Hanna Kim ’15 MPA '19, from Wayne, N.J., graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in East Asian Studies and Translation and Intercultural Communication. For her outstanding academic performance and leadership, she was awarded the Donald E. Stokes Dean’s Prize. Hanna lived in Seoul for fifteen years prior to coming to Princeton and studied abroad in Beijing, China, and Oxford, England. She speaks Korean and Chinese and hopes to focus her career on facilitating U.S.-East Asia relations. She is also interested in human rights issues, particularly those related to rule of law and plan to pursue a dual degree in law. In the summer of 2013, she interned at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, which advised the Cambodian government on its new legal reforms. As a junior fellow of the Stanford Law School China Guiding Cases Project and an intern at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Kim also previously conducted research on the evolution of case law in China and the relationship between disability and extreme poverty in developing countries.
In the summer of 2014, as the Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin '61 Scholar, Hanna worked on negotiations related to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act at the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Hanna’s initial fellowship rotation was at the Burma Desk at the Department of State, which included three months at the U.S. Embassy in Yangon, Burma. For her second rotation, worked at the Department of Defense, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense – Policy, Southeast Asia Office, working on issues relating to Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Her last rotation was in London at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Hanna returned to WWS in the fall of 2018, after an intensive summer course in Chinese in Shanghai and received her degree in June 2019.