Graduate Students

Saad Ansari

Saad Ansari (14) graduated from the University of Michigan, with a BA in political science and Islamic studies. There, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs and studied in Turkey and Vietnam. Thereafter, he co-established startups, including an Arabic institute, VA, a community organization which caters to refugees, AZ, and a cultural center in downtown NYC, while teaching classes, and continuing studies on Islamic legal and ethical texts. At Yale, Saad plans to study state-building as a means to improving human security and development, especially, how theory is actualized as practice, and extra-governmental builders of state, even those across borders. Regionally, he is focused on the future of the United States, Middle East, South Asia, and minority communities wherever they may be. Saad speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Urdu.

Lukas Berg

Lukas Berg (15) graduated with honors from West Point in 2005 with a B.S. in American Politics. He was commissioned as an aviation officer and attended flight school, receiving his rating as a UH-60A/L Blackhawk pilot. From 2006 to 2013, he served in the 101st Airborne Division and the 1st Cavalry Division, deploying with these units to Eastern and Northern Afghanistan, respectively. While deployed, he worked closely with French, Polish, Croatian, German, and Afghan coalition elements, in addition to various U.S. government agencies. He has led troops at the platoon and company levels and has served in a variety of staff positions, including Deliberate Operations Planner, Battle Captain, and Personnel Officer.  At Yale, Lukas plans to concentrate in U.S. foreign policy, national security, and diplomacy. After completing his studies, he will return to West Point and teach courses in American Politics, Policy, and Strategy in the Department of Social Sciences.

Louisa Brown

Louisa Brown (15) was awarded the Mellon Fellowship by Clare College, Cambridge, having graduated from the university in 2013 with a BA in Land Economy.  Due to the nature of her interdisciplinary course Louisa's academic interests are extensive, spanning from public and private law, to urban and regional economics and development policy. Her final year dissertation focussed on social justice and deprivation, analysing the impact of inequality on individual and area-based capabilities. Louisa hopes to further this knowledge in her specialising in human rights policy and development at Yale. Louisa recently assisted the Texas Defender Service in Austin, working hands-on with inmates of Death Row, campaigning to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing capital punishment. She has also undertaken research in Chiapas, Mexico concerning indigenous land rights and assisted education and microfinance projects in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Throughout her time at Cambridge, Louisa was fervently dedicated to Amnesty International and Clare Politics, committees by which she was elected Chair and President respectively.  She looks forward to continuing her active involvement in student-run societies during her two years at Yale.

Leah Butler

Leah Butler (14) is pursuing dual degrees in environmental management and global affairs. Her work is focused on reducing the environmental impacts of mining and enhancing the industry’s contribution towards global sustainable development. Last summer she worked in Liberia for an international development consulting firm and was responsible for assisting the Liberian Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy comply with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for conflict-free diamonds. Leah also developed recommendations to improve the country's artisanal diamond-mining sector, managed multiple community development projects, and trained miners on improved mining methods.

Prior to joining Yale, Leah conducted a multi-year research project on the role of civil society in influencing international trade disputes, studied marine ecology in Denmark, and worked on a rainforest conservation project in Ecuador.  In 2006, Leah joined the US Environmental Protection Agency where she managed the investigation and cleanup of hazardous waste sites in Arizona and on tribal lands.  Subsequently, she served as a life scientist in EPA’s Wetlands Office where she worked to protect the aquatic resources of California and Arizona from the impacts of urban sprawl.

This summer, she wants to learn about the motivations, opportunities, and constraints faced by extractive industries in their quest to fulfill environmental and social objectives by working within the industry. Her goal is to help companies develop and implement realistic and robust environmental and social performance standards and to foster useful partnerships between industry players, civil society, and public agencies. 

Nathan Canestaro

Nathan Canestaro (14) is a CIA military analyst who has spent much of his career studying states with persistent internal conflicts.  He has spent the last ten years studying the Iraqi insurgency and civil conflict, and in previous assignments worked on counterterrorism, the Balkans, and Afghanistan.  Nathan has deployed several times to Iraq and elsewhere in the region, working closely with the US military.  He has a BA and Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Georgetown University.  He has published several articles on legal issues related to counterinsurgency and national security.  At Yale he plans to study internal conflict, civil wars, and failed states.

