Student Programs

2020–2021 Graduate Student Associates

Zoom screenshot of the 2020-2021 Graduate Student Associates

The Graduate Student Associates (GSA) program is one of the Center's oldest and most valued programs. Directed by Erez Manela, professor of history and Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate, the program welcomes applicants from any of Harvard's graduate and professional schools. Thank you to this year's GSAs for all your hard work and dedication!

2021 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize Winners

The Weatherhead Center congratulates the following Undergraduate Associates who were awarded 2021 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prizes on the basis of their outstanding scholarly work.

Frances Hisgen, “‘We Don’t Know What to Do with the Likes of You’: Racializing Britishness during the Civilian Evacuation of Hong Kong, 1939–1941.”

Raphaëlle Soffé, “Varieties of Austerity: Austerity-Induced Local Public Service Cuts in the United Kingdom and the Rise of the Far-Right.”

Jingyao (Lux) Zhao, “The History and Mathematics of the Axiom of Choice: A Story in Three Acts, 1904–1921.”

Undergraduate Associates 2021–2022

The following students have been appointed Undergraduate Student Associates for the 2021–2022 academic year and have received funding to support research and travel in connection with their senior thesis projects on international affairs. These students are being supported with funding from the Williams/Lodge International Government and Public Affairs Special Project Fund, established in 1994 in honor of Ambassador John Lodge ('25, JD '29).

Roshni Chakraborty (Social Studies; Global Health & Health Policy) will conduct thesis research on child trafficking in India.

Brandon Chen (Government; Language History & Structure) will conduct thesis research on how specific factors of states’ bilateral relations with Taiwan affect diplomatic ties and activities.

Kendrick Foster (History; Government) will conduct thesis research on the role Native Americans play on the diplomatic history of the Republic of Texas.

Salomé Garnier (Government; Global Health & Health Policy) will conduct thesis research on the impact of trust in the government regarding COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the Dominican Republic.

Austin Goldsmith (Government; Translation Studies) will conduct thesis research on the exclusive nature of informal institutions (such as media) in Syrian refugee migration in Europe.

Kiara Gomez (Anthropology; Government) will conduct thesis research on the barriers to labor organization for runway models in the European fashion industry. 

Celina Hollmichel (Government; East Asian Studies) will conduct thesis research on the integration measures of North Korean escapees in South Korea with formerly divided Germany.

Ruth Jaensubhakij (Social Studies; Ethnicity, Migration, Rights) will conduct thesis research on American NGOs who work with Cambodian and Burmese trafficked laborers in the Thai fishing industry.

Nidhi Patel (Government) will conduct thesis research on psychosocial interventions used by NGOs to reduce gender-based violence in Turkish and Bangladeshi refugee camps.

Preston Stewart (Government; Global Health & Health Policy) will conduct thesis research on Cambodia’s foreign aid hostility and relationship with donor countries China and the United States.

Kate Wallace (History) will conduct thesis research on the Wet'suwet'en Indigneous Nation and their interaction with the Canadian government regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. 

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2020–2021 Graduate Student Associates have their final Friday lunch of the academic year on May 7, 2021, via Zoom. Credit: Kristin Caulfield