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Japan Travel Program Fellows 2012

Participant Bios

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Mary Bridges
Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Mary Bridges received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, with a major in history of science and a certificate in mind, brain, and behavioral studies. Since then, she has worked as a reporter, writer, and researcher for the World Economic Forum, Condé Nast Portfolio, and Harvard Law School. In 2009, she lived in Amman, Jordan, and helped Columbia University set up one of the first research hubs in its new network of Columbia Global Centers. In her coursework at Yale, she studies the way in which resource scarcity affects political relations between nations and interactions among communities.

Cynthia Elliot
American University, School of International Service
Cynthia Elliott is a second year graduate student in the Global Environmental Policy program at American University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Southern Maine she became a Peace Corps volunteer focusing on education and development in Suriname.
This experience greatly enhanced her desire to travel and work toward sustainable development.  Prior to pursing her masters she had been teaching English in Japan where she developed a love for the country.

She has additional experience working abroad including volunteering at an orphanage in Thailand and researching tourism and waste management on the Galapagos Islands.  She is currently working on international energy policy at the Alliance to Save Energy and is focusing her academic research on energy conservation strategies and renewable energy projects. She hopes to be able to work on establishing global sustainable energy practices in the future.

Colin A. Hood
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
Colin Hood is pursuing a joint J.D./M.P.P at the University of Maryland. Colin lived on the west coast of Japan for three years where he worked in education and environmental organizations. His most recent research has been a legal case study analysis of environmental related industrial accidents in Japan. The purpose of this research is to predict the trajectory of litigation related to the Fukushima disaster, to discover new tools for regulators in the U.S., and to see how building or operations codes might change internationally. Colin recently applied to the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General after a 4 month internship at the United States Naval Academy and hopes to have a career in international environmental law. His favorite Japanese food is sauce katsudon and enjoys practicing Kyudo in his spare time.

Abdur Rahman Khan
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

Abdur Rahman Khan was born in New York City and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore in 2009 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he worked as an Environment, Health and Safety manager for Unilever, Pakistan. Currently, he is a pursuing a Master’s degree in Engineering and Public Policy at the University of Maryland. His specialization is in energy, environment and international development. This summer, he will be interning at the U.S. Department of Energy (Office of Policy and International Affairs). Abdur is excited about the trip, and looks forward to having a great time in Japan with an amazing group of people.

Tinúviel Lathrop
University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Tinúviel Lathrop is a graduate student in International Security at Josef Korbel, where she is a Sie Cheou-Kang Fellow and a Research Assistant at the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. Tinuviel completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science with honors at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2011, minoring in Peace Studies, Arabic Studies, and Philosophy, where she focused on early Eastern and Near Eastern philosophy. She has worked as a Research Assistant for the Pardee Center for International Futures and the UML Peace and Conflict Program, as an intern for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and as a marketing coordinator for a defense contractor. This will be Tinúviel’s first trip to Japan and she hopes to develop her understanding of international security and disaster risk reduction from the Japanese perspective and is excited  to learn some Japanese and be immersed in Japanese culture.

Judith Li
University of California, San Diego, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

Judith Li is a second year Master’s Candidate studying Japan and Economics from the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. She currently resides in Tokyo where she is participating in a study abroad program at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and minors in both the Japanese and Mandarin languages, she moved to Japan as a Japan Exchange and Teaching Program participant where she spent three years in Gunma. After returning to the US, she worked in a commercial bank before beginning graduate school. Her last summer was spent interning in the Global Banking Department of Deutsche Bank in Tokyo. She has studied the Japanese koto (instrument), Japanese calligraphy, and kyudo (Japanese archery).

Nina Maturu
University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Nina Maturu University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Nina Maturu is receiving a Master of Public Policy (MPP) and MBA at the University of Michigan. Nina has spent her professional and academic career focusing on community and economic development. From 2008-2009, Nina served as a Clinton Fellow developing a social leadership program for children who resided in the slums of Mumbai and Pune, India. Upon returning to the United States, Nina worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NCA) as their Governmental Liaison on Capitol Hill. Most recently, Nina worked in Tanzania measuring the impact of low-cost mobile phone services on people earning less than $2/day. She has also spent two years in Kyoto, Japan on the JET Program. In her free time, she enjoys making her own clothing and jewelry and linking craftsman to markets to the US and abroad.

Marcella McClatchey
Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy
Marcella McClatchey is a Master’s student at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, focusing on International Development Policy. She graduated from Amherst College in 2008, where she studied Religion and International Relations. After graduation, she stayed on at Amherst for two years building and managing a program to recruit and support community college transfer students. She has also worked for international development NGOs in India and Ecuador. This summer, she will be interning for BRAC in Uganda, conducting research on its microfinance programs. Marcella has a long-standing interest in Japanese studies. She studied Japanese throughout high school and college, participated in student exchange programs, and studied abroad at Temple University in Tokyo. Her current professional interests center around economic development and gender in the developing world, and she is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about ways to collaborate with Japan on these issues.

Bret McEvoy
Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Bret McEvoy is a Masters candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Having earned his B.A. from Bowdoin College, Bret spent five years working in the fields of humanitarian assistance and disaster response, in areas as diverse as the Middle East, India and post-earthquake Haiti. His concentrations at Fletcher are in Human Security and Public International Law, particularly around the protection of civilians in conflict and disaster environments. Correspondingly, Bret will be spending the coming months in northern Uganda and The Hague doing research on the documentation of war crimes, and will conclude his summer in Japan, focusing on disaster prevention and response to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

Daniel Roarty
University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Daniel Roarty is a master’s candidate at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, focusing on Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration with concentrations in East Asian Affairs and Political Economy. He also currently works as a graduate assistant at the Center for China-US Cooperation in the Josef Korbel School. In 2005, Daniel graduated from the University of North Florida with BAs in International Studies and English. After graduating, he moved to Japan to work and study Japanese. After living in Japan for three years, he moved to Beijing, China, to attend Tsinghua University’s Chinese language program. Daniel spent his final six months before entering graduate school in Japan, witnessing the Tohoku earthquake from the Kansai region and speaking directly to many of those affected by the tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Casey Sheridan
George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs

Casey was born and raised in upstate New York. She is a master’s candidate in Asian Studies at GW’s Elliott School, focusing on Northeast Asia and, in particular, Japan. She completed her undergrad degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY where she double majored in East Asian Studies and a self-designed major of Japanese Political Economics. As an undergrad, she spent a semester at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. Currently, Casey is completing an internship at the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, in Washington, D.C. After graduation, she intends to pursue a career in international business communications. She is excited to return to Japan and looks forward to participating in this year’s program.

Kartikeya Singh
Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Kartikeya Singh received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University and is currently a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, the geopolitics of energy use, and transportation. He has authored many articles focusing on energy, climate change, the citizen sector and the role of youth movements.  Kartikeya has previously worked as a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund and co-founded the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) which has served a space for voices of the budding youth climate movement from across South Asia. Kartikeya has also been involved with the international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali, Indonesia (2007) and has served as part of the negotiating team of the government of Maldives at the climate talks since COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.

Jacob Vawter
Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Jacob is currently a graduate student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University. He has interned with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and TV Asahi America. Prior to attending graduate school, Jacob was a teacher with the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme, spending three years in Hitoyoshi City in central Kyushu. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Economics and Geography. Jacob’s areas of interest include East Asian security and international trade, as well as business-government relations. Originally from Washington State, Jacob enjoys riding motorcycles, watching Trojan football and Lakers basketball, and spending time with family and friends. Jacob is a born-again Christian and awaiting membership approval at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

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