Joe Gayeski is an M.A. student at the Yale Jackson Institute interested in American foreign policy and the international relations of East and Southeast Asia. His interest in the region developed while a Princeton in Asia fellow with the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Joe assisted NDI’s observation of Cambodia’s 2017 local elections from Phnom Penh, then relocated to NDI’s Naypyidaw office to conduct policy research for elected Hluttaw representatives. Joe remained in Myanmar after his fellowship to consult various international organizations and donor agencies on the evaluation of their programs. An avid language student, Joe speaks Khmer and Burmese. Joe graduated from the University of Edinburgh with first class honors in international relations. He has studied on exchange at the University of Sydney and completed language training at SOAS, University of London. Joe is focused on research methodology and diplomatic history at Jackson and serves as a managing editor of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. A Connecticut native, he is glad to be back in New Haven.