Current Students


Alexandra Bauman

Alexandra Bauman is a junior studying History, Spanish and Arabic. Her concentration is Social Change and Social Movements, specifically in the Middle East, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Alexandra grew up in Washington, DC and her passion for politics can be traced back to her upbringing in the city. After graduation, Alexandra hopes to pursue a career in law or public service. At Yale, she is on the board of the Yale College Democrats and spends much of her time working with organizations in New Haven. She coordinates a soup kitchen on Friday nights, volunteers at a youth homeless shelter, and works on various political campaigns in the area. Alexandra is also a reporter for the Yale Daily News. She has participated in various Yale fellowships on the Middle East.

Jill Capotosto

Jill Capotosto graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and strategic communications. As a Princeton in Asia fellow, she spent two years in Vietnam with TRAFFIC, an international nonprofit working to combat wildlife trafficking. As the country communications officer, she worked on a campaign to reduce demand for rhino horn, as well as a program to support sustainable rural livelihoods. Jill has also worked for the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a Vermont-based nonprofit working to build climate resilience in U.S. cities. At Yale, Jill is a joint-degree student with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She is focusing on environmental justice, particularly in relation to climate change, urbanization, and human mobility. 

Dayle Chung

Dayle Chung is a junior in Trumbull College majoring in History, with a particular interest in Asian American civil rights and U.S. foreign policy in North and South Korea. She volunteers with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, where she helps undocumented victims of intimate partner violence apply for U visas, and Community Health Educators, through which she works with New Haven public schools to educate students about consent and healthy relationships. She is also a member of the Title IX Undergraduate Advisory Board and the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct. Last summer she worked at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights on the Census and Economic Security teams, and she plans to continue raising awareness about the 2020 Census in collaboration with the New Haven Complete Count Committee and a coalition of on-campus student organizations.

Isabella Epstein

Isabella Epstein is a junior majoring in Ethics, Politics & Economics with interests in classics, constitutional law, and political philosophy. This past summer, she interned in the Merchant Bank at Goldman Sachs, exploring the strategy behind investing and building successful businesses. In the summer of 2018, Isabella worked as the Constituency and Political Outreach Intern on Mikie Sherrill’s congressional campaign in New Jersey’s 11th District, solidifying support for Mikie among veterans, students, and other interest groups in the community. For her Grand Strategy summer project, Isabella hopes to research the near hundred-year movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the fight for gender equality in the United States. At Yale, Isabella is a tour guide for the Admissions Office and heads the planning committee for Spring Fling, Yale’s annual music festival. Additionally, she is a member of Groove Dance Company, continuing her dance career of 15 years, and teaches dance to children with special needs through the Miracle League of Connecticut. She is thrilled to be a member of Grand Strategy’s 2020 class.

Alexander Evans

Alexander Evans is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Baruch College in New York. His research focuses on Japanese classical and early modern history, with an emphasis on Meiji-Era political philosophy. He has also served for many years as a diplomatic adviser to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including, most recently, as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister’s Deputy Director of Communications. He is currently a second-year law student at Yale Law School, where his coursework focuses on international law and foreign policy. He earned his doctorate from Columbia and the City University of New York in 2018. Alexander is the first non-Japanese to be traditionally ordained as a Shinto Priest and is the highest-rated non-Japanese Shogi player in history. He lives in New York with his wife, two daughters and enormous fluffy dog.

Ella Fanger

Ella Fanger is a junior studying Ethics, Politics, and Economics and pursuing an Arabic language certificate. Her EP&E concentration focuses on immigrant and refugee rights, and she is currently an intern with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven where she works on refugee resettlement and local policy advocacy. Ella works as a research assistant with Yale Law School, assisting with projects concerning international law, international courts and tribunals, and conflict of laws. She has also conducted research for Lawyers for Human Rights, examining South African and international minimum standards of immigration detention to aid with the development of LHR’s judge’s handbook. Last summer, Ella worked at the Middle East Investment Initiative in Tunisia, supporting their economic development efforts and refining her Arabic and French skills. She has also spent time studying Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman. Ella has further engaged with Middle Eastern politics as Fellowship Director for the Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, a fellowship for Yale Students and West Point cadets which provides a critical look into the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Lastly, as a member of the Yale Debate Association, Ella has competed at tournaments across the U.S. and U.K., as well as at the World Universities Debating Championship in South Africa.

