Miryam Amsiliread bio
Miryam Amsili is originally from Bogota, Colombia and grew up in Miami speaking Spanish, English, Hebrew, and French. She graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in History focusing on Latin America. While at Princeton, Miryam spent a summer teaching English in Jishou, China, where she developed a deep interest in the region. Since graduation, Miryam has worked at a software company in New York City in various roles including Business Development, Business Operations, and Product Strategy. At Yenching Academy, she looks forward to concentrating on Politics and International Relations while exploring the growing tech scene and its relationship with the Chinese government and non-profits.
Jacob Bishopread bio
Jacob Bishop, an American from Washington, DC, is a 2017 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Chinese Language with a minor in Environmental Engineering. Throughout his studies he has focused on Chinese language, culture, and history with a particular emphasis on the military and political relationships between the United States the People’s Republic of China. At Yenching, he plans to develop deeper insights into Chinese political culture and foreign policy decision making that he will be able to utilize throughout a career of public service.
Sonya Ruth Cottonread bio
Sonya was born in the United States of America, grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and has also lived in Finland and China. Her previous academic background is in African languages (namely Xhosa) and linguistics. Currently she is completing a Master’s in Philosophy in Law at the University of Cape Town. In her thesis she focuses on 'silence' as a discursive technique in African legislation, with emphasis on the contradiction that arises when women in customary marriages are excluded from constitutional commitments to gender equality. Sonya's research interests include linguistic ideologies, legal pluralism and legal-anthropology - or, simply put, the intersection of language, law and culture. As a Yenching scholar, she intends to specialise in Chinese Law and Society, and to continue learning Mandarin beyond HSK level 5, which she has already attained. She aspires to engage in socio-legal research involving Sino-African migration from the perspective of individuals whose experiences are often overlooked in macro-level studies that focus on state actors and multinational corporations. Almost as much as she loves learning languages, Sonya enjoys exploring the creative manners in which people interpret and engage with legal language. She believes that applying linguistic approaches to legal subject matter represents a powerful analytic tool, as well as a mechanism for ensuring multiple voices are heard.
Patrick Dancerread bio
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Patrick Dancer attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in International Relations and completed military training in preparation for a career in the U.S. Army. Passionate about U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, Patrick spent his summers broadening his intellectual experience, completing research on design thinking and innovation, a study abroad program in Prague, and an internship with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. While there, Patrick was assigned to the China office, working on issues of military diplomacy and strategic plans. For his senior thesis, he analyzed the international relations of cyberspace and the use of proxies in the domain, focusing on how states interact despite the prevalence of anonymity and plausible deniability. He hopes to continue his studies into norm development and diplomacy while at the Yenching Academy. Patrick has long been enamored with language, having previously studied four years of Ancient Greek and two years of French before beginning his study of Mandarin his senior year of college. At the Yenching Academy, Patrick will focus on the Politics and International Relations research area, and the diplomatic and military relationship between China and the U.S. After completing his studies, Patrick will return to the United States, where he will continue his career as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Erin Dunneread bio
Erin Dunne grew up in Northville, Michigan and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan where she majored in History, French and International Studies. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined the history of Hash Bash, a local grassroots movement against the “War on Drugs,” for which she was awarded the John A. Williams Award for an Outstanding Thesis in United States History and Highest Honors. During her time as an undergraduate, Erin has also been an advocate for free speech and drug policy reform, and served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Review. She has previously studied in France and Morocco and excited to have the opportunity to study in China. As a Yenching Scholar, she intends to continue to focus on drug policy through the History and Archaeology research area, and research the impact of the Opium Wars on narcotics regulation. After her time in Beijing, she plans to pursue a career in journalism or public policy. Beyond her studies, she is excited to share her love of American folk music, developed through her work as a DJ at WCBN FM Ann Arbor, and to learn about Chinese musical traditions.
