Joshua Tuplerread bio
Josh Tupler—who originally hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida—graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 magna cum laude with departmental honors majoring in Government, focusing on International Relations & Security, and minoring in Ethics. At Dartmouth, Josh’s senior thesis focused on assessing the military balance in East Asia and the potential for a U.S.-China conflict. Josh is passionate about U.S. foreign and national security policy, and spent the year after graduating serving as a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University in Canada. At the Yenching Academy, Josh intends to study Chinese history, culture, and foreign policy to better understand the deeper socio-political context of events unfolding in the region and to explore opportunities for increased Sino-American cooperation.
Aliza Warwickread bio
Originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Aliza Warwick graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 2014. She majored in International Studies and wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on social power and shengnv, or “leftover women” following the ethnographic research she had conducted in Beijing. Since graduating, Aliza has worked at Civic Consulting Alliance, a nonprofit public policy consultancy in Chicago where her responsibilities involve collaborating with local government agencies to solve issues facing Chicago in the fields of education and criminal justice. Based on this experience, Aliza is particularly interested in public policy on a local scale in China. At Yenching Academy, she will explore corporate social responsibility and community engagement in China.
Bradley Robert Woread bio
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bradley Wo graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Science, Technology, and Society in 2017. He completed a thesis on the impact of design thinking on Indian development from a postcolonial perspective. Stemming from a childhood filled with fond memories of cultural traditions and family dishes, Bradley’s relationship with China goes deeper than simply an academic or professional one. Bradley has spent time in China to assist in the operations of Global Natural History Day, an international science fair collaboration hosted by the Behring Global Education Foundation. Most recently, he has traveled to Brazil, India, and Uganda in the International Honors Program’s Social Entrepreneurship track. At the Yenching Academy, he will focus on Law and Society to better understand how China’s legal frameworks and social structures affect philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. This will, hopefully, give him the means to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration in development and aid.
Ilse Andrea Zambrano Fajardoread bio
Ilse Andrea Zambrano Fajardo prefers to be called Andy. She currently lives in Mexico City, where she was born. Andy has previously lived in a number of other countries. Andy studied in the French school system for eighteen years (Lycée Francais de Saint Louis in Sweden, Lycée Francais de Madrid in Spain and Lycée Franco-Mexicain in Mexico). She earned her degree in Economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She is interested in a wide variety of topics: philosophy, literature, culture, and politics. Andy is deeply interested in China, and specifically in Chinese culture because it is entirely different from anything she has known before. She's specifically interested in Chinese people's ways of thinking and acting, and in how they perceive their places and roles in our globalized world.
Caroline Zhangread bio
Caroline Zhang graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with departmental honors for her majors in English Literature and German. Her senior thesis explored the power dynamics of reproductive politics in totalitarian states through a critical analysis of dystopian literature. She was awarded the Hester Ann Corner Prize for distinction in literature and the Berle Memorial Prize for excellence in German literature. During her undergraduate years, Caroline interned at the Legal Aid Society in New York and at the Hong Kong Legislative Council. Following her studies in China, she plans to pursue a JD degree in the US. Originally from Riverside, California, she grew up in Hong Kong, where she first began to appreciate the intricacies of transnational and intercultural exchange, and its impact on judicial and economic systems. At the Yenching Academy, she intends on deepening her understanding of how culture influences, guides, and shapes China in its rapid evolution into a major world power.