Meet the Graduate Scholars

Scholars 2022

Ethan Kahn

Ethan Kahn ’22 MPA ’26, of Wyoming, Ohio, graduated summa cum laude from the Department of Near Eastern Studies with certificates in computer science, Arabic, and values and public life. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a recipient of the 2022 Near Eastern Studies Language Prize as well as the 2018-2019 Shapiro…

Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee ’22 MPA ’26, of Adams, Tennessee. She is a summa cum laude graduate from the Department of Sociology with a certificate in Asian American studies. Lee was a recipient of the 2020-2021 Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and is the 2022 Terrence A. Elkes Graduate Scholar with the Scholars in the Nation’s Service…

Joseph Shipley

Joe Shipley ’22 MPA ’26 is from Brooklyn, New York. He is a cum laude graduate in History with a certificate in Russian language and culture and received the Carter Kim Combe prize in History for best second-term junior independent work. On campus, he helped lead Vote100, Princeton’s student-run civic engagement organization. He also…

Christian Slavin

Christian Slavin MPA ’26, of Salmon, Idaho, graduated from the University of Montana in 2018 with dual degrees in International Business and Business Management with dual minors in Chinese and Japanese. In June 2022, he graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Hopkins-Nanjing Center, where he…

Ryan Sung

Ryan Sung ’22 MPA ’26, a native of El Paso, Texas, graduated from the School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in East Asian studies. Growing up on the border, Sung volunteered at numerous NGOs that provided shelter to migrant communities from Central America. After high school, he participated in the Princeton Novogratz…

Scholars 2021

Jack Aiello

Jack Aiello ’21 MPA ’25 of Northport, New York, graduated from Princeton cum laude with a major in economics and certificates in political economy, South Asian studies and the history and practice of diplomacy. Aiello spent nine months prior to his first year at Princeton living in Varanasi, India as a Princeton University Novogratz…

Jordan Arnold

Jordan Arnold, MPA ’25, of Lexington, Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a major in Economics and Political & Social Thought. After graduating, Jordan spent two years as a college adviser in Covington, Virginia with the College Advising Corps, helping low-income and first…

Krystal Cohen

Krystal Cohen ’21 MPA ’25, from Jersey City, New Jersey, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton’s Sociology department with certificates in statistics and machine learning and African American studies. With a focus on education equity, Cohen was heavily involved with Community House, a student-led program that works with families to support…

Christopher Gliwa

Christopher “Chris” Gliwa ’21 MPA ’25, of East Rutherford, New Jersey, a 2021 Princeton graduate with a degree in civil and environmental engineering and a certificate in environmental studies focused his departmental research on the application of engineering and policy principles to address legacy pollution in the working-class neighborhoods…

Scholars 2020

Laura Hausman

Laura Hausman ’20 MPA ’24, of New York, New York, graduated summa cum laude in 2020 from Princeton’s Politics department with a certificate in American Studies. She received the John G. Buchanan Prize in Politics, which is awarded to the senior who has attained during junior and senior years the highest standing in the…

Mikaylah Ladue

Mikaylah Ladue ’20 MPA '24, of Levittown, Pennsylvania, a 2020 summa cum laude Princeton graduate in anthropology with certificates in Latin American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies specialized in legal and political anthropology during her time at Princeton. She was a two-time fellow with the Gender in the Global…

Cassie Rodriguez

Casimira "Cassie" Rodriguez ’19 MPA ’24, of San Bernardino, California, graduated cum laude in 2019 from Princeton’s Department of Politics with Certificates in East Asian Studies and the History and Practice of Diplomacy.  She spent spring 2018 studying abroad at Doshisha University in Kyoto with the Kyoto Consortium for…

Alexandra Zalewski

Alexandra Zalewski ’20 MPA ’24, of Orange County, California, graduated cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, in June 2020. She hopes to pursue a career in conflict stabilization and is interested in understanding conditions on the ground through direct…

Scholars 2019

Maya Aronoff

Maya Aronoff ’19 MPA '23 of Mason, Michigan, graduated magna cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in the History and Practice of Diplomacy. She was chosen to deliver one of the Class Day speeches at graduation and received two awards for…

