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Class of 2018
Niall is a double major in CAPS and history, and he wrote an honors thesis in the history department. Outside of class, he was an undergraduate editor and then editor-in-chief of the Cornell International Affairs Review, and then a founding editor of Taxis Magazine. With fellow CAPS senior Robin Zhang, Niall restarted the CAPS peer mentorship program. Niall was also a part of various reading groups. This summer, Niall will be working with The Point magazine, and in the fall he’ll be heading to Shihezi University in Xinjiang Province, China, to teach in the English Department as a Princeton in Asia fellow. After that, he doesn’t know what he’ll be doing, but he might want to get a Ph.D. in history or pursue a career in magazine editing.
At Cornell, other than being a double-major in Government, Clara volunteered at a local Korean School, teaching Korean to Korean-American children. Clara also participated in the International Teaching Assistant Program where she taught English to international teaching assistants. After graduation, Clara plans to pursue a Master of Arts degree in China Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Becoming a CAPS student was one of the best decisions Clara made at Cornell, she thoroughly enjoyed her year abroad in Washington, D.C., and Beijing. Clara owes much to the connections that she made through the CAPS program, whether that would be her fellow students or her professors, and she is grateful that they have been able to be a part of her self-discovery journey in college.
Throughout her undergraduate years, Kathy has been an advertising associating at The Cornell Daily Sun, a sister of Kappa Phi Lambda, a designer for Cornell Design and Tech Initiative Blueprint, a member of Club Swim, and the branding manager for the Multi-Cultural Greek Letter Council. In the fall of 2016, Kathy studied in DC as part of the Cornell in Washington program. She interned at The Hudson Institute, as part of the Kleptocracy Initiative. She conducted research on the activities of Chinese government officials. Moreover, she conducted a semester-long research study on Chinese and American perspectives on the sweatshop issue in transnational companies. In the fall of 2017, she studied in Beijing and interned at the US Information Technology Office. Here, she performed research on information technology issues affecting US companies operating in China. She got the opportunity to attend meetings with telecommunications industry heads and Chinese government officials. She even got to personally meet Terry Branstad, the US Ambassador to China. After she graduates, she will be pursuing her Masters of Professional Studies in Information Science at Cornell. She will be focusing on User Experience Design. Upon completion of her Masters, she sees herself living in the west coast and pursuing her passion for product design. Eventually, she plans on entering the field of entrepreneurship and starting her own business.
Outside of academics, Robin has dedicated her time to various extracurriculars, serving in leadership roles for Delta Delta Delta sorority, Rise Dance Group, and above all-- the Cornell International Affairs Society (CIAS “kai-us”). Robin is incredibly grateful for CIAS, through which she met many of her closest friends and helped organize conferences for thousands of other students, including Cornell’s first overseas Model UN conference in Chengdu, China. She is also very happy to feel at home in the CAPS community, and is pleased to have seen it grow and develop. She hopes to stay connected and see it further strengthen. Robin’s favorite classes outside of CAPS were French Stylistics, Behavioral Public Policy, Social Psychology, and all 8 PE classes. After graduation, Robin will start working in D.C. as an Associate in the China Practice of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a consulting company founded by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. She is also excited to live with Clara again. Overall, Robin is thankful for all the opportunities she’s had to expand her knowledge and step outside of her comfort zone. She hopes to have left a positive impact on the people she’s met.
Class of 2017
At Cornell, Max split his time between numerous commitments, planning Persian New Year celebrations with the Persian Students Organization, belting edgy songs with the Key Elements a Cappella Group, advocating for undocumented students on campus with the Cornell DREAM Team, and helping design and run logistics for building a sustainable school for girls in rural Ghana through Cornell University Sustainable Design, among other activities. At the moment, his plans for the future include spending a few weeks at Zen monasteries in Japan and seeing where else the summer takes him (maybe back to China?). He is confident that, with the strong foundations provided by his studies in CAPS and Economics, he will go on to find an interesting and fulfilling employment opportunity (that will hopefully also pay the bills).
Cole is a native of easy, breezy, beautiful El Centro, California—where the sun spends the winter, and every other season. Needless to say, coming to a school where it’s been known to snow in May was a bit of a change for Cole, but—with a little luck and the love and support of his CAPS family—he managed to avoid frostbite for a full four years. When he wasn’t cramming anxiously the night before a Chinese test, Cole competed as a witness with the Cornell University Mock Trial Association and served as an English language instructor with the Cornell International Teaching Assistant Program. At the end of July, he will leave for Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to continue his work as an English teacher through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. He’s still not sure how he feels about trading six months of winter for ninety-percent humidity year-round, but he’s comfortable with his Taiwanese accent becoming even thicker than it already is.
When Sarah Harris came from Lithia Springs, Georgia, all the way to Ithaca, she wasn’t sure what would be in store. She had a vague idea of what lay ahead, from conversations with her mother growing up: things like “adventure,” “self-discovery,” and a community of scholars as dedicated as she was to learning and growing as a person. But she had no idea she would end up studying Mandarin Chinese, traveling to China—twice—and exploring life in Washington, D.C. Sarah didn’t realize she would make true, lasting friends and have a place away from home where she truly belonged. From playing on the Cornell Women’s Rugby team and singing with Jazz Voices and Exploosh—the university’s only improv a capella group—to participating in the Princeton in Beijing intensive language-study program and later interning at the Beijing Review in China, she filled her four years with experiences that she’ll treasure for a lifetime.
After graduation, she plans to return home and work as a paralegal at an Atlanta law firm and to later apply to law school. She is unsure of what, exactly, the future holds, but she has faith and confidence that experiences even more beautiful and exciting than those behind her lie ahead.
