Student Bios

Isabel DoCampo
MPA2
II - International Development
College of William & Mary, 2015
International Relations, B.A.
Westfield, New Jersey
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, Isabel is excited to study female empowerment as a pathway to global health and development. She returns home to New Jersey after two years in Chicago, where she produced policy research and communications on global food security, agricultural development, and maternal/child health for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and fundraised for a local sexual assault advocacy organization. Prior to that, Isabel worked in Cochabamba, Bolivia, researching HIV testing behaviors among local youth. An avid singer, amateur guitarist, and aspiring Kristen Wiig impersonator, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in public health from the College of William & Mary in 2015.
Jessie Durrett
MPA2
I - International Relations
Occidental College, 2013
Diplomacy and World Affairs, B.A.
Nevada City, California
Jessie is from northern California, having grown up both in the Bay Area and in small-town Nevada City. After studying in Latin America, conducting independent research, and interning at the U.S. House of Representatives and at the United Nations, Jessie graduated from Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in diplomacy and world affairs and a minor in Spanish. Before starting at the Woodrow Wilson School, she spent almost four years working for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative hosted at the United Nations Foundation that works to improve household energy access. Jessie is studying international relations at the Woodrow Wilson School, but is also passionate about politics and the interaction between domestic and foreign policy. She plays ultimate Frisbee competitively and enjoys spending time outdoors. After completing graduate school, Jessie aspires to contribute directly to multilateral diplomacy and policy making at the intersection of security and development.
Katherine Elgin
PhD
Princeton University, 2013
Politics, A.B.
The Plains, Virginia
Katherine is a third-year Ph.D. student in security studies interested in grand strategy, civil-military affairs, alliance dynamics and national security decision-making processes. She is also the director of the Center for International Security Studies’ Strategic Education Initiative. Before commencing her graduate studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, Katherine worked at the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. There, she focused on U.S. grand strategy and global political trends, contributing to several books and projects. While in D.C., Katherine also worked with a defense research firm. Katherine speaks Swedish, Russian and French, and her most recent research project brought her to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. She grew up on a family farm near Middleburg, Virginia, and enjoys photography, tennis and traveling.
Anna Engwerda-Smith
MPP
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Western Australia, 2003; Australian National University, 2012
English/History, B.A.; International Policy, MPP
Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Anna has come to Princeton from Canberra, Australia's political capital, after five years at the Prime Minister's department. Most recently, she led a team that advised the Prime Minister and the Cabinet's Expenditure Review Committee on the federal budget and proposals in domestic policy areas representing two-thirds of federal government spending. She has also worked on infrastructure investment and financing, competition policy, banking regulation, communications policy and the G20, with previous roles at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the House of Representatives and other federal, state and international agencies. Upon graduating, she hopes to continue pursuing her interests in corporate governance, public finance and policy areas in which governments, firms and markets can partner to build value and improve social outcomes. Outside of work, Anna is passionate about the outdoors, being active, design, and food.
Alex Entz
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Northwestern University, 2014
Economics, B.A.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Alex grew up detasseling corn and hunting pheasant in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He graduated from Northwestern University with honors in economics in 2014, where he minored in creative writing and math. After graduating, he traded mortgage-backed securities on the Markets Desk of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He then received an Education Pioneers Fellowship to work in the Strategy Department of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he focused on budget and enrollment strategy. Next, Alex was selected to be a Public Interest Fellow in Washington, D.C., where he analyzed U.S. sanctions policy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and worked as a speechwriter for the president of the Hudson Institute. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, City Journal, Real Clear Energy, The National Interest, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Hill, Providence Magazine, the Daily Signal, and Liberty Street Economics. Alex plans to use his time at Princeton to study the intersection between U.S. macroeconomic policy and foreign policy.
Stephanie Epner
MPP
I - International Relations
Vanderbilt University, 2008
Communication Studies, B.A.
