2018 Summer Fellow Placements

Learn more about our Fellows' diverse backgrounds and placements in 11 countries.

Ethan Harrison ‘19 | Colombia with Professor Eric Arias

Ethan Harrison is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Data Science. This summer he will work with Professor Eric Arias in Medellín, Colombia, to manage an experimental study designed to assess interventions targeting police-community relations. Previously, he's worked abroad in East Africa and Central America and is affiliated with several research projects, including The Center for African Development and MANOS, at William & Mary. As a summer fellow, he is excited to gain greater knowledge in experimental methods and field research while continuing to improve his language skills.

Emily Jackson '18 | Colombia with Professor Eric Arias

Emily is a senior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Economics. This summer she will work with Professor Eric Arias in Colombia, helping to manage experimental interventions in a randomized controlled trial for a project assessing police-community relations. Emily also works with the Southern Cone Project at the National Security Archive and the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) Project. Her honors thesis discusses maternal human rights activism and anti-neoliberalism in Argentina. She wanted to work as a summer fellow to gain more field experience in Latin America.

Liz Rosen ‘20 | Colombia with Professor Eric Arias

Liz is a sophomore studying International Relations and Data Science. This summer she will be in Colombia, assisting with Professor Eric Arias’ randomized controlled trial of factors affecting police-community relations. As a Trice Fellow last summer, Liz worked to establish a monitoring and evaluation program for the Monrovia Football Academy in Liberia with the Center for African Development. She hopes to learn more about monitoring and evaluation in the field through her ITPIR Summer Fellowship this year.

Cori Lucas ‘18 | American Nicaraguan Foundation, Nicaragua

Cori is a senior majoring in Global Health and Development with a minor in Environmental Science. This summer Cori will be working with the American Nicaragua Foundation in Managua, Nicaragua to develop their training and capacity building for WASH Interventions. The interventions support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving freshwater protection and management. Last summer, Cori shadowed public health officers in Narok, Kenya as they worked on Kenya’s Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Program. She is very excited to continue working in improving health inequities.

Emma Merrill BA ‘18, MPP ‘19 | Open Impact, Uganda

Emma is a graduating senior majoring in Public Policy and History. She is also dually enrolled in the Joint Degree Program with the William & Mary Law School and Master’s of Public Policy Program. Emma will be working with Open Impact in Kampala, Uganda this summer. Open Impact focuses on sustainable agricultural development, the democratization of sustainability data, and supporting Ugandan farmers. Emma is a recent alum of the William & Mary women’s swim team and plans to ease her way out of the pool by training for the Marine Corps Marathon in Kampala this summer.

Emily Mudd ‘19 | Open Impact, Uganda

Emily is a junior majoring in International Relations. This summer she will be working with Open Impact in Uganda to research sustainable agricultural practices and contribute to open data sources on food production and sustainability. Last summer, Emily worked as a Glauber Fellow on the implementation of a randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of mobile phones on women's empowerment in Tanzania with the Center for African Development. She is excited to return to East Africa and learn more about community-based approaches to environmental protection and public engagement.

Carey Meyers ‘18 | Liberia with Professor Phil Roessler

Carey is a senior majoring in Government and minoring in History. This summer she will be working in Liberia with the Monrovia Football Academy on their monitoring and evaluation program with the Center for African Development. After graduation, Carey will be working toward her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She wanted to be a summer fellow in order to study education through an international lens. Last summer, she worked as a teacher for the American-Bosnian Collaboration Project and this semester is writing an impact evaluation of the project’s effect on intercultural communication competencies.

Aaron Spitler ‘19 | Liberia with Professor Phil Roessler

Aaron is a junior majoring in Sociology, with a concentration in Globalization. This summer he will be working in Liberia with the Center for African Development. Aaron wanted to be a summer fellow so that he could explore the multifaceted nature of ethnic identity construction, specifically how formations shift within a post-conflict context. He has conducted research on the topic in relation to the ongoing insurgency in Somalia for the State Department, approached the subject as a member of the American-Bosnian Collaboration Project, and is excited to learn more about this important issue.

Henry Young ‘20 | Liberia with Professor Phil Roessler

Henry is a sophomore, 1693 Scholar majoring in Economics with a minor in Math. Henry is excited to combine his two favorite interests, soccer and development, this summer as he works alongside other ITPIR fellows in Liberia for a month to discern the impact the Monrovia Football Academy has on the cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of their students. Last summer, Henry worked as an economic research intern for Professor Carola Frydma at Northwestern University. Henry did background research on defense contract profitability during World War II as well macroeconomic instability throughout the Great Depression.

Lauren Hobbs ‘19 | IFAD, Italy

Lauren is a junior double majoring in Data Science and Business Analytics. This summer she will be working with the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, Italy. She will be using data science and geospatial analysis to evaluate the impact of IFAD investments. Lauren wanted to be a summer fellow so that she could apply her geospatial skillset to make a positive impact on a global scale. Further, her interests in government and international relations make her thrilled to work with an agency of the United Nations. On campus, Lauren works for AidData’s GeoQuery Lab on the GeoBoundaries Team.

