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Jackson/Culp Fellows

Celia A. Baker

“My field of study–Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies–unfortunately continues to be regarded with some skepticism by those unfamiliar with it. Some doubt its practical applicability; others see Russian relations as a relic of the past. Receiving the Jackson-Culp Fellowship enabled me to pursue my degree debt-free, but it was also a validation of my conviction that this is a relevant and important field of study. In my recent research on the 2014 violation of the Budapest Memorandum, I relied on knowledge of history, anthropology, and security studies to address potential repercussions for global nuclear nonproliferation. Because the Jackson School focuses on area studies, as opposed to disciplinary focuses, I was able to draw on knowledge of ninth-century Kyivan Rus’ to explain twentieth-century international security assurances.” – Celia Anne Baker

Ross Doll

“My work focuses on China’s ongoing agricultural modernization reform. Though it receives little attention in the press, the state is working to rapidly and expansively overhaul China’s agricultural production system from one based on household farms to one more closely resembling the kind of large-scale, mechanized farms seen in the US. This has dramatic implications: for China’s 600 million rural residents and its ecology, but also for the global food system and climate change. The Jackson-Culp Fellowship has allowed me to research this complex, transformational undertaking and its repercussions from the multiple perspectives it demands, as well as share my findings broadly through presentations and publications.” – Ross Doll

Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellows

Megan Zebart-Judd

“My research concerns under reported conflict and marginalized religious practice throughout the U.S. borderlands and Mexico. I am particularly interested in how marginalized religious groups are affected by policy decisions on the U.S. border and the institutional defense culture that guides those practices. I received my B.A. in the Study of Religion from the University of California, San Diego, then a M.S. in Homeland Security from San Diego State University. My background in conflict studies stems from six years working in the defense industry, as well as time I spent in Bangkok, Thailand researching the intersection of human trafficking and Western tourism.”

Deep Pal, 2015-16 Fellow

“My work as the Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellow includes looking at how China plays a role in influencing India’s foreign policy identity and beliefs. I am currently looking at crucial events in India’s foreign policy behavior between 1950 and 1988, to understand how India’s attitude towards China has influenced its decisions. Apart from the generous support from Jackson Foundation this year, I have had the opportunity to work with the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington, D.C., where I was first exposed to Senator Jackson’s vision of forging closer alliances between the United States and Asian nations, and understanding emerging powers in Asia better. I believe this resonates in my work – at a time when Asia is undergoing profound changes, alliances between like-minded powers like India and the United States are going to be more important. And a better understanding of what drives foreign policy in India is likely to help policymakers in the United States understand the alliance better.” – Deep Pal

Oded Oron, 2014-15 Fellow

“Gregory Shtraks was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up in the equally exotic suburban New Jersey. He studied International Affairs and History at the George Washington University where he received his BA in 2005 and MA in 2009. After completing his Master’s, Greg worked at the Department of State and then taught Political Science at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Greg’s research at the Jackson School is focused on Sino-Russian relations, the Russian Far East, and a comparative analysis of US, Russian, and Chinese Diplomatic corps with a specific concentration on Public Diplomacy formulation. As such, Greg is housed in the States, Markets, and Societies (SMS) field with a secondary focus in Law, Rights, and Governance (LRG). Upon completing his Doctorate, Greg hopes to pursue a career in academia or to join the Foreign Service. Greg was honored with the inaugural Henry M. Jackson Doctoral fellowship for his studies in contemporary Sino-Russian relations.”

Evans School for Public Policy Fellows

Yiming Sun, MPA ’18 Candidate

“My work focuses on environmental and natural resources management. During my undergraduate studies of Energy Economics in Renmin University of China, I worked with the Chinese government to promote energy policy adjustment to achieve the goal of lowering energy consumption. However, I found many policies are price-based approaches or there are rigorous regulations in place. I want to figure out how international organizations and NGOs could leverage their power to make environmental policy outcomes more desirable. I am delighted to see that my policy area of interest is recognized by The Jackson Foundation, and I feel honored to receive support for my further research in the field.”

