Valerie M. Hudson will direct graduate studies for the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University.
Ray C. Hillam, center director, said Hudson will succeed Earl H. Fry, who has been director for three years. Fry has received the first endowed professorship at BYU in Canadian studies and will remain active with the Kennedy Center as chairman of the Canadian Studies Program. He is also president-elect of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States.A BYU alumna, Hudson completed her undergraduate work in political science and international relations. She earned her master's and doctorate at Ohio State University.
She is an assistant professor at BYU and has taught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Hudson is the author of many publications and forthcoming books. Two of her best-known articles, which appeared in notable journals, include, "Birth Order of World Leaders: An Exploratory Analysis of Effects on Personality and Behavior" and "Homer Lea's Geopolitics: Valor or Ignorance?"
"Artificial Intelligence and International Politics" is a forthcoming book that Hudson edited. It includes two chapters she wrote.
Hudson won a College of Family, Home and Social Sciences summer research fellowship as a BYU student. The Mershon Center for the Study of National Security and Public Policy at Ohio State University named her a post-doctoral research associate. She also received a Presidential Fellowship from Ohio State University.