Andrew Cheong

Andrew Cheong (15) grew up in Singapore. He graduated from Peking University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. As an undergraduate student at Peking University, Andrew was active as a debater, adjudicator and trainer in the international English debate circuit and convened the first student-run international debate tournament in China. Andrew also served as a trainer at Insight Plus, a debate NGO dedicated to education based on critical thinking and communication. In addition, he interned with Singapore government ministries such as the Ministry of Defense and the Urban Redevelopment Authority as well as at CapitaLand China. He has travelled widely, touring North Korea, debating in Botswana and attending a summer program in London. He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and has some working knowledge of Arabic and German. During his studies at Yale, he intends to explore the relationship between security, politics and religion in China and the Middle East. 

Rebecca Cho

Rebecca Cho (14) graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in English Language & Literature. Prior to Yale, she served as Secretariat to the 43rd Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium on Public Health held at Yonsei University in Korea where she supported the development of the academic program. She was actively involved in the drafting of a landmark declaration which examined the role of public health institutions in the promotion of public health in the Asia-Pacific region. While in Korea, she also worked for three years in the private sector with Mercedes-Benz Korea as a liaison between the CEO and senior management. She has internship experience at Deloitte Consulting and the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea. In 2011, she translated for the Korean national crew team for a training camp sponsored by the International Federation of Rowing Associations in Spain. Rebecca speaks English, Korean, and Thai with some knowledge of Latin and French. At Yale, she hopes to further pursue her interest in developmental policies encompassing socio-economic, cultural and political concerns. Furthermore, she is interested in enhancing diplomacy in non-traditional areas heightened by globalization.

Ewa D'Silva

Ewa D'Silva (14) is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stony Brook University, where she studied Political Science as well as Russian Language and Literature.  Prior to attending Yale, Ewa worked in Grants Management at the New York office of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), administering international and domestic democracy-building grants.  Ewa is a native of Warsaw, Poland, and she served as an intern reporter for the Warsaw bureau of the Associated Press in 2009.  At Yale, Ewa plans to focus on the political economy of transitioning democracies in Central and Eastern Europe.        

Michael Eastman

Michael Eastman (15) hails from South Africa. He holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in law from the University of Cape Town. The M.A. in Global Affairs is his second stint at Yale, as he was previously a Fox International Fellow at Yale from 2007 to 2008. Thereafter, he served as the law clerk and legal researcher to the Chief Justice of South Africa, Pius Langa, at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was then called to the Bar in Johannesburg and engaged in a career as a Barrister/Advocate both in South Africa and beyond its borders. His practice focused principally on constitutional, human rights and commercial law and he was heavily involved in diverse cases ranging from mineral extraction and unlawful detention to cross-border adoption and access to anti-retroviral treatment. Beyond his legal practice, he is an active member of South African civil society. In his return to Yale, he hopes to focus on the intersections of international law and global affairs and the benefits thereof for his home continent, Africa. 

Dov Friedman

Dov Friedman (15) graduated from Columbia College in 2009 with a degree in history, focusing specifically on the history of both international organization and 20th century American foreign policy.  Dov wrote a thesis examining and disambiguating currents of American internationalist thought in the immediate post-WWII period.  While in college, Dov served in various editorial positions for The Current, a student journal of politics and culture.  In 2011, Dov joined the foreign policy desk of the SETA Foundation in Ankara, Turkey as a research associate, where he covered the U.S. and Israel while delving into Turkish politics and foreign policy. Topics on which Dov has published include: AK Party and the history of Turkish political Islam’s foreign policy, Turkey’s response to the Syrian conflict, Turkey’s Kurdish Issue, U.S.-Kurdistan Regional Government relations and flawed policies in Iraq, conflation of Islamism and authoritarianism, and Turkey-Israel relations.  At Yale, Dov plans to focus on U.S. foreign policy and the non-Arabic speaking Middle East.


Farsan Ghassim

Farsan Ghassim (15) received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During his undergraduate studies, he interned with a Latin American investment bank in Bogotá (Colombia), with a consulting firm in Munich (Germany), and at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. For the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, he worked mainly on Middle Eastern issues in the UN Security Council (e.g., resolutions on Syria and Yemen), as well as the UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee. After interning at the UN and traveling in Central America, Farsan started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Düsseldorf (Germany), where he worked on a variety of projects – primarily in the retail, banking, and energy sectors. At Yale Farsan focuses on issues of global governance and international political economy, in particular, the way in which the international institutional framework can promote (or impede) the quest for global environmental protection as well as the realization of human rights.

