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Laura Bacon

Laura Bacon served as the Associate Director from February 2011 through June 2013. Before coming to ISS, Laura served as a White House Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. During her graduate studies, Laura worked for Liberia’s Ministry of Gender and…

Rick Bennet

Rick Bennet was a research specialist from 2010-2012, after serving as a research associate in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of interest and research include counterinsurgency, security force assistance and the social foundations of warfare. He holds a master’s degree in war studies from King…

Alexis Bernigaud

Alexis Bernigaud joined ISS from the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics, where he worked as a Research Assistant on a project analyzing the Tanzanian health and social protection systems from a gender perspective. Prior to that, he worked for the French High Authority for Transparency in Public Life as an…

Rouba Beydoun

Rouba Beydoun holds an undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut (major in Political Studies, minor in Public Health), a Masters of Public Health from the American University of Beirut, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE).  Her thesis at LSE focused on the response of the State and the…

Blair Cameron

Blair Cameron hails from Methven, New Zealand. Blair holds a degree from Brown University in International Relations and Latin American Studies. Blair has led much of ISS’s work on supply chain certification and forest conservation, in addition to participating in the program’s center of government work. In addition to his work with ISS, Blair…

Daniel Dennehy

Daniel Dennehy holds a M.A. in International Law and Economics from John Hopkins University (SAIS) and a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. While his career started in U.S. state politics, he eventually entered humanitarian affairs and the international law of migration. Prior to joining ISS, he served as a…

Tristan Dreisbach

Before joining ISS, Tristan spent two years as a journalist based in Tunisia and was managing editor of Tunisia Live. Prior to that, he was a program officer at the New York University Center on International Cooperation, where he studied statebuilding and peacebuilding in transitioning states. He also worked as the youth and community…

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff is a Canadian journalist and communications consultant who has worked with teams in more than 20 countries. Prior to joining ISS, Hilary authored an anthology of case studies for Harvard University examining the connections between human health and anthropogenic environmental change. Her interests lie at the intersection of&nbsp…

Simon Engler

Before joining ISS, Simon Engler was an editor at Foreign Affairs in New York, where he developed and commissioned essays on international politics and U.S. foreign policy. He has also worked for Foreign Policy magazine, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Association of American Geographers. He holds a bachelor’s…

Neil Fowler

Neil Fowler served as associate director of ISS from 2013 to 2014. He holds a masters degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining ISS, Neil worked as an adviser to the governments of Indonesia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. He also managed a UNDP program of reform in…

Jonathan Friedman

Jonathan Friedman was a senior research specialist at ISS from 2010 to 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Before joining ISS, Jonathan interned with All Africa Global Media in Dakar, Senegal, with the United Nations Regional Center for Disarmament…

David Hausman

David Hausman completed a term with ISS as a Research Specialist.  He joined ISS after working with the Berliner Zeitung, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.  He lived and worked in Kenya and South Africa after receiving his bachelor&…

Doug Hulette, Program Editor

Doug Hulette is a veteran of The Wall Street Journal copy desk, where he edited articles for the Asian and European editions as well as the U.S. publication. Besides newspapers, he also worked on wire services and websites for Dow Jones and other organizations. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University…

Deepa Iyer

Deepa Iyer served as a senior research specialist in 2010-2011. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in South Asian Studies, and a master of science degree in development economics from Oxford University. Before joining ISS, she held summer positions with an urban affairs NGO in…

Rachel Jackson

Rachel was a Research Specialist with ISS from 2012-2015. Before coming to ISS, Rachel worked as a reporter at the legal news website Main Justice in Washington, DC covering U.S. and international anti-corruption enforcement. She holds a bachelor's degree in politics with a certificate in African Studies from Princeton.  She conducted…

Robert Joyce

Before joining ISS Robert worked as an editor with Tunisia Live, a news outlet based in Tunis. At TL, he covered Tunisia's post-revolution transition including the passage of a new constitution, youth unemployment, and ongoing police violence. Robert graduated Princeton University with a degree in Near Eastern Studies. At Princeton,…

