2021-2022 Fellows

Mary Elizabeth Adler,  Undergraduate Fellow

Mary Elizabeth Adler

Mary Elizabeth is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a certificate in Creative Writing. Her past experiences in synthetic biology and summer work at NASA Ames Research Center led to her interest in the intersection of bioengineering and international security. Outside of the classroom, she is a member and former president of the co-ed a cappella group, the Princeton Katzenjammers. She is from Seattle, Washington.




Merlin Boone,  Graduate Fellow

Merlin Boone

Merlin Boone is a Special Operations military officer currently completing a PhD at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Professionally, his experience includes operations in Syria and throughout the Asia Pacific. Merlin's research interests include international political economy, political influence, and East Asian security relations. Merlin holds a M.A. in International Affairs from The University of Hong Kong and B.S. in Economics and Chinese from West Point.




Preeti Chemiti,  Undergraduate Fellow

Preeti Chemiti

Preeti Chemiti is a sophomore from Fargo, ND studying in the School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in the History and the Practice of Diplomacy as well as Values and Public Life. On campus, Chemiti serves as a captain for Princeton Mock Trial, the founder and editor-in-chief of the Princeton Political Review, a peer academic advisor, and a student fellow at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding. Additionally, she is an undergraduate associate in the Program of Law and Public Affairs and a Pace Center Service Focus member. Preeti has done extensive work in the public service sector, including her internship experiences at the non-profit organization, We Vote, to address systematic voting barriers, as well as her time within the Legislative Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of State.



Margaret Commander,  Undergraduate Fellow

Margaret is a student in the School of Public and International Affairs intending to pursue a certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She is most interested in U.S. foreign policy and security studies, specifically in Eastern Europe and Russia. In addition to her role in CISS, she is involved with the Princeton Asylum Project and Princeton’s chapter of the United Nations Association.


Lauren Fahlberg,  Undergraduate Fellow


Charlotte Fitzek,  Graduate Fellow

Charlotte Fitzek

Charlotte Fitzek is a PhD student in the Politics Department, concentrating in International Relations. She previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she dealt with issues related to US-China relations and the Korean peninsula. Prior to joining the Belfer Center, she was a Fulbright Junior Research Fellow in South Korea. She received her M.A. in Asian Studies from Georgetown University, and her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College.




Katherine French,  Undergraduate Fellow

Katherine French

Katherine French is a senior from Clifton, Virginia majoring in the School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in Spanish Language and Culture and Values and Public Life. Katherine is a cadet in the Princeton Army ROTC’s Tiger Battalion and is interested in civil-military relations as well as international law. Outside of CISS, Katherine is on the Undergraduate Student Government Social Committee, a Peer Academic Advisor in Rocky College, a part of Christian Union Nova, an Orange Key Tour Guide, and plays for the Women’s Club Soccer team.




William Goldberg,  Undergraduate Fellow

William Goldberg

William Goldberg is a second-year student and prospective History or Politics concentrator. He is pursuing certificates in African Studies and French Language and Culture. His academic interests include the political history of Europe and Africa, immigration, and international development. At Princeton, he plays on the rugby team, and serves as the team’s communications chair. He is also a member of the board of the Center for Jewish Life. He is from Washington, DC.




Zoe Gorman,  Graduate Fellow


Carlton Haelig,  Graduate Fellow


Born and raised only half an hour from Princeton in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Carlton is a Ph.D. student studying security studies and international relations at Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs. His interests lie at the intersection of international relations, international security, and national security policy. His research focuses on military innovation, adaptation, and strategy. Current projects of his look at the drivers of doctrinal innovation in the United States Marine Corps and Army and the implications of emerging technologies on innovation and the future balance of power. Prior to Princeton, Carlton worked in a variety of capacities conducting research on national security policy and strategy in academia, think tanks, and government. He holds an M.A. in International Security from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Rutgers University.