Nicholas Gregoire

Nicholas (Nick) Gregoire (14) was born and raised in Ventura, California and enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of eighteen. After studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute, he was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he completed his Bachelor of Science and officer training.  Upon comission in 2002, Nick attended flight school and the Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama earning a qualification on UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. 

In 2003, Nick was assigned to Manheim, Germany where he assumed duties first as a Flight Leader, then as Battalion Logistics Officer.  In 2007 he was assigned to Wiesbaden, Germany where he completed his Company Command.  In 2008, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he worked on the Commanding General's Staff of the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Baghdad, Iraq. 

During his time abroad, he applied and was accepted to the Foreign Area Officer program, which trains military officers to work in U.S. Embassies as Defense Attaches. Nick returned to the U.S. in 2009 to attend the Military Intelligence Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and the French and Portuguese Basic Courses at the Denfense Language Institute in Monterey, California. 

Nick recently returned from Africa where he completed fourteen months of in-country training, working out of U.S. Embassies throughout the continent.          

Christopher Harnisch

Chris Harnisch (14), an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, recently completed a 14-month tour in Afghanistan, where he served on a multi-national counter-corruption task force.  Prior to his active duty military stint, Chris worked at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, researching and writing about al Qaeda’s emerging safe havens.  Chris has also served in the Office of the Vice President and worked for the Peace Corps.  He graduated from Middlebury College, where he studied the Middle East and Arabic.  At the Jackson Institute, Chris will focus his studies on international security and energy policy.

Melanie Harris

Melanie Harris (14) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 with a B.A. in psychology and a focus on educational studies. After teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic, Melanie served as the Executive Director of author Jonathan Kozol's educational nonprofit, the Cambridge Institute for Public Education (CIPE). At CIPE, Melanie developed education policy recommendations for the 2008 Democratic presidential hopefuls and for Ted Kennedy's attempted reform of No Child Left Behind. Starting in 2010, Melanie worked as Northeast Regional Director for J Street, a pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby and advocacy group that seeks a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this role, Melanie directed the organization's grassroots advocacy efforts with 45 congressional offices and oversaw thirteen chapters and thousands of volunteers throughout New England. At Yale, Melanie plans to focus on diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy, especially with relation to the Middle East.

Donna Hernandez

Donna Melyza Hernandez (15) is from Arleta, California. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Foreign Service and a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. As a student at Georgetown, she participated in internship programs on Capitol Hill, the Department of State and the White House. Donna is currently a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and will become a full-time member of the U.S. Foreign Service on completion of her degree. Her academic interests include analyzing the intersections between humanitarian need and security concerns.

Carolyn Hoyle

Carolyn Hoyle (14) studied history at Oxford University, specializing in the history of conflicts such as the Northern Irish troubles and Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After graduating, she moved to The Hague to work for the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, a non-governmental organization working to build empathy in communities divided by conflict. In this position she helped coordinate their Middle East projects, particularly the project on the Palestinian refugees, as well as a cultural heritage project in Turkey and Armenia. In 2009, she moved to London to become a management consultant working on projects for UK central government departments.

At Yale, she looks forward to increasing her knowledge of the Middle East and learning about development, democracy and institution building in conflict-affected regions.

Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson (14) graduated from The Citadel in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science, focusing on International Politics and Military Affairs.  While a cadet at The Citadel, he studied abroad in Spain, as well as Queensland, Australia, where he also traveled throughout the South Pacific in conjunction with studies.  After graduation, Joel commissioned as a US Army armor officer, first serving as a tank platoon leader in the Republic of South Korea.  Joel has led soldiers at the platoon and company level, including two deployments to Iraq, and has held numerous staff positions, throughout his career.  He recently began training as a US Army Foreign Area Officer, with SE Asia as his regional focus.  Joel will concentrate his studies at Yale on US foreign policy and regional stability within developing nations, particularly in SE Asia.  Conversant in Thai, Joel looks forward to learning additional SE Asian languages at Yale. 

