Project on Women in the Global Community 2017-18 Student Fellows Selected

The Project on Women in the Global Community (WGC) has selected 15 Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students as 2017-18 student fellows. The fellows were selected through a competitive application process. The fellows are: Reva Abrol, Jack Aiello, Maya Aronoff, Dina Chotrani, Isabel DoCampo, Cassandra Emmons, Anita Gupta, Melanie Ho, Kasia Kalinowska, Matthew Kritz, Rebekah Ninan, Caitlin Quinn, Sarah Sakha, Ana Cristina Alonso Soria, and Angela Wu. As part of their fellowship, WGC 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 WGC Fellows

Reva Abrol is a senior from Syosset, New York, majoring in Politics (International Relations track) with certificates in History and the Practice of Diplomacy and Spanish. Her academic interests include international law, international development, transnational mobilization for human rights, transitional justice, and post-conflict studies. On campus, she is a Head Fellow at the Writing Center, an undergraduate fellow with the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and a member of the Black Arts Company: Dance. As a WGC fellow, she hopes to study either the role of women in the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of ex-combatants in post-conflict Colombia, or examine the effect of gender-based violence on Colombian constitutionalism.

Jack Aiello, originally from Northport, New York, is a first year undergraduate student at Princeton. While participating in the university's exceptional Bridge Year India Program last year, he became increasingly interested in development studies. His full-time work at a local NGO school, showed him how effectively the NGO sector can provide indispensable services like education to socio-economically disadvantaged girls and boys. His independent reading however, has made him question whether the provision of such services by the NGO and private sectors undermines the impetus for governments to fulfill their rightful role. He particularly wants to learn more about the intersection between development efforts and the promotion of strong, accountable governments as part of his participation in the student fellows program.

Maya Aronoff is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School, pursuing a certificate in the History and Practice of Diplomacy. Her studies have focused on human rights, conflict resolution, and recovery after war, particularly in the contexts of the Middle East and East Asia. She studied the relationship between religion and politics in Israel and Turkey through two Michigan State University study abroad courses, and again during the 2016-17 academic year with Amb. Daniel Kurtzer at Princeton. Her research interests for the WGC program lay at the intersection of gender, politics, and human rights. 

Dina Chotrani is a senior from Secaucus, New Jersey studying in the Woodrow Wilson School. She is also a candidate for certificates in Global Health and Health Policy, History and the Practice of Diplomacy, and Entrepreneurship. This past summer, she worked as a research fellow doing research on human rights and the refugee crisis for a publication called The 2018 New Global Agenda. Dina also worked on the UN Ivy STEM Connect pilot program for the United Nations Girl’s Education Initiative. Her independent research at Princeton has focused on promoting respect for health care under international humanitarian law and on identifying barriers to inclusive, quality education for primary school students in Jordan.

Isabel DoCampo is an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School focusing on international development and public health. Previously, she produced policy research and communications on global food security, agricultural development, and maternal/child health for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and fundraised for a local sexual assault advocacy organization. Isabel has also worked in Cochabamba, Bolivia, researching HIV testing behaviors among local youth. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in public health from the College of William & Mary in 2015.

Cassandra Emmons is a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics, where she studies international relations, international and comparative constitutional law, and qualitative methods. Broadly, her research focuses on the design and function of international organizations. Her dissertation explores how legacies of democratic transitions and transgressions in a region shape an IO's toolkit for democracy enforcement, and questions when and how these organizations can effectively defend democracy in their member states post-accession. At Princeton, she is also a Graduate Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and the European Union Program. She earned her M.A. in Politics from Princeton University (2016), and a B.A., magna cum laude, with honors in both Political Science and English from Temple University in Philadelphia (2014). 

Anita Gupta, a member of the Woodrow Wilson School 2017-18 MPP class, was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a small suburb in nearby Camden County, New Jersey. She currently resides in Princeton and is a well-recognized leader and voice on the prescription and opioid overdose epidemic on both a local and national level. Anita is both a physician anesthesiologist specializing in pain management, and a pharmacist, which allows her to share unique thoughts on this serious public health issue. She has worked for the last ten years in academic clinical medicine both at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University in Philadelphia as a professor where she served to train residents and medical students while caring for ill patients with intractable pain. Anita has been a tireless advocate on national media outlets on a broad range of issues related to her specialty, specifically pain and surgery on behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the American Osteopathic Association. She continues to work closely with leaders both on Capitol Hill and the FDA to find solutions to solve the opioid epidemic and pain crisis in the United States. Anita’s interest in domestic policy allowed her to participate in the recent 2017 election on the issue of the opioid epidemic and to engage with leaders on a bipartisan level to discuss solutions to the healthcare system in general.

