Who is Samantha Power’s husband, Cass Sunstein? President Joe Biden has just announced Samantha Power as his choice for Ambassador of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). We take a closer look at Power’s education, career and her relationship with husband Cass Sunstein.
Power nominated for head of USAID
Who is Samantha Power?
Power is a professor of global leadership and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and of practice in human rights at Harvard Law School.
Power was born on 21 September 1970, which means she just turned 50 last fall.
Originally working as a journalist, she then turned her attention to foreign policy and to Harvard Law School. However, she dropped out of law school to pursue a project about genocide. This inspired her book, A Problem From Hell, which won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.
Power is also the former US ambassador to the United Nations as well as a former foreign policy and human rights advisor to President Barack Obama.
She published her memoir, The Education of an Idealist, last year.
Commenting on her nomination for President Biden’s cabinet, Power has said on her Twitter that she is “immensely fortunate” to work for the Biden administration and with USAID.
Meet Samantha Power’s husband Cass Sunstein
Samatha Power’s husband Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. The couple also teach together at Harvard.
Sunstein is the founder of the program on behavioural economics and public policy at the Law School.
He was also administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs during Barack Obama’s presidency.
Sunstein was appointed chair of the technical advisory group on behaviour insights and sciences for health for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2020.
Samantha Power and husband Cass Sunstein have two children together: Declan, 10, and Rian, 7.