John-Michael is a Ph.D. candidate in the Woodrow Wilson School and has 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. 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. For the 2016-2017 academic year, John-Michael is a pre-doctoral fellow at the George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Rebeccah is a junior in the Department of Politics and is pursuing certificates in the History & Practice of Diplomacy and Latin America Studies. Aside from her interests in global security studies, Rebeccah has also focused her research in how international sports can influence domestic politics. Rebeccah pursued the interaction of sports and politics this past summer as an intern with Department of State in the sports diplomacy office that launched international sports missions as a form of person-to-person diplomacy. The prior summer, Rebeccah lived in Brazil learning Portuguese. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and doing the New York Times crossword.
Nicole Don is a sophomore and prospective Woodrow Wilson School concentrator who hails (mostly) from Miami, Florida. She speaks Spanish and German, having been an exchange student in Germany during high school, and currently studies Arabic, Turkish, and economics at Princeton. She first began studying Turkish the summer of 2013 in Ankara, Turkey, through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. At Princeton, apart from CISS, Nicole is involved with the Center for Jewish Life, plays drum set for the Princeton University Rock Ensemble (PURE), and works on campus. She spent the previous summer interning at the Brookings Institution, and hopes to return to D.C. soon.
Liv Dowling is a second-year Master of Public Affairs student at the Woodrow Wilson School, where she focuses on national security policy, diplomacy, and South Asian geopolitics. Liv has spent the majority of her professional life abroad, first as a research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi before moving to Bangkok, Thailand, where she evaluated market-based public health interventions as a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow at an international non-profit. Liv returned to the subcontinent as an American India Foundation Fellow, through which she organized a national-level training on the inclusion of vulnerable populations in the policy development process. This past summer, Liv focused on U.S.-India economic relations as an intern with the Office of India Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. When she’s not working, Liv enjoys long road trips, photography, and watching Bollywood movies.
Brendan Gallagher is a third-year Ph.D. student in Security Studies, and an active-duty Army major with fifteen years of service. He served over three years in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a year near the Korean DMZ. Most recently, he served as Executive Officer of an Infantry Brigade Combat Team consisting of 3,500 soldiers in southern Afghanistan. Brendan received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
P.J. is a sophomore concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School and interested in security studies, grand strategy, and civil-military relations. He plans to pursue certificates in the History and Practice of Diplomacy and Latin American Studies. P.J. is a midshipman in Princeton’s three-year-old crosstown Navy ROTC program with Rutgers University. Outside of his studies, he is a Peer Health Advisor and enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and frisbee.
Kris Ha (Visiting Fellow)
“Kris” Kyoung-Seok Ha is a Visiting Student Research Collaborator (VSRC) with professor G. John Ikenberry in the Woodrow Wilson School from March 2016 to Feb 2017. He is a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at Korea University in Seoul, and his research interests include East Asian security, North Korean nuclear issue and US-Korea relations. His recent publications appeared in Journal of Korean Politics, and National Strategy. Prior to joining Princeton, he worked for seven years as a research associate at the Ilmin International Relations Institute at Korea University, and he also served in Korean Army Aviation Operation Command for 26 months. He holds M.A. in Political Science, and B.A. in English Literature and International Relations from Korea University. He and his wife live in Plainsboro, NJ.
Mike Kelvington grew up in Akron, Ohio. He is an second-year MPA student in the WWS focusing on international relations and counterterrorism and serves in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer. After graduating from West Point in 2005, he served in various airborne and special operations units. During his service he deployed seven times to Iraq and Afghanistan and received multiple awards including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and two Purple Hearts. He also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries from Liberty University and is the president of the Princeton Student Veterans Organization. After his graduate studies at Princeton and time as a Downing scholar for the Combating Terrorism Center, he will return to the operational Army. He is married and has three children.
David C. Logan is a second year Master's student at the Woodrow Wilson School. His professional interests include strategic nuclear stability, U.S.-China security relations, and security in the East Asia-Pacific region. Prior to coming to Princeton, he spent three years living and working in China and he speaks and reads Mandarin. This past summer he interned in the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the National Defense University, where he conducted research on China's nuclear modernization, recent Chinese military reforms, and the nuclear component of the U.S.-China relationship.
Chad was born and raised in Atlanta and earned his bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. He worked on counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation efforts at the Department of Defense. Chad then became a senior consultant on a team making IBM’s Jeopardy-winning supercomputer, WATSON, answer questions related to international affairs. This past summer, Chad worked at the United States Embassy in Seoul, South Korea as a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow.
Carly Millenson is a junior independent concentrator pursuing a self-designed program in International Security with Historical Studies. She is interested in applying modern history to contemporary issues such as conflict prevention and power dynamics in East Asia. Her junior research involves attempting to understand some of the underlying factors that affect how forcefully China makes its presence known on the world stage. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish, and is studying German. She is currently helping to organize the 2016-17 speaker series, as well as assisting with the Crisis Simulation. In her spare time she enjoys nature walks and creative writing.
Michelle Nedashkovskaya graduated from Princeton's politics department (2016), where she concentrated in intentional relations. Nedashkovskaya's professional experiences include internships with the US Department of State, the German Bundestag, and the Council of Foreign Relations. One of four SINSI scholars of 2016, she is currently a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School; she is pursuing a Master's in Public Administration. Her research interests focus on Russia and Eastern European politics.
