2014-2015 Fellows

John Michael Arnold

John-Michael is a second-year Ph.D. student with particular interests in international security, strategic studies, and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to enrolling at Princeton, he worked for three years as Special Assistant to the President of the Brookings Institution. Additionally, John-Michael has worked as a researcher in the British House of Commons and completed a summer internship at the U.S. National Defense University. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford. When he is not in Princeton, John-Michael lives with his wife, Elyssa, in Washington, DC.

Omar Bashir

Omar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics. He researches power in international relations, with specific projects on crisis management, interstate energy competition, and the politics of the UN Security Council. Previously, Omar attended Oxford, where his thesis on Islamism and Pakistan's foreign policy was awarded Distinction. He also earned two aerospace engineering degrees from MIT with internships at Boeing, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories.

Alexander El-Fakir

Alex is a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where he concentrates in Conflict and Cooperation and focuses on U.S. foreign and defense policy. He has architected and run multiple CISS simulations and is currently organizing the 2014-2015 crisis simulations. He is also a Student Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, founder of the Princeton Negotiation Seminar, president emeritus of the Princeton Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society, and a board member of AEI on Campus. Alex is currently working as an Investment Bank Summer Analyst at Centerview Partners in New York. He also worked for two summers at the American Enterprise Institute and attended a strategy conference at the U.S. Army War College. Outside of his academic pursuits, he is a yoga enthusiast, member at Tower eating club, and former singer for the Princeton Tigertones.

Doyle Hodges

Doyle is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Woodrow Wilson School Security Studies program. His research interests include civil-military relations, ethics in national security policy, intelligence, and grand strategy. Before coming to Princeton, Doyle served for 21 years as a naval officer, commanding two ships and retiring with the rank of Commander. He is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master's degrees from the University of Maryland (1993) and the Naval War College (2008). He and his wife have two dogs

Richard Jordan

Richard is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics. His research uses game theory to model how states bargain during war, focusing especially on the intersection of military and grand strategy. Before coming to Princeton, he studied international relations at The College of William & Mary and worked on the TRIP surveys which appear in Foreign Policy. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, poetry, and Russian literature.

Kevin McGinnis

Kevin is a second-year Master’s student in the Woodrow Wilson School, returning after a two-year fellowship with the Department of Defense. Working in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, he covered issues related to Latin America, overseas basing, strategic planning, and U.S. nuclear forces. His academic and professional interests include national security policy, defense policy, military history, budgeting and public finance, environmental policy, and water management. Hailing from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he also received his undergraduate degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Outside of class, Kevin is an avid triathlete and also enjoys playing soccer, scuba diving, and sailing.

Jamie Morgan

Jamie is a second-year Master’s student at the Woodrow Wilson School, where she focuses on national security issues in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In 2014, she served as a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy. She was awarded the Woodrow Wilson School’s Jay Bleiman Public Service Internship Award for her work there. Prior to coming to Princeton, Jamie spent five years working in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Indonesia in national security and politics. Her work included time at the Economist Intelligence Unit, Richard Carmona for U.S. Senate, BAE Systems, the Democratic National Committee and the U.S. Senate. Jamie also spent a year in Indonesia, conducting research on U.S. government countering violent extremism programs. Jamie holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and speaks Indonesian and Italian.

Rohan Mukherjee

Rohan is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics. His research focuses on how the desire for status or prestige influences the behavior of rising powers in international institutions. He also specializes in Indian foreign policy, and his writings on the subject have appeared in various journals including Survival, Global Governance, International Affairs, andInternational Journal. Previously, he has worked at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Innovations for Successful Societies, Princeton University. He holds an MPA in International Development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.

Bella Wang

Bella is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. She researches how countries develop and implement policies with regard to territorial disputes, as well as how international law affects these policies, with a focus on disputes in East and Southeast Asia. Prior to coming to Princeton, Bella worked briefly as a research assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, and has also studied at the Sorbonne.