Selena Elmer, MPA ’17 Candidate

“Moving from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest, I was inspired by the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty and its environmentally-focused culture. The result of that inspiration is my degree in Environmental Science from the University of Washington: Bothell. I learned that the first step in addressing any complex environmental issues is to facilitate opportunities for people to explore and connect with their natural environment through community or public service. Receiving the Henry M. Jackson Fellowship has enabled me to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. With an MPA, I will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to similarly inspire people and communities to connect with their natural environment.”

Chuong Pham, MPA ’17 Candidate

“My interests converge at the intersection of natural resource management, climate change adaptation policy, and equity issues. Receiving the Henry M. Jackson Fellowship enabled me to pursue my MPA through the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington.  While pursuing my degree I had the opportunity to work at American Farmland Trust studying farmland preservation and environmental conservation measures.  I followed this with an internship at Landesa, where I worked on indigenous land rights and responsible investment in developing countries.  My master’s thesis project will work with the Washington Department of Ecology on the communication side of their recycling and waste management programs.  With the help of the Jackson Fellowship, these experiences have prepared me well for a career in public service and environmental policy.”

Amy Reed, MPA ’17 Candidate

“Before attending the Evans School, I worked in Washington DC as a Glenn Fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Press Secretary in Washington DC. This experience made me passionate for today’s pressing and urgent environmental issues, while also being introduced to the world of political communications. I decided to focus on Environmental Policy at the Evans School after authoring a policy analysis on hydraulic fracturing in Eastern Ohio, my hometown. I knew I wanted to pursue my MPA upon completion of my time in DC, but cost was a significant issue. The Henry M. Jackson Fellowship singlehandedly made this experience possible. I am looking forward to taking the next steps professionally and thanks to the Jackson Foundation, I have a whole new realm of  possibilities moving forward.”

Chad Ellwood, MPA ’17 Candidate

“I’ve worked in the non-profit and for-profit residential solar industry for 7 years, first as a grant writer at a green jobs non-profit that trains low-income individuals how to install solar panels. Then I worked in various capacities at several residential solar installation and financing companies, primarily in operational and customer care roles. I now seek to break into solar or renewable energy policy as a researcher or policy advocate, either within state or local government or working for a respected energy policy non-profit. The more quickly we transition to an 100% renewable world the better, and I hope to be a bigger part of this transition. At the Evans School I will focus on the Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis focuses and capstone project and hope to intern this summer at Seattle City Light, to gain experience and understanding on the utility side as well.”

Zoey Burrows, MPA ’18 Candidate

“With the support of the Jackson Fellowship at the Evans School, I plan to pursue a career in environmental advocacy. Since joining the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in 2012, I’ve worked on many issues related to Senator Jackson’s legacy, including re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, recreation planning in the popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and a proposal to federally recognize the remarkable environmental leadership of our region through the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. I’m captivated by the enormous potential for better models of environmental stewardship.”

Ben Hughey, MPA ’18 Candidate

“The Evans School is unique. As best I can judge, there is no program in the country better suited for those interested in policies that benefit the environment. Evans has a great reputation, but location sets it apart. Living in a city like Seattle confirms what we are learning. At other universities the concept of change can be abstract. We witness change each day we leave the classroom. It is inspiring to live in a farsighted community. The mountains also add inspiration, serving as a nice reminder of what we are fighting to protect. I intend to explore the surrounding ranges whenever time allows. When I leave Evans, I hope to be involved with an organization that focuses on communicating solutions to climate change, highlighting fewer scientific problems and more economic opportunities. The interdisciplinary curriculum at Evans is conducive to my interest. I am exceptionally grateful for the opportunity made possible by the Henry M. Jackson Fellowship, I would not be here otherwise.”

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