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Student Profiles

Our School is internationally recognized for its excellence, and a key reason for our growing distinction is our ability to attract the best graduate students from across the globe. Here is a sampling of our student scholars. 

Dean's Fellows

We are proud to introduce the students who have been selected as Dean's Fellows. This special distinction serves to signal the professional qualities of excellence that the School cultivates and honors, to reward outstanding performance by students and to create a prestigious group of high-quality students and alumni to showcase to the world.

Selection Criteria
  • Academic Excellence: select students are at the top of their class based on first-year GPA performance
  • Leadership: demonstrated leadership at the School and campus, as well as in community affairs
  • Citizenship: involvement in activities with a public purpose such as active volunteerism
  • Regional involvement: meaningful engagement in the Pacific region encompassing Latin America and Asia such as study or work abroad, internships and activities focusing on the region and its people

Robertson Fellows

The Robertson Foundation for Government aspires to make a difference by offering annual financial support for graduate students pursuing federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.

Established by the family of the late philanthropists Charles and Marie Robertson and named in their honor, the foundation pursues a mission that was central to the Robertson’s philanthropic activities: strengthening the U.S. government and increasing its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the training and education of men and women for government service, with particular emphasis on international relations and foreign affairs.

Robertson Fellows at selected universities receive full scholarships and full internship stipends from the foundation. They also commit to work for the federal government for a minimum of three of their first seven years after graduation.

Note: We do not receive unsolicited applications for Robertson Fellowships. An internal committee makes recommendations based on applicants accepted to the School and meets the mission of the program.

Sylff Fellows

Created in 1987, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) program is designed to support graduate students studying in the humanities and social sciences fields at 69 universities in 44 countries. In 1991, a $1 million dollar endowment was received to create the Sylff program at UC San Diego to support the education of outstanding students pursuing their graduate studies with high potential for global leadership. Professor Ulrike Schaede is the chair of this program at the School.

We commemorated 20 years of supporting Sylff Fellows on May 26, 2011 in conjunction with events celebrating 50 years of UC San Diego historic milestones, remarkable achievements and innovative firsts since the university’s founding in 1960. Read the story.

2018–19 Dean's Fellows

  • Savitri (Savi) Arvey, MPP '19

    Savitri (Savi) Arvey, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: Program Design and Evaluation

    Arvey holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Latin American studies from Connecticut College. Prior to GPS, she worked on U.S.-Mexico bilateral educational exchange projects in Mexico City for five years, most recently serving as the program officer for Mexican graduate students at the Fulbright Commission in Mexico (COMEXUS). At GPS, she focuses on U.S.-Mexico relations and migration issues and works as a researcher at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. She is the director of external affairs for the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and the managing director of the Journal for International Policy Solutions (JIPS). In the summer of 2018, she received a Tinker Field Research grant to conduct research on Mexico's policy towards returned migrants.

  • Valeria Buelna Sainz, MPP '19

    Valeria Buelna Sainz, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: Security Policy

    Over the past two years, Buelna Sainz has specialized in the U.S-Mexico border, working with the binational non-profit organization Border Angels, where she advocates for human rights, immigrant rights and social justice. In Tijuana, she has worked closely with the immigrant and refugee floating population. As program manager for Border Angel's "Bridges to Education" program, she mentored immigrant students with dual citizenship who live in Mexico and cross the Tijuana - San Diego border every day to continue their education in the United States. 

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the School of Economics and International Relations at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. Valeria is the current president of the Public Policy Series club.

  • Isabelle Heilman, MPP '19

    Isabelle Heilman, MPP '19

    Areas of Specialization: Energy and Environmental Policy, Program Design and Evaluation

    Heilman graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s degree in environment, economics & politics and Spanish. Her thesis “A Policy Proposal to Confront the Effects of Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector of Jalisco, Mexico” was awarded the 2013 Best Undergraduate Paper Prize by the Society of Policy Scientists. After graduating, Heilman received a Fulbright-García Robles scholarship and pursued a research project in Guadalajara, Mexico focused on state-level climate change action plans. After concluding her studies at GPS, she plans to pursue a career in climate change policy, with a focus on stakeholder engagement in the policy process.

