Student Bios

Doyle Hodges
United States Naval Academy, 1992; University of Maryland-College Park, 1993; Naval War College, 2008
Political Science, B.S.; Government & Politics, M.A.; National Security & Strategic Studies, M.A.
Rockville, Maryland
Doyle came to the WWS Ph.D. program in Security Studies after a 21-year career as a Naval officer. A 1992 Naval Academy graduate with master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and the Naval War College, his Navy career included command of two ships and living overseas in the UK, Italy and Japan. His research interests include civil-military relations, intelligence, ethics in national security policy and grand strategy. Doyle’s wife, Emily, is a consultant who works in environmental health and safety. They have two dogs.
Olivia Hompe
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2017
Public and International Affairs, A.B.
New Canaan, Connecticut
A SINSI scholar from New Canaan, Connecticut, Olivia graduated in 2017 from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in Near Eastern studies. In the summer of 2015, she interned at Running Start, a non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to increasing the involvement of young women in politics. In the summer of 2016, she worked in the intelligence community, serving as an honors intern in a unit that augmented her knowledge of the Arabic language and U.S. foreign policy. In addition to her academic studies, Olivia played on the varsity women’s lacrosse team at Princeton. In her free time, she loves playing various sports, cooking and doing crossword puzzles. After completing her MPA at Princeton, Olivia plans to work in the government, pursuing her interests in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
Peter Hoy
III - Domestic Policy
Wesleyan University, 2005; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2014
English, B.A.; Criminal Justice, M.A.
Brooklyn, New York
For the last decade, Peter has worked in government oversight and investigations at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, an agency that investigates police misconduct. Managing a squad of investigators, he has supervised hundreds of cases, including police shootings, deaths in custody and stop-and-frisk cases. Before joining the City of New York, he worked in journalism as a reporter at Forbes magazine. Peter was born and raised in New England and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is accompanied in Princeton by his wife, son and dog.
Sakari Ishetiar
I - International Relations
American University, 2015
International Relations, B.A.
Midwest, USA
Coming to you live from the Midwest, Sakari lived in Houston, Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis before awakening his passion for travel. Having a background in acting and performance theater transformed into a skill in international communication as he found many opportunities to travel abroad. Sakari completed his undergraduate degree in international relations at American University in Washington, D.C., interning at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and becoming curious about a career in the USFS. Determining first to explore public-private partnerships, he was hired as an international communication-focused specialist for government contractor, Gryphon Scientific, where he worked to strengthen counter-WMD security in North Africa and Southeast Asia. This past summer, Sakari traveled to Kazakhstan to volunteer and participate in the World’s Fair Expo 2017 themed on Future Energy. His foreign languages are French and Russian.
Grace Jackson
II - International Development
Oxford University, 2012
Politics, Philosophy and Economics, B.A.
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Grace grew up in Oxfordshire in the south of England. After studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, she joined the U.K. civil service. Since 2013, she worked for the Department for International Development covering Lebanon, Jordan, Sierra Leone and Iraq. Grace spent two years living in Freetown while working on the Ebola response and was most recently based in London, where she led DFID’s Iraq policy team.
Jamal Johnson
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Princeton University, 2016
Politics, A.B.
Houston, Texas
Jamal graduated from Princeton University, where he was selected to be a SINSI scholar, with a B.A. in political economy. He also received minors in computer science and statistics. His interests include education, housing, and technology policy. He has worked as a research assistant in the Politics Department at Princeton and as a policy intern with the New Jersey Department of Education, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office, and the National Economic Council. As an MPA in the Woodrow Wilson School, Jamal is focusing on economic policy. He hopes to learn more about how technology can facilitate social provision in American cities.
Matej Jungwirth
I - International Relations
Beloit College, 2014
Comparative Literature/International Relations, B.A.
Prague, Czech Republic
Matej is a native of Prague, Czech Republic, and earned his B.A. from Beloit College in international relations and comparative literature. While completing his undergraduate degree, he studied in Amman, Jordan, at American University in Washington, D.C., and at the WWS JSI summer program. Matej’s senior thesis in international relations explored the political status and agency of displaced Azeris and Palestinians. After graduation, he returned to the Czech Republic to work as a foreign policy adviser to Czech Senator Václav Láska and as a programme coordinator of the Ecology and Foreign Policy programs at the Prague office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. When possible, Matej rock climbs, hikes, runs and generally strives to spend time outdoors.
Michael Kachel
I - International Relations
University of Newcastle, 2001
History, B.A.
Newcastle, Australia
Michael was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia, where he developed a lifelong addiction to politics and the beach. After studying history, he joined Australia’s Foreign Service in 2003. He was first posted to Indonesia where he covered domestic politics and human rights. After returning to Canberra, he worked as a policy adviser to the foreign minister and attorney-general. He later served as an exchange officer to the U.S. State Department before undertaking his most recent posting to Washington, D.C. In his spare time, Michael enjoys hanging out with his much more accomplished wife and five year old son. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia.
Yuka Kaihori
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Waseda University, 2008
Political Science, B.A.