Julia Herrle

Julia Herrle ’19 MPA '23, of Wexford, Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude in 2019 from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in Environmental Studies and in Values and Public Life. She is passionate about improving global food security and is…

Jared Lockwood

Jared Lockwood ’19 MPA ’23, of Hallsville, Missouri, graduated cum laude from Princeton’s Politics department with a focus on international relations. As an undergraduate, Jared was involved in various leadership positions on campus including as a residential college adviser in Rockefeller College, a head fellow with the…

Parker Wild

Parker Wild ’19 *23, of Brunswick, Maine, graduated from Princeton University’s Department of Computer Science in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He is currently pursuing his Master in Public Affairs as the Terrence A. Elkes Graduate Scholar with the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative. His first rotation was with the…

Scholars 2018

Dina Chotrani

Dina Chotrani ’18, MPA '22 of Secaucus, New Jersey, graduated cum laude from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in Global Health and Health Policy, History and the Practice of Diplomacy, and Entrepreneurship. Chotrani, the 2018 Terrence A. Elkes Graduate Scholar in the Nation’s Service, has…

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones ’18, MPA '22 of Princeton, New Jersey, is a 2018 magna cum laude Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, l graduate who received certificates in Latin American Studies and the History and Practice of Diplomacy, and the Richard H. Ullman Prize…

Newby Parton

John L "Newby" Parton ’18 MPA '22, of McMinnville, Tennessee, is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in Values and Public Life and Urban Studies. As a Princeton undergraduate, he worked as a dormitory assistant, tour…

Caitlin Quinn

Caitlin Quinn '18 *22, of San Antonio, Texas, graduated cum laude from the School of Public and International Affairs in June 2018 with certificates in Latin American Studies and Portuguese. A recipient of an International Internship Program grant, the Streicker International Fellows Fund, and the Council of American…

Scholars 2017

Kishan Bhatt

Kishan Bhatt ’17 MPA '21, of Edison, New Jersey, graduated summa cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in Global Health and Health Studies as well as American Studies. Bhatt was awarded The Myron T. Herrick Prize –the highest thesis honor for an…

Emily Chen

Emily Chen ’17 MPA '21, of Denville, New Jersey, graduated cum laude with a degree in civil and environmental engineering and a certificate in German Language and Culture. She was also inducted into the Sigma Xi honors society.

With an aim to address climate change, Chen sought to understand various perspectives during her…

Olivia Hompe

Olivia Hompe ’17 MPA '21, of New Canaan, Connecticut, graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. She was one of two graduates to receive the Class of 1924 Award, which is awarded to senior(s) whose contribution to a policy seminar has been judged most outstanding.

Hompe,…

Abby Lissanu

Abyssinia "Abby" Lissanu '16 MPA '21 of Somerset, Kentucky, a Politics major, graduated magna cum laude in 2016 with a concentration in international relations and a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture.  As an undergraduate, Abyssinia focused on education and human rights in coursework and community service. She volunteered domestically…

Nabil Shaikh

Nabil Shaikh ’17 MPA '21, of Reading, Pennsylvania, graduated cum laude from Princeton's politics department with certificates in Global Health and Human Values and Public Life. He also was a co-winner of the Global Health and Health Policy Senior Thesis Prize, awarded in recognition of the most outstanding thesis written by a student…

Scholars 2015

Nathan Eckstein

Nathan Eckstein '16 MPA '20, of Chicago, Illinois, a former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, major, graduated from Princeton cum laude with certificates in Latin American Studies and Humanistic Studies. Proficient in Spanish, many of his interests relate to the utility of diplomacy in…

Jamal Johnson

Jamal Johnson '16 MPA '20, of Tomball, Texas, a Politics major focusing on American Politics and Political Economy, graduated in 2016 with certificates in Urban Studies and Statistics and Machine Learning. Passionate about combatting urban poverty, Johnson has focused his academic work on urban political economy. He is particularly fascinated…