  • Samuel (Sammy) Huang, MIA '19

    Samuel (Sammy) Huang, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Economics, International Environmental Policy

    Regional Focus: Japan, Southeast Asia

    Prior to GPS, Huang worked in the education sector as a strategic planning assistant in Grinnell College’s Office of the President, as an English teacher in Nagasaki, Japan and a Chinese teacher at an after-school program in San Diego. He has studied abroad in Wonju, Korea, completed a yearlong International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University and held internships at Doosan Corp. Electro-Materials in Seoul and at Nicobar Group in Shanghai. Huang aspires to enter the foreign service and facilitate diplomatic solutions for collective action problems.

  • Michael (Mic) Johnson, MIA '19

    Michael (Mic) Johnson, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Economics

    Regional Focus: Latin America

    Johnson holds degrees in both mechanical engineering and civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. While attending university he was an LSAMP Scholar which afforded him opportunities to conduct research and volunteer as an engineer on projects around the world. Prior to GPS, Johnson was an engineer for Lockheed Martin supporting production of military rescue aircrafts. Johnson hopes to leverage his technical background to continue working with teams that engage the international community and relevant social issues. He will spend time this summer conducting descriptive data analytics as an intern in customer and idea validation for an accelerator based in San Diego.

  • Regan Kwan, MPP '19

    Regan Kwan, MPP '19

    Areas of Specialization: Security Policy, Program Design and Evaluation

    Before attending GPS, Kwan worked in the federal government and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco where he taught English and developed other youth-related projects. His professional interests include security policy, food and nutrition security and program design and evaluation. These interests led to a summer internship in India where he helped develop a project proposal to a local NGO on improving rural livelihoods through an agricultural diversification plan. This year, he will serve in a leadership role for the Development Club at GPS. After graduation, he hopes to work in the international development sector as a program manager.

  • Jae Ho Lee, MIA '19

    Jae Ho Lee, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics & International Development and NGO Management

    Regional Focus: Korea & Latin America

    Before joining GPS, Lee interned at UNHCR Korea where he decided his career path. As a public information and external relations intern, Lee learned about numerous refugee situations in the world and decided to develop more detailed insight about refugee and humanitarian issues after finishing his undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After finishing his first year as a MIA student, Lee once again interned at UNHCR, this time at the Headquarters in Geneva, where he focused on analyzing refugee situations in Africa and persuading donor countries to assist refugees in Africa with UNHCR. With the skills and knowledge he has earned, Lee seeks to have career in a refugee related field after finishing his program.

  • Jane Lee, MIA '19

    Jane Lee, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: Korea

    During the past several years, Lee has dedicated herself to helping refugees and North Korean escapees, with great interest in human rights issues of North Korea. She has also helped African refugees get legal aid and humanitarian assistance at a non-governmental organization, The Refuge Pnan. In Korea, Lee taught English for North Korean escapee children at the YeoMyung school in Korea and helped North Korean escapees resettle in South Korea with the Citizen’s Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR). Before coming to GPS, Lee received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and global studies with minor in Asian studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a president of Mannam, a student organization at GPS. Lee plans to work as research assistant for Dr. Prather during the summer of 2018.

  • Elizabeth Linn, MIA '19

    Elizabeth Linn, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Economics

    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Linn obtained her bachelor’s degree in public policy and worked for the County of Santa Barbara as a Real Property Agent for two years before matriculating into GPS. She applied to GPS to gain the skills needed to bridge the gap between international communities. At GPS, Linn is the president of China Focus, Strategic Consulting Community, founder of Interaction, a community service club and recipient of the 2018 Doming Liu award. Linn will be working as an intern in Intel’s Next Generation & Standards division throughout her second year and hopes to continue to work in the intersection of technology and policy after graduating.

  • Caio Mansini, MIA '19

    Caio Mansini, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: Latin America

    Mansini is interested in big data, data science, artificial intelligence and cyber technologies. Prior to GPS, Mansini worked at Unilever Brazil as a customer marketing coordinator managing an annual budget of 64$M Brazilian Reais (approx. 25$M current Dollars). Engaged in understanding the intersection of political science and new technologies, he is especially interested in cybersecurity. He believes that with the popularization of ICTs (Internet Communication Technologies) new complexities have been added to the international system, consequently, adding more layers to the previously thought “three-dimensional table chess.” Mansini’s goal after GPS is to complete his studies by earning a Ph.D. in political science.