Anna Kook was born in Seoul, but she spent most of her growing-up years in Singapore. She entered Cornell already determined to be a CAPS and Government double-major. With a concentration in international relations, Anna traveled to Cambodia, D.C., and Beijing with CAPS professors and classmates, where she grew academically and personally. In Ithaca, Anna served as a student journalist with the Cornell Daily Sun, and as president of NK Focus, a student group that advocates for human rights in North Korea. Anna’s semesters abroad, and her involvement in these organizations shaped her aspiration to become an international reporter. As a result, she will be going off to Northwestern University in Chicago to pursue a master’s in broadcast journalism. While in the short-run Anna hopes to become an international journalist, her long-term dream is to become a professor like the ones at Cornell who encourage and nurture students not only to become learners but also to become better people. Looking back now to her freshman year, Anna would never have imagined that she could say today that she is fluent in Chinese, has discovered her passion—and has mastered procrastination.
Derek’s undergraduate experience at Cornell combined his interest in China and love of music. A four-year member of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Derek performed across three continents, including at the world’s southernmost performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in Neuquén, Argentina!
In addition to his musical opportunities, Derek also enjoyed the intense language study and research opportunities offered by the CAPS major. During his semester in Washington, D.C., Derek focused his personal research on the evolving U.S-China cultural relationship in the 1990s, with a special interest in the role of Western classical music. During his internship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, he co-authored an article on recent U.S.-Malaysian security policy published in the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Bulletin. The following summer, he worked closely with CAPS professor Jessica Chen Weiss on an analysis of China’s place in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
This summer, Derek will travel to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou with the inaugural concert tour of the National Youth Orchestra of China as a Resident Advisor. In the fall, Derek will pursue his master’s degree in music at the University of Maryland as a member of the graduate fellowship wind quintet.
Matt McGee was a Government and CAPS double major originally hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia. At Cornell, he was heavily involved with the Cornell International Affairs Society, Air Force ROTC, and the Chinese Language House. He served as the Director-General of the Cornell Model United Nations Conference, which brought over 900 high-school students and advisors from around the world to Cornell this year. Matt also held a variety of leadership positions in ROTC, creating a number of initiatives such as a cadet exchange program for Air Force ROTC detachments in Upstate New York, and an improved accountability system for cadets. In addition, Matt interned with the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and with Cadence, a translating startup in Beijing. This past summer he traveled to Cambodia as a research fellow with the Center for Khmer Studies and studied solar power initiatives in rural areas.
This summer Matt will participate in the War Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute and the Chinese Grand Strategy program at the Hertog Foundation before reporting for active duty in the world’s greatest Air Force at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX, in September.
Amanda Williams combined a CAPS major with a Communication minor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is interested in intercultural communication and the intersection of social media, society, politics, and international relations. Following these passions, Amanda interned with the communication department at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, D.C., and kept a CAPS tradition alive by interning with the Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Out of the classroom, Amanda has been an avid saxophone player with the Big Red Marching and Pep Bands. With the Big Red Bands, she’s played at 7 out of 7 Ivy Leagues and in Montreal, Canada, and has even paraded down 5th Avenue in New York City. She was involved with the Society of Women in Politics, the Women of Color Coalition, and Mixed at Cornell. Amanda worked and tutored at the Learning Strategies Center, Cornell’s main tutoring and academic services center. She has had the opportunity to not only help Cornell undergraduates succeed but also to impress many Chinese visitors with her Beijing “erhua” thanks to the persistence of all of Cornell’s Chinese professors. In the future, her goals are to maintain and perfect these language skills in order to run her very own Zhongwen zhuozi (中文桌子).
Class of 2016
Savannah says that she wouldn’t be the student and person she is today without her experiences as a CAPS major. As a double major with Near Eastern Studies, she did not fit the traditional mold of a China scholar, but over the course of four years she easily found her niche in the CAPS community and received invaluable mentorship from her CAPS professors. In D.C. and at Cornell, she researched the Hui Muslim minority in China and explored the relationship between religious and nationalist identities, as well as international religious economic linkages. She interned with Voice of America and led an effort in the Language Programming Directorate to increase VOA’s domestic exposure. She traveled to Cambodia with Professor Mertha’s “Chinese Empire and the Cambodian Experience” program, learning about the country's history while contextualizing and humanizing her study of war and human rights. Her experiences in Cambodia reinforced her passion for displacement issues, and she interned with a pro-bono immigration law firm in San Diego that helps indigent immigrant communities gain economic and legal independence. On campus, Savannah was president of the Language Pairing Program and worked as an undergraduate consultant for the International Teaching Assistants Program. Her experience as a CAPS major culminated in an unforgettable experience as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Savannah received a Fulbright Student Award to teach English in Jordan following graduation. In addition to teaching,, Savannah has continued to work as a globalization intern for Endless Mobile Inc., a software company based in San Francisco that offers affordable software to communities around the world that do not have reliable access to the internet, by helping to facilitate Endless’s philanthropic mission in the country. Additionally, Savannah interned for Tamkeen, an organization providing legal representation and advocacy to victims of human trafficking and abuses in the workplace. During her Fulbright experience in Jordan, she made it her goal to carry on the legacy of open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and encouragement that is so perfectly exemplified in her CAPS family, and she is looking forward to exploring opportunities in China following her grant period.
Xenia Fuller | 傅欣婷
Christopher Hamlin | 韩美林
Over the course of his Cornell career, Chris cultivated his competing passions for grassroots political activism and policy research. His academic research focused on strategic theory, participatory decision-making, and international law. In that vein, he wrote two thesis-length research papers on Chinese diplomatic and military strategy in its South China Sea territorial disputes in the context of the region's multilateral legal regime. When he has free time, he likes to play soccer, read the news in Spanish and Mandarin, and take his corgi on hikes.
After graduation, Chris worked for a few months in education consulting in Beijing before returning and interning at a nonprofit focused on U.S. and Chinese freedom of expression issues in New York City. In fall 2017 he will begin class at Georgetown’s Masters of Science in Foreign Service program, after which he hopes to promote political inclusion and stable democratic institutions in Southeast Asia and Latin America, at US-government-sponsored organizations.