Michelle Nedashkovskaya

Michelle Nedashkovskaya '16 MPA '20, of Staten Island, New York, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton's Politics department, where she concentrated in international relations. She grew up speaking Russian and English and has attained advanced proficiency in German and elementary proficiency in Spanish, supplemented by her…

Alex Wheatley

Alexandra "Alex" Wheatley '16 MPA '20, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major, graduated from Princeton magna cum laude in 2016 with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Proficient in Spanish, she is passionate about global health and is particularly interested in how public policies shape disease…

Scholars 2014

Joanna Anyanwu

Joanna Anyanwu '15, MPA/JD '21, of Dallas, Texas, is a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate with certificates in Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as African Studies. Born in Nigeria, she has lived extensively in West and North Africa as well as in the U.S.  

The…

Logan Coleman

Logan Coleman ‘15 MPA '19, of Charlottesville, VA., is the 2015 Frank C. Carlucci ’52 Scholar. A Politics major, she graduated from Princeton with a certificate in Latin American Studies. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese’ has a basic understanding of Swahili and studied French in summer 2018 in Dijon.

Twice the recipient of a…

Hanna Kim

Hanna Kim ’15 MPA '19, from Wayne, N.J., graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in East Asian Studies and Translation and Intercultural Communication. For her outstanding academic performance and…

Rebecca Kreutter

Becky Kreutter '15 MPA '19, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in Environmental Studies. Her work on "Econometric Drivers of Forest Change in India," which analyzed satellite data on land-use in…

Michael Lachanski

Michael Lachanski ’15 MPA '20 of Linden, N.J., the 2015 Frederick P Hitz ’61 Scholar, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Economics and certificates in Statistics and Machine Learning, Engineering and Management Systems, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Finance. As the first Princeton University undergraduate from the economics…

Scholars 2013

Sean Chen

Sean Andrew Chen '14 MPA '18 of Martinsville, N.J., an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar, began his Princeton University career at the School of Architecture.  After a leave of absence to attend the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, he returned to Princeton as a former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the…

Alex Kasdin

Alexandra "Alex" Kasdin '14 MPA '18, of Princeton, New Jersey, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, focused on conservation biology and environmental policy. She was also inducted into the Sigma Xi honors society.  Originally inspired by her first-grade teacher and an…

Kristen Kruger

Kristen Kruger '14 *18, of Calabasas, California, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in Politics with a concentration in American politics. Her main focus is on domestic education policy, particularly elementary and secondary education. The Class of 2014 Tom A. and Andrea E. Bernstein ’80 Scholar, Kruger has…

Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth Martin '14 *18 originally from Lewisville, N.C., graduated magna cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in South Asia Studies and Creative Writing. Her Wilson School senior thesis "Publicly Righting Private Wrongs: Federal Responses to…

Alisa Tiwari

Alisa Tiwari '14, MPA/JD '20 of Chevy Chase, Md., graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in African American Studies and Urban Studies. Her senior thesis "Watch Where You Walk" on New York's…

Scholars 2012

Annie Khoa

Annie Khoa '13 *17, a Gates Millennium Scholar from Duluth, Georgia, graduated from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in East Asian Studies. As the 2013 Gilbert S. Omenn ’61 and Martha A. Darling MPA '70 Scholar, Khoa is interested in…

Sajda Ouachtouki

Sajda Ouachtouki '13 MPA '17, of New York City, graduated from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in Near Eastern Studies, Arabic Language and Culture and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ouachtouki was awarded the Suzanne Hoffman Prize in Gender and Sexuality…

Hannah Safford

Hannah Safford '13 MPA '17 (dual degree with Masters in Environmental Engineering), of San Francisco, CA, graduated from Princeton with a BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering and a certificate in the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs,. She was awarded the Department of…

Mark Stevens Jr.