Haworth, New Jersey
Stephanie was born and raised in Haworth, New Jersey, a small town just outside New York City. After spending some time in the private sector, she joined the Obama Administration, serving as chief speechwriter to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and, from 2013-2017, as speechwriter and communications advisor to the secretary of state. During her tenure at the State Department, Stephanie drafted the secretary’s speeches, op-eds, and talking points on the full range of U.S. foreign policy challenges, accompanied the secretary on official travel to more than 50 countries, and managed the secretary’s public engagement on climate change and other environmental issues. Most recently, she was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she advised former Secretary of State John Kerry, Carnegie’s visiting distinguished statesman, on a range of projects. Stephanie is interested in the intersection of climate change and broader global security issues and hopes to use her time at the Woodrow Wilson School to expand her understanding of the climate-security nexus.
Johnathan Falcone
MPA2
I - International Relations
Yale University, 2011
Economics, B.A.
Flemington, New Jersey
John is a native of the beautiful Garden State and currently serves as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. After graduating from Yale University in 2011, he became an investment banker in Barclays Capital’s Financial Institutions Group. Desperate to escape “the cube”, John chose to trade the congested city streets for the open ocean, and earned his commission as a Naval officer in 2013. He has deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa and Western Pacific onboard the USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) and the USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG 56) in support of the Global War on Terror, Freedom of Navigation Operations, and Ballistic Missile Defense. As a U.S. Navy Fleet Scholar Education Program fellow, John will return to an operational sea-going command after his studies at Princeton. He is focusing his studies on the inter-relationship between regional security and economic development. In his free time, John enjoys playing lacrosse, spending time with his wife and college sweetheart, Tara, and hiking with their dog, Ruger. They look forward to a stable residence for 22 months following temporary homes in five states and two countries during their first three years of marriage.
Maura Farrell
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
American University, 2013
Economics/International Studies, B.S.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Maura is an MPA candidate focused on the intersection of economic policy, business and social impact. She first became interested in social impact when she volunteered in Kolkata for a year after high school. She returned to India several times throughout college, twice as a Critical Language Scholarship recipient in Bengali. After graduating from American University with a B.S. in economics and international studies, Maura worked at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., analyzing the efficacy of various state and federal programs. She then returned to South Asia to work at Innovations for Poverty Action in Bangladesh. At IPA, she managed a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of payroll digitization in the garment sector on financial inclusion. She hopes to continue working to expand financial inclusion by improving the regulation and development of financial services. Prior to joining the Woodrow Wilson School, Maura spent the summer interning with a fintech startup in Medellin, Colombia.
Patrick Farrell
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Chinese/Economics/Politcal Science, B.A./B.S.
Summerfield, North Carolina
Pat was born in New York and grew up in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in economics, Chinese, and political science and also holds a certificate in business and economics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After graduation, he worked as a junior fellow in the Southeast Asia and Chinese Economy programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and for New York University’s Stern School of Business as a research assistant for projects involving banking, monetary policy and social networks. Most recently, he worked in Myanmar as a government relations consultant. Pat is interested in trade policy, development and diplomacy, and enjoys studying languages, reading and running.
Travis Frederick
PhD
The Ohio State University, 2014; Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017
International Studies, B.A.; International Affairs, M.S.
Fairfield, Ohio
Travis is a first-generation college student from Fairfield, Ohio. Prior to attending the Woodrow Wilson School, he worked for the Behavioral Modeling and Computational Social Science lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute on issues ranging from measuring deception and cohesion in online video games to modeling Soviet theories of information warfare. His experiences in public service include working in the Policy Management Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Executive Office of the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Travis has conducted field research in Cambodia, Argentina, South Africa and Russia. However, despite his informative fieldwork and research experience, he still considers receiving top marks at the seventh-grade state science fair to be his most prominent achievement in research to date. Travis’ current research interests include international security policy, civil-military relationships, and linking micro-cognitive processes to macro-social phenomena.
Joelle Gamble
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of California-Los Angeles, 2012
International Development Studies, B.A.
