She was a specialist on the Soviet Union and gave lectures on the subject for the Berkeley-Stanford joint program led by UC Berkeley Professor George Breslauer in the mid-1980s. Bush, Scowcroft returned to the White House as National Security Adviser in 1989, and he asked Rice to become his Soviet expert on the United States National Security Council. Nicholas Burns, President Bush was "captivated" by Rice, and relied heavily on her advice in his dealings with Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin.

She would also study Russian at Moscow State University in the summer of 1979, and intern with the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Her dissertation centered on military policy and politics in what was then the communist state of Czechoslovakia.

The award granted a year-long fellowship at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or University of California, Los Angeles.

The Republicans did." Rice was hired by Stanford University as an assistant professor of political science (1981–1987).

She was promoted to associate professor in 1987, a post she held until 1993.

Rice later described Korbel (who is the father of Madeleine Albright, then a future U. Secretary of State), as a central figure in her life.

In 1974, at age 19, Rice was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and was awarded a B.Her name, Condoleezza, derives from the music-related term con dolcezza, which in Italian means, "with sweetness".Rice has roots in the American South going back to the pre-Civil War era, and some of her ancestors worked as sharecroppers for a time after emancipation.It’s hard to talk about that because people are gonna bash.Rice is unmarried, but dated professional football player Rick Upchurch while attending the University of Denver. Rice contacted both Harvard and Stanford, but states that Harvard ignored her.