Melanie Ho is a senior in the East Asian Studies department, with a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Passionate about creative writing and documentary filmmaking, her work aims to center the stories of those on the margins. Her areas of interest include race, gender and sexuality, and LGBTQ+ studies, specifically in Asian American communities and Southeast Asia.  

Kasia Kalinowska is a junior in the History Department, concentrating in History of Science, with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Her junior independent work concerns the history of in vitro fertilization in Poland and her research interests lie generally in the intersection of gender, bioethics, and Eastern European culture. On campus, Kasia sings in the women's a cappella group The Wildcats, performs in student-run and departmental theatre productions, is a volunteer with the CONTACT crisis hotline, and is an ethnographic research assistant with the New Jersey Families Study.

Matthew Kritz is a senior, pursuing a concentration in Philosophy and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. He is interested in researching sexual discrimination and sexual assault in Israel, where he hopes to find work in the field of public health following graduation. On campus, he is affiliated with the Young Scholars Institute, the Princeton Journal on Bioethics, The Princeton Mime Company, and the Center for Jewish Life.

Rebekah Ninan is a junior from Nashville, Tennessee. She is in the Politics department focusing on International Relations and pursuing certificates in South Asian Studies and the History and Practice of Diplomacy. Her academic interests include civil and ethnic conflicts, responses to mass atrocities, refugee movements, proxy terrorist organizations, and power dynamics in South Asia. In terms of gender issues, she is interested in how sexual violence is used in conflict and the protections that international law provides for victims of sexual and gender-based conflict. Outside the classroom, Rebekah serves as the President of the Whig-Cliosophic Society, a Residential College Advisor, and is involved with the Princeton Debate Panel and Naacho South Asian Dance Company. She also advocates for refugee and migrant issues through the Princeton Clay Project, Princeton Advocates for Justice, and Princeton Students for the Rohingya. 

Caitlin Quinn is a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School, pursuing certificates in Latin American Studies and Portuguese. An alumna of Princeton's Bridge Year Program in Salvador, Brazil, she has also studied and interned abroad in Toledo and Málaga, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. On campus, she is involved at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. She is interested in both domestic and foreign policy, and her independent work focuses on immigration policy in the United States.

Sarah Sakha is a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School, pursuing certificates in Values and Public Life, and Near Eastern Studies. On campus, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Princetonian and a Fellow with the Carl A. Fields Center for Diversity and Cultural Understanding. Previously, she has participated in advocacy for immigrants and refugees' rights in the Middle East, including co-leading a Breakout trip through the Pace Center to Detroit/Dearborn, MI, to learn about refugee resettlement. Her research has focused on refugee and migrant issues, specifically around Syria and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her senior thesis looks at integration of Iranian refugees and migrants in Sweden to make policy recommendations for the U.S.

Ana Cristina Alonso Soria, a second-year MPA in the Woodrow Wilson School, grew up in San Luis Potosí, a colonial city in central Mexico. In 2011 she was selected into the Yale Visiting International Student Program. After spending her junior year as an undergrad in Yale College, she returned to San Luis to earn her B.A. in International Business at Tecnológico de Monterrey. She most recently worked at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in Mexico, where she specialized in policies to promote productivity and economic growth across different sectors and regions of the country. Ana Cristina is interested in the field of International Development, especially in policies to promote gender inclusion and to prevent gender-violence in developing countries. She spent the summer interning in the Labor Markets and Social Security Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.

Angela Wu of Denville, New Jersey, is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School focusing on conflict and cooperation. She is also pursuing a certificate in American Studies. In summer 2017, Wu interned with State Senator Heather Steans in Illinois and worked on research regarding climate change, the Equal Rights Amendment, and cannabis policy reform. At Princeton, she is involved in activism regarding prison education, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ+ rights via the Petey Greene Program, Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice, and Princeton Pride Alliance respectively. 

About the WGC 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 Women in the Global Community (WGC) broadly examines women’s participation and the functioning of gendered structures and norms in the international system. The research agenda and related activities of WGC work to bring issues of gender inclusion and equality to the fore in broader dialogues about sustainable development, state building, economic and political participation, negotiation and mediation, peace, and security.

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. During the spring semester, students may be invited to present their work at the symposium, “Gender, Law, and Constitutions: Engaging the Next Generation of Stakeholders,” an annual meeting convened by UN Women and the United States Institute of Peace that brings together an international group of scholars, students, and practitioners. Past presentations at this symposium have focused on a wide range of topics, from gender equality in practice as an indicator of conflict, and gender inclusion in the UN’s Women, Peace and Security agenda, to marriage equality, national and global reproductive rights, violence against women, conditions affecting women refugees, equal access to education, and LGBTQ rights. 

WGC Student Fellows Program Directors

Beth English is director of the Liechtenstein Institute's Project on Women in the Global Community. 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 Women 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 Philosophy, Ethics & 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.