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.
Miles Grahamread bio
Miles Ulmer Graham graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College in May 2016, majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Government. A Washington, DC native, he returned to the capital after graduation to work as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Miles’ interests include international relations, American foreign policy, and economics. He has worked for the State Department in Japan, spent a summer studying Japanese in Hokkaido, Japan, and wrote a thesis on the Japanese defense budget. He intends to pursue the Economics and Management research area. Outside of the classroom, Miles enjoys hiking, running, and rowing, and ran the Boston Marathon as a senior. He also enjoys community service, and spent time in college mentoring college freshmen and recent Chinese immigrant children.
Carl Stanley Hooksread bio
Carl Hooks is a senior and Annika Rodriguez Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studies International Development, Political Science, and Chinese. He became fascinated by China during an initial visit in 2010, and has since spent a summer in Dalian as a Critical Language Scholar, and another in Beijing as an intern for a groundbreaking legal NGO. This experience formed the basis for his honors thesis, which explores legal aid services for Chinese migrant workers. Carl published his research in the Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies in 2016. Also interested in South Asia, he has presented a study of India’s urban development policy at national conferences. Carl is passionate about social and environmental justice. While in college, he helped an immigration agency secure affordable housing for refugees, founded a service partnership between students and a poverty relief nonprofit, and served on Washington University’s Diversity Affairs Council. As a Yenching Scholar with Law and Society as his research area, Carl aims to deepen his understanding of China’s rapid urbanization and of its effects on property rights, inequality, and sustainability. Outside of the classroom, he hopes to explore Chinese calligraphy and visual arts with fellow scholars.
Daniel Huangread bio
Daniel Huang grew up in Athens, Ohio, and graduated from New York University, where he studied economics and journalism. After college he worked as a staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered finance and technology, and wrote about issues facing U.S. veterans. Daniel’s extended family lives in China, and he has enjoyed spending more time with them in recent years. Daniel is interested in economic development, global affairs, and creative writing. He is excited to study Philosophy and Religion at Yenching Academy.
Kathryn Hart Kelleyread bio
Kathryn is a 2014 graduate of Harvard College, where she studied Human Evolutionary Biology, Government, and Mandarin, As a Rockefeller and Sunokis grant recipient, she attended Harvard Beijing Academy and the Kenchreai Archaeological Field School in Corinth, Greece. Her international and social service focus led her to staff a Model Congress in Hong Kong and lead Habitat for Humanity programs in Decatur, Alabama and Costa Rica. She is interested in health care policy at the national and international level and looks forward to learning about China's approach to issues of quality, cost and access to medical care. Currently, Kathryn is blending her interest in healthcare and business as a consultant at Trinity Partners, a life science consultancy in Boston, Massachusetts. where she addresses business problems for international clients in the pharmaceutical and the biotechnology space. At the Yenching Academy she intends to pursue a economics and management as her research area.
Teresa Joan Kennedyread bio
Teresa is from and currently lives in a small town in Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a double major in Anthropology and Peace Studies. Her interests lie in examining the relationship between culture and human rights, an area which she has explored through study and research in Latin America and Europe in instances ranging from indigenous rights to international migration. Teresa went on to teach at an international boarding school where she currently works. The deep connections between her school and China, in addition to an interest in learning more about how a culture and human rights framework exists within China, are what drew her to Yenching Academy. As a Yenching Scholar, Teresa looks forward to learning Chinese and plans to pursue a Law and Society as her research area.
Jennifer Jia-Hong Liuread bio
Jen graduated with a degree in Biology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard University. During her time in college, she interned at Johnson and Johnson’s biomedical devices headquarters in Shanghai and at IDEO in Boston. She also studied abroad in India, South Africa, and Brazil, where she conducted ethnographic research to examine and compare public healthcare systems. Since graduating, she has worked at ICHOM, a healthcare non-profit aimed at developing value-based healthcare globally. Currently, she is on a Fulbright-Hays scholarship in Xi'an to strengthen her foundation in the Chinese language. Although she considers Boston home, she spent her former childhood years growing up in Hong Kong. At the Yenching Academy, she hopes to learn more about China’s health policies and to explore how China’s healthcare system can prepare for its burgeoning elderly population. She hopes to understand how Chinese notions of health and wellbeing affect the delivery of healthcare in China and is inspired to use design thinking to create patient-centered healthcare systems.
Blake Alexander Mandellread bio
Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Blake Mandell is a senior at Brown University majoring in Mathematics and Contemplative Studies. Prior to matriculating, he worked on Stash Storage, a startup he co-founded, before apprenticing with a chef in Sorrento, Italy. Blake spent much of his time at Brown as a researcher in the late Dr. Catherine Kerr’s Embodied Neuroscience lab. There, he focused on the Vitality Project, investigating how qigong, a traditional Chinese movement practice, impacts chronic fatigue. Outside of research, he has worked as an Associate Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and has been invited by the Mathematical Association of America to give a seminar on embodied mathematics pedagogy. Blake intends to study Economics and Management at Yenching Academy. He plans to investigate China’s potential to translate basic research findings into effective interventions at the nexus between developmental healthcare and early elementary education.