Danial Kaysi

Danial Anas Kaysi ('13) graduated from George Mason University in 2009 with a B.S. in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining Yale, he researched Gulf geopolitics and security and wrote extensively on Iraq's internal political dynamics as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He then held the position of deputy editor of the Endowment’s Arab Reform Bulletin (Sada). Kaysi has also served as a facilitator with the cross-cultural Soliya Connect program and was a course assistant and a research apprentice at GMU, exploring the intersection between youth leadership and conflict resolution training programs. He had previously worked as a translator and has interned with GMU’s Dialogue and Difference project and Search For Common Ground. While at Yale, Danial aims to explore the strategic dynamics of energy, trade, and security as well as the prospects for regional cooperation & conflict management in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf.

Daniel Khalessi

Daniel Khalessi (15) received his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University in June 2013 with Honors in International Security Studies from Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Honors Program and a Certificate in Iranian Studies. At Stanford, he was selected to participate in Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's seminar on "Challenges and Dilemmas in American Foreign Policy" and later participated in a Directed Reading with Dr. Rice on democratic institutions. He has interned as a policy advisor in the Office of U.N. Permanent Representative Susan Rice, studied military history and strategy at Oxford, and interned at the Department of Treasury's Middle East North Africa Office through the Stanford-in-Washington Program. Daniel's honors thesis, titled "The Ambiguity of Nuclear Commitments: The Effect of NATO's Nuclear Sharing Arrangements on the Nonproliferation Treaty," demonstrates how U.S. efforts to preserve NATO's nuclear sharing arrangements during the Cold War resulted in deliberate ambiguity in the text of the NPT. At Yale, Daniel hopes to continue studying national security decision-making, Cold War history, and diplomatic strategy. He hopes to work on arms control issues for the National Security Council or State Department. 


YoonJung Ku

Yoon Jung Ku (14) graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a BA in Psychology in 2006. After graduation, she joined General Electric’s (GE) Financial Management program. She worked in four different GE businesses’ finance departments across Asia, each with a unique role. In 2009, she moved to Deloitte where she worked as a senior consultant, providing transfer pricing tax consulting. She has consistently paid close attention to community concerns. She founded a Korean adoptees program during her undergraduate years and a study room program for students from low-income families while she was working for Deloitte. She also volunteered in Costa Rica and Paraguay which solidified her interest in international development studies and aid policy. 

Hongwei Li

Hongwei (Lesley) Li (15) graduated from Fudan University in 2013 with a B.A. in Philosophy. She also studied abroad in Yale University and the University of California, Irvine (UCI). In Shanghai she conducted field research on the education situation for children of migrant workers. In India Hongwei served as a volunteer where she taught English and hygienic knowledge to slums kids. Hongwei’s internship experience in China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and Huainan Municipal Commission of Education gave her deep insight into policy implementation within China. In addition to being fluent Chinese and English, she is learning Japanese. At Yale, Hongwei hopes to further pursue her interest in developmental policies with a cross-sector perspective.

Eric Lockhart

Eric Lockhart (15), a native of New York City, graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in economics in 2007.  Prior to returning to Yale, Eric was a Leadership Gifts Associate at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he worked on private fundraising with a focus on the IRC's Board and Overseers.  Eric also volunteered as the Executive Director of the New York branch of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), overseeing the day-to-day operations of YPFP New York alongside the long-term planning and strategic development of the branch.   Before the IRC and YPFP, Eric worked at Merrill Lynch in the Investment Management and Guidance group, where he focused on portfolio construction and asset allocation.  He is pursuing a joint degree in global affairs and business at Yale with a focus on public-private partnerships in the context of women and girls’ economic empowerment.

Pauline Marcou

Pauline Marcou (15) graduated from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Lille, France, with a B.A./M.A. in European and International Careers. There, she wrote her Masters’ thesis on the question of including the concept of environmental security within the mandate of the UN Security Council. All her extracurricular commitments have revolved around the United Nations while at Sciences Po Lille. Pauline has thus been involved in National Model United Nations for several years, in New York and in Europe, as a delegate and as a staff member. She recently volunteered as an Assistant-Director for the UN-Habitat committee of the NMUN-New York conference. She also held the position of treasurer in the MUN club of her university. After living in India in 2010-2011, she recently lived in Malaysia, interning with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur. She previously worked at the United Nations Development Program’s headquarters in New York. At Yale, she plans to focus on environmental affairs, with a special interest for climate change adaptation and mitigation. She speaks French, English, Spanish, and basic Mandarin Chinese.