Savannah Hampton,  Undergraduate Fellow

Savannah Hampton

Savannah Hampton is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in the School of Public and International Affairs with a focus on Conflict and Cooperation. She is also working for certificates in Arabic Language and Culture, the History and Practice of Diplomacy, and Near Eastern Studies. Outside of the classroom, Savannah is a cadet in the Army ROTC program, works at the University CYCLAB, and practices with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team.




Aaron Hilton,  Undergraduate Fellow

Aaron Hilton

Aaron Hilton is a Junior majoring at the School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in Contemporary European Politics and Society; History and Practice of Diplomacy; European Cultural Studies; and French. He is a midshipman in the joint Rutgers/Princeton Navy ROTC unit and is working towards a minor in Naval Science from Rutgers as well as a commission in the U.S. Navy. He previously worked as a Research Associate with the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where his research focused on the operationalization of unmanned autonomous surface ships in the U.S. Navy. Previously, Aaron had a career as a professional ballet dancer with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Boston Ballet, and most recently Miami City Ballet. In his free time he enjoys rowing and playing chess.



Baher Iskander,  Graduate Fellow

Baher Iskander

Baher is a second year MPA student focusing on international relations. He studied religion and international affairs at Yale College, in addition to study-abroad stints at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Copenhagen. Prior to Princeton, Baher worked as a Senate staffer on the Armed Services Committee, a China analyst for a senior senator, and a Christian minister at Yale. An immigrant himself, Baher is interested in Middle East security and Arab migration issues and has served refugee communities in Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Greece, and the US as an Arabic translator and volunteer.





Hannah Kazis-Taylor,  Graduate Fellow

Hannah Kazis-Taylor

Hannah is an incoming Politics PhD candidate interested in the Middle East, conflict, and international development!






David Logan,  Graduate Fellow

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David C. Logan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Stanton Nuclear Security Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the MIT Political Science Department’s Security Studies Program. His research interests are in international security, with a particular focus on nuclear weapons and East Asia.





Sean Norton,  Graduate Fellow


Riley Owen,  Undergraduate Fellow

Riley Owen

Riley Owen is a junior in the School of Public and International Affairs, pursuing certificates in European Politics and History and the Practice of Diplomacy. Raised in Los Angeles, Riley worked in the White House on issues pertaining to rare earth elements, shipbuilding, telecommunications, supply chain resiliency, and other sectors critical to the defense industrial base. Mr. Owen also spent two years in Denmark as a full-time volunteer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he managed the finances, logistics, and training of a 100+ person team throughout Iceland and Denmark. He is fluent in Danish and proficient in Norwegian. Riley currently works as the Director of Arctic Affairs at Greentech Minerals Holdings, an organization seeking to establish a U.S.-Allied supply chain of rare earth elements and other critical minerals to secure America's green energy future. He also works in business development for Fincantieri — one of the world’s largest shipbuilding conglomerates. Additionally, Riley serves as a Research Affiliate with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and as a Fellow at the Arctic Institute - Center for Circumpolar Security Studies. He plans to write his thesis on the U.S.-Greenland bilateral relationship and great power competition in the Arctic. Riley was a Boys Nation Senator and is an Eagle Scout. Outside of his studies, Riley is an avid cyclist, taco truck patron, plays on the club rugby team, and volunteers with Big Brothers.


Christian Potter,  Undergraduate Fellow

Christian Potter

Christian Potter is a junior concentrating in the School of Public and International Affairs, with a focus on trade and financial policy, and pursuing certificates in History and the Practice of Diplomacy and in Values and Public Life. He recent summer activities have included internships in the House of Representatives, archival research with the Princeton Politics department, and an internship in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Outside of his academic work, he serves as the Academics Chair for the Undergraduate Student Government and plays on the club tennis team. Christian hails from suburban Washington, D.C.