Josh Panganiban ‘20 | IFAD, Italy

Josh is a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Accounting. This summer he will be working with the United Nations’ International Fund for Agriculture and Development in Italy. He will be using his geographic information systems and research skills to develop recommendations and solutions to help improve IFAD’s GIS platform. Josh wanted to work with IFAD to learn more about the humanitarian effort in developing countries and the workings of the UN’s bureaucracy. In the future, he wants to aid developing countries to combat sea-level rise due to climate change. On campus, he is involved with the Committee on Sustainability on various projects, including the greenhouse gas audit, carbon offsets, energy and emissions working group. In addition, he is an EcoAmbassador intern and works for AidData’s GeoBoundaries Team.

Joseph Levine ‘18 | India with Professor S.P. Harish

Joseph is a senior in the William & Mary/University of St Andrews Joint Degree Program, majoring in Economics. This summer Joseph will be working under Professor Harish in Lucknow, India to evaluate the efficacy of rural renewable energy micro-grid installations. Joseph will be assisting with site visits, RCT design, and data analysis. Last summer, Joseph was in Kolkata, India on the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship.

Suzie Bae ‘21 | East-West Management Institute, Laos

Suzie is a freshman majoring in Public Policy and Economics. Thanks to funding from the Freeman Foundation, this summer she will be working with Village Focus International through the East-West Management Institute in Vientiane, Laos. She will be conducting forest governance research for an EU-sponsored initiative, in addition to collecting data on the state of Mekong land and security. Suzie wanted to be a summer fellow so that she could expand upon her monoculturalistic view of Asia and perform development research in a   country where it was particularly relevant.

Sam Desmarais ‘20 | East-West Management Institute, Laos

Sam is a sophomore majoring in International Relations. Thanks to funding from the Freeman Foundation, this summer he will be working with Village Focus International in Laos. He will be working on web analytics for their economic development database and assisting with local development research. He was excited to become a summer fellow for the opportunity to apply his computer science background to international relations and to experience working abroad. On campus, he works in the Systematic Text Analysis for   International Relations Lab.

Daniel Aboagye BA ‘16, MPP ‘18 | Cambodia with AidData Director Brad Parks

Daniel is studying international development as a Master of Public Policy student at William & Mary. He has a keen interest in the relationship between corruption, rent-seeking, and foreign direct investment. Recently, Daniel has been working on research related to transparency and accountability in the 2016 general elections for Uganda. This summer he will work with AidData Director Brad Parks to rigorously evaluate a large-scale public infrastructure and local governance program in Cambodia.

Heather Baier ‘20 | CheckMySchool, the Philippines

Heather is a sophomore majoring in Data Science with a minor in Public Health. Thanks to funding from the Freeman Foundation, this summer she will be in Quezon City, the Philippines coding and analyzing data collected by CheckMySchool, an organization that monitors and evaluates the Philippine education sector. She wanted to be a summer fellow in order to gain more experience in field research and data science. Heather works for AidData’s GeoQuery Lab on the GeoBoundaries Team and is a member of MANOS, a public health research project based in Chaguite, Nicaragua.

Angela Yost ‘20 | CheckMySchool, the Philippines

Angela is a sophomore majoring in International Relations with a minor in East Asian Studies. Thanks to funding from the Freeman Foundation, this summer she will be working with CheckMySchool in the Philippines. She will be organizing, coding, and analyzing data previously collected from 893 schools. Angela wanted to be a summer fellow because she has never been abroad and strongly desires the chance to gain valuable overseas experience to facilitate starting a career in the Foreign Service.

John Napoli ‘20 | Cummins Inc., Singapore

John is a sophomore double majoring in Data Science and Government. Thanks to funding from the Freeman Foundation, this summer he will be working with Cummins Inc. in Singapore. John wanted to be a summer fellow so that he could adapt the skills learned in his majors to a working environment that personally interests him. On campus, John works in AidData’s GeoQuery Lab and is also competing in ITPIR’s Shark Tank to fund research that explores the relationship between infrastructure projects and trade along China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Vincent Tandaw ‘20 | Singapore with Professor S.P. Harish

Vincent is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Data Science. Thanks to funding from the Freeman Foundation, this summer Vincent will be working with Professor Harish in Singapore, uncovering why members of the Singaporean members of parliament use different languages when talking about different political topics. This question is critical as there are four official Languages in Singapore, each equipped with its own set of cultural nuances and connotations.

Kelsey Robarts MPP '18 | Art Center Nabi, South Korea

Kelsey is a second-year candidate in the Masters in Public Policy program at William & Mary and an alumna of Florida State University. She has concentrated her studies in East Asian affairs as well as emergency management and homeland security. For two years, she has a worked as a graduate research assistant for Professor TJ Cheng and previously worked at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Florida Senate. This summer she will be working at Art Center Nabi to promote the use of blockchain technology for social good.

Troy Wiipongwii MPP '18 | Art Center Nabi, South Korea

Troy is a second-year candidate in the International Development track of the Masters in Public Policy program at William & Mary. His research interest in technology and development are an extension of his work for the past several years as an entrepreneur in the blockchain technology space. Troy is interested in identifying emerging technologies that drive economic growth and development, specifically how blockchain can be used as a mechanism for decentralizing and replacing legacy institutions and measuring their impact using cutting-edge causal inference techniques. He is ready to dive head first into cultivating the potential of   the South Korean blockchain project by applying both policy and technical knowledge to identify the   viability and limitations of the project.