Oct. 3, 2018

The Project on Gender in the Global Community (GGC) has selected 13 Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students as 2018-19 student fellows. The fellows were selected through a competitive application process. The fellows are: Jasmine Dehghan, Varsha Gandikota, Mikaela Gerwin, Kiara Rodriguez Gallego, Sarah Gordon, Jennifer Johnson, Shafaq Khan, Mikaylah Ladue, Grace Lee, Ananya Malhotra, Amanda Morrison, Kat Powell, and Serena Stein. As part of their fellowship, GGC fellows will participate in bi-monthly seminars, conduct original research, and will present their work in both oral and published formats. The theme for this year's fellowship is "Gender, Law, and Security."

About the GGC Fellows

Jasmine Dehghan is a second-year MPA candidate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Kiara Rodriguez Gallego is a Senior in the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in East Asian Studies and Chinese Language and Culture. Her academic focus is on conflict and cooperation and China's foreign relations, and her current thesis research centers on understanding how the different resolutions of territorial disputes explain Chinese foreign policy and the nature of its rise. In the past, she has conducted research on Southeast Asian macroeconomic landscape at an investment firm in Singapore and on Chinese investments in Africa at Brookings Institution in DC. By participating in this seminar, she hopes to learn more about changing dynamics in global governance and better understand what makes for effective inter and intra-state resolutions of conflict. 

Varsha Gandikota is second-year graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School, pursuing a Master in Public Affairs with a specialization in international development. She spent the summer at the United Nations Population Fund in Istanbul, Turkey with the Strategic Partnerships team for the Eastern Europe and Central Asian Regional Office. Prior to this, she briefly worked with the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India as a part of the Economic Development Board, an advisory committee to the chief minister. Earlier, she was a management consultant with Kepler Cannon, a boutique strategy consulting firm where her work spanned projects in Hong Kong and New York with a focus on insurance and retirement funds. While in high school, she founded The Orange Leaf, an NGO with a mission to engage students in public service. She currently leads the initiative with a volunteer network spread across the country. As someone that is deeply invested in developmental projects that hope to provide women, across the world, with greater access to their bodies, she hopes to investigate the consequences of the contradictions between the increasing need for transnational mobility on the one hand, and the requirements of national assertions of the rule of law.

Mikaela Gerwin of New York, New York (Manhattan), a senior, is a history concentrator pursuing a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Prior to starting at Princeton, Gerwin spent a gap year teaching English and working on community health programs in Urubamba, Peru through a Princeton Bridge Year Fellowship. She speaks Spanish and Hebrew fluently. Gerwin has served as a student leader at Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life, a weekly ESL teacher at El Centro in Trenton, an intern for Princeton’s Women’s Center, a peer academic advisor at Forbes College and an Outdoor Action leader.  Gerwin studied abroad at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in spring 2018. This past summer,  Gerwin conducted evaluations of anti-domestic violence programs and policy for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services. Gerwin is interested in the global criminalization of gender-based violence.

Sarah Gordon is a junior in the Near Eastern Studies department and is pursuing a certificate in Arabic. She is interested in studying counterterrorism strategies and the dynamics of radicalization among extremist groups, including the theological underpinnings of jihadist ideologies. During Summer 2018, Sarah worked at Azraq Syrian Refugee camp in Jordan as an intern for CARE International, researching the stories of refugees who fled their homes, gender dynamics, and the security situation as it relates to the refugee crisis. The previous summer, she worked as a Foreign Policy intern in the United States Senate.

Jennifer K. Johnson is a first year MPA candidate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She graduated in 2015 with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, completing a thesis on ethnic federalism in post-communist Russia and studying abroad at Sciences Po-Paris and the Moscow Higher School of Economics. During her undergraduate career, Jennifer spent two years as an undergraduate researcher in the Innovations for Peace and Development Lab, investigating the relationship between development aid and conflict. She also completed internships at the Supreme Headquarters of NATO, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a think tank in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to Princeton, Jennifer spent two years working as a Program Coordinator for the Clements Center for National Security, facilitating the center’s research and programs on the role of history in policymaking. This past summer, she returned to Brussels to work with the Policy Planning team of the Secretary General at NATO HQ.

Shafaq Khan is a sophomore from Long Island, New York. She is a prospective Woodrow Wilson School major, and her academic interests include human rights, conflict mediation, and ethics of war. She serves as the Vice President of College Democrats, and is also involved in the Muslim Students Association and the McGraw Center. Through this fellowship, she hopes to take a deeper look at the way gender and international relations can be understood through a contemporary lens.