  • Anh Nguyen, MIA '19

    Anh Nguyen, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Nguyen is a Vietnamese first-year master’s candidate at GPS. He specializes in international politics and security in  Southeast Asia and holds a bachelor’s degree in international political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. This past summer, Nguyen interned at the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he helped organize a conference attended by several deputy foreign ministers, among other duties. His past experience includes working on Vietnamese military modernization with RAND Corporation, on Asian infrastructure with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC and on Southeast Asia domestic politics with the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok. After graduation, Nguyen aims to return to Vietnam and enter the Foreign Ministry. Besides international politics, his interests include aviation, classical music and beer.

  • Jessica Patrick, MPP '19

    Jessica Patrick, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: American Policy in Global Context

    Patrick, a lifelong Californian, attended California State University Fresno on a presidential scholarship, earning her bachelor’s degree in history. Her passion for social justice brought her to GPS to pursue a degree in public policy. Patrick’s focus is on U.S. domestic policy and politics. Between her first and second year at GPS, she interned for the Financial Services committee in the House of Representatives under the committee's Ranking Member, Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Patrick is a strongly passionate about economic justice and LGBT+ equality and hopes to make her career advocating for both.

  • Ha Pham, MPP '19

    Ha Pham, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: Energy and Environmental Policy

    Pham holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. She has worked for both private and public sectors, specializing in sustainable waste management, environmental education and forecasting. Currently, she is a researcher working for the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment which serves as a think-tank for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Vietnam. She received the Australia Awards Fellowship to contribute to the development of a resource-efficient society. Her education at GPS is sponsored by the Fulbright Program which aims to enhance the mutual understanding between Vietnam and the U.S. After graduating from GPS, Pham will continue to pursue her academic research career focusing on energy-related issues.

  • Andres Prieto, MPP '19

    Andres Prieto, MPP '19

    Areas of Specialization: Energy and Environmental Policy, Program Design and Evaluation

    Prieto earned his undergraduate degree in international relations from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. Prior to joining GPS, Prieto worked for an environmental markets company that forms part of the Mexican Stock Exchange where he oversaw a carbon pricing simulation project for greenhouse gas intensive firms. During his summer internship at the International Water Management Institute in Ethiopia, he conducted research on the economic and environmental impact of different types of irrigation to provide the Agriculture Transformation Agency of Ethiopia guidelines for policy design. After concluding his graduate studies, he plans to pursue a career that focuses on the intersection of climate change and food security.

  • Meghan Ramsey, BA/MIA '19

    Meghan Ramsey, BA/MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics, International Environmental Policy

    Regional Focus: Latin America

    As part of the BA/MIA program at GPS, Ramsey received her undergraduate degree from UCSD’s Eleanor Roosevelt College in international studies - political science, with a focus in the region of Latin America. She has spent the past two years conducting research on the intersections of civil conflict and environmental policy in the Amazon region and tropical regions of Central America. Ramsey was one of only five recipients of double MMW Showcase Honors for her papers “Equality Misconception” and “Believing Without Seeing: Faith in Climate Change.” During the summer of 2018, she interned at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, working with the public diplomacy office on outreach, focused on environmental education and sustainability promotion. In her second year, Ramsey hopes to continue her research into theoverlap of civil conflict and environmental degradation.

  • Carmen Sainz Villalba, MPP '19

    Carmen Sainz Villalba, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: Business, Government, Regulation

    Sainz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Complutense University in Spain. Prior to GPS, she worked for Deloitte Spain as an auditor and earned a master’s degree in economics from Complutense University. At GPS, she studied the relationship between church and government expenditure in a paper for Professor McCord’s class that earned her acceptance into the APPAM Conference. She also received a Robinson fellowship that allowed her to do a research project as a summer internship with Professor Garg, on how the pollution of coal-fired plants affects children’s test scores by damaging their health and causing respiratory diseases. She is interested in the intersection of economics, psychology, politics and law, which GPS provides as a multidisciplinary program.

  • Jerin Tan, BA/MIA '19

    Jerin Tan, BA/MIA '19

    Career Track: International Management

    Regional Focus : Southeast Asia, Latin America

    Under the BA/MIA program, Tan earned undergraduate degrees in international business and psychology. Along with improving her skills in Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish, she is interested in examining how business opportunities connect Asia and Latin America. During the summer of 2018, Tan had two internships: tourism consulting with a startup in Gunma, Japan, and sustainability with APL Logistics in Phoenix. After graduation, Tan hopes to advance corporate social responsibility in the global supply chain.