Riverside, California
Joelle is a native Californian, hailing from Riverside. She spent most of her life in the Golden State, receiving her B.A. in international development studies from UCLA in 2012. She has held research and programmatic internships in the UCLA Department of Economics and U.S. Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions Los Angeles. For the last five years, she’s worked in New York at the Roosevelt Institute. She served as the national director for the Roosevelt Institute’s network, a 40-state youth policy organization, for the three years prior to coming to Woodrow Wilson.
Varsha Gandikota
MPA2
II - International Development
Lady Shri Ram College, 2015
Mathematics, BSc
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Varsha was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. While in high school, she founded The Orange Leaf, an NGO with a mission to engage students in public service. In 2012, she presented the organization’s work at the office of the Indian ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. She currently leads the initiative with a volunteer network spread across projects in multiple states of the country. Varsha studied mathematics at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University and upon graduation, joined Kepler Cannon, a boutique strategy consulting firm. Her work spanned projects in Hong Kong and New York with a focus on insurance and retirement funds. Beginning in 2017, she began work with the state government of Andhra Pradesh as a part of the Economic Development Board, an advisory committee to the chief minister. After graduation from WWS, Varsha is interested in working against education inequality in India, beginning with a remote village in Telangana, her mother’s native place.
Marelle Goodlander
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Berkeley, 2013
Sociology, B.A.
Prunedale, California
Prior to beginning the MPA program at Princeton, Marelle served as a government relations professional in New York City. In this role she worked with over 20 nonprofit clients to help them achieve their budgetary and legislative goals with the City of New York. Marelle worked closely with the New York City Council and Mayoral Administration to help secure over $20 million in public funding for nonprofit organizations. Her clients included cultural institutions, social service organizations, public media, foster care and senior services, among others. From 2014-2015, Marelle was a Coro fellow in Public Affairs. As a Coro fellow, Marelle completed projects for the NYC Department of Finance, the Working Families Party, FPWA and District Council 1707. Before moving to New York, Marelle advocated for LGBTQ workplace rights at Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, a nonprofit based in San Francisco. She is interested in working with local and state governments to improve the social safety net and housing options for low-income and other vulnerable populations. Marelle earned her B.A. in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley.
Curtis Goos
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of Iowa, 2014
French/International Studies, B.A.
Treynor, Iowa
Curtis pivoted from his family’s farming tradition to explore the world beyond the fields of his native southwest Iowa. Fascinated by stories of social reinvention across cultural boundaries, he completed his studies in French literature at the University of Iowa with a focus on immigration in the post-colonial Francophone world. This interest led him to the foot of the French Pyrenees where he spent a year teaching English conversation and translation at the Université de Pau et de Pays de l’Adour. He continued to build on this classroom experience as a Peace Corps education volunteer in the terraced hills of southern Rwanda. There, he taught English, literature, and computer science to students and faculty while spending his free time tending his garden with his cat. At Princeton, Curtis hopes to develop the analytical tools necessary to examine cities’ policies aimed at attracting and supporting immigrant residents as well as better understand the social and economic impact of immigrant communities throughout the American Midwest.
Gokul Gopalan Ramachandran
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
National Institute of Technology, Calicut, 2010
Electronic & Communication Engineering, BTech
Palakkad, Kerala, India
Gokul is from the state of Kerala, in the southern tip of India, nestled between the lush green mountains and the Arabian sea. After graduating as an engineer, he pursued his passion for public service by joining the prestigious Indian Administrative Service, the topmost civil service of the country. He underwent two years of training at the National Civil Services College where topics of study ranged from NPV analysis to navigating the chilly waters of the Ganges. After that, Gokul had worked extensively in the difficult, hilly districts of Kerala, as a deputy chief executive and then as a chief executive. His efforts led to substantial improvements in the education and employability of forest-dwelling tribes, last mile connectivity of Government services and settlement of land rights. Gokul enjoys a game of football in his free time and loves long distance running. He also hopes to improve his tennis and learn cooking while at Princeton. Gokul’s wife, Anjali is a Ph.D. in engineering and loves synthesizing nanomaterials for energy storage when she is not singing old Hindi songs. After graduation, Gokul will join the Government of Kerala as the head of department of the Tribal Affairs ministry.

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