Ben Wiselogle serves U.S. Department of State in Zimbabwe


IAS alum and U.S. Navy veteran Ben Wiselogle (’12) is serving the Political Section of the U.S. Department of State in Harare, Zimbabwe. Previously, Wiselogle was stationed in Washington D.C. as a Foreign Services Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

From Harare, he writes, “Serving in the Political Section entails engaging with civil society actors and our counterparts in the Government and Zimbabwe.  We ultimately help our partners in Washington D.C. to understand the reality on the ground here in Zimbabwe and communicate U.S. priorities to the host government.”

Wiselogle majored in Global Studies at UW Bothell and was president of the Student Veterans Association. In 2016, he earned a master of public administration degree from the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow, which became the portal to his work at the State Department.

“Serving as a foreign service officer in Embassy Harare's Political Section is immensely rewarding, but also the most challenging undertaking that I have been a part of,” says Wiselogle. “The caliber of our team is extraordinary, and if you're willing to go all in and wish to experience more of our world, the U.S. Department of State is a worthy career."

Learn more about Wiselogle’s trajectory in this 2017 article.