Angelina Jolie to become university lecturer at London School of Economics

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Angelina Jolie recently filed for divorce from Brad Pitt – but her plan to join the university faculty at the London School of Economics remains unchanged.

Taking the official title of Visiting Professor, Jolie will help LSE to launch a new Masters degree entitled Women, Peace, and Security, which will include courses on Gender & Militarisation, and Gender & Human Rights

Speaking about her upcoming appointment, Jolie said : “I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s programme.

“I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict.

“I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”

Jolie, alongside fellow visiting professors Lord William Hague, Madeleine Rees OBE, and Amnesty’s Jane Connors, will deliver lectures, facilitate workshops, and attend public events on behalf of the institution.

She will also encourage students to conduct independent research within the fields of preventing sexual violence in conflict and women, peace and security.

Speaking about LSE’s decision to hire visiting professors, Christine Chinkin, Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, said: “Bringing practitioners, policy makers and activists together with scholars is essential in advancing knowledge and influencing global and local policy-making.

“I am delighted to welcome these four leaders in their respective fields to the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and look forward to their active involvement in our innovative educational programmes.”   

Jolie is due to begin her tenure at LSE in September 2017, with applications for the program opening this autumn.

You can find out more about the course - as well as read an official statement from the university - here.


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.