2020 Fellows

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  • Major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Student Advisor for EducationUSA in Ghana

  • Youth for Change Volunteer

Obed Ababio

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  • Majoring in Political Science or Modern Middle Eastern Studies

  • President of the Middle Eastern and North African Students Association

  • Board member of Yemen Aid Inc.

Amal Altareb

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  • Majoring in Economics and Political Science

  • Sings in the Yale Russian Chorus

  • Researched for Yale professors and studied effects of American FDI 

Curtis Colvett

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  • International History and Arabic double major

  • Volunteered in Rabat, Morocco working in legal justice

  • Completed the Arabic Language Program at the Defense Language Institute

Isabelle Embola

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  • Double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Global Affairs

  • Completed research in Qatar on healthcare investment in the Middle East

  • Senator for the Yale College Council and liaison for the Muslim Student Association

Bayan Galal

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  • Majoring in Political Science with a focus on North African politics

  • Studied international relations at the London School of Economics

  • Worked for the Connecticut Exoneration Project

  • Chapter President of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women at Yale

Carson Handley

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  • Geospatial Information Science and Space Science double major

  • Worked on classified research on East Asian Civ-Mil relations for the Army's 1st Special Forces using national space assets

Adam Hoxeng

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  • Studying American Politics and minoring in Cyber Security

  • Plans to branch Aviation after graduating from West Point

Ryan Johnson

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  • Majoring in Environmental Engineering

  • Co-Captain of the Army Women's soccer team

  • Hopes to branch Medical Service and become a Medical Evacuation Pilot

Mia Padon

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  • Studying Philosophy

  • Researched with the High Energy Laser Lab

  • Hopes to branch Military Intelligence or Field Artillery

Sammantha Ponsell

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  • Majoring in Military History and Arabic

  • Researched the Rwandan genocide in Rwanda

  • Studying abroad in Morocco next semester

Holland Pratt

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  • Political Science major with a focus on voter behavior

  • Interned with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)

  • Founded the Civics Engagement Initiative

  • Runs the Domestic Affairs Forum

Pedro Santiago Bonilla

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  • Majoring in Global Affairs with a focus on Sub-Saharan politics and violent extremism

  • Worked at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe in the Political and Economic section

  • Cycles on the Yale Cycling Team

Olvia Shoemaker

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  • Political Science major with a focus on American politics and political philosophy

  • Chair of the Progressive Party of the Yale Political Union and the Chief of Staff of SNAP PAC

  • GED tutor with the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project

Andrew Sorota

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  • Major in Ethics, Politics, and Economics

  • Researched for the Economist: Intelligence Unit and the Inter-American Dialogues

  • Former President of the Yale Political Union and Legislative Captain of the Yale College Democrats

Milan Vivanco

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  • Studying creedal democracy, development economics, and poverty alleviation

  • Chair of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Program

  • Former Peace Corps Response Volunteer working on youth unemployment in Guinea

Jackson Willis

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  • Major in Global Affairs and Modern Middle Eastern Studies

  • Interned with UNRWA in Jordan

  • Co-President of Refugee and Immigrant Student Education (RISE)

Abdah Adam

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  • Double majoring in Economics and Global Affairs

  • Worked as a researcher for the Turkish Ministry of the Interior

  • Research Assistant for Milan Svolik

  • Co-Founder of the Yale Society for Law, Technology, and Ethics,

Demir Çoker

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  • Mechanical Engineering Major

  • Co-Founder of Havenly Treats, a non-profit bakery that trains female refugees

Ben Weiss

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  • Studying Economics and Statistics

  • Chairman of the Tory Party of the Yale Political Union

  • President of the Yale College Republicans

Ryley Constable

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  • Economics major 

  • Studying at the Spanish military academy

  • Competes in Sandhurst with the Army's team

Krista Flinkstrom

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  • Political Science major with a focus on AI and law

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Human Rights Journal

  • Volunteers at a legal clinic in New Haven

Alina Glaubitz

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  • Double majoring in Environmental Science and Chinese

  • Leads hikes with West Point's Orienteering Team

Sam Haseman

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  • Economics and Statistics & Data Science double major focusing on healthcare and sustainable finance

  • Co-President of Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund

  • Interned at the United Nations working on a global venture capital fund

Karen Jiang

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  • Majoring in Economics with a minor in Applied Statistics

  • Works with the Officer Christian Fellowship

  • Enjoys researching developmental economics

Eric Paar

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  • International relations major

  • Focuses research and writing on counterterrorism and MENA culture/conflict

Daniel Pharis

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  • Interested in studying history, international relations, and conflict resolution

  • Spent summer in high school at Seeds of Peace International Camp working with students from Palestine, Jordan, and Egypt

  • Member of TAMID and Students for Carbon Dividends

Daniel Posner

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  • Studies Comparative politics with a focus on Iran, China, and Afghanistan

  • Attended the International Military Leadership Course at the Polish Military Academy

  • Instructed counter-poaching tactics in West Africa

Daniel Rieger

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  • History major focusing on politics and criminal justice policy

  • Tutors in a nearby correctional facility

  • President of the Yale College Democrats

Molly Shapiro

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  • History major

  • News editor at the Yale Daily News

  • Interned for Students for Carbon Dividends in Washington, D.C.

Skakel McCooey

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  • Arabic major with a focus on mass atrocity prevention and international relations

  • Core member of the Joint Service Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium

Benjamin Spiro

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  • Majoring in Environmental Studies or History

  • Involved in the Yale Political Union, Students for Carbon Dividends, and the Women's Club Lacrosse team

Calista Washburn