A CAPS major as well as a math minor, Austin was involved in a wide variety of disciplines and activities on campus. He worked as an assistant to Professor Jeremy Wallace, as an instructor at Cornell Outdoor Education, and as a consultant in the Department of Computer Science. Through the CAPS program, he pursued internships at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., and at the American Embassy in Beijing. He additionally participated in the inaugural Cornell in Cambodia program and spent the summer of 2015 working at the Department of State’s headquarters. Prior to graduation, he was selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and was elected to Cornell’s Theta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Following graduation, he received a fellowship from Princeton in Asia and moved to Tokyo to work for Ashinaga, an NGO that provides funding and support to children and college students who have lost one or both guardians. He will begin his Ph.D. in Government at Harvard University in August 2017.
One of Fredrick’s best experiences at Cornell was his year studying off-campus through the CAPS program, spending a semester working for the US Congress and in an air-pollution lab at Peking University. The cultural and language immersion of living in Beijing was an experience that will stay with him for the rest of his life. During his first two years at Cornell, Fredrick was an active member of the Cornell Nordic Ski Racing team, the Cornell Outing Club, and the Ski and Snowboard Club. He helped found the Pan-Pacific Review, a CAPS senior-led journal for undergraduate op-ed pieces related to Asia, and joined the Chinese Language House community. At graduation, Fredrick was already working for the US Fish and Wildlife Services in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, where he helped conduct research on several species of shorebirds and mammals—including snowy owls and arctic foxes! He hopes to merge his love and passion for wildlife ecology with the deep knowledge of China that CAPS has given him.
At Cornell, Dan was a part of the Chinese Students Association, Outreach, Q&A, Language Corner, Hortus Forum, and Alternative Breaks. He was a Cornell Student Ambassador and an Undergraduate Consultant for the International Teaching Assistants Program. During his semester in D.C. he interned at the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), and during his semester in Beijing, he interned at the U.S. Embassy with the Foreign Commercial Service and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control HIV Program in China. After graduation, Dan moved to Washington, D.C., to conduct higher education research as an associate at the Advisory Board Company. In his free time, he volunteers as a Mandarin interpreter at local farmers markets to keep up with his language skills. His favorite parts of CAPS were learning Mandarin and being able to study, explore, and travel abroad with an incredible group of friends.
Class of 2015
Lauren Avery | 罗 兰
Lauren pursued a CAPS major with minors in History and Near Eastern Studies. Lauren hopes to become a professor in international relations, diplomacy, or a related field. Outside of class, she enjoyed writing, skiing, drinking tea, playing video games, and watching cartoons. Lauren is working on her Masters in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.
Roslyn Jin | 金 龄
Roslyn was a CAPS major and double minor in Business and English from Long Island, N.Y. While studying in D.C., she was a policy intern in the Executive Office of the President at the U.S. Trade Representative. In previous years, she has held internships at the Agricultural Development Bank of China and The M&A Advisor. On campus, she served as VP of Project Hope and on the Executive Council for the American Enterprise Institute, and she is a University Representative for the Cornell Annual Fund. She is currently in Equity Derivative Sales Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Sarah Russo | 路 霞
Sarah Russo is from New York City, and completed a double major in CAPS and Asian Studies. She is interested in advocacy work and traveling, especially in East and Southeast Asia. Sarah was in Hong Kong working with the Intertrust Group; now she is interning at Gaotime in Shanghai City.
David is currently working as an Incoming Leveraged & Acquisition Finance Analyst at HSBC Securities.
Conna Walsh | 王康娜
Conna Walsh majored in CAPS and minored in History. She has studied Chinese for the past seven years, and was lucky enough to participate in a NSLI-Y-funded trip to China during high school. Conna was an active member of the Cornell International Affairs Society, served as the Chair of Public Relations for Alpha Epsilon Phi, wrote for the student-run international relations blog The Diplomacist, worked at the Cornell campus store, and worked as a writing tutor on campus. Conna currently works as an International Program Manager for the KnowledgeLink Group in Boston.
Qi is pursuing a Masters in Statistics at Duke University.
Eva Xu is pursuing a Masters degree in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Melina Zhou | 周馨怡
Melina Zhou, from San Diego, was a CAPS major with a Business minor. Her interests outside of the classroom included figure skating, running, laughing, reading, taking risks and trying new things, but most of all spending time with her twin, Melissa. Her favorite quote is from Andre Agassi: "To be inspired--that's the secret. Few of us are granted the grace to know ourselves, and until we do, maybe the best we can do is be consistent." Melina currently works at Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, D.C.
Class of 2014
John Z. Buckley | 田海辰
John Buckley (better known to friends as J.Z.) came to Cornell solely for the China and Asia-Pacific Studies major and picked up a degree in Government along the way. Long fascinated by Chinese culture and linguistics, he developed an interest in East Asian comparative politics, international relations, and conflict studies on the Hill. He credits the CAPS major with a number of exciting internship opportunities and professional experiences, including stints with the American Enterprise Institute, CNN, the US Department of Defense, and the US Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in international diplomacy and security. In addition to his policy studies, John is involved in cultural programming and social justice groups on campus, having worked with the Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Students Union (CAPSU), the Asian and Asian American Center (A3C), Rice Magazine, and SilkRoad Cornell. In his free time, he also nurtures interests in anthropology, ethnomusicology, cinema, and geek culture.
Andrew Huang | 黄伟伦
Born and raised in New York, NY, Andrew was a China and Asia-Pacific Studies major and a Health Policy minor in the CAPS Class of 2014. Along with studying Mandarin and the U.S.-China relationship, Andrew has always been interested in public health and health care systems, of which both the U.S. and China are undergoing reform. While in Beijing, Andrew interned at the Peking University China Center for Health Economic Research, where he helped an international research team analyze the management and reform of the Chinese public hospital system. Andrew is also an advocate for Asian American issues, including health disparities such as hepatitis B, and worked on the Affordable Care Act while interning for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, D.C.
