Caroline C. Finley is a first-year student at Yale’s Jackson School, pursuing an MPP in global affairs. She commissioned as a naval officer with the United States Naval Academy Class of 2022, graduating with a BS in Political Science with Honors and a minor in the German language. She was selected as one of 20 members of her class allowed to pursue immediate graduate education through the Officer Scholarship Program. Her research focuses on alliance theory and world order politics, specifically the future of the transatlantic partnership in the United States' grand strategic shift to the Pacific. Much of her research is inspired by her work with the Secretary of the Navy’s International Affairs Division at the Pentagon.
She served as the Director of the 2022 Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, the largest undergraduate foreign affairs conference in the United States, themed “Partnership in the 21st Century: Aligning Values and Interests in a Multipolar World.” Her interests also include applied ethics, civil-military relations, and international law; she captained the Naval Academy’s Ethics Debate team and received high honors from the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy. She is the 2022 Calcagno Scholar, selected for leadership in furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
After completing her graduate studies, she will train as a Naval Flight Officer and hopes to take advantage of the unique military-diplomatic role of naval officership. After her time on active duty concludes, she looks forward to continuing her work in public service in the foreign policymaking sphere.