Milda Morkyte

Milda Morkyte (15), a native of Lithuania, graduated from Vilnius University majoring in political science and international relations in 2006. Following graduation, she worked with the Haifa-based grassroots organization Arab Association for Alternative Education in Israel and studied Arabic in Syria and Yemen. Milda has also worked for a consultancy in Lithuania writing feasibility studies for local development projects, was a translation and research specialist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and worked as a development associate at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. At Yale she plans to study the interplay between conflict, economic development and natural resources in the Middle East.

Amy Mount

Amy Mount (14) is a Mellon Fellow at Yale, pursuing a joint degree with School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Her academic work focuses on the political economy of resources and the environment.  She graduated with a Double First from the Geography Tripos at Cambridge University in 2010 and then worked as a research assistant at the Cambridge Geography Department.  She has worked at the Royal Geographical Society and Futerra Sustainability Communications.  Amy has also attended the UN climate negotiations as a youth delegate.  She has lived in Venezuela, where she worked on community engagement for a non-profit conservation organisation and assisted botanists in the lab and in the field at the Instituto Botanico de Venezuela.

Mads Neumann

Mads Neumann (14) is a Mellon Fellow from Clare College, University of Cambridge, where he received a BA degree in History in 2012. His studies covered a broad chronological span from ancient to modern. For his final year dissertation, he researched the British role in the extraction of technical intelligence from Germany in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. He has participated in summer programs at the University of Heidelberg, Copenhagen Business School and worked at the Imperial War Museum, London, in 2011. At Yale, he intends to study the politics of democratization, as well as develop his understanding of twentieth century international history.

Liz Neyens

Liz Neyens (15) graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Chinese. She is a graduate of Penn State's Schreyer Honors College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While in college, she studied abroad at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador, and was an intern at the Africana Research Center, where she assisted with research and copyediting. After graduation, Liz worked as a copywriter for’s Industrial & Scientific division, and served as a Fulbright ETA in Kinmen, Taiwan. She has advanced proficiency in Spanish and upper-intermediate proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. While at Yale, she hopes to further develop her interests in development and democracy in post-conflict areas.

Marikaa Nixon

Marikaa Nixon (15) graduated with honors from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011 with a BA in International Relations. There, she served as Secretary and Co-founder of the 1st Spelman College Chinese Club and studied in Shanghai, China. Immediately following graduation Marikaa joined the Peace Corps. While in the Peace Corps she led high-impact community development projects and created the first English Language Learning Center in her community. During her Peace Corps service she also worked at Bloomberg TV Mongolia as a Planning Editor. While at Bloomberg Marikaa assisted in launching the first live news channel and broadcast program in Mongolia. At the Jackson Institute, Marikaa will focus her studies on Democratization in East/Central Asia and International Development. She hopes to use her experience in Asia to give a voice to underrepresented minority groups, specifically in China and Mongolia. Marikaa is proficient in Mongolian and has some working knowledge of Chinese. 

Gerald O'Dowd

Gerald O’Dowd (14) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2003 with a B.S. in Human/Regional Geography. Since graduation, he served as a U.S. Army infantry officer in a variety of positions and has experience working in northern and central Iraq and in eastern Afghanistan. Most recently, Gerald served as a Rifle Company Commander serving in Khost Province, Afghanistan. Gerald plans to focus his studies at Yale on international security and strategic policy. Upon graduation, Gerald will serve the U.S. Army as a Strategic Planner.

Daniel Oliveira

Daniel J. S. Oliveira (15) grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, and graduated from Insper in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics. While an undergraduate, Daniel got involved with several social initiatives serving local impoverished communities. He also became a fellow at Fundação Estudar, a community of young Brazilian leaders that aims to transform and develop the country. He started his professional career at JP Morgan Chase and accumulated experience at an independent asset management company with a long- term value investing strategy in Brazilian public equities. He spent 2011 in Amman, Jordan, volunteering in a NGO that supports Iraqi refugees through Health and Education programs. At Yale, Daniel aims to focus on International Finance and Development exploring the role investments in infrastructure and in local companies has in fostering economic and social growth. Daniel speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, and has some knowledge of Arabic.