Hyangmi Kwak | 郭香美
Hyangmi grew up in Westchester, NY, though her family now lives in the Seattle suburbs. When Hyangmi matriculated to Cornell, she planned to include four years of language study, a semester in DC, and another semester abroad in China. She was delighted to discover that CAPS organically combines these experiences into one major, and she has since added a minor in Policy Analysis and Management. Hyangmi was a Research Assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in DC, and during her semester in Beijing, she spent a brief time as an Editorial Intern with Time Out Beijing before pursuing her passion in volunteering. With broad interests in responsible environmental stewardship, sustainable development, and health and nutrition, Hyangmi hopes that her work will contribute to vibrant communities and international humanitarian efforts. In addition to her academic and professional orientation, she is happy to share her thoughts on the Cornell Chimes, the co-op housing system, life, music, coffee, and books books books.
Chuen Hong Jeffrey Lau | 刘传康
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jeffrey has always been intrigued by China, the motherland that is so close yet so far away. He came to Cornell determined to be a CAPS major, but somehow found himself with a triple major in CAPS, history, and music by his junior year. Thanks to CAPS, he had the opportunity to live and work in some of the world's coolest places. In DC he interned with the National Endowment for the Arts; in Beijing, he worked with the International Economic Law Institute at the PKU law school. Back at home, he also spent a summer interning with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and did a mini-pupillage with the Parkside Chambers. In his free time, he enjoys playing chamber music, squash, badminton, competitive minesweeper, and competitive pokemon. After graduation, he will be pursuing the Juris Doctor degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Xu Yang earned a dual degree in CAPS and fine art in the college of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He had been a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He had also been a member of the Cornell Shakespeare Troupe, the Cornell Quiz Bowl team, and the Chesterton House Christian Intentional Living Community. Since freshman year, he had been an active participant at Risley Theater and the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, including performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Proof, Our Town, The Tempest, Learned Ladies, and, recently, in Melancholy Play. While he is not certain about his future path, his hope is that he can maintain a proper balance between his artistic interests and his love for China, her history, and her people.
Jonathan Yuan is a China and Asia-Pacific Studies and Government double major with a minor in Business. He was born in Montreal, Canada, grew up in Allentown, PA, and has had wonderful experiences with CAPS in both Washington D.C. and Beijing at Peking University. On campus, he worked in the A&S Career Services office and was a contributing writer to the Cornell Progressive. Professionally, he’s held internships at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Voice of America, and the American Foreign Service Association and hopes to eventually enter the communications, public relations, marketing, or media world. In his spare time, he loves talking about all things related to politics, pop culture, and news media.
Class of 2013
Rebekah Alexander | 艾丽蕊 is currently a Senior Analyst at Heitman.
Andrea Cheung | 张皓怡 is currently with the FTI consulting, Global Risk and Investigative Practices team based in Hong Kong.
Doretha Dawkins | 董瑞娴 Double major with History. Currently serves as a Teach for America corps member in New York City while pursuing a Master's degree in education.
Seung-Hyun (Sheryl) Kang | 姜承贤 Currently taking her gap year and applying to law school.
Daniel J. Krasnow | 邝丹 Double major with Government. Currently an Investment Banking Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities in NYC.
Nancy Lin | 林雅诗 Double majored with Economics. She got her MPA at theUniversity of Connecticut and currently works as an Analyst at the NYC Office of Management and Budget.
Zachary Montague | 孟何谦 Double major with Government. He worked as a Research Analyst at the Delma Institute, United Arab Emirates. He currently works as a News Assistant for the New York Times.
James Stroud | 史瑞德 Double major with Government.
Amelia Tsui | 徐晓梦 Double major with History and currently works as a Manager at 3A Credit in Shanghai City, China.
Miriam Wishnick | 王玫艳 Double major with Government. She has worked as a Research Analyst at Control Risks and is currently an Investigative Analyst at Corporate Resolutions, Inc.
Jason Wong | 黄家麟 He planned to apply to medical schools.
Yi-Ran Xin | 辛怡然 Double major with Economics.
Class of 2012
Chelsea Dengel | 邓宁 is currently an analyst at Kroll, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia. She recently earned an M.A. at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. After graduation, she worked at ELM Education in Beijing and the Department of State consulate in Guangzhou, China. When she returned to the United States, Chelsea worked at the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau of the State Department and Kore Federal Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Jade Han | 韩家欣 Double major with Government. After graduation, Jade worked at Village Care of New York.
Ming Ming Jiang | 蒋明明 (Kevin) is currently a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. After graduation, he earned an M.A. in International Economics at Johns Hopkins University's SAIS. Kevin previously worked at private consulting firms such as Asia Society, GIC Group, Sicuro Gruops LLC and Neptune ASC. At Cornell, he was a member of Operations DEEP (Developing Elementary Education Possibilities), which focuses on fundraising for rural schools in China.
Audrey Keranen | 韩俐 Double major with Government. In 2018, Audrey was nominated and confirmed to become a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State. Previously, she was a Vice Consul for the Consulate General of the U.S. in Shanghai, where she participated in many outreach programs. She earned her Masters at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow at the State Department. The summer after graduation, Audrey worked at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Cindy Hui Xin Khor | 柯慧欣 Double major with Economics. She is currently a senior consultant in Data & Analytics at Accenture, a management consulting company. After graduation, she became an Analytics Consultant at IBM in Performance and Marketing.
Lisa Seo Kyong Kim | 金瑞庆 Double major with Economics. Worked as an analyst at PSL Research.