Emily Marie Finkelstineread bio
Emily Finkelstine was born and raised in Austin, Texas, USA. She graduated from the University of Texas in May 2016 with a double major in International Relations and Global Studies, and Chinese Language and Culture. After graduation, Emily became a recipient of the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, and moved to Tainan, Taiwan to study the Chinese language for a year at Cheng Kung University. As an undergraduate, Emily's research focused on ethnic conflict in Xinjiang province, and on the tension between human rights arguments, counter-terrorism claims, and economic considerations that have played out in diplomatic responses on the international stage. Emily's other work explored the changing role of civil society in China as well as China's interactions with United Nations human rights mechanisms. As a Yenching Scholar, Emily hopes to pursue Politics and International Relations as her research area, which will allow her to continue studying the ways in which issues of human rights affect the US-China relationship on a bilateral and multilateral scale.
Travis Jamaal Gidadoread bio
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida as the proud son of Nigerian immigrants to the United States, Travis Gidado is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Ethics, Politics and Economics. At Yale, Travis's unique concentration focused on globalization as it relates to culture and identity formation, and his capstone thesis addressed far right-wing responses to multiculturalism and immigration policies in Western Europe. Last summer, Travis completed an MPhil in Public Policy at King’s College, Cambridge (UK), during which he was able to conduct research on behalf of the Cabinet Office’s Social Investment and Finance Team in Westminster. In between academic programs, Travis has worked for several organizations at the intersection of business and public policy, including Goldman Sachs, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Atlantic Media Company. Most recently, Travis was a member of the final class of White House interns under President Obama, and he supported the National Economic Council’s International Economics and Trade team on various multilateral engagements. Travis is now working on research and business development projects for Veyo Care, an early-stage healthcare and tech startup in Berlin (DE). As a Yenching Scholar, Travis hopes to analyze the rationale behind China's investment activities in Africa under the Politics and International Relations research area. A first-time visitor to China, Travis also looks forward to extensive travel, learning Chinese and writing about his experiences all while learning from an extraordinarily diverse community of scholars and educators.
Jacob Gladyszread bio
Jacob Gladysz is originally from The Bronx, New York, but spent his early years in Poland. He is currently studying at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a degree in International Politics and Russian. He also studied abroad for a semester in Russia at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Jacob has interned at several Washington, D.C. think tanks, including the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he researched Eurasian integration projects and the trilateral relationship between Russia, China, and the United States. He hopes to dive deeper into these issues with the Politics and International Relations research area at the Yenching Academy. At Georgetown, Jacob worked as an editor with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, assisted former Governor and Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley at the Institute for Politics and Public Service, and played in the Georgetown University Orchestra. Outside of class, Jacob enjoys playing classical piano, travelling, and debating international politics with anyone and everyone. Jacob is passionate about learning foreign languages. He speaks English, Polish, Russian, French, and Turkish and is looking forward to beginning Mandarin. After the Yenching Academy, he hopes to complete a doctorate in Political Science and begin a career in Academia and/or Government.
Joseph Goodmanread bio
Born and raised in San Francisco, Joey Goodman is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he studied International Political Economy and Asian Studies, graduating magna cum laude with honors. He first studied Mandarin at Minzu University in Beijing through a Fulbright-Hays scholarship and then at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. For the past two years, he has been on a fellowship at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- a new government agency created to protect Americans from financial predation following the 2008 financial crisis -- working as a data scientist and a mortgage analyst. In college, he was an editor at the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, a research assistant at the Brookings Institution, and a delegate to the Forum for American-Chinese Exchange at Stanford. At the Yenching Academy, he is excited to explore the intersection of public policy and technology through pursuing the Politics and International Relations research area. Joseph currently lives in Washington, DC.
Pearson Goodmanread bio
Pearson Goodman graduated from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a degree in Economics. He has spent time previously in China, spending the summer of 2016 studying Mandarin in Beijing. At the University of Chicago, he was deeply involved in the comedy community, serving as Assistant Production Manager and then Production Manager for Off-Off Campus, the nation’s second oldest collegiate sketch and improv comedy group. At the Yenching Academy he plans to concentrate in Economics and Management. In particular, he intends to study the similarities and differences between the American and Chinese business environment. Pearson proudly hails from Boston, Massachusetts.