Abigail Olvera

Abigail Olvera (14) has recently graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s in International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy. She has worked extensively in the non-profit sector, including immigrant advocacy centers in her hometown of El Paso, Texas and the Women in International Trade Charitable Trust in Washington, DC. As an Undergraduate Pickering Fellow, she completed her domestic internship at the US Mission to the Organization of American States. Her academic interests include analyzing international business strategies between developed and developing countries, particularly the relationship between state development and private sector return on investment.

Maria Rojas

Maria Rojas (14) is a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico City. She graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico, where she concentrated on subjects related to China’s rise as a global power and its relations with the developing world. After receiving a grant to attend a semester at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing in 2008, she graduated with a dissertation on China’s International Strategy towards Africa. Later on, she was a research assistant to Professor Ana Covarrubias, renowned for her academic contribution to Mexico’s foreign policy analysis. In 2010 she worked at the Secretary of Foreign Relations preparing the executive plan of Mexico’s “Strategic Relation” with the European Union. In 2011 she joined President Felipe Calderon’s Diplomatic Counseling Office, where she was responsible for his international correspondence with chiefs of state and other global actors. Besides Spanish, she is fluent in English, Mandarin and Portuguese. During her M.A. in International Relations at Yale, she intends to focus on environmental studies and sustainable development. 

Jennifer Rosenberg

Jennifer S. Rosenberg (14) holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Ms. Rosenberg previously held fellowships at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law and at the Brennan Center for Justice. She also served as a legal advisor to a USAID rule of law project in Kosovo and as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York. Her advocacy and scholarship has addressed evidence-based governmental decision-making in social policy areas, such as education and housing; women’s rights and reproductive health; and voting rights in democracies worldwide. Ms. Rosenberg’s focus at Yale is on International Development, with an emphasis on development economics, gender equality, and empirical approaches to public policy.

Donatienne Ruy

Donatienne Ruy (15), a native of Belgium, graduated in 2012 with honors from the Université Libre de Bruxelles with a BA in political science. While an undergrad Donatienne studied abroad at the Université de Montreal and it was there that she decided to do her master's degree in North America. After graduation, Donatienne interned at the European Institute for Asian Studies, a Brussels-based think-tank that focuses on European Union-Asia relations. During this internship, she published an article on Indonesia's military modernization, wrote several short news articles and organized conferences with prominent EU and Asian researchers. At Yale, Donatienne plans to focus on security issues and conflict resolution. 

Shunsuke Sakugawa

Shunsuke Sakugawa (14) grew up in Okinawa, Japan. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 2010 with a B.A. in liberal arts and sciences (majored in International Relations). Shunsuke then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked in the Policy Coordination Division and Economic Treaties Division. He was involved in coordinating Japanese peace-building/peace-keeping policies and the other countries’ activities and in negotiating the texts of treaties such as EPAs/FTAs. His studies at Yale focus on international politics and international security.

Sergey Sirotenko

Sergey Sirotenko (15) graduated from the Law Faculty of the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2003 and received his Ph.D. in law in 2011 from the Saint-Petersburg Law Institute. Sergey has also undergone a program of seminars on Leadership and Coaching led by INSEAD Professor Stanislav Shekshnia in 2009 and completed an Executive Coaching Program at Erickson International College in 2012. Sergey currently leads Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Sports Centre of Excellence – a knowledge hub created to accumulate expertise gained though the advisory work performed by PwC for the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games and Universiade 2013 in Kazan, Tatarstan.  Over the past 10 years, Sergey held various positions with PwC Russia and led consulting projects in such areas as strategy and operations, business process improvement, organizational design and restructuring for different industries, but mainly in public sector. As a part of his social responsibility activities, Sergey is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and a Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of BBBS Russia.  At Yale he plans to focus on Asia and global public policy

Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan (15) graduated in 2007 from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to attending Yale, he served for over a year in Kabul, Afghanistan, as an advisor to the commander of the NATO coalition’s counter-corruption task force. Before his deployment, Tim worked as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he helped launch and manage AEI’s Center for Defense Studies. At AEI, Tim researched and wrote about a range of national security issues, including NATO operations in Afghanistan, piracy and extremism in the Horn of Africa, and the United States’ nuclear force posture in Asia. Most recently, Tim has directed the business development efforts of Praescient Analytics, a veteran-owned technology services start-up. At Yale, Tim plans to study the factors that shape the development of institutions in post-conflict and transitioning states.