Kevin Han Lee | 李健文 Currently a student at Cornell Law School.
Tiffany Yige Li | 李一格 Double major with Biological Sciences. She earned her Masters in Health Care Administration at Cornell. She has worked as an Administrative Fellow at Library Health, Jersey City Medical Center and currently is an ACO Coordinator at United Healthcare.
Joey Liu | 刘柏伟 Worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company after graduating. He is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia University Business School.
Christopher Louney | 卢科瑞 Double major with Economics. After graduating, he worked as an Analyst at Barclays. He is currently a Commodity Strategist at RBC Capital Markets.
Elliott James Moreno | 毛泽西 Double major with Economics. He has worked as an Analyst at CME Group and currently is a Business Analyst at Voya.
Melva Quintanilla | 秦美华 Double major with Art History. After graduating, Melva worked at various places including LaFollette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler, & Ames as well as SinoTech Group.
Joann Saridakis | 塞瑞恩 Currently a Finance Director at the Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus.
Randy Liushuo Wan | 万柳朔 Double major with Economics. Randy was an associate at the Boston Consulting Group. He is currently the founder and CEO of Woo Space.
Class of 2011
Peter Robert Chatigny | 尚松 is currently an associate in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, MA. He recently earned a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Prior to that, he worked at Fox News Channel in New York, the same company at which he interned during his semester in Washington, D.C. He undertook two internships in Washington DC in fall 2009: one with Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, and the other with "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," a Fox News show that airs every night at 10 pm. While in Beijing in fall 2010, he interned for CNN Beijing Bureau.
Charles Gilbert | 葛汉杰 Double major with Economics. Charles is a senior economic analyst at Baker McKenzie, working in the field of international tax with a focus on technology, retail, financial institutions, and FMCG sectors. He earned an M.A. at Johns Hopkins University SAIS in International Economics/Finance and Southeast Asia Studies. After finishing his degree, he worked in the Transfer Pricing & Economics Consulting division of EY as an associate for several years, After graduation, he worked at Ithaca's Miler Mayer LLP as an immigration paralegal. Afterward, he decided to expand his knowledge of Asia by working in Indonesia and becoming proficient in Bahasa Indonesia. During his tenure as a CAPS student, he interned at the KORUS House of the Korean Embassy in the US and at the Lotus Educational Foundation in Beijing.
Scott Grow | 葛星光 is currently a clerk for the Farmers Union Trading Company. He served 4 years in the US Marine Corps before coming to Cornell. While at Cornell, he studied Japanese before declaring CAPS as his major. He was a devoted member of Ordinary People, Cornell’s own anti-oppression theater troupe. Scott interned at Yuanfen（缘分）New Media Art Space in 798 Art Zone, Beijing, in 2010, and was awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship for 2010-2011. He previously worked as a Field Technician at Economy Polymers & Chemicals in Glendive, Montana.
Mirjam Jasiak | 贾文萱 Double major with Economics. Mirjam is currently a Global Product Commercialization Manager at Indeed.com in the Greater New York City Area. She earned an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 2016 and then became a consultant for Bain & Company. After graduation, Mirjam was a consultant at Edgeworth Economics LLC, a boutique economic consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and Accenture in Chicago.
Alexandra Mouche | 艾琳 recently earned an MBA from University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign and is working in global information systems at Whirlpool Corporation. A Fulbright-Nehru Scholar (2011-2012), she conducted research about groundwater management and rainwater harvesting in Gujarati, India. Afterward, she became a Sales Coordinator at PQF Global and a manager at Gabbro Global. Before starting her MBA, Allie worked at the Cambridge Institute of International Education.
Michael Schulman | 舒万科 is currently a consultant for the Alexander Group, a management consulting firm in the San Fransisco Bay area. Prior to that, he earned an MBA both from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management and Thailand's Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University. After graduation, Michael worked for 2 years as a legal consultant for Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Beijing, China. He then moved to the Los Angeles area to work as a digital marketing consultant for the Animal Medical Center of Southern California before returning to Cornell for his MBA in 2015.
Geoffrey William Squire | 宋杰 Triple major with government and a degree from the College Scholar Program. Geoff is currently a Director of Communications at Prescient, a global investigations, intelligence, and cyber services firm in Chicago. After graduation, he worked in New York City for about a year after which he moved to Beijing. There, Geoff worked as a sales associate at WildChina Travel, a political science instructor at Jingwen International TopU Education, and an English language admissions reviewer at Vericant.
Ian Taylor | 田立永 is currently a part-time graduate student at Temple University and a software engineer at Syapse in the Great Philadelphia Area. After graduation, he worked at Philadelphia Distilling as an office manager and marketing coordinator and then a private tutor at Varsity Tutors. He then began an online Bachelor's Degree in computer science at Oregan State University while complementing those studies part-time at Temple University. He was also a web application developer at Bank of America in Newark, Delaware, and at University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine.
Class of 2010
Jonathan Delikat | 狄家盛 Jon is currently working at Electronic Arts (EA) in Analytics Strategy, where he tries to tailor EA's video games to the players' needs. As a recipient of the Princeton in Asia teaching fellowship, Jon taught English at Zhejiang University (浙大) in Hangzhou, China upon graduation. He simultaneously received an MA and MBA at the University of Pennsylvania from the Lauder Institute and The Wharton School, respectively. Before completing his degrees, he spent four years in Shanghai and Hong Kong with the risk management firm FTI Consulting and as a Senior Consultant for Global Risk. Jon was awarded magna cum laude for his honors thesis and a Sherman Cochran Prize in the major for his outstanding performance that best exemplifies Professor Sherman Cochran's dedication to the study of China.
