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Connect with an Admissions Fellow

If you are looking to learn more about what it's like to be a current student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, we encourage you to schedule a virtual appointment with one of our Admissions Fellows.

Admissions Fellows are current second-year students primarily in the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program, but they have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Please browse through the profiles below to find a fellow that matches your interest. We encourage you to come prepared to your virtual appointment with questions and conversation topics for our student ambassadors!

Please note: These student ambassadors are NOT qualified to speak to you about their thoughts, opinions, or chances as it pertains to your application for admission. Please contact our admissions staff if you have any application specific questions.
 

Abby Edwards

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Previous Education: Columbia University, Sciences Po Paris
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Development, Climate, and Sustainability
Regional Focus Area: Asia (Southeast Asia)

Connect with Abby Edwards


Ainur Temirbolat

Hometown: Kazakhstan 
Previous Education: Nazarbayev University
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: States, Markets, and Institutions
Regional Focus Area: Europe and Eurasia

Connect with Ainur Temirbolat


Amy Ouyang

Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Previous Education: Northwestern University
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: China

Connect with Amy Ouyang


Avi Kirpekar

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Previous Education: Johns Hopkins University
Campus: Bologna / DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: Asia (South Asia)

Connect with Avi Kirpekar


Bikai Chen

Hometown: Hefei, China
Previous Education: University of Science and Technology Beijing
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: US, Asia

Connect with Bikai Chen


Chloe Richardson

Public Service Fellow
Hometown:
 Philadelphia, PA
Previous Education: Drexel University
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: The Americas

Connect with Chloe Richardson


Emma Parece

Hometown: Boston, MA
Previous Education: Union College 
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: States, Markets, and Institutions 
Regional Focus Area: Africa and Southeast Asia

Connect with Emma Parece


Fatima Sheikh

Hometown: Reston, VA
Previous Education: George Mason Univeristy
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: Asia and the Middle East

Connect with Fatima Sheikh


James Krasner

Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Previous Education: MIT
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft 
Regional Focus Area: Europe and Eurasia

Connect with James Krasner


Joshua Vitzthum

Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Previous Education: University of Edinburgh
Campus: Bologna / DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft 
Regional Focus Area: Middle East

Connect with Joshua Vitzthum


Kayla Smith

2021 Charles B. Rangel Fellow
Hometown:
 Atlanta, GA
Previous Education: Spelman College
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: The Americas

Connect with Kayla Smith


Li-Hsin (Leslie) Cheng

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Previous Education: National Taiwan University
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Development, Climate, and Sustainability / International Economics and Finance
Regional Focus Area: China

Connect with Li-Hsin (Leslie) Cheng


Marlen Avelar Gomez

Hometown: Washington, NC
Previous Education: UNC Charlotte
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: Asia

Connect with Marlen Avelar Gomez


Michael Moates

Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Previous Education: Syracuse University
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: States, Markets, and Institutions 
Regional Focus Area: The Americas

Connect with Michael Moates


Milos Milivojevic

Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Previous Education: University of Belgrade
Campus: Bologna / DC
Functional Focus Area: International Economics and Finance
Regional Focus Area: Europe and Eurasia

Connect with Milos Milivojevic


Phillip O'Brien

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Previous Education: College of William & Mary
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft 
Regional Focus Area: The Middle East

Connect with Phillip O'Brien


Shannon Burton

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Previous Education: George Washington University
Campus: Bologna / DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft 
Regional Focus Area: Africa

Connect with Shannon Burton


Willa Lerner

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Previous Education: Kenyon College
Campus: DC
Functional Focus Area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Regional Focus Area: Africa

Connect with Willa Lerner


Yuki Nakagawa

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Previous Education: Keio University
Campus: Bologna / DC
Functional Focus Area: Development, Climate, and Sustainability
Regional Focus Area: Africa

Connect with Yuki Nakagawa


ZiQiong (Zoey) Kuang

Nanjing Scholar
Hometown:
 Nanjing, China
Previous Education: Southeast University
Campus: Nanjing / DC
Functional Focus Area: International Politics & Security Study 
Regional Focus Area: Asia (East Asia)

Connect with ZiQiong (Zoey) Kuang


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