Mark Stevens '13 MPA '17 of Forestville, Md., is a Woodrow Wilson School graduate with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. He focuses on conflict resolution and state stabilization, specifically in the Middle East and North Africa, and speaks Arabic. As the 2013 Frank C. Carlucci ’52 Scholar, Stevens has been involved in immigration and…

Thomas Tasche

Thomas Tasche '13 MPA '17, originally from Elk Grove Village, IL, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in East Asian Studies. His senior thesis examined Chinese aid and investment in the Caribbean and…

Scholars 2011

Muhsin Hassan

Muhsin Usman Hassan '12 MPA '16, a Gates Millennium Scholar from St. Paul, Minn., is a native speaker of Arabic and Kiswahili and has lived in Africa and the Middle East. A Wilson School graduate with a certificate in Near Eastern studies, he seeks to apply his experience to issues of international development, politics, and law. He studied in…

Marlise Pierre-Wright

Marlise Pierre-Wright '12 MPA '16, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a native of Stamford, Conneticut, graduated in English with certificates in Spanish and African-American studies and a focus specifically on the representation of trauma and mental illness in literature. As an Adel Mahmoud Global Health Scholar, she researched the mental…

Lauren Rhode

Lauren Rhode '12 MPA '16, of Brookline, Mass., is a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate who pursued certificates in Chinese Language and Culture and Near Eastern studies. As the 2011 Tom A. and Andrea E. Bernstein '80 Scholar, she focuses on security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific…

Kelly Roache

Kelly Roache '12 MPA '15, a native of Little Silver, N.J., graduated cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in Near Eastern studies, Arabic Language and Culture and Persian Language and Culture. Roache focuses on crisis diplomacy in the Middle…

Scholars 2010

Tavon Cooke

Tavon Cooke MPA '11, a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has considerable academic and professional background in Russian studies with an emphasis on education, social welfare and domestic and international health policy issues. Cooke spent his internship with USAID Tbilisi's Health and Social Development section, where…

Jared Alwind Crooks

Jared Aldwin Crooks '11 MPA/M Eng '15, an astrophysics graduate from Fort Worth, Texas, seeks to use his scientific and technical background to deal with issues of foreign and domestic science policy, national security and development of alternative energy. He has done field research in South Africa, China and Tunisia and served as an intern at…

Elías Hanno

Elías Hanno (formerly Elías Sánchez-Eppler) '11 *15, of Amherst, Mass., is a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, magna cum laude graduate with an economics focus and certificates in Latin American studies and Spanish who has lived in Costa Rica, Spain, Chile, Peru and Cuba. With SINSI's…

Daniel Joyce

Daniel Joyce MPA '13 served from July 2006 through July 2009 as the program associate on democratic governance and human rights issues in the Andean region at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, D.C., think-tank for U.S.-Latin American relations. A magna cum laude graduate from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a B…

Brieana Marticorena

Brieana Marticorena MPA '14, a native of Laguna Hills, Calif., graduated from Harvard University with a degree in government and a citation in Italian. Prior to joining the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Marticorena worked in orphanages in Ghana and Brazil, taught English in…

Kevin McGinnis

Kevin McGinnis '11 MPA '15, a former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate with certificates in Spanish, Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies, is from Salisbury, Md. McGinnis was a member of Engineers Without Borders in Ethiopia, studied abroad in Spain and interned…

Megan McPhee

Megan McPhee '11 MPA '15, a native of Sudbury, Mass., is a summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Wilson School graduate with certificates in Latin American studies and musical performance. She held a summer internship with La Asociación Pro Arte y Cultura, a nonprofit organization in eastern Bolivia, and spent a semester abroad in…

Marian Messing

Marian Messing ’11 MPA ’17 (MPA/JD), of St Paul, Minnesota, graduated cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in Arabic and Near Eastern Studies. Interested in human rights, political and economic development, and international law, Marian studied…

Caitlin Pierce

Caitlin Pierce MPA '13 was a double major in environmental studies and economics at Dartmouth College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Her interest in these fields has taken her to study and conduct research in southern Africa, India and British Columbia, as well as an internship in the Environmental and Natural…

Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray MPA '13 received a Master in Public Affairs with a focus on urban policy and planning. During her SINSI fellowship, she worked in the Secretary's Office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the Department of Education. Her primary projects included serving on the leadership…