Mikaylah Ladue is a junior in the Anthropology department, with a sociocultural focus, and is pursuing certificates in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Latin American Studies. Her independent work for the academic year will focus on the intersection of health and law with regard to the opioid overdose epidemic. As a GGC fellow, she hopes to research the misrepresentation of women in law, concentrating on sexual violence. On campus, she is involved with curriculum development for the Prison Electives Project, is a core tutor for ESL: El Centro, and is outreach director for Finding the Match.

Grace Lee is a MPP candidate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Ananya Agustin Malhotra is a junior from Atlanta concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School, pursuing certificates in French and Humanistic Studies. Her academic interests include international law, transitional justice, human rights and international relations, as well as their intersections with critical gender and race theory and postcolonial studies. She serves as the Vice President of Internal Development for the SHARE (Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, & Education) Office's Peers Program, and is also involved in the European Union Program and the Behrman Society. 

Amanda Morrison is a senior from Helena, Montana, majoring in international affairs and minoring in East Asian studies and film production. Amanda has worked at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute in New York City, focusing on gender discrimination and censorship. She has also worked as an executive assistant to film producers in Los Angeles and is president of Princeton’s only visual journalism organization as well as a managing editor for the Business Today magazine. Alongside her senior thesis about Chinese media and women, Amanda is currently directing and producing a documentary about Chinese feminism. Outside of her studies, Amanda is an avid ballet dancer and mountain climber.

Kat Powell is a junior in the African American Studies Department, proudly hailing from Chicago. Her research interests include: African and African Diaspora women's literature, the sociology of identity formation, and how women throughout history have used literature to rewrite the worlds around them. She is excited to be a member of the GGC seminar, as it will allow her to learn about the ways in which women across the University and the globe see themselves moving towards liberation. On campus, she dances, gives tours with Orange Key, writes for the Nassau Literary Review, and builds  community with Princeton Association of Black Women.

Serena S. Stein is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University.

About the GGC Student Fellows Program

Established in 2010 in response to the growing recognition of and research interest in myriad connections between gender equality and security, LISD’s Project on Gender in the Global Community (GGC) broadly examines women’s participation and the functioning of gendered structures and norms in the international system. The Student Fellows Program is an integral complement to this work. Student fellows are chosen annually from a variety of departments and programs and meet twice monthly on Tuesdays during the lunch hour throughout the academic year. The monthly meetings combine discussions of readings and students’ ongoing research, with presentations by invited scholars, policy makers, civil society representatives, and governmental and diplomatic practitioners. Over the course of the year, fellows are expected to pursue independent, academically rigorous research. GGC Fellows from the 2017-2018 academic year presented their work at Columbia University’s School of Public and International Affairs during an intensive Research Day with students of Professor Yasmine Ergas, Director of the Program in Gender and Human Rights of Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. A selection of student research papers was also published in LISD’s Student Research Series. 

GGC Student Fellows Program Directors

Beth English is director of the Liechtenstein Institute's Project on Gender in the Global Community, and a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program. She received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, where she was subsequently a Glucksman Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As director of the Project on Gender in the Global Community, English oversees the Institute’s initiatives on Women, Peace and Security; Women’s Economic Security; Children and Armed Conflict; and Prevention of Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence. Around these issues, English has organized and chaired several policy workshops, and frequently presents at symposia and conferences. Her research and teaching focus on gender, historical and contemporary labor and working class issues, global economy, and the U.S. and Global Souths. She is the co-editor of Global Women's Work in Transition (with Mary E. Frederickson and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama, forthcoming, Routledge); author of A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the Textile Industry; and a contributing author to several edited volumes focusing on gender and on the U.S. South. Her recent articles include, “Global Women’s Work: Historical Perspectives on the Textile and Garment Industries” (Journal of International Affairs).

Barbara Buckinx is Associate Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She completed her Ph.D. in Politics in 2010. Buckinx spent two years at Brown University as a research associate, and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Advanced Studies "Justitia Amplificata" at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Buckinx's research interests lie in global governance, migration, citizenship, and borders, and her primary focus is on vulnerable populations in the state and the global order. Her work has appeared in Critical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyEthics & International Affairs, and Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric. Her recent publications include, Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical, and Institutional Perspectives (edited with J. Trejo-Mathys and T. Waligore), and  "The case against removal: Jus noci and harm in deportation practice" (with A. Filindra, Migration Studies), winner of the 2015 Migration Studies Best Article Prize.