Daniel Tam-Claiborne

Daniel Tam-Claiborne (14) graduated from Oberlin College in 2009 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and East Asian Studies. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he is a proud and outspoken Asian American. He spent two years following graduation teaching English at Shanxi Agricultural University in the rural northern town of Taigu, China as a recipient of a Shansi Fellowship. He has also served as the Shansi Returned Fellow at Oberlin, a China Instructor with Where There Be Dragons, and a FACES Delegate at Stanford University. His first book of fiction entitled What Never Leaves based on his travels and work in Asia was published in 2012 by Wilder Voice Press. At Yale, Daniel plans to study international development in China and Southeast Asia, with a focus on human rights and the environment.

Eric Tillberg

Eric Tillberg (13) graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory, with dual degrees in Art History and Music Performance (classical double bass). During his undergraduate years, he studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and participated in an archaeological dig in Abruzzo, Italy. Since graduating, he has lived in Saarbrücken, Germany, where he performed and studied music, the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked at Chronicle Books and Nolo, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has most recently translated archaeological field notes from Azerbaijani to English for a University of Pennsylvania Anthropology professor and worked as an after-school tutor for low-achieving urban youth. Additionally, he spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 at Indiana University Bloomington’s SWSEEL, taking intensive language courses in Azerbaijani and Dari. At Yale, he intends to study economic development and security issues with a regional focus on Central Asia.

Sarah Tolbert

Sarah Tolbert (15) received her bachelor's degree from Case Western Reserve University in the lovely city of Cleveland, Ohio with a major in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Following her studies she worked for 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin organizing farmer co-operatives and promoting sustainable agriculture practices.  Wanting to use her new skills in French and managing projects overseas, she stayed in Benin to work with the non-profit Songhai and the Government of Benin’s rural agriculture extension agency. She was in charge of creating a micro-lending program for women farmers and worked closely with women farming groups to install easy to use irrigation systems.  Upon returning to the states, Sarah took her field-work experience and explored agriculture and international development from a different angle, working with the International Food Policy Research Institute. At Yale, Sarah is pursuing a dual degree in environmental management from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Global Affairs. She plans to focus her studies on ways to better incorporate conservation practices into international policy and development, particularly in areas in sub-Saharan Africa where desertification is decreasing arable lands. 

Brett Tolman

Brett Tolman (15) a native of Portland, Oregon, earned his degree in Political Science from Linfield College with a focus in community development. Prior to attending Yale, Brett spent a year in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright Grant working at Colombo University as a lecturer in international and environmental news reporting.  In addition, he consulted for Sarvodaya, a Buddhist NGO to develop environmental education programs for schools and rural communities.  Brett then received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship to work with TRAFFIC in Viet Nam. For the past two years At TRAFFIC, Brett has helped to lead a joint campaign with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to tackle the illegal trade of rhino horn from Africa into Asia.  At Yale, Brett will focus on international development, with an emphasis on education and environmental policy.


Ariel Travis

Ariel Travis (15), a native of Austin, Texas, graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a B.A. in Social-Cultural Anthropology in 2008. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, participated in training to serve as a medical interpreter, and began learning Persian at the Strategic Language Initiative’s intensive institute in California and later Armenia. Following graduation, she traveled to Turkey with the support of a Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship and spent a semester pursuing graduate coursework in the fields of human rights law and migration as a visiting student at Boğaziçi University. Motivated by a desire to deepen her knowledge and serve in the field, Ariel began interning with the Refugee Advocacy & Support Program at Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, a non-profit legal aid organization in Istanbul. For the next two and a half years she worked with HCA and later the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), advocating on behalf of refugees and asylum-seekers fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. As a legal advisor with ORAM, Ariel represented asylum-seekers throughout the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' status determination proceedings, in addition to conducting research and writing on the topic. Following her time in Istanbul, she moved to Washington DC, where she continued working with LGBTI migrants, assisting the legal team at Immigration Equality. She later returned to Ankara, Turkey and served as Resident Director for a State Department-sponsored intensive Turkish language program for American students. Ariel speaks Turkish, Spanish and conversational Persian. At Yale, she hopes to deepen her knowledge of international human rights law, and plans to pursue a course of study focused on forced migration.