  • Jacob Throwe, MIA '19

    Jacob Throwe, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: China

    Since graduating from Boston College, Throwe has held positions in both the U.S. and China, building upon his formal study of Mandarin Chinese. Upon his graduation, he received a scholarship to continue his language study at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Afterwards, he spent a year in Nanjing, working with Chinese high school students as they navigated the American college admissions process. Before attending GPS, he spent two and half years as the program coordinator for the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, performing a litany of roles as the department underwent profound change. During summer 2018, he will intern in Honolulu with US Pacific Command and the Daniel. K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.

  • Alyssa Tutterow, MPP '19

    Alyssa Tutterow, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: Program Design & Evaluation, Energy & Environmental Policy

    Tutterow earned her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis as a double-major in environmental biology and international sustainable development. Prior to GPS, Tutterow served as an environmental management volunteer with the Peace Corps in Peru and served as a youth specialist volunteer with AmeriCorps in Tucson, Arizona. Alongside Professor Jennifer Burney at GPS, Tutterow researches the spatiotemporal clustering of Kawasaki Disease and groundwater flow in the central valley of California. Tutterow also holds leadership positions with QuIRPS, Women Going Global and DevClub. After graduation, she hopes to delve into academic research in the field of environmental science with an interdisciplinary focus to help bridge science and policy.

  • Charles (Charlie) Vest, MCEPA '19

    Charles (Charlie) Vest, MCEPA '19

    Disciplinary Specialization: Chinese Economy

    Vest is a member of the inaugural class of the Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA) program. Prior to GPS, he lived in China for five years working as a guide, translator, educator and the lead trumpeter for southwestern China's finest salsa band, Guarapo. In Beijing, he worked for the China Energy Storage Alliance, researching how emerging technologies can facilitate China's clean energy transition. At GPS, his academic interests focus on the nexus of industrial policy, innovation and the U.S.-China relationship. He is the editor-in-chief of China Focus.

  • Kangyu (Mark) Wang, MIA '19

    Kangyu (Mark) Wang, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Economics

    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia, China

    Wang holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Fudan University, Shanghai, with a focus on India, Southeast Asia and the relationship between state and religion. His senior thesis "Control and Patronage: State Capacity, Legitimacy and the Logics of Modern Myanmar’s Religious policy" was published in the Journal of Religion and American Society. At GPS, he focuses on China and Southeast Asia and is a board member of Export Access. Examining Chinese religious and ethnic issues, his article “Islamophobia in Chinese Social Media” was published in 21st Century China Center’s China Data Lab. During the summer of 2018, he interned at American Enterprise Institute, working on quantitative policy and social analysis of Chinese demographic and development issues. He plans to continue exploring the think tank and political risk consulting worlds after concluding his studies at GPS.

  • Qiuyi (Vivian) Wang, MIA '19

    Qiuyi (Vivian) Wang, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Economics

    Regional Focus: China

    Originally from Shanghai, Wang earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies-economics from UC San Diego. After graduation, she worked as a marketing specialist for a local non-profit organization in San Diego. She also studied abroad at the Tokyo International University during undergrad and participated in regional vitalization community projects, which led to her internship at the Japanese trading company, Marubeni Corporation at their Shanghai office. Currently at GPS, Wang is the VP of External Affairs for GoGPS student organization and the president for Asameshikai, which promotes learning about Japanese economy, politics, language and culture. This summer, Wang will be interning at Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo doing research on the e-commerce industry in US, China and Japan in the Management and Innovation department. In the future, Wang hopes to work in data analytics and consulting integrated field that creates innovative business solutions.

  • Alexander (Alex) Webb, MIA ‘19

    Alexander (Alex) Webb, MIA ‘19

    Career Track: International Economics, International Politics

    Regional Focus: China, Southeast Asia 

    Webb received a Boren Fellowship to study in Taiwan for the 2017-2018 academic year, and interned at the American Institute in Taiwan Commercial Section during summer 2017. Before attending GPS, he completed two years of service as a Teach for China Fellow at a rural primary school in China's Yunnan Province. His interest and experience in China led him to write articles on political and social issues for the China Focus Blog at GPS. After graduation, he plans to pursue a public service career focused on East Asian affairs.

