Oct. 7, 2019

The Project on Gender in the Global Community (GGC) has selected seven Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students as student fellows, and one postdoctoral associate for the 2019-20 academic year. The fellows were selected through a competitive application process. Members of this academic year's cohort are: Jake Gutman, Seoyoung Hong, Jennifer K. Johnson, Shafaq Khan, Mikaylah Ladue, Katrin Lewis, Liza Paudel, and Dr. J.D. (Jennifer) Schnepf. 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 and Security."

About the GGC Fellows

Jake Gutman is a first year MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School. He grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in political science and modern Middle Eastern studies. Following graduation, he was a visiting researcher at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland where he conducted research and edited a manuscript on the Muslim Brotherhood. He then moved to Washington, DC, where he was a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focusing on the expansion of global authoritarianism and international support for women’s political empowerment. Prior to attending the Woodrow Wilson School, Jake was a legislative aide to Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey where he supported the senator’s role on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as his work on defense policy and veterans affairs.

Seoyoung Hong is a 3rd year undergraduate from Michigan in the Woodrow Wilson School pursuing certificates in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Journalism. She is studying abroad for the fall 2019 semester at the University of Cambridge taking courses in Media, Culture, and Society, and Gender and Politics. Her current research project is on gender and terrorism with a focus on legal policies and deradicalization programs for women and children returnees. Outside of her studies, Seoyoung is a dancer in Princeton University Ballet and BodyHype Dance Company and is an officer for Princeton Women's Alliance. 

Jennifer K. Johnson is a second 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. During the summer of 2018, she returned to Brussels to work with the Policy Planning team of the Secretary General at NATO HQ, and during summer of 2019 she interned with the International Center for Research on Women in Delhi, India.

Shafaq Khan is a junior from Long Island, New York. A second-year GGC fellow and prospective Woodrow Wilson School major, 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. During the fellowship year she will take a deeper look at the way gender and international relations can be understood through a contemporary lens.

Mikaylah Ladue is a senior in the Anthropology department, with a legal and political specialization, and is pursuing certificates in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of drugs, crime, and sexual violence, with a focus on how drug policy legislation obscures women from consideration. As a GGC fellow during the 18-19 academic year, she produced a paper entitled "Sex, Drugs, and Violent Crime: Gendered Dimensions of Drug Use and Consequences for Children." This past summer, Mikaylah was a legal counseling intern at the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia, PA, and contributed to research on the state of sexual violence among girls in the city. On campus, she is a pre-law fellow and the co-director of two student organizations, Finding the Match and Habitat for Humanity.

Katrin Lewis is senior in the Woodrow Wilson School.

Liza Paudel is a first year MPA candidate at the Woodrow Wilson School. Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, she graduated from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations and Women’s Studies. While at Colgate, she conducted independent research projects studying the political rehabilitation of Maoist ex-combatant women after the Nepalese civil war, and documenting oral histories of Bhutanese Nepalese refugees in upstate New York. After graduation, she worked in the financial industry before joining MDRC, a non-profit social policy research organization, where she worked on policy evaluations of federal programs focused on workforce development. At the Woodrow Wilson School, she is pursuing economics and international development, and is also a candidate for the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Certificate.

Dr. J.D. (Jennifer) Schnepf is a postdoctoral lecturer and SIFP faculty writing fellow at Princeton University. Prior to these appointments she taught in the History & Literature concentration at Harvard University where she serves as co-chair of the Novel Theory seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center. Her contributions to media and cultural studies concerning issues of security, gender, and US imperialism have appeared or are forthcoming in academic journals including International Feminist Journal of PoliticsSurveillance and Society, Media and Environment, Museum AnthropologyModern Fiction Studies, and American Literary History Online. This year she won the International American Studies Association’s 2019 Emory Elliott Award. She's currently at work on a book manuscript about drones and domesticity.

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 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. To date, GGC fellows have annually participated in a student research day with peers across the University, as well as with peers from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. A selection of student research papers from the 2017-18 academic year has been published in LISD’s Student Research Series, and second volume of research papers from the 2018-19 academic year is forthcoming. 

GGC Student Fellows Program Directors

Beth English is director of the Liechtenstein Institute's Project on Gender in the Global Community. She is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, and is also an instructor with Princeton University’s Prison Teaching Initiative. She received her PhD from the College of William and Mary, where she was a Glucksman Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, and she has 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 gender inclusive responses to sexual- and gender-based violence. Around these issues, English has organized and chaired several policy workshops, and frequently presents at symposia and conferences. English's 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: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy (with Mary E. Frederickson and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama); 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), and her article, "'I . . . Have a Lot of Work to Do': Cotton Mill Work and Women's Culture in Matoaca, Virginia, 1888-1895" was recognized as one of the Organization of American Historians' Best American History Essays of 2008 (David Roediger, ed.). 

Barbara Buckinx is the Director of the Project on Self-Determination and Emerging Issues at LISD, and is a lecturer in public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2010. Buckinx also holds MA and MSc degrees in Psychology and Social and Political Theory, both from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to returning to Princeton, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Political Theory Project at Brown University, a Justitia Amplificata and Kassel Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt, and a Fellow with the Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego.

Her research interests lie in global governance, migration, refugees, citizenship, and borders. Her teaching interests also include the environment and gender. Her work has appeared in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Migration Studies, Ethics & International Affairs, and Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric. Her article on “The case against removal: Jus noci and harm in deportation practice” (co-authored, A. Filindra) was the Winner of the 2015 Migration Studies Prize for Best Article. She is co-editor of Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical, and Institutional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and is writing a manuscript that investigates the problem of the unrestrained and potential exercise of power in global politics.

Buckinx will teach a Junior Policy Task Force in fall 2019, has recently taught Junior Research Seminars on immigration policy (WWS 403, WWS 404), and guest lectured for seminars on sustainability and climate engineering. She is Reviews Editor for the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric and co-convener of the international Normative Theory of Immigration Working Group. She also chairs the selection committee for the annual Jonathan Trejo-Mathys Essay Prize, which is co-sponsored by The Global Justice Network and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College.