Loren Voss

Loren Voss (15) graduated with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology. During this time she interned at the State Department and at the non-profit Presidential Classroom. In addition to a M.A. in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute, she is also pursuing a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She spent the last five years as an Intelligence Officer for the United States Air Force. As the Chief of Intelligence for a F-15C fighter squadron, she participated in Baltic Air Policing and aided in the redesign of Baltic threat warning and reporting. She also trained with European and Middle Eastern air forces, focusing on increasing interoperability between countries. In the spin-up to the Libya conflict, she took over the intelligence directorates of three fighter squadrons, leading to the first U.S. fighter strikes in the country. She spent the last year and a half at the Air Forces Central Command leading an eighteen-member team that serves as the Air Force’s expert on Middle Eastern air forces and tactics. In this role, she organized and chaired two conferences that created the Air Force’s reference document for understanding and training to threat air forces. 

Lindsey Walters

Lindsey Walters (14) earned her Bachelor Degrees in Public Policy and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. After graduating in 2007, she joined the U.S. presidential campaign serving as a regional director in six states throughout the country. Following the election, Lindsey moved to Washington, DC where she worked in constituency engagement and international policy analysis for Al Gore's climate protection organization. She later moved to Ethiopia for a position with the World Bank coordinating an impact evaluation for an irrigation project before returning to the Bank office in DC where she continued to work in evaluation and, most recently, designed and implemented a household survey and qualitative assessment for a project analyzing the impact of institutions on climate change adaptation in Tajikistan.  At Yale, Lindsey will continue to study and promote evidence-based policy decisions, with a focus on engaging women in civil society leadership and politics in developing communities.

Theresa Wilson

Theresa Wilson (15), a native of Akron, Ohio, earned her bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Miami University, where she studied finance and international business management. Prior to attending Yale, Theresa spent four years in the United States Peace Corps working with marginalized populations in the Republic of Georgia and Costa Rica. As a volunteer she worked with municipal governments, international aid organizations, local non-profits, women’s associations, cooperatives, youth groups, and small business owners to coordinate and implement economic development projects in rural communities. At Yale, Theresa is pursuing a joint degree (MBA & Masters in Global Affairs) with an interest in economic development and human rights in developing countries.

Duo Xu

Duo (Chloe) Xu (15) graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a B.A. in English Language & Literature. After graduation, she worked with Xinhua News Agency at its Beijing headquarters. As an English news writer, she was responsible for drafting speeches and communiques for state leaders' overseas visits. Two years later she was posted to the Middle East Regional Bureau in Egypt as a resident correspondent. During this period, she travelled across the North African, Mideast and Gulf regions, covering general politics and current affairs. She was also actively involved in the Asia-­‐Pacific region as a reporter-­‐at-­‐large when Thailand was beset by clashes between government and pro-­‐Thaksin "red-­‐ shirt" protestors. Prior to attending Yale, she was an editor of business and economic news in Xinhua's International News Department. At Yale, she plans to focus on the East Asian economy, politics and society, with China-­‐U.S.-­‐Japan interactions as her primary research subject. 

Satomi Yanagidani

Satomi Yanagidani (15) grew up in Japan and holds a BA in Law at the University of Tokyo (Public Law major). In addition to the major study, he participated in various seminars concerning international politics and international law such as “UN Security Council and The conflict Resolution” and “Japan-US Secret Agreements”. He also worked as an intern at a Japanese Diet member’s office, getting involved in the mayoral election at Nishi-Tokyo City. After graduation, he directly joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan (MOFA), and he is currently a member of Japanese Foreign Service (Career Diplomat track). From 2011 to 2013, he was at the Japan-US Security Treaty Division, dealing with security policy towards the US. In particular, he contributed to solving the legal conflicts between Japan Self Defense Force and US Forces Japan over the joint use of Yokota Air Base and Camp Zama, US bases located in Kanagawa prefecture. Furthermore, he arranged various US VIP-meetings with Japanese politicians and senior officials working closely with the members of US Embassy in Japan. At Yale, he concentrates on American Foreign Policy and national security with the view of deepening his insight. After completing the MA program, he will return to MOFA.

Hamed Zarghoon

Hamed Zarghoon (15) was born and raised in Afghanistan. Before he immigrated to the United States in 2006, he served with international news agencies, MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières), and the US Government in various capacities. In 2012, Hamed graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in International Studies and Political Science. At Jackson Institute, Hamed plans to focus on Conflict Analysis and Post-Conflict Development with Middle East as his regional focus.