Maxine Isaacs received her Master's in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 1988 and her PhD in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland in 1994. Since 1994, Maxine has been on the faculty of Harvard University where she has taught hundreds of Kennedy School and undergraduate students about presidential campaigns, elections and "Foreign Policy, the News and American Public Opinion." She has taught at George Washington University and frequently lectures on the relationship among policy, politics, the news and public opinion.
University teaching is Maxine Isaacs' second career. In 1975, she worked as a freelance reporter, reporting for Africa Report Magazine, and National Public Radio. In 1983, she became Press Secretary and Deputy Campaign Manager to former Vice President Walter F. Mondale when he ran for President and had previously been part of his Senate staff. Before joining Mondale's Senate staff, she worked as Legislative Assistant and Speechwriter to Congressman Louis Stokes.
Maxine Isaacs is currently the Chair of the Women's Foreign Policy Group. She serves as a Trustee of Arlington, VA's Signature Theatre; Skidmore College, where she chairs the Academic Affairs Committee; the Folger Shakespeare Library and the American Associates of the Royal National Theatre. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.