson:    

Arriving on campus, I immediately felt like it was somewhere I could spend the next four years of my life.

Favorite place on campus:

Biddle Field.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Grilled cheese.

Favorite professor:

[Thomas Bowman] Professor [of Religion and Philosophy Ted] Pulcini. He has really been a mentor for me, and I would highly recommend his classes, based on his knowledgeability and enthusiasm for the subject matter.

As I kid, I wanted to be …

… tall.

On studying abroad:

I studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco [with AMIDEAST]. The opportunity to help coach both men’s and women’s American football programs in Rabat was a real moment of cross-cultural connection for me and allowed me to combine my passions for travel and athletics.

On being a student-athlete at Dickinson:

Dickinson has been an exceptional environment to be a student athlete. I have had the opportunity to play college football while pursuing my academic interests at the same time.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …  

… Teddy Roosevelt.

Biggest influence:

My mom. She taught me to treat other people with respect, don’t take things too seriously and always listen to the oldies.

About my internship:

I interned with the U.S. Army War College. I wanted an opportunity to improve my research skills and work alongside professionals from military, academic and State Department backgrounds. My summer project was to map the state-building capabilities of various domestic actors in the Syrian civil war and use the data to extrapolate possible post-conflict outcomes.

About my research:

This past semester I completed a senior capstone paper for my international studies seminar. I researched Saudi Arabia’s 2012 military intervention in Yemen as a case study for trends in contemporary Saudi foreign policy.

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Published May 10, 2018