Matt Romanowski,  Graduate Fellow


Tim Sadov,  Undergraduate Fellow

Tim Sadov

Tim Sadov is a junior in the School of Public and International Affairs pursuing a certificate in History and the Practice of Diplomacy. In the summer of 2019, he interned at Perseus Strategies LLC, an international human rights law firm that specializes in freeing political prisoners. He has research interests in great power competition, defense technology, and the history of diplomacy. On campus, Tim writes for the Princeton Diplomat, an undergraduate foreign policy publication, staffs the Princeton Model United Nations Conference, and is an officer for the Princeton Russian Language and Culture Club.




Bailey Scott,  Graduate Fellow

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Bailey Scott is a Ph.D. candidate studying international relations in Princeton University's Department of Politics. Her research interests include international relations, security studies, Russian politics, and U.S. foreign policy. Bailey holds an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (2017). Prior to her studies at Cambridge, she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania (2016) with a B.A. in International Relations and minor in Russian Studies. In her free time, Bailey enjoys training for marathons, cooking, and reading.




Sajid Shapoo,  Graduate Fellow

Sajid Farid Shapoo is a PhD candidate in Security Studies at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is a highly decorated Indian Police Service officer, a two star general with 20 years of progressively senior experience in high profile counter terror assignments. He has in-depth experience in Counter-terror Investigations and Intelligence Operations. He was the first officer chosen to serve in the National Investigation Agency, India’s federal counter terror agency, created in the aftermath of Mumbai Terror attacks of 2008. He has supervised many important terrorism related investigations including conspiracy in Mumbai Terror Attacks, Patna serial blasts case, Bodh Gaya serial blast cases and many more. He is among the rare officers who have been twice conferred with Gallantry Medal, the highest bravery award, by the President of India. He is also a recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Services conferred to him by President of India for his exemplary and unblemished service career. He served as an Adjunct Associate Professor in City University of New York where he taught a course on Terrorism and Politics to graduate students in the spring of 2018. He also served as an adjunct Instructor at Columbia University teaching a course for Summer Immersion Program. His areas of expertise include Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Religion and Politics in Middle East and South Asia, Ideologies driving various Jihadi Organizations, Early Islamic Period (Shia-Sunni divide) and International Security Policy. He holds a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University, New York with specializations in Middle East and International Security Policy. He has published a number of articles and papers in various international magazines and papers.


Anne Stickells,  Graduate Fellow

Anne Stickells

Anne Stickells is a PhD student in Security Studies at the School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interest focuses on the intersection of conventional technology and nuclear policy. Prior to her time at Princeton, Anne worked as a research assistant at RAND in Santa Monica for several years. Anne graduated from Stanford in 2015 with a BA in Science, Technology, and Society, and a minor in Creative Writing.





Ayumi Teraoka,  Graduate Fellow

Ayumi Teraoka

Ayumi Teraoka is a Ph.D. candidate in public and international affairs at Princeton University. Her research focuses on alliance politics in the Indo-Pacific region. In her dissertation, she investigates the interaction of U.S. alliance management and China’s alliance wedging efforts from historical and contemporary perspectives. Prior to enrolling at Princeton, Ayumi worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds an M.A. in public and international affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, an M.A. in Asian studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in law from Keio University. Her writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, Japan Times, The Diplomat, and Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs among others.



Sam Winter-Levy,  Graduate Fellow

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Sam Winter-Levy is a Ph.D. student in comparative politics and international relations at Princeton University. Before joining the doctoral program, he was a staff editor at Foreign Affairs and a reporter at The Economist. His writing has appeared in publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, NewYorker.com, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Lawfare, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, and The Times Literary Supplement. He received his undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Oxford and was the Michael Von Clemm Fellow at Harvard University in 2014-15.




Michelle Zhang,  Graduate Fellow

Michelle Zhang

Michelle is a PhD student in Security Studies at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests focus primarily on the issues of limited resources and competition in the space sector and how those aspects affect the policies driving the operationalization and commercialization of space technologies. She is also interested in the intersections between space and cybersecurity. Prior to Princeton, she worked for the FBI in the New York Field Office after interning in the Cincinnati Field Office. She holds a dual B.A. in English and Security & Intelligence with a minor in Japanese from The Ohio State University.