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.
Jullian Baoread bio
Jullian Bao is originally from Edison, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Statistics. Last summer, Jullian received a Fulbright Summer Institute Fellowship to study British literature at King’s College London. In Chicago, Jullian was actively engaged in her school’s Model UN organization and served as the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Councils. She also edited a Model UN publication for the Middle East circuit. At the Yenching Academy, Jullian will study Public Policy and International Relations. She hopes to gain a more nuanced understanding of China’s diplomatic relations and economic growth.
Sasha Benincasaread bio
Sasha is a Columbia University graduate who hails from Vero Beach, Florida. During his final year of high school, he participated in a year-long immersion and homestay experience program in Beijing, China, where he attended Beijing No. 2 High School through the School Year Abroad (SYA) program. Upon returning, Sasha chose to pursue a double major in East Asian Studies and Russian Language and Culture. At Columbia University Sasha was active with the Undergraduate Law Review, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Men’s Rugby team. In fall of his senior year of college he was selected to work in Moscow, Russia, for the U.S. Department of State. Sasha has also interned at law firms in South America and Florida and is concentrating in Law and Society while at Yenching Academy. He speaks English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese.
Olivia Bergenread bio
Originally from the United States, Olivia Bergen graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2015 with a major in political science and a minor in East Asian studies. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester and winter term in Shanghai studying Chinese language, politics, and education and wrote a senior thesis on gender and campaign finance in U.S. elections. She also taught and carried out research at NYU Shanghai on a year-long Global Academic Fellowship. As a Yenching Scholar, is concentrating in Politics and International Relations, where she is focusing on women’s political participation and leadership in China. She aspires to a career in NGOs and IGOs that engage citizens in the political process worldwide.
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.
Jesse Bowensread bio
Jesse Bowens resides in the United States, California where she currently attends the University of California, Berkeley – Haas School of Business. She transferred to Berkeley Haas as a junior from Las Positas College, where she was the 2014 Student of the Year, and is now a senior of the 2016 graduating class. As a Business Administration major, she has chosen to focus her studies in the area of accounting, with aspirations to become a Certified Public Accountant. She was selected as an Emerging Accounting Scholar and will work full-time for Deloitte & Touche LLP upon completion of school. Following graduation from University, she is entering the Yenching Academy to pursue a Master Degree of Chinese Studies with a concentration in Economics and Management. She is fascinated by the interrelated roles of businesses that comprise an economy and the impact on society from economic regulations. She is particularly interested in learning about business operations within China, as it is an economic giant that also places a societal emphasis on community. As a Scholarships Coordinator for the Berkeley Student Foundation and Cohort Leader for the Haas Cohort Program, Jesse is a community leader who seeks to find an ideal balance between individualism and team-based efforts.
Jose Luis Burnes Garzaread bio
Jose L. Burnes Garza is a Mexican national and Dartmouth College graduate with a BA in Government (Honors). At Dartmouth, he received four competitive research grants including: the UGAR Kaminsky Family Fund Research Award, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Honors Thesis Grant, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding International Internship Grant, and the UGAR Summer Undergraduate Research Grant. He has also worked as a Research Assistant for multiple renowned Dartmouth professors, including Kyle Dropp, John Carey, and Brendan Nyhan. His main research area while in college was assessing the effectiveness of international human rights courts in changing state’s practices, which allowed him to do field work in Mexico and Guatemala. Outside of academics, he was co-founder and former president of the Latin American Student Association (LASA), and served on multiple institutional boards on a wide variety of topics including: Student Program Funding Allocation, International Engagement Programs, and Social Impact. He also worked in international business and labor policy at the Organization of American States (OAS) and Council of the Americas in Washington, D.C. As a Yenching Scholar, Jose will focus on China’s emerging role as a main international lender and how that shifts the existing paradigms of international development policy.
Diana Changread bio
Diana Chang is from the United States. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University, where she studied Art Theory and Practice and Biology, with a concentration in neurobiology. Her grandparents, practicing artists of historic and traditional Chinese art forms—landscape painting and calligraphy—heavily influenced her early interest in art. As such, her interests in China are deeply tied to the country’s artistic traditions and culture. She hopes to better incorporate this type of understanding with economic and medical frameworks to shape a more effective future for international health policy. With a focus on rural populations in China and the greater East Asia, she is studying Literature and Culture at the Yenching Academy. Upon her return to the United States, she will matriculate into a dual MD/JD degree program for medicine and law.
Emily Conradread bio
Emily Conrad joined the 2016-2017 cohort of Yenching Scholars after completing a year of graduate study at Tsinghua University as a Chinese Government Scholarship recipient. She graduated from Wofford College (Spartanburg, South Carolina) in 2013 with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors, triple majoring in economics, German, and Spanish. During her undergraduate career, she studied at Humboldt-Universit?t in Berlin, Germany, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, where she gained the prestigious distinction of Matrícula de Honor. Upon graduation, Emily worked as Communications Manager for an international textile machinery firm, Atkins Machinery, where she developed new customers amounting to over $3 million in sales in Latin America and South Asia. A South Carolina native, Emily is also highly involved in local and state politics and served as Director of Communications for the American Party SC. She is also a frequent opinion columnist on domestic and international politics in newspapers and blogs. In her spare time, Emily sings opera. She began classical voice lessons at the age of seven and has studied independently with Metropolitan Opera star Victoria Livengood since 2010. Emily is also a voracious reader and writer, maintaining her own book blog, www.globalbookchallenge.com, since 2012, where she reviews at least one non-fiction book she reads about every country in the world.
Jenna Cookread bio
Jenna Cook is from Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Yale University with a degree in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. From 2014-2015, Jenna Cook was a China Fulbright Scholar in the sociology department of Wuhan University. At the Yenching Academy, she is pursuing an M.A. in China Studies with a concentration in Law and Society.