Gordon LaForge

Gordon LaForge is a writer and global affairs analyst most recently with Predata, a predictive analytics firm specializing in geopolitical risk. He previously worked at the UN Mission to NATO and has conducted research in Brazil, Ghana, Czech Republic, and Indonesia, where he was a Fulbright scholar and journalist covering politics and…

Elena Lesley

Elena Lesley worked as a Senior Research Specialist for ISS in 2014 researching national strategy development. Before coming to ISS, she completed a master's in Global Affairs at Rutgers University, where she served as a Raimondo Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and conducted research for her thesis on memorial sites in Rwanda…

Rushda Majeed

Rushda Majeed served as a senior research specialist at ISS from 2010 to 2014, where she focused on civil service reforms and short-route accountability. Prior to joining ISS, Rushda was program director at the American Society for Muslim Advancement in New York City. In the past, Rushda has reported on women's rights in Syria…

Itumeleng Makgetla

Itumeleng Makgetla spent 2009-10 as a Research Specialist with ISS.  She holds a bachelor's from Harvard (2005) and masters from Oxford, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship.   Before joining ISS she worked with the Mail & Guardian in South Africa, served as a field producer with…

Amy Mawson

Amy Mawson joined ISS as an elections administration research specialist in October 2009 and served as its associate director from July-December 2010.  She has a master's degree in globalization and development and a bachelor's in economic and social studies from the University of Manchester, U.K. Prior to joining ISS, Amy…

Tyler McBrien

Tyler McBrien joined ISS from the Council on Foreign Relations, where he worked as an Associate Editor on a new public education initiative. Prior to that, he worked for the Student Success Network and the Education Advisory Board and served as the 2015-16 Princeton in Africa fellow with Equal Education in South Africa. Tyler…

Rohan Mukherjee

Rohan Mukherjee worked as a Research Specialist at ISS from 2009-2010. He holds a bachelor's from Oxford and an MPA degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Before joining the ISS staff, he worked with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, with India’s National Knowledge Commission, and with the Clinton…

Pallavi Nuka

Pallavi Nuka served as ISS Associate Director from 2014 to 2018. Prior to joining ISS, Pallavi was a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Public and International Affairs and a Research Coordinator in the Department of Politics. She has a background in impact evaluation and conducted research on governance, environment and development. She…

Bunmi Otegbade

Bunmi Otegbade is an ISS Research Affiliate. He remains an entrepreneur with interests in effective government, human capital development, job creation and Africa. He holds an MPP from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Baylor…

Elizabeth Samios

Elizabeth Samios joined the ISS program in the summer of 2013 as the program manager. Prior to joining the ISS program, Elizabeth worked in product management at a pharmaceutical company, and more recently for the Admissions Office at Princeton University. She holds a B.A. and  M.B.A. from Duke University. [email protected]

Michael Scharff

Michael Scharff served as a senior research specialist at ISS from 2010-2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in Politics from Princeton University. Before joining ISS, he worked in Cambodia for the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), an organization based at Georgetown University. Michael has also worked in Uganda at the International…

Daniel Scher

Daniel Scher served as associate director of the program from 2007-June 2010.  A graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Scher's roots lie in South Africa.  As associate director, he started the program's interview series, helped develop its website, and contributed several case studies. In 2013, he received his law degree at the University of…

Past Affiliates

Rina Amiri

Rina Amiri, a native of Afghanistan, brings over seventeen years of experience advising and working with governments, the United Nations and nonprofit organizations. Currently she is an independent analyst and a senior research associate at the Institute for Successful Societies. Prior to joining ISS, Ms. Amiri served a two-year appointment as…