  • Randall (Randy) Wilde, MPP '19

    Randall (Randy) Wilde, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: American Policy in Global Context

    Wilde graduated from San Diego State University in 2012 with undergraduate degrees in international security and environmental studies. After spending five years at the Center for Sustainable Energy managing sustainable transportation projects, he joined the Master of Public Policy program at GPS to pursue a career in public service. Wilde’s studies focus on the major issues facing San Diego: housing affordability, land use planning, urban economic development, transportation infrastructure, social and economic equity and environmental quality. He enjoys volunteering with various community groups, nonprofits and political campaigns and riding his bike and public transit to get around San Diego. Wilde currently serves as an elected representative on the North Park Planning Committee and works as an intern in the district office of Assembly member Todd Gloria.

  • Nicolas (Nic) Zinter, MIA '19

    Nicolas (Nic) Zinter, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Zinter graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a major in politics and a minor in history of art and visual culture. His thesis on cultures of power and political legitimacy in Myanmar won the Dean's Award for undergraduate research in the social sciences, and after graduation he pursued further research in Southeast Asia on a university scholarship. Since then, he has worked with various nonprofits as a caseworker for homeless and HIV-affected people in San Francisco, with newly-arrived refugees and asylum-seekers in the East Bay and on local political campaigns in San Diego. At GPS, he works to promote equity in student representation as President of GOGPS and as a board member of QuIRPS, an LGBTIQ student advocacy group.

2018–19 Robertson Fellows

  • Isabelle Heilman, MPP '19

    Isabelle Heilman, MPP '19

    Areas of Specialization: Energy and Environmental Policy, Program Design and Evaluation

    Heilman graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s degree in environment, economics & politics and Spanish. Her thesis “A Policy Proposal to Confront the Effects of Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector of Jalisco, Mexico” was awarded the 2013 Best Undergraduate Paper Prize by the Society of Policy Scientists. After graduating, Heilman received a Fulbright-García Robles scholarship and pursued a research project in Guadalajara, Mexico focused on state-level climate change action plans. After concluding her studies at GPS, she plans to pursue a career in climate change policy, with a focus on stakeholder engagement in the policy process.

  • Samuel (Sammy) Huang, MIA '19

    Samuel (Sammy) Huang, MIA '19

    Career Tracks: International Economics, International Environmental Policy

    Regional Focus: Japan, Southeast Asia

    Prior to GPS, Huang worked in the education sector as a strategic planning assistant in Grinnell College’s Office of the President, as an English teacher in Nagasaki, Japan and a Chinese teacher at an after-school program in San Diego. He has studied abroad in Wonju, Korea, completed a yearlong International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University and held internships at Doosan Corp. Electro-Materials in Seoul and at Nicobar Group in Shanghai. Huang aspires to enter the foreign service and facilitate diplomatic solutions for collective action problems.

  • Eric Inumerable, MIA '20

    Eric Inumerable, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: China

    Growing up as a military brat, service has always been one of the guiding pillars of Inumerable's life. While a student at University of California, Los Angeles, he served his community as a volunteer tour guide and camp counselor for underserved youth in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. At UCLA, he majored in political science and Chinese, in order to position himself for a career in the U.S. government or advanced education. In the summer of 2017, Inumerable interned for the U.S. Department of State in Guangzhou, China. During his internship, he practiced his Chinese language skills and learned the intricacies of U.S. consular policy. Following his education at GPS, Inumerable hopes to pursue a career in the U.S. Government.

  • Vy Nguyen, MIA '20

    Vy Nguyen, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Nguyen graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, government, as well as Asian studies. Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, she moved to the U.S. at age 11. Her experiences as an immigrant sparked a strong interest in international politics and led to several internships during her undergraduate degree, such as the Houston City Council, Texas State Capitol, Project Vote Smart and the Asia Society Policy Institute. In addition, Nguyen was selected to participate in a prestigious fellowship program in Washington, D.C. As part of her internship, she joined the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the State Department, where she helped to create a foreign aid budget for our allies in Asia. In the future, Nguyen hopes to pursue a career in international diplomacy, working to advance U.S. foreign policy interests.

  • Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy

    Regional Focus:  Southeast Asia

    Prior to entering GPS, Rogers was based in Indonesia, where he worked in various positions as a journalist and editor, most recently serving as a Communications Officer for UNICEF Indonesia. A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Cory holds a history degree from Oberlin College and a bachelor’s of music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied jazz percussion. Upon graduation, Rogers was awarded the Shansi Fellowship to Gadjah Madah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he taught undergraduate English language courses and tutored graduate students at the Center for Religion and Cross Cultural Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, traveling and plucking out songs on his guitar.

  • Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Area of Specialization: American Policy in a Global Context

    Scott was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics. She began her career as a research assistant in the International Finance Division of the Federal Reserve Board, where she analyzed developments in exchange rate and sovereign bond markets for both policy and long-term research projects. She was then promoted to research assistant to the director of the division, where she contributed to presentations on the foreign outlook to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and oversaw the production of briefing materials for the chair and other board members traveling to international meetings, including the G20, OECD and BIS. Scott’s exposure to the economic issues at the forefront of the international policy arena has motivated her to continue her career serving the U.S. government, with the hope of promoting sustainable and inclusive global development.

  • Michael Schwab-Holler, MIA '19

    Michael Schwab-Holler, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Economics

    Regional Focus: China

    
A former financial controller for Premium AEROTEC in Augsburg, Germany, Schwab-Holler was also a Boren Fellow as an undergraduate student, traveling to Beijing to study Mandarin. He also received a grant from the Office of National Intelligence and University of South Florida’s National & Competitive Intelligence Program to attend a summer seminar on Russian foreign policy in Estonia and Finland. Schwab-Holler hopes to pursue a career in the U.S. government.

  • Jacob Throwe, MIA '19

    Jacob Throwe, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: China

    Since graduating from Boston College, Throwe has held positions in both the U.S. and China, building upon his formal study of Mandarin Chinese. Upon his graduation, he received a scholarship to continue his language study at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Afterwards, he spent a year in Nanjing, working with Chinese high school students as they navigated the American college admissions process. Before attending GPS, he spent two and half years as the program coordinator for the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, performing a litany of roles as the department underwent profound change. During summer 2018, he will intern in Honolulu with US Pacific Command and the Daniel. K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.

  • Taylor Tielke, MIA '19

    Taylor Tielke, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Politics

    Regional Focus: China

    Tielke graduated magna cum laude from Concordia College with a bachelor’s degree in global studies and political science. At Concordia, he stayed busy working as a leader in several campus organizations as well as academic honor societies. On the weekends, he competed with the speech and debate team. In his junior and senior years, Tielke was selected for department honors and was asked to take part in a public debate with a Nobel Peace Prize acceptor on nuclear proliferation. After graduation, he volunteered with the Peace Corps and was assigned to China. At his site in Chongqing, he predominately works with first generation college students. Outside of the classroom, Tielke created long-term programs such as a gender inclusive (and nationally competitive) spoken English team and a teacher training program to prepare and send teachers abroad to conduct research and observe teaching pedagogy in other countries. Ultimately, Tielke will use his time at GPS to build on his Peace Corps experiences and advance his goal to work for the U.S. Foreign Service.

2018–19 Sylff Fellows

  • Savitri (Savi) Arvey, MPP '19

    Savitri (Savi) Arvey, MPP '19

    Area of Specialization: Program Design and Evaluation

    Arvey holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Latin American studies from Connecticut College. Prior to GPS, she worked on U.S.-Mexico bilateral educational exchange projects in Mexico City for five years, most recently serving as the program officer for Mexican graduate students at the Fulbright Commission in Mexico (COMEXUS). At GPS, she focuses on U.S.-Mexico relations and migration issues and works as a researcher at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. She is the director of external affairs for the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and the managing director of the Journal for International Policy Solutions (JIPS). In the summer of 2018, she received a Tinker Field Research grant to conduct research on Mexico's policy towards returned migrants.

  • Talor Gruenwald, MIA '20

    Talor Gruenwald, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Development & Nonprofit Management

    Regional Focus: Latin America

  • Justin Lesniak, MIA '19

    Justin Lesniak, MIA '19

    Career Track: International Economics

    Regional Focus: Latin America