Scholars 2009

Rashad Badr

Rashad Badr '10 MPA '14, a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate from Manassas, VA., seeks to apply his international background to the fields of diplomacy and international relations and, ultimately, a career in the U.S. Navy. He studied abroad at the University of Cape Town,…

Alexander Correa

Alexander Correa MPA '12 graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Miami in May 2008 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and international studies. Correa completed a two-year fellowship as an international economist at the Department of the Treasury and worked on the Turkey and Lebanon portfolios prior to assuming…

Carolyn Edelstein

Carolyn Edelstein '10 MPA '14, a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate magna cum laude with a certificate in Environmental Science, is from Toronto, Ontario. She speaks French and Mandarin Chinese and spent the summer of 2009 working on sustainable development and climate…

Caroline Gilliam Walsh

Caroline Gilliam Walsh MPA '12, from Charlottesville, VA., graduated from Columbia University where she majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She won the National Security Education program's David L. Boren Scholarship in 2006 and pursued intensive Mandarin Chinese language study. Walsh interned at the Weatherhead Institute of East…

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly MPA ’12 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations (with honors) and modern Middle East studies. In college, he interned at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His first SINSI fellowship rotation…

Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim '10 MPA '14, from Roslyn, N.Y., graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs,with a certificate in East Asian Studies. He was awarded the Woodrow Wilson School Thesis Prize for his thesis on "South Korean…

Simonne Li

Simonne Li '10 MPA '14 from Alpharetta, Ga., and a graduate in chemistry with certificates in Environmental studies and materials, focused her first year in the MPA program on development studies and pursues a certificate in the Program on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP). After an undergraduate focus on solar cells and…

Rachel VanJohnson

Rachel VanJohnson MPA ’12 started her MPA program in the fall of 2011, before that, VanJohnson (nee Van Tuyl) was a SINSI fellow at the Department of the Army, working as a political-military foreign affairs specialist in the International Affairs Division responsible for Europe, Eurasia and NATO. She graduated summa cum laude from…

William Wagner

William Wagner '10 MPA '14, from Montclair, N.J., is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. Upon graduation, Wagner was awarded the Donald E. Stokes Dean's Prize for most significant…

Scholars 2008

Cynthia Barmore

Cynthia Barmore ’09, MPA/JD ’15, a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate from Illinois, speaks Italian, and some French and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. She founded a service organization doing volunteer work in Trenton and was president of Princeton Against Protectionism. She spent…

Shannon Brink

Shannon Brink ’09, MPA ’13, a native of Denver, Colo., graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in Latin American and environmental studies. As an undergraduate, Brink was deeply involved with Princeton’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, serving as co-president,…

Scholars 2007

Kimberly Bonner

Kimberly Bonner ’08, MPA ’12, is a molecular biology graduate who seeks to apply her scientific background to global health, specifically malaria control. She spent her summer internship at the Department of State, working in the Office of International Health and Biodefense, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific…

Jordan Reimer

Jordan Reimer ’08, MPA ’12, received his MPA with a concentration in international relations As an undergraduate, Reimer majored in politics with a certificate in Near Eastern studies and studied in Egypt and Yemen. Following his junior year, he interned with the Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs’ Office of Iranian Affairs…

Ishani Sud

Ishani Sud ’08, MPA/MEng ’12, graduated with a degree in chemical engineering with certificates in public policy, neuroscience, materials science and engineering biology. As an undergraduate, she worked with the Global Development Network to design and study low-cost energy and water solutions for developing communities in Africa and South…

Lilian Timmermann

Lilian Timmermann ’08, MPA/JD ’15, from Puerto Rico and a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate with a certificate in East Asian studies, started an organization to tutor immigrants in English and financial literacy and hopes to use her Mandarin and Spanish skills in the nation’s…

Eugene Yi

Eugene Yi ’08, MPA ’13, a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate who speaks Korean and Chinese, founded a translation effort that drew the attention of the Gates Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). He spent his summer internship at the Department…