Richard Balme

Richard Balme is professor of political science at Sciences Po, and a fellow at the Centre for European Studies. He is scientific councilor of the Master in International Public Management in the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), and director of the executive master in "Politiques et Management du développement - Potentiel Afrique…

Vera Bersudskaya

Vera Bersudskaya has an interest in policy implementation and government accountability in service delivery, particularly in low-resource post-conflict societies. She has worked in Burundi on improving civil society’s local governance programs at ActionAid and assessing peace consolidation for the UN political mission. She has also developed…

Graeme Blair

Graeme Blair is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics studying the comparative political economy of development. He conducted research in South Africa focusing on opposition politics after Apartheid, and is currently working on a project explaining dominant party politics in Africa. Before coming to Princeton, Graeme worked as an…

Kim Bothi

Kim Bothi joined ISS with a background in resource management in developing nations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biosystems engineering from McGill University and a master of science in environmental engineering from Cornell University, in areas of environmental and renewable energy technologies. She earned her doctorate from the…

Arthur Boutellis

Arthur Boutellis worked as a researcher with ISS during the first half of 2008, focusing on police reform in post-conflict contexts, and conducted interviews in French and English in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Kosovo and Burundi as well as North America and Europe.  He since returned to the field and has been working with…

Stefanie Chan

Stefanie Chan is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Public Management at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, with degree concentrations in Environment and International Energy. Prior to Sciences Po, she graduated cum laude from the Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Laws, and was thereafter…

Sam Dearden

Sam Dearden joins ISS from the US Agency of International Development (USAID) in Washington DC, where he worked programming emergency food aid to South Sudan, Sudan, and Chad. While at USAID, he also was the personal assistant to the Director of Policy at the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. He received his MPhil in Modern British…

Matt Devlin

Matt Devlin worked with ISS as a Research Specialist.  He joined ISS with a bachelor's degree in history from Yale. Previously he had worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he coordinated the Council’s Religion and Foreign Policy initiative, and before joining the CFR he was Assistant Editor at the Ibn Khaldun…

Romain Ferrali

Romain Ferrali is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics studying the comparative political economy of development. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Middle Eastern studies from Sciences Po. After he received a joint Masters in Economics from Sciences Po, Ecole Polytechnique, and ENSAE, he completed an MSc in Economic…

Maya Gainer

Maya Gainer served as a senior research specialist at ISS from 2014 to 2017, covering issues from land administration to judicial reform. Previously, she worked at the International Rescue Committee in Kenya, where she managed grants and conducted research and advocacy on refugee rights. Maya graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced…

George Gavrilis, PhD

Dr. George Gavrilis is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University working in the areas of international relations, foreign policy, higher education and oral history. He is also a specialist on the Middle East and Central Asia. He recently served as Executive Director of the Hollings Center…

Yanilda Gonzalez

Yanilda Gonzalez received her undergraduate degree in Politics and Latin American Studies from New York University in 2005. She entered Princeton in the fall of 2008 to begin work on a PhD in Politics and Social Policy. She has worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union, as well as a number of human rights and women's rights…

Abdourahmane Idrissa

Abdourahmane Idrissa is a Nigerien political scientist. Born and brought up in Niger, he studied Philosophy (Masters) and political science (Diplôme d’études approfondies) at the University of Dakar, in Senegal, before moving to the United States with a Fulbright to carry on his political science studies. He obtained a doctorate from…

Fatima Khan

Fatima is a recent MPA graduate from Princeton’s School of Public & International Affairs where she studied economics and international development. Previously, she worked at the provincial chief minister's office in Punjab, Pakistan on policy design and implementation focused on gender equity, taxation and climate action. She helped set up…

Gabriel Kuris

Gabriel Kuris served as a senior research specialist for ISS from 2011 to 2014, focused on anti-corruption and elections. Previously, he worked to promote human rights and legal reforms in the Philippines, Cambodia, and the Solomon Islands. He also practiced corporate law in London and New York and interned in several US government offices. He…

