Caroline Agsten is an M.A. candidate at the Jackson Institute. She joins Yale after working at the U.S. Department of State on public diplomacy efforts, including shaping strategic messaging, directing new digital engagement initiatives, and managing a Department-wide public outreach campaign designed to educate the public on the value of diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy. Caroline attended Middlebury College where she graduated summa cum laude with highest departmental honors. She majored in international and global affairs with a concentration in East Asia, writing her thesis on the historical significance of public parks in Beijing and their effects on Chinese identity politics. In addition to conducting fieldwork in China, Caroline spent significant time pursuing Mandarin language studies through the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program, the Ministry of Education in Taiwan’s cultural exchange program, and the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in China program.

Upon graduation, Caroline deepened her cross-cultural communications experience with her Fulbright scholarship in Taiwan from 2017-2018. As an English teaching assistant in two aboriginal primary schools, Caroline twice received the Outstanding ETA Performance Award for teaching performance, team leadership, and cultural integration. At Yale, Caroline intends to study U.S.-China relations and U.S. foreign policy with a focus on acquiring the expertise necessary to facilitate exchanges between the United States and policy-important regions in Asia.