Connor Pfeiffer is a junior from San Antonio, Texas concentrating in History with a certificate in History and the Practice of Diplomacy. His academic interests center around 19th and 20th international politics, particularly in Europe. He has worked for the campaigns of two U.S. Congressmen and is a former U.S. Senate intern. On campus, Connor is Managing Editor of the Princeton Undergraduate Law Review, a member of the Princeton Debate Panel, a member of The Daily Princetonian Editorial Board, and a staff writer for American Foreign Policy Magazine.
Julia Reed is a second year Masters in Public Affairs candidate, focused on International Relations and organizational management. Prior to attending the Woodrow Wilson School, she worked in Washington, DC at the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and the Bureau of Political Military Affairs. She also served at the Office of Management and Budget, working for the Deputy Director for Management. Julia is a graduate of Smith College, with a B.A. in Government. She is the CISS Gettysburg Staff Ride fellow and portrayed General Robert E. Lee in the 2015 Staff Ride.
John Schutte is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Woodrow Wilson School's Security Studies program. His research interests include grand strategy, civil-military relations, bureaucratic behavior, and peacetime military innovation. John is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force with over 17 years in service, including two formative tours at the Pentagon and eight years living abroad at the tactical end of policy decisions as an aviator. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia and holds master's degrees from Oklahoma University (2003), George Washington University (2007), and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (2013). When not busy with school, John and his wife Melanie remain occupied raising their three children.
Travis Sharp is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, where his dissertation focuses on military engagement between great power rivals. An officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he has received the Sasakawa Young Leadership Fellowship (2016), the Bradley Foundation Research Fellowship (2015, 2016), and the Hudson Center’s inaugural American Seapower Stipend (2015). Travis served previously as a Rosenthal Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy; a Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS); and a Scoville Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non- Proliferation. He has participated in the Office of Net Assessment Summer Study (2014), the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders (2013), and the Manfred Worner Seminar (2013). His writing has appeared in International Affairs, Orbis, Joint Force Quarterly, Parameters, Defense News, ForeignAffairs.com, ForeignPolicy.com, and many others. Sharp holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and a M.P.A. and M.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Mikhael is a third-year in the Department of Politics. He is pursuing certificates in History & the Practice of Diplomacy, Values & Public Life, and Near Eastern Studies. Originally from France, his fields of interest include security studies and natural law, particularly in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. He's lived in Turkey, France, and Israel. At Princeton, he chairs the American Enterprise Institute's Executive Council and the Alexander Hamilton Society and is active in Jewish life, American policy, and free speech issues on campus and nationally. He is an officer on the University Cycling Team.
Sondre is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His research centers on the political economy of technology innovation, adoption, and investment allocation. Sondre holds a B.A. from New York University, where he studied international relations with a regional specialization on East Asia. He has also studied in Shanghai and Beijing. In 2009-2010, Sondre served in the North Brigade of the Royal Norwegian Army.
Ken Sofer is a second-year Master’s student at the Woodrow Wilson School, where his research focuses on international affairs and the security implications of climate change. Prior to coming to Princeton, Ken worked at the Center for American Progress, where he was the Associate Director for National Security and International Policy. In that role, Ken managed the day-to-day research, outreach, and operations of the Center’s National Security team. He also published over forty public reports, issue briefs, and columns on foreign policy issues ranging from the structure and organization of the Syrian opposition to the domestic politics of climate change in Japan. Ken previously completed internships with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus, and most recently New America, where he led a research project on the stability impacts of future climate change in Turkey and Iraq. Ken is originally from Hermosa Beach, California and received his BA from the University of Southern California.
Jay Sourbeer is a junior in the Politics department, where he studies U.S. military policy and civ-mil relations. This past summer, Jay interned on the Foreign Military Sales team at the State Department (PM/RSAT). Outside of class, Jay enjoys poorly-planned backpacking expeditions, reading military history, and being crushed by small children on nursery duty at Stone Hill Church. He's very excited to be back working with CISS this year.
Mor Yahalom is Master in Public Affairs (MPA) candidate, at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. At Princeton, she works as a Research Assistant to Dr. Keren Yarhi-Milo, was selected to be a Student Fellow at the Center for International Security Studies (CISS), and elected to Co-Chair the Gender Policy Network (GPN). Born and raised in Israel, Mor began her professional path in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), where she served for three years as an officer in the Signal Corps, and is currently an active reservist. She holds a bachelor’s in behavioral sciences from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, where she was nominated class valedictorian at graduation. Mor’s feminist activity and focus on the empowerment of women in the fields of peace and security has led to her involvement with the parliamentary work of Member of Knesset Merav Michaeli, one of Israel’s most prominent feminist advocates. She later continued to work with Member of Knesset Dr. Ronen Hoffman, as his Parliamentary Advisor. In the summer of 2016 Mor worked at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), as a Research Intern, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Palestinian politics.
Bella Wang is a fifth-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.
Audrye Wong is a third-year Ph.D. student in Security Studies and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her academic interests include Chinese economic statecraft, the role of subnational actors in foreign policy, and asymmetrical alliances, with a focus on East (including Southeast) Asia. Prior to graduate school, she was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, researching U.S.-China security interactions and crisis management. Audrye grew up in Singapore, enjoys hiking and traveling, and sometimes eats peanut butter out of a jar.