Kahlil Greene

 Kahlil Greene is a junior from outside of Washington D.C. majoring in History with a specific focus on United States policies affecting Black Americans. Currently, he is the student body president of Yale College and is the first Black student to ever hold this title. Kahlil has also served as an executive board member of the Yale Black Men’s Union, an advocate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and consultant at McKinsey and Company. He hopes to use the skills, knowledge, and resources from the Grand Strategy program to implement social and governmental initiatives to close the racial wealth gap. Most of the time you can find Kahlil in Timothy Dwight college hanging out with his friends or discussing the latest headline-making news on campus.

Jaqueline Hayre-Pérez

Jaqueline Hayre-Pérez is a third-year undergraduate student double-majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies. In Political Science, she is interested in comparative approaches between counterinsurgency strategies in India and the Middle East. Her ambition is to be able to learn from, adapt, and reapply these strategies to Afghanistan for her thesis. In Religious Studies, she selects courses based on themes, such as forgiveness or sexuality, as opposed to specific faith traditions, and has focused her study on the influence of religion in American politics with respect to decision-making about war, particularly the War on Terror. This spring, she will apply to become a Chaplain Candidate with the intention of becoming a military chaplain in the U.S. Navy. 

She contributes to the New Haven community through RISE (tutoring for a family resettled from Syria), New Haven Legal Aid (helping close two cases related to the legal status of undocumented immigrants), and No Closed Doors (helping residents find employment). On campus, she promotes multicultural and interfaith dialogue and community building, particularly as President of Yale Students of Mixed Heritage, which bridges all four cultural houses and is helping sponsor a Mixed-Race Conference this spring. She is also a walk-on to varsity fencing and participates in club archery.

Trent Kannegieter

Trent Kannegieter is an undergraduate junior in Saybrook College studying History and Human Rights. Born and raised in Daphne, Alabama, his research interests include connections between revolutionary decolonization projects and the US Civil Rights Movement and the impact of global industry on Latin American political development. An introduction to his work on how transnational oil corporations’ residential camps shaped Venezuela’s education system and elite culture is available at Most recently, he worked for Human Rights Watch’s Americas Division. Outside of class, Trent competes internationally for the Yale Debate Association, as well as serving on the team’s Executive Board, and regularly participates in Saybrook intramural sports.

Weaver Lilley

Weaver Lilley is a junior in Pauli Murray College studying History. He is also pursuing a certificate in Russian language and had the privilege of studying abroad in St. Petersburg. He enjoys working on political campaigns and hopes to join the military or work in intelligence immediately following graduation. Weaver is also interested in religion, political theory, and domestic social policy. He serves as the President of the Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative and is the chairman of his YPU party. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, whitewater canoeing, and following your 2019 World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals.

Alondra Vazquez Lopez

Alondra Vazquez Lopez is an Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Art double major from the Bay Area, California. Her work in ER&M focuses on the socialization of migrant communities from rural Mexico and Guatemala and the social impact of current asylum policies on Mexico, the Northern Triangle, and the United States. Alondra’s art work similarly focuses on the impacts of immigration and her family’s own history with migration. She is President and founder of the first undergraduate chapter of a Catholic Legal Immigration Network advocacy initiative, the Estamos Unidos Asylum Project. Alondra is also Vice-President of the art club, the Memory Project, and is on the board for Latina Women at Yale. Outside of school she volunteers as an interpreter for attorneys at local and national immigration organizations and helps tutor in Spanish for Fair Haven Elementary students.

Lica Porcile

Lica Porcile was born in Brazil but has lived the past 9 years in Chile with her family. She is majoring in History and Political Science, and is particularly interested in comparative politics, Latin American history, and international affairs. Due to her personal experiences living in countries in stages of development, she is fascinated by what makes some states thrive while others remain stagnant. During her freshman summer she worked on comparative corruption legislation research in Chile, and in her sophomore summer, she explored issues of freedom of religion in the United States, furthering her interest in institutions. This year she is the head of the Foreign Policy Center of the Roosevelt Institute and an editor for the Yale Human Rights Journal. In her free time she enjoys watching political intrigue and historical series.