Nicholas Elser | 欧阳易 is currently working at a new engineering organization in Instacart's Toronto office, which he runs as the Head of Engineering. He has worked at Instacart for almost six years. After graduation, Nick worked at software companies Efficient Frontier and Adobe in the San Fransisco Bay Area. At Adobe, Nick trained teams in India, Beijing, and Utah on testing and developing for Adobe Social. he graduated with Distinction in All Subjects. Besides being an enthusiastic CAPS major, Nick is proud of his time on the Cornell Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team, for which he co-led the software team for four years and helped lead the team to victory in his last year. He was also a member of Cornell’s performance juggling team and juggling remains one of his favorite hobbies.
Renee Heyman | 王莉玲 Double major with Economics. Renee is currently an Associate at Latham & Watkins, the world's second highest grossing law firm.. She earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2014 and worked as a project assistant for Kirkland and Ellis, LLP in intellectual property litigation prior to that. The CAPS program is still something that she brags about when she meets interviewers, coworkers, and friends. As she said, “Nowhere have I met a group so driven, so animated, and so inspirational.” She still lives in the Greater Chicago area.
Minerva Wakabayashi Ho | 何弥菜羽 Double major with History and a minor in Music. Minerva currently works as an Associate at Traxys LLC, Base Metals and concentrates. She has worked at Traxys since graduation both at their Beijing and New York City offices. Additionally, she is a violinist for the Chelsea Symphony and an Alumni Volunteer for the Cornell Ambassadors Alumni Network. While a CAPS student, Minerva interned at Morgan Stanley.
Hai Jack Huang | 黄海 Double major with Economics. Jack is currently the founder of One Block Capital in Hong Kong, a blockchain investment and advisory company that believes in the transformative nature of cryptocurrencies. After graduation, he worked as a representative for Rothschild & Co Limited in Hong Kong and, most recently, RBC Capital Markets. There, he advised in both securities and corporate finance. Prior to founding One Block Capital, Jack was an investment manager at both the International Finance Corporation and Meridian Capital. Throughout his entire career, he has lived in Hong Kong and focused on banking with the Asia-Pacific region. Jack graduated with Distinction in All Subjects. He worked at Rothschild in Hong Kong after graduation and looks forward to applying his CAPS experience to a future involving Asia.
Andrew Kang | 康震东 is currently a corporate associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the world's highest grossing law firm. He recently earned a J.D. from University of Michigan School of Law. After graduation, he worked as a legal assistant for Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Beijing and interned at the Security & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
Christine Seo Hyun Kim | 金瑞贤 is currently a master's candidate at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, studying global entertainment and the music business. Prior to that, she was a manager of international sales at JTBC Broadcasting company. After graduation, Christine worked in the international business sectors of LINE Corp and Dong-A Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd. At graduation, Christine wrote, "Cornell has taught me how to be humble and also how to mingle with people completely different from myself." Christine has worked at Reuters in Korea, covering stories about China and the Asia-Pacific region, and Jirani Cultural Organization in Korea. She currently works as Assistant Manager for Dong-A Pharmaceutical Co.
Caitlin McCulloch | 麦凯琳 Double major with Government. Caitlin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on domestic contexts for foreign policy. She earned a Masters from the University of Maryland in International Relations and Comparative Politics in 2015 and has won numerous grants for her research there. Caitlin spent a few years with the Peace Corps as a Fulbright Scholar at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated cum laude for her CAPS honors thesis and took the Foreign Service Officer test (FSO).
Katherine Qu | 瞿天悦 Double major with Government. Katherine works at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Washington, D.C. as an asylum officer. There, she interviews and screens refugees seeking asylum into the U.S. Prior to that, she was an immigration attorney and legal fellow at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Katherine earned a J.D. and a certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies from Georgetown University's Law Center. After graduation, she interned at the New York State Supreme Court for a few months. Katherine was a CAPS/Government double major. After graduation, she attended Georgetown Law School and currently works as an Immigration Attorney for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.
Adi Robertson | 罗婉仪 is a senior reporter at The Verge in New York City, writing most frequently about technology. After graduation, she worked in Online Solutions at Infosnap in Bethesda, Maryland before moving to New York City. Adi graduated with Distinction in All Subjects and was awarded a Sherman Cochran Prize for her outstanding academic performance in the major.
Tatiana Ashanti Robinson | 谭那. Tasha spent four years at Cornell as a CAPS major, while also enjoying classes in film and philosophy. She wrote editorial articles for the Cornell Daily Sun with topics that spanned Chinese political and cultural issues. She enjoyed attending concerts at Sage Chapel and seeing films at Cornell Cinema. After four years at Cornell, Tasha decided to pursue teaching options in Spain. She plans on furthering her involvement with her Beijing internship firm, which develops clean technology initiatives.
Eli Isaac Silverstein | 石乐乐 is the founder of Bamboo Bridge Advisors, an organization which advises financial investments and transactions between the East and the West. A J.D. Candidate at Fordham University School of law, he has studied 5 different languages and has worked in both the Constitutional Court of Korea as well as the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court. After graduation, Eli earned an MPhil from Cambridge University and an LLM degree from the Peking University School of Law. He worked in the Beijing offices of Hogan Lovells International LLP and returned to New York City to found BBA. Additionally, he is designing and teaching the course "The Great Law of China: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Chinese Legal System" at Fordham University. To his fellow graduates, Eli wishes to remind the CAPS class of 2010 of the Daoist principle of 无为. While this principle is often misconstrued as simply “nonaction,” he wrote, "Let us recall the dual tonal function of 为 and strive to realize our dreams through acts unmotivated by a ‘because of,’ not driven by a ‘for,’ and not completed in order ‘to.’"