Peace Medie

Peace A. Medie is a Research Fellow in the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana and an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow. Her research centers on the dynamics of violence during and after conflicts and the steps that state and non-state actors take to address this violence. Her research…

Benjamin Naimark-Rowse

Benjamin Naimark-Rowse holds a M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. with honors in international studies from the University of Chicago. Previously he served as a Program Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative managing human rights-based criminal…

David Paterson

David Paterson is a health and environmental scientist by training from Montreal, Canada, but works primarily in public policy development and implementation. At I.S.S., he serves as a consultant researcher for the Ebola case-line series. In the past, he worked for the Government of Canada’s public health agency on policy…

Lou Perpes

Lou Perpes is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Public Management at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, with degree concentrations in Environment and Human Rights. Prior to Sciences Po, she followed a dual degree, graduating from Pierre and Marie Curie University with a Bachelor of Life Sciences and from…

Roberto Pitea

Roberto Pitea worked with ISS as a research affiliate while pursuing the Master of Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. Prior to Princeton, he worked for the International Organization for Migration in Cairo coordinating a community-based health program for migrants in Cairo first, and then working on issues of labor migration and…

Joan Ricart-Huguet

Joan Ricart-Huguet is a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton. Prior to starting his PhD, he obtained an MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (link is external)from Columbia University as a recipient of la Caixa Graduate Fellowship(link is external). He also holds a BA in Political Science from the Autonomous…

Osama Safeer

Osama is a first year MPA student at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in International Development. He has 7 years of experience in Pakistan in the public sector, NGOs, and consultancies working on education and health.

Jorge de los Santos

Jorge de los Santos has significant experience with U.S.-Latin American issues and has worked with governments, companies and universities in these efforts. Prior to coming to Princeton, he was Special Advisor to the President of Arizona State University and served as that university’s founding Director of Pan…

Andrew Schalkwyk

Andrew Schalkwyk holds a bachelor's in history from Harvard College.  Before starting at ISS he worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa's Political Monitoring and Information Services and spent summers at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India and the South African Human Rights Commission. At ISS he was…

Jordan Schneider

Before coming to ISS, Jordan Schneider was a researcher at the Eurasia Group covering US domestic and foreign policy. He has also interned in the White House, at the World Economic Forum, and the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations.  Jordan has a BA in History from Yale University, where he wrote his thesis on the origins of the United…

Matthew Schoefield

Matthew Schofield spent 35 years as a journalist. He began in the 1980s writing about the American Midwest and left the profession in 2018 while investigating President Trump and the possibility of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. In between, he reported from wars in Iraq, Israel, Turkey and Ukraine, spent more than a decade…

Laura Skoet

Laura Skoet is pursuing a Master’s degree at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.  Prior to her studies at Sciences Po, she graduated from the University of Copenhagen with a bachelor degree in philosophy, which she complemented with courses in international politics and economics at the Copenhagen Business School, the…

Bill Steiden, Editor, Research Affiliate

Bill Steiden is the former nation/world editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Newspapers. He holds a master's degree in public management from Georgia State University's Andrew Young School for Policy Studies. A resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he tries to grow tomatoes between snowstorms and trips to fascinating locales.

Daniel Tavana

Daniel Tavana is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He was previously a Research Associate at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). Before joining POMED, Daniel worked in Cairo, Egypt, as a consultant for members of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly. He has worked on security and governance issues…

Emily Tenenbom, Research Associate

Emily is a recent graduate from the MPA program at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs, where she concentrated in International Development. She has five years of experience in research and policy implementation in the public sector, working with governments, local, and international organizations to improve…

Khady Thiam

Khady Thiam is a Senegalese and an aspirant citizen of the world. She lived and studied in Senegal until August 2011 when she moved to Paris to pursue higher education at Sciences Po. She holds a Bachelor from the Sciences Po Europe-Africa Programme with a concentration on African studies. In 2013-2014, she attended a two-semester exchange…