Keshav Raghavan

Keshav Raghavan is a junior studying applied mathematics and history. In addition to his majors, he is a Human Rights Scholar in the Schell Center at Yale Law School. Outside of the classroom, he has served as city editor at the Yale Daily News and has led a project to launch a research satellite into low-Earth orbit with the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association. He is currently involved in astrophysics research on campus, plays on the club squash team, and volunteers with the Yale Community Kitchen. In studying grand strategy, Keshav is interested in understanding the impact of technology on inequality and issues of fairness in innovation. Born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, he is a resident of Pauli Murray College.

Akhil Rajan

Akhil Rajan is a junior in Branford College studying Ethics, Politics and Economics. Akhil is also in the Human Rights Program. He is interested in empirical democratic theory, especially applications in redistricting and voting behavior. On campus, he has worked on several campaigns, done research at ISPS, and is a Research Assistant in the Political Science Department. He is also on the board of the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association and Dwight Hall.

Brian Reyes

Brian Reyes is a junior in Berkeley College from the Bronx, NY, majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and History. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, his research focuses on the late twentieth transformation of capitalism popularly termed “neoliberalism”, and how the politics of austerity in major U.S. cities have been shaped by histories of structural racism. As a student of grand strategy, he is particularly interested in the extent to which the neoliberal turn has been a product of planning or historical contingency, as well as what possibilities exist for popular resistance in an age of increasing inequality. In addition to his academic work, Brian has organized for legislative campaigns and voter registration initiatives as a member of Connecticut Students for a Dream (C4D), a CT-based immigrant rights organization. During the rest of his Yale career and beyond, he hopes to use applied research and advocacy to advance social causes, especially economic justice, within major cities throughout the U.S.

Molly Shapiro

Molly Shapiro is a History major focused on politics and criminal justice policy. She currently serves as the President of the Yale College Democrats and spends the rest of her time tutoring in a nearby correctional facility, researching for Professor Judith Resnik on the history of U.S. prison conditions and punishment, and working on prison reentry at New Haven’s reentry program. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in law or public service.

Clyde Shavers

Clyde Shavers is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Chinese. He commissioned into the nuclear submarine community and later transitioned as public affairs officer in 2015. His operational tours include U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain and Destroyer Squadron SEVEN in Singapore. Clyde is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Yale Law School as a member of the class of 2022.

Kevin Tang

Kevin Tang is a 3rd year studying Computer Science and Mathematics with an interest in how developing technologies impact global policy, and how innovation and be used and sometimes misused to redirect the course of progress. He has coordinated grassroots community mobilization campaigns and spent time analyzing the contemporary cybersecurity landscape for Microsoft. On campus, he conducts computational neuroscience research focused on understanding visual scene processing in the brain. He spends his weekends as a violinist with the Berkeley College Orchestra. 

Angela Xiao

Angela Xiao is a junior in Jonathan Edwards College and native of Brooklyn. She arrived at Yale by way of Shanghai and northwest Connecticut. At Yale, Angela studies History and Human Rights, specializing in the United States and civil-legal rights respectively. Outside of class, Angela spends most of her time reporting and editing for the Yale Daily News about New Haven’s local politics and happenings and Yale Athletics teams (Roll Dawgs!) Her academic and research interests broadly span comparative study of rule of law, constitutional histories, and prison and criminal justice reform. 

Henry Suckow Ziemer

Henry Suckow Ziemer is a junior at Yale College studying Global Affairs and is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is interested primarily in the nexus of human rights and international security issues. In particular, he studies how vulnerable populations can be protected in conflict scenarios. On this subject, he has participated in a research trip to Georgia and Ukraine, looking into legacies of trauma and abuse left by war and occupation in both countries, and studied the military logic of human rights abuses during the Bosnian Wars of 1992-1995. On campus, Henry is passionate about education on international relations, teaching New Haven high school students about IR issues through the student organization Hemispheres, and helping organize on-campus events and opportunities as the Executive Director of the Yale International Relations Association.