Matthew Isaac Silverstein | 史明修 is currently the director of operations for Mr. Bing, a famous Beijing Street Foods restaurant in the heart of New York City. Shortly after graduating, he worked at the American Jewish committee's Asia Pacific Institute as a fellow, then he moved to Beijing, China. In Beijing, Matt worked for the Korean conglomerate SK in its research and consulting branch. While living in Beijing for 3 years, Matt fell in love with Chinese cuisine, especially "jianbing" 煎饼. After returning to New York, Matt joined the Shake Shack team where he worked for 4 years. Initially hired as a store manager to open the first Shake Shack location in JFK airport, Matt was quickly promoted and became General Manager of both locations in Terminal 4. Matt left the airport to open its location in Forest Hills, Queens. During his tenure at Shake Shack, Matt assisted with numerous high profile openings and events in Austin, Chicago, and Tokyo. Matt was awarded cum laude in the major for his honors thesis.
Eric Tao | 陶晨 Double major with Economics and minor in Real Estate. He is currently an Assitant Vice President and Equity Analyst for NIppon Life Global INnvestors Americas, Inc in New York City. After graduation, Eric worked as a Senior Equality Research Associate at Manning & Napier Advisors, an asset management company. Outside of classes, Eric was a research assistant in the Department of Applied Economics and Management conducting research in behavioral finance under Professor Vicki Bogan.
Pwin Tuntasood | 唐文朴. Double major with Economics. Pwin is currently the Vice President and CFA Charterholder of BlackRock Investment Management's Fixed Income Strategist division. Prior to that, he worked at Deutsche Asset Management as a Strategy Analyst. In New York City, Pwin is frequently a guest speaker and a panelist for many financial events.
Class of 2009
Jessie Louise Bruce | 白雪 is a senior program manager at the NYC Department of Sanitation's "NYC Organics" division. There, she also founded a small, volunteer organization in Brooklyn called Compost for Brooklyn. Her work focuses on reforming NYC's composting system such that every resident has access to a curbside compost pile. She has worked in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and with a training program called Green Apply Corps. She recently earned a Masters or Urban Planning of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She volunteered for the Beijing Olympic Games! She has devoted her studies primarily to environmental issues.
Scot Fang | 方自然 is a senior machine learning engineer at Google, where he produces semantic signals from texting and mobile apps for ad-targeting. Prior to that, he earned an M.S. in Computer Science with a Machine Learning concentration at UCLA. After graduating, Scot worked at China First Capital in Shenzhen, China, then returned to California as a software engineer for Fastsoft. Scot's interests and studies include energy, sustainability, innovation consulting, social research, start-up opportunities, and networking.
Mark Yun Seok Jeong | 郑允硕 is in a management-level position at the New Teacher Project, an organization that works with public schools at the state and local level to improve the conditions of education. He recently completed a Global Mission Fellowship with the Westminster Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Prior to that, he worked at Teach for America in Houston, TX and was a marketing intern for Lenovo in Beijing. During his CAPS semester in Beijing, Mark even volunteered for the 2008 Olympic Games!
McAllister Jimbo | 莫小楠 is an associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Washington, D.C. office and a member of their Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, anti-corruption laws, and export controls, as well as other white collar defense and corporate investigations. She also advises companies and private funds on disclosure and compliance obligations under federal securities law. McAllister also maintains an active pro bono practice that represents victims of human trafficking in immigration proceedings. She also is a part of a team representing a coalition of school districts and students challenging the constitutionality of state funding for public education and a coalition that represents death row inmates in federal and state habeas proceedings. She previously earned a J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she won the International Summer Human Rights Fellowship for a summer in Hong Kong. Some of her previous internships with CAPS include working for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Atlantic.com's National Page. Mackie is a Los Angeles native whose interests include cooking, journalism, and traveling. She graduated as a CAPS major with distinction in all subjects.
Christine Lai | 赖伊琪. is a senior technology consultant at IBM iX in New York City and has been extremely successful in product management and information visualization. Prior to that, Christine was a Fulbright Scholar and earned an MBA IN business administration at the IE business school of Spain. After graduation, Christine worked experience for several years at technology companies in Washington, D.C. area and earned a Master of Professional Studies at Georgetown University in Technology Management. Christine is a native of New York City with a wide range of interests that include wine, food, traveling, a well as culture and languages like Chines and Spanish.
Saerom Lee | 李赛龙. Saerom, a student from South Korea, interned at the KORUS house at the embassy of the Republic of Korea while in DC. During her Beijing semester, she interned at Samsung Opentide China, a consulting firm in the city. She also had the great opportunity to volunteer for the Olympics! She is primarily interested in learning foreign languages and studying cultural differences and exchanges between countries. Her current plans for the coming year are either working or traveling for a year before going to grad school.
Tanger Li | 李唐儿. Tanya Lee (Tanger Li) Double major with Government and a minor in Music. Tanya is currently a translator for ProObject in the Baltimore-Washington area. She received her Master's degree in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics, where she focused on International Law, Chinese foreign policy, and Political Islam. After graduation, she worked as an analyst for several big firms and interned at the National Endowment for the Arts. While in D.C., she interned for Voice of America to address media programming issues in various developing countries around the world and researched U.S. foreign policy proposals for the Hudson Institute concerning U.S.-China military strategic interests. In Beijing, Tanya researched a variety of Chinese public policies while interning for the Brookings Institution's Tsinghua Center.
Troy Mullins | 林若怡. is an up-and-coming professional golfer. After graduating, Troy spent some time in Beijing and worked at various China-related organizations. In the midst of a break from school and work, her father took her to a driving range and she fell in love with golf. Troy then taught herself how to play professional golf. To fund her golf dreams, she started her own homeschooling and tutoring buisness with 15 students. Troy won the 2017 World Long Drive Mile High Showdown and won second place aat the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in 2012. Before mastering golf, she also was a researcher at Millimeter Films and assisted in marketing the Bridge Café. In Beijing, she held a variety of internships, including the Public Relations department of Beijing’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Jonathan S. Ray | 张志超. is currently the Chief of Analysis for the Special Programs Division of SOS International, LLC. Upon graduation, Jonathan completed a Chinese Flagship Certification Program in Mandarin at the Institute of International Education at Brigham Young University and studied at Nanjing University from 2009-2011. He received a Master's degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. After completing these two degrees, he worked as a graduate research assistant in Monterey, CA, continuing to focus on nonproliferation and nontraditional security concepts. He then returned to the United States after his studies in Nanjing and worked at various Defense consulting organizations. Jonathon's research and language studies have revolved around issues of nuclear nonproliferation and nontraditional security topics. He has published on security topics, most recently on China's neutron bomb program, and co-authored two book chapters on PLA issues for publication in 2016.