Omiya, Japan
Yuka was born in Japan and grew up spending her school years in Toronto, London and Tokyo. Her interest in people’s identity led her to study political science at Waseda University. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she joined Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and engaged in Japan’s ODA projects in Bolivia, Sudan and South Sudan. From 2013 to 2016, she was in Nepal which she now calls her second home. In Nepal, Yuka led development programs in various sectors from local governance to agriculture and tourism, with the highlight of designing a program to support the restoration of Nepal’s cultural heritage which was damaged by the earthquake in 2015. Most recently, Yuka was the program officer at JICA’s Research Institute where she worked with researchers on themes such as quality growth in Africa and impact studies of JICA projects. At Princeton, she looks forward to acquiring research skills using well-being indicators and hopes to reflect these perspectives in future ODA projects. In her free time, Yuka enjoys walks with her husband, cooking weekend breakfast (especially soups), and chatting with her aunt using the newly introduced auto-answer Skype.
Samuel Kanson-Benanav
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
Agriculture and Applied Economics/Community and Environment Sociology, B.S.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Sam hails from the frozen fertile crescent of the Upper Midwest. After studying international agriculture and economics at UW-Madison he worked as a chef and culinary director in Madison, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, managing the growth of a number of food processing and hospitality businesses. In collaborating to build a platform to open-source publish intellectual property pertaining to food safety he realized the importance of effective policy that could both promote the growth of small businesses and enhance public health. In addition to his time in the kitchen, Sam spent two years in South America, first, on a Fulbright research grant studying global energy marketplaces in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and later, as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank in Peru. He returned to Princeton for his MPA to gain a greater understanding of the structural forces that drive the global economy and learn to situate market failures within their appropriate international political contexts.
Alexander Kaufman
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Washington University-St. Louis, 2013
Economics/Political Science, B.A.
Newton, Massachusetts
Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Alex graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in economics and political science. Eager to work on data driven policy, he spent two years as a research assistant at the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since then, he has maintained an interest in computational economics and policy modeling, working at the Arava Institute in Israel and helping establish an open source project for heterogeneous agent economics. Over the summer, he traveled in Europe, South America and Asia where he enjoyed hiking, surfing and climbing.
James Kiawoin
II - International Development
Colorado College, 2015
Political Science, B.A.
Monrovia, Liberia
James was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and lived in Ghana and Ivory Coast as a refugee. At age 14, James moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, to join the inaugural class at the African Leadership Academy. He graduated from Colorado College in 2015 with a degree in political science and returned to Liberia to work for Last Mile Health. At Last Mile Health, James worked closely with the Ministry of Health to develop policies and programs to deliver health care to 1.2 million Liberians in acutely underserved rural communities. He is interested in global health, education and public financial management reforms and wants to use his time at the Woodrow Wilson School to develop the necessary skills to design and deliver effective programs to fight poverty in Liberia. James spends his free time eating, listening to music (Paul Simon!), watching, playing and writing about soccer. James coached soccer at the YMCA in Downtown Colorado Springs for three years.
Elijah Kimani
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Drexel University, 2014
Economics/Mathematics, B.S./B.A.
Thika, Kenya
Elijah grew up on the fringes of the Abardare Forest in Central Kenya and attended the Alliance High School, arguably the most prestigious high school on the Mother Continent. He moved to the U.S. to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia where he graduated with a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in economics. Elijah is a former employee of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., where he conducted research on fiscal policy and was involved in the publication of several books and IMF working papers and in supporting missions across Africa. He has previously worked for J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley in New York City and the Australian Stock Report in Melbourne, Australia. An ardent traveler, Elijah toured Europe, West and East Africa over the summer before returning to the U.S. for school. To unwind, he loves quiet green spaces (thanks, Princeton), a good read, good music and food (any food). Elijah is working on his photography skills so this list is bound to change.
Stefan Kondić
I - International Relations
Amherst College, 2016
Political Science, B.A.
Belgrade, Serbia
Stefan grew up in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Serbia and Montenegro, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, etc.). He graduated with honors from Amherst College in 2016, where he majored in political science and received the Five College International Relations Certificate. Stefan’s academic interests are multilateral diplomacy and intergovernmental organizations and institutions, particularly the United Nations system. In college, he explored these issues through an academic, extracurricular and professional lens, taking courses and writing an honors thesis on the U.N., serving as president of the United Nations Association of Serbia’s Youth Section since 2011, and interning at the U.N. office in Serbia and participating on numerous U.N. summits and events. Through his involvement, he has had the chance to visit over a dozen countries, and has striven to create more opportunities for young people in his own country. After graduation, Stefan hopes to find a job working in negotiation and conflict management. He enjoys good books about politics and bad movies about superheroes.
Tomer Kremerman
III - Domestic Policy
Hebrew University-Jerusalem, 2015
Law and Philosophy, LLB
Kfar Haim, Israel
Tomer was raised in a small Israeli village, close to Tel-Aviv and even closer to the sea. At 18 he chose to postpone conscription to the IDF to volunteer for a year of community work in Jerusalem. After four years of military service as an officer, he attended Hebrew University to study law and philosophy. Following graduation he began working at the Israeli Parliament as legal and economic advisor to Shelly Yachimovich, former chairwoman of the Israeli Labor Party and leader of the Opposition, and went on to spend three years cheerfully battling monopolies, promoting workers’ rights and losing internal elections. In his spare time Tomer has taught a weekly class on philosophy and politics, and enjoys reading, running and shouting himself hoarse during Hapoel Tel-Aviv F.C. matches.