Tini Tran

Tini Tran is an international development practitioner and veteran foreign correspondent. She recently received her MPP from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and has a BA in government and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a journalist for 18 years, working at U.S. newspapers including The Los Angeles Times before…

Arpita Tripathi

Arpita is an international development practitioner with over five years of experience in research and program management. Before moving to Princeton, Arpita worked as a Research Associate for the University of East Anglia, where her work focused on understanding the development traps in India's nutrition-delivery mechanisms. In the…

Miguelángel Verde, Research Associate

Miguelángel Verde Garrido holds a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in International Relations and Global Politics from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Born in New Orleans (USA), he lived in several countries before earning a BA in Philosophy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela). Granted a scholarship by the Ministry of Education of…

Mariam Walid, Research Associate

Mariam Walid is a researcher based in Washington, D.C. Her research has mainly focused on Middle East policy specifically including economic, political, and human rights policy in the region. She previously worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Project on…

Judith Welling

Judith Welling is a lawyer who has specialized in human rights, democracy, governance and rule of law development. She holds a juris doctor degree from Indiana University's Michael Maurer School of Law and a masters degree in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before her…

Natalie Wenkers

Natalie Wenkers holds a degree in Political Sciences and History from University of Münster and is currently a Master candidate for International Public Management at Sciences Po Paris with concentrations in Diplomacy and Middle Eastern Studies. During her undergraduate studies she participated in the Washington Semester Program at Amercian…

Michael Woldermariam

Michael Woldemariam worked with ISS as a research specialist while pursuing his Ph.D. in the Department of Politics at Princeton. In 2010-2011, Woldemariam conducted research in South Africa and Somaliland for ISS. His dissertation and book project, titled “Why Rebels Collide: Factionalism and Fragmentation in African Insurgencies” 

Past Interns

Kishan Bhatt

Kishan Bhatt is a rising junior in the Woodrow Wilson School pursuing certificates in Global Health Policy and American Studies.  He is interested in international affairs as well as social and political determinants of health.  On campus, Kishan serves as a Class Senator on the Undergraduate Student Government, gives campus tours as an Orange…

Miranda Bolef

Miranda Bolef is a sophomore from San Luis Obispo, California, tentatively planning to major in Politics, with certificates in Statistics and African Studies. Over the 2012-2013 academic year, Miranda spent nine months in Senegal through Princeton’s Bridge Year Program, where she taught English at the YMCA of Dakar and studied Senegalese…

Emily Chen

Emily Chen is a member of Princeton's Class of 2018 interested in studying in the Politics Department or the Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in East Asian Studies. On campus, she is a member of the Princeton Model UN Team, a Japan Editor for the Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Secretary of the Asian American Students…

Lauren Coleman

Lauren Coleman worked with ISS while an undergraduate at Princeton and is from Nashville, Tennessee. She was a concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursued certificates in French and African-American Studies. An avid traveler, she spent her Spring 2013 semester abroad in Menton, France, where she studied Middle Eastern Politics and…

Logan Coleman

Logan Coleman is a senior in the Politics department pursuing a certificate in Latin American studies. Upon graduation, she will enter the Masters in Public Affairs program at the Woodrow Wilson School as a Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) recipient. Logan’s areas of interest include civilian violence, organized crime and…

Caroline Davidsen

Caroline Davidsen worked with ISS as an undergraduate in the Politics department. Originally from Washington, D.C., she has had a global focus after a semester abroad studying in Madrid and two summer internships for international organizations: one with an NGO in Santiago, Chile and the other with the Organization for Security and Cooperation…

Ryan Dukeman

Ryan Dukeman is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with minors in French Language & Culture and American Studies. His principle academic interests include constitutional law, American foreign policy, congressional politics, and international institutions. Ryan is currently the Director of Program for…

