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Graduate Student

  • Affiliation(s)
    • • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Joint Public Policy PhD student
    • • Population Studies Center, Trainee
    • • Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, Graduate Student Associate
  • Fields of Study
    • Power, History, and Social Change
    • Social Demography
  • About

    I am a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Michigan. My research interests lie primarily at the intersection of foreign policy, development, and social change. Prior to the start of my PhD program, I spent the better part of a decade living and working in four countries of the Former Soviet Union, first as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan and Russia, and later managing the country offices of DC-based non-profits in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

  • Education
    • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2005
    • B.A. The College of Wooster, 2001
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Development/Modernization, Eurasia, International Education, International Migration, Political Sociology, Social Change, U.S. Public Diplomacy
  • Dissertation Title
    • The Social Impact of US Public Diplomacy Exchange Programs: Evidence from a Cohort of Participant Alumni (working title)
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Barbara Anderson (co-chair), Philip Potter (co-chair)