Student Programs

2022–2023 Kenneth I. Juster Fellows 

The Weatherhead Center is pleased to announce its 2022–2023 class of Juster Fellows. Now in its twelfth year, this grant initiative is made possible by the generosity of the Honorable Kenneth I. Juster, Harvard and Weatherhead Center alum, member of the Center’s Advisory Committee, and former United States Ambassador to India. Juster has devoted much of his education, professional activities, public service, and nonprofit endeavors to international affairs, and is deeply engaged in promoting international understanding and advancing international relations. Juster grants support undergraduates whose projects may be related to thesis research but may have broader experiential components as well. The newly named Juster Fellows—all of whom will be undertaking their international experiences this winter or early spring—are:   

Adam Viktor Aleksic ‘23 (Government and Linguistics) is conducting research on the effects of language policy on linguistic identity in Serbia and Croatia. 

Romnick Ligon Blanco ‘23 (History and Government) is studying Sino-Philippine diplomatic relations in the turbulent postwar era (1946–1986). 

Anna Farronay ‘24 (History and Romance Languages and Literatures) is studying the impact of Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Indigenous political participation, particularly in the formation and strengthening of Indigenous voting blocks.  

Sophia Chandler Weng ‘24 (Social Studies and Mathematical Sciences) will travel to Taiwan to conduct research on data privacy and social media governance. 

Eleanor Villafranca Wikstrom ‘24 (Social Studies) will travel to the Philippines to conduct archival research on the role of Harvard affiliates in designing and implementing the US colonial education system in the archipelago. 

Kasia Anna Zarzycka ‘23 (Theater, Dance & Media and Comparative Literature) is completing a creative senior thesis examining the role of historical narratives on the personal stories told about the controversial past events through case studies in Poland and Chile. 

Juster Fellows pose with Kenneth Juster at the Harvard Faculty Club

From the Field

Kevin Linn standing in front of a large banner that says World Cancer Congress“The Canada Program discretionary student travel grant allowed me to attend and present at the World Cancer Congress in Geneva. It gave me more than the chance to attend the conference though; it allowed me to network with leaders from the World Health Organization, the Canadian Permanent Mission to the UN, and the Union of International Cancer Control. It encouraged me to think bigger for my dissertation next year and gave me a better sense of the political economy behind cancer control and global health in general. In fact, the experience has also inspired me to apply—and be accepted to—the January term HKS/HSPH program where I’ll be going to Poland to research and analyze the humanitarian and public health response to the Ukraine crisis in Europe.”

—Kevin Linn, Graduate Research Fellow in the Canada Program and a DrPH Candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research interests are public health; health policy; cancer control; and health systems.


  1. 2021–2022 Juster Fellows Waseem Nabulsi, Jonathan Zhang, Sama Kubba, and Sung Kwang Oh meet with Kenneth Juster and his wife Alyssa Bliss Juster at the Harvard Faculty Club for lunch on October 27, 2022. Credit: Clare Putnam
  2. Kevin Linn attends and presents at the World Cancer Congress held in Geneva, Switzerland on October 18–20, 2022. Courtesy of Kevin Linn