Ayenat Ejigu

Ayenat Mersie Ejigu graduated from Princeton in 2012 as a Politics concentrator with a certificate in African Studies. In addition to working with ISS, Ayenat also spent time on development projects during her summers. In 2010, she worked as the assistant to the special adviser to the department of rural economy and agriculture at the African…

Leora Friedman

Leora Friedman graduated from Princeton in 2014 as a Politics concentrator. Her undergraduate research focused on the World Health Organization’s effectiveness in combating infectious diseases and the association between child malnutrition and ethnic diversity in Africa. Outside of her classes, Leora sang for Princeton’s premiere Jewish a…

Andrea Gallego Rodriguez

Andrea Gallego Rodriguez is a junior from Mexico, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs and getting a certificate in Latin American Studies. She is particularly interested in economic development in Latin America. On campus, Andrea has been Director of Membership & Recruitment and an Analyst for…

Carlos Giron

Carlos Giron is a junior at Princeton pursuing a concentration in Near Eastern Studies as well as certificates in Computer Science, Translation, and Arabic. He is from Takoma Park, MD.

Mark Goldstein

Mark Goldstein, a Boston, Massachusetts native, will be concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is also planning to pursue certificates in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Mark plays on the Princeton University men's rugby team and serves as one of the leaders of the Habitat for Humanity…

Jacqueline Gufford

Jacqueline Gufford is a New Jersey native and sophomore at Princeton University intending to major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. Her academic interests include foreign relations, policy and international development, particularly in Latin America. At Princeton, writes for the Daily Princetonian and works as a content…

Iara Guzman

Iara Guzman interned for the ISS program in the fall of 2013 and graduated from Princeton as a Politics concentrator in 2014. Her academic interests revolve around developmental issues in Latin America and Africa. In the past she has interned with multiple international and local NGOs such as Save the Children. A passionate traveler, she…

Sameen Haroon

Sameen Haroon graduated from Princeton University in 2014 as a public policy student at the Woodrow Wilson School. She spent multiple summers as an undergraduate working at non-profit organizations, including her experience at ISS. While at Princeton, she was actively involved in her undergrad community as a Residential College Advisor,…

Alison Herman

Alison Herman is a member of the class of 2019 from Cleveland, Ohio. She plans to pursue a concentration in English with certificates in Spanish and Neuroscience. Alison serves as the director of advocacy for Princeton's END7 chapter, a group dedicated to ending seven neglected tropical diseases globally. A member of the Princeton Journal of…

Julia Jansen

Julia Jansen, a Tampa, Florida native, will be concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is also planning to pursue certificates in Spanish Language and Dance. Julia dances and directs Princeton University Ballet and serves as an EU Program Undergraduate Fellow on campus. She worked…

Tobi Jegede

Tobi Jegede is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School from Maryland. Her main academic interests include criminal justice reform, international development, and education policy. Throughout her undergraduate career, Tobi has had the opportunity to intern with Ashinaga Uganda, a non-governmental organization focused on providing…

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones is a member of the class of 2018, with an intended concentration in the Woodrow Wilson School and certificate in Latin American Studies. Her passion is international relations, particularly with regard to how development issues contribute to international security concerns. She has previously worked on several political…

Verena Jung

Verena Jung graduated Princeton University in 2014 having studied public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. Her undergraduate research focused on public sector finance management and debt restructuring in the Eurozone. She spent the summer after freshman year in Beijing learning Chinese, and her sophomore fall in Barcelona, Spain studying…

Blaykyi Kenyah

Blaykyi Kenyah (Princeton University ’19) is a student from Ghana, concentrating in Politics with certificates in Political Economy, African Studies and Statistics and Machine Learning. He is particularly interested in development politics, and how governments and institutional capacity influence development in various societies. On campus, he…

Harriet Kiwanuka

Harriet Kiwanuka is a senior in the Politics Department with a concentration in Comparative Politics, and this is her third year working at ISS. She is also Pre-Medicine, and has worked as a research trainee in the Center for Reconstructive and Restorative Surgery Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital for the past 3 summers. She is very…