Elizabeth Skovira | 上官丽云 graduated from Cornell in January 2009. She is an associate partner at McKinsey & Company in the Private Equity and Principal Investing Practice in the Greater Boston Area. She is experienced in advising institutional investors, financial institutions, and investment firms on firm-level topics of investment strategy, asset allocation, risk management, organization, and governance, as well as on individual diligence transactions. In fall 2009, she returned to Peking University for advanced Chinese study under the Chinese Government Scholarship while working with a multinational financial corporation in expanding its operations within the Chinese financial securities market.
Class of 2008
Sungeun Cho | 周圣恩 currently works at L.G. Group in Korea. While at Cornell, she was double-majoring in CAPS and Economics. Her activities/interests at Cornell included chorus, Korean Church at Cornell, skiing, field hockey, and singing.
Vickie Eisenstein | 艾玮丽 Double major with Economics. Vickie is currently a comedian, actress, blogger, and writer who has greatly expanded her presence through her Youtube channel. She recently graduated from Chicago's Second City conservatory and comedic writing programs at iO Theater and ComedySportz. A Chicago native, Vickie moved to Los Angeles after many years of performance and establishing an internet empire. After graduation, she went to Korea to study Korean at Yonsei University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Korea. She has worked at Walker Corporate Law Group PLLC in L.A while she simultaneously built the foundations of an acting career in Hollywood. Her Youtube channel consists of a variety of content such as video blogs, comedy videos, YouTube "challenges" and more.
Andrew Ham | 咸景焕 is a currently working at Apple as a worldwide supply-demand planner in consumer electronics. Prior to that, he was an associate manager for YG Entertainment's business strategy team in Seoul, a consultant at Monitor Deloitte, and a legal assistant at Sherman & Sterling LLP's Beijing office. He recently completed an MBA at INSEAD and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Max Klein | 柯慕德 is currently a product manager for the speech recognition and identity aspects of Amazon's Alexa Engine. He has held multiple roles at Amazon in their Alexa and Kindle departments. After graduation, Max started his graduation in Beijing, where he lobbied the Chinese government on behalf of U.S. companies (USITO), created a China strategies semiconductor industry of Intel, and drove new product initiatives and partnerships for Amazon China. He also serves as a CAPS alumni adviser and helped rekindle the Cornell Club of Beijing with fellow CAPS students and Beijing-based Cornell alumni. While he lived in Beijing for many years, Max now works at Amazon's Seattle office. He also works periodically as a research assistant for Evan Osnos, the New Yorker Magazine Beijing-based foreign correspondent.
Josephine Lee | 李智仁 is currently a JD candidate at Northwestern University School of Law. After graduation, she went back to China to teach English at a college in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture upon graduation from Cornell. She received her MA in international relations from the University of Chicago in 2011 and worked for Morningstar as a Senior Client Solutions Consultant until entering law school.
Justin Long | 龙剑飞 is currently a J.D. Candidate at the Washington University, St. Louis School of Law. He is simultaneously a legal intern at the Education Justice Program, where he helps to ensure that children stay in a safe school environment and get a good education, regardless of socio-economic background or race. Prior to that, Justin was a director of development at T&B Education, an editorial assistant at Japan Focus, and a Web developer at VDesign.
Ilene Molina | 莫依林 is a senior relationship manager for a New York City branch of East West Bank, a commercial bank with an exclusive focus on the U.S. and Greater China markets. After graduating from Cornell, she attended American University in Cairo's graduate program in International Human Rights Law and Arabic. there, she earned several awards in International Law Moot Court Competitions. Ilene had a wide range of activities and interests while at Cornell, including tennis, fencing, Thai kickboxing, swimming, Latin America, Middle East (esp. Egypt), and Arabic.
Justin Orr | 欧建文 Double major with Government. Justin works at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in the Greater New York City Area as an Associate, specializing in intellectual property and technology transactions. Previously, he received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkely School of Law. After graduation, Justin worked as an Associate Consultant at Control Risks, a London-based consulting company in Beijing. He is also active in the Cornell Beijing Alumni Club, where he was an Executive Committee member for several years, He spent his CAPS experience exploring the many facets of the Chinse economy and its foreign policy and was also active in many Cornell organizations, including the Golden Key Honour Society.
Max Rothkopf | 罗志伟 currently works as an investment manager specializing in the real-estate principal investment in the Asia-Pacific for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, he worked as an associate in real estate private equity at Century Bridge Capital in Beijing, China and at Morgan Stanley in San Fransisco, California. before working at these companies, Maxwell earned an M.B.A. in General Management from Harvard Business School. Max also worked at Hines, the international real estate developer, at the Hines Europe headquarters in London, England.
Reuven Shapiro | 邵瑞文 is the founder and Asset Manager of Spectem Technologies LL, a family office in New York City that manages private and public investments. Previously, he was a CFO and Partner at Nava New York, a custom collegiate jewelry company focusing specifically on Greek life sales as well as graduation jewelry. He has extensive experience in both startup development, implementation, and management. He was previously a Research Analyst at Keith Fitz-Gerald Publications LLC.
Iris Zhang | 张博美. Attended Fordham Law School and worked as a Global Grains Research Analyst for Bunge. She is now a Coordinator at Columbia University.