Alumni Notes

Featured Alumni

Torang Asadi, Class of 2012

Torang Asadi is currently completing her MA Degree in Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on religion, identity, and culture with an emphasis on new religious movements. She is interested in the intersection of religion and law, the invention of culture, and perceptions of the body in various movements. She is writing her thesis on a new apocalyptic movement, the internationalization of which has concerned multiple governments. She is currently deciding between offers from both Harvard Divinity School and Duke University to begin a doctoral work in religion in the fall.

“The Hertog program was a revolutionary experience for me. I was not only able to refine my own academic and professional interests, I was also able to make connections that turned into friendships, continued as professional relationships, and proved beneficial through my doctoral application process. I learned more in 2 months than I have in an entire academic year.”

Harrison Monsky, Class of 2010 and 2011

Harrison participated in HGSI in the summers preceding his sophomore and junior years at Yale University. The two articles he wrote for the program were published in undergraduate history journals; one of the essays placed in a national essay contest run by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Since the summer of 2010, he has served as a lead student organizer for Global Zero, a global organization dedicated to the long-term, phased elimination of nuclear weapons. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Review of International Studies, Intern to the President of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency. He also participated in Yale’s Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. Harrison has won numerous awards, including: First Place, Henry James TenEyck Prize for Best Original Oration in the Junior Class (2012); Robin W. Winks Travel and Research Fellowship on nuclear arms control (2012); Studies in Grand Strategy Summer Research Fellowship (2012); Paul K. Richter Summer Research Fellowship (2012); Helzer Travel and Research Fellowship (2012); Presidential Fellowship, Center for the Study of the Presidency (2011); First Place, Yale-China Association Scenario Planning Competition (2011). In December 2012, Harrison was published as a contributing author to the American Historical Review article with Matthew Connelly et. al, “‘General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars as You Have’: Forecasts, Future Scenarios, and the Politics of Armageddon.”

“The program delivered brilliantly… it influenced my studies and academic work at Yale, led to a new extracurricular focus on foreign policy, and shaped my future career plans. Much of this owes to close mentoring from all of the Professors, particularly Professor Connelly, as well as classmates who were pursuing careers or graduate study in my fields of interest. Many were 5-10 years my senior. I became a clearer thinker, a sharper critic, a better writer.”

Euhana Ossi, Class of 2010

Euhana entered the Hertog program after completing her BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. During the program, Euhana expanded on her undergraduate thesis research analyzing China’s nuclear strategy. She has worked for Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. on constituent service, armed services, and foreign affairs issues. She is currently works as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. There, she formerly focused on anti-corruption and corporate intelligence, and now works specifically with state and local governments to improve their business processes and execute enterprise projects.

“For me, the greatest takeaway was having a better understanding of the potential of collaboration in an academic setting… I wish I had the opportunity to participate in the program during my undergraduate years. It could have been an amazing supplement to my undergraduate education, and led to an even more robust senior thesis.”

Matthew Watters, Class of 2011

Matthew Waters participated in HGSI’s summer on Pandemics and Global Public Health prior to beginning a Masters program in International Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. Matt’s interests in global health date back to a 2004 medical mission to Haiti. Since then, he has returned numerous times to work with various groups, including Students for Haiti (studentsforhaiti.org), which he founded in 2009. He spent two years conducting research on the origins of fear as well as pharmacodynamic interventions. He has also volunteered as an EMT with Ramsey Ambulance Corps for 6+ years and worked as a senior planner for the Office of Emergency Management. Prior to completing his B.S. in Neuroscience from University in Delaware in 2011, he spent a summer at Boma Hospital and Nimule Hospital in South Sudan, working as an Infection Control Consultant for the NGO, Merlin.

“The program gave me a better understanding of how to conduct interdisciplinary study, especially how to study along the nexus of social and natural science…  I learned an incredible amount and felt that my research contributed to advancing the discipline of global health. The program empowered me to be to look beyond traditional ways of creating positive change for global health.”

Summer Lindsay, Class of 2012

Summer Lindsey is a second year Ph.D. Student in Political Science at Columbia University.  Her research interests include group conduct of violence, strategies of warfare, and mobilization dynamics. Since her participation in the 2012 Hertog program, Summer has been working on a collaborative research project with HGSI faculty Monica Toft and guest data expert Kalev Leetaru.  Their project has been awarded funding from Folke Bernadotte Academy under its UNSCR1325 Program.  Summer is also a 2013 winner of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award, which entails three years of funding to develop the research that she began as a Hertog program participant.

Summer received her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University’s School of General Studies in 2010, graduating magna cum laude with departmental Honors, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and recipient of the Arthur Ross Foundation Prize for Excellence in Political Science.   She has worked on research projects with the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Hudson Institute Center for Political-Military Analysis.  Prior to her academic vocation, she was a professional ballet dancer, performing with ballet companies across the country including the Joffrey Ensemble, Dayton Ballet, and Bay Area Houston Ballet.

The Hertog program gave me the opportunity to engage with individuals across disciplinary bounds in a dynamic, collaborative environment under the direction of a stellar faculty.  There is no better combination for inspiring the development of innovative and policy relevant research ideas.  I came away from the program knowing what I wanted to study and how I wanted to study it.  The program’s incorporation of cutting edge data methods motivated me to explore and integrate the tools that I use in my research today.”