Brian Lee

Brian Lee is a senior in the Politics Department at Princeton University.  He is from the Bay Area in California.  He is concentrating in International Relations within the Politics Department, with some of his specific interests being human rights and conflict resolution.  On campus, Brian was a member of the Club Swim team,…

Jean Lee

Jean Lee is from Vancouver, Canada, and is a prospective Economics major pursuing certificates in Spanish and Finance. On campus, she is the co-principal violinist of the Princeton University Sinfonia Orchestra and co-leads the Projects Board of the Undergraduate Student Government. Last summer, Jean spent a month in Toledo,…

Suchita Mandavilli

Suchita Mandavilli interned with ISS from 2012 to 2014 while pursuing her bachelor of arts in Political Philosophy at Princeton. During her time at Princeton, she worked as a managing editor for the American Foreign Policy Magazine as well as blogged for Foreign Policy magazine’s Democracy Lab. Currently, Suchita is working as a…

Drew McDonald

Drew McDonald is an undergraduate student in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is pursuing a certificate in African Studies. Drew's broad academic interests are in conflict, institutions, and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Natalya Rahman

Natalya is an undergraduate at Princeton (class of 2019) from Karachi, Pakistan. She is concentrating in the Politics department with certificates in Quantitative & Analytical Political Science, Statistics & Machine Learning, Political Economy, and Humanistic Studies. Natalya is involved with the Princeton Perspective Project and the…

Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2014. His interests are in public service and international relations, particularly security, intelligence, and diplomacy. Originally from McLean, Virginia, Brian spent a year working at a sustainable development NGO in Peru through the Princeton Bridge Year Program. Since then he has…

Jeremy Rotblat

Jeremy Rotblat is a member of Princeton’s class of 2017 from Cherry Hill, New Jersey concentrating in the Department of Near Eastern Studies with plans of obtaining certificates in Persian and Arabic Language and Culture as well as African Studies. His interest in international development primarily began after his participation in Princeton’s…

Lina Saud

Lina Saud is a senior in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies and a concentration in development. With a fervent interest in public policy and global development, she has worked as an intern for Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12), and as a writer for a global poverty…

Sam Scott

Sam Scott graduated from Princeton in 2012, concentrating in the Politics Department. While at Princeton, he studied abroad both at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, as well as Bogazici University in Turkey. During his summers, he interned with the Potawatomi Nation’s Tribal Government, the Institute for the Study of War, and the World…

Ruby Shao

Ruby Shao is a member of the class of 2017 from Plainsboro, New Jersey. She is majoring in Philosophy with certificates in French Language and Culture along with Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Ruby seeks to discover the ethical principles that should guide laws and policies in a world of conflicting interests, limited resources,…

Jorge Silva

Originally from Arequipa, Peru, Jorge Silva is a senior in the economics department at Princeton University pursuing certificates in political economy and African studies. Jorge studied abroad last spring at Bocconi University in Milan and took summer courses in India and Namibia through the Global Seminars program. His interest for…

Gabriella Taylor

Gabriella Taylor is a Junior in the history department at Princeton University, Gabriella is from San Francisco, California. Her general interests are African American culture in post-slavery America. On campus, she is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, a member of the Scholars Institute Fellows Program, and a student leader in the Office of…

Durva Trivedi

Durva Trivedi is a junior from Naperville, Illinois. She is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School with a focus on Communications Policy and Media Influence. Durva is also pursuing certificates in South Asian Studies and Statistics and Machine Learning. In the summer of 2014, she worked as a research and advocacy intern for AWARE, a women's…

Caleb Visser

Caleb Visser is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Politics of International Relations with certificates in African and Latin American Studies. Caleb is the Company Commander of the Princeton Army ROTC Program, responsible for training and developing Princeton's cadets. He has served as a student government executive, Residential…