Student Bios

Anne Kuhnen
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Texas-Austin, 2013; Johns Hopkins University, 2016
French/History/Humanities, B.A.; Education, M.S.
Fort Worth, Texas
A Texas native, Anne studied humanities, history, and French at the University of Texas-Austin where she organized around human rights issues as a chapter leader and student activist coordinator for Amnesty International. After graduating, she joined Teach For America and moved to Hazard, Kentucky, where she taught math for four years and completed her Master of Science in Education. When she was not out hiking in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Anne was becoming increasingly involved in efforts to foster growth in entrepreneurship, computer science education, and technology careers in the region. At the end of her four years in Hazard, she accepted a Fulbright English teaching assistantship position in the Netherlands, where she had the opportunity to research a successful vocational education model while continuing to work with students. Anne hopes to use her experience at WWS to prepare for a career supporting rural economic development.
Anurag Kumar
MPA2
I - International Relations
Indian Institute of Technology, 2012
Textile Technology, BTech
Delhi, India
Anurag was born, and mostly raised in Delhi. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2012. During college, he got interested in, and worked on a range of development and policy issues from refugee rights to environmental sustainability. After graduating he joined the Parthenon Group, a management consulting firm, where he worked predominantly with private equity and education clients across emerging markets. After three years of consulting, his desire to work with the public sector led him to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. At CHAI, he worked to stabilize malaria treatments and diagnostics’ markets and improve access to these commodities in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Over the summer, Anurag was in Bangkok working on technology and innovation policy at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Anurag is an avid traveler, likes hiking, scuba diving, and has recently gotten into Muay Thai and chess.
Erika Larsen
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
Hunter College, 2015
Philosophy, B.A.
New York, New York
Erika was born and raised in New York and hopes to spend her career improving cities. Given her obsession with SimCity as a child, she has seemingly always been interested in urban policy and planning. She has interned at the Manhattan Institute, Gracie Mansion, the NYC Council, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. In 2013, Erika was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Youth Board. Most recently, she served as wellness manager at the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, where she specialized in public health-related data evaluation, policy analysis, grant writing, coalition building and community outreach efforts aimed at creating solutions towards health equity. She also managed the Child Wellness Initiative, a coalition of over 60 partners working to improve health for Staten Island children and their families by focusing on healthy eating and physical activity. When she isn’t thinking about the policies that shape cities, Erika loves listening to musicals, discovering new restaurants, and trying to make healthy food taste surprisingly good.
Grace Lee
MPP
II - International Development
University of British Columbia, 2005; Cambridge University, 2007
International Relations, B.A.; Development Studies, MPhil
North Vancouver, Canada
Mountains, forests, ocean. Beautiful British Columbia is where Grace proudly calls home but curiosity led her to traverse the world to support vulnerable populations in fragile states for the last nine years. Before joining the “Woo” community at Princeton, she was the acting head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Canada in Juba, South Sudan where she was responsible for Canada’s development program on maternal health, governance, and food security. Previously, she worked on atrocity prevention and conflict mediation policy issues at the Stabilization Reconstruction Task Force at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada and was first posted as a political officer at the Embassy of Canada in Kabul, Afghanistan. When not responding to the challenges of fragile states, you can find Grace volunteering for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, whitewater rafting down the Nile in Uganda, snowboarding the Austrian Alps, or discovering a new song to play on her bass guitar. After graduation, she dreams of returning to Beautiful British Columbia.
Jeongseok Lee
PhD
Seoul National University, 2007; Seoul National University, 2009
Political Science, B.A.; International Relations, M.A.
Seoul, South Korea
Jeongseok (Jay) is a Ph.D. candidate in the security studies program, who studies international security with a regional focus on East Asia. He is currently writing a dissertation on the origins and evolution of the U.S. alliance network in Asia. Challenging a predominant view that American hegemony is the main cause of the prevailing bilateralism, his dissertation explores how Asia-Pacific countries’ preferences and strategies shaped and solidified the hub-and-spokes structure of the alliance system. This research is supported by the fellowships and grants from the Bradley Foundation and the Center for International Security Studies, and he is also working on papers on North Korea’s nuclear doctrine and China’s economic coercion as additional research projects. Before joining the security studies program, Jay had served in the Republic of Korea Air Force as an officer and taught international relations and strategic studies courses at the ROK Air Force Academy as an instructor.
Nicholas Leiter
MPP
I - International Relations
United States Coast Guard Academy, 2005
Management, B.S.
Mount Airy, Maryland
Nick is joining WWS after most recently serving at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, where he was responsible for air-sea rescue and law enforcement operations across the Caribbean. He served at the forefront of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Commissioned in 2005 as a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, he completed Naval flight training in 2007 and has amassed nearly 3,000 flight hours as an MH-65 helicopter instructor pilot and Rotary Wing Air Intercept mission commander ensuring air sovereignty around the nation’s capital and the President of the United States. Following graduation, Nick looks forward to flying a desk in the Office of Congressional Affairs or as a DHS policy and program reviewer before returning to leadership roles at a Coast Guard Air Station. Nick and his wife, Lauren, look forward to introducing their two young daughters, Jolene and Scarlett, to the three other seasons while in Princeton. They all spent the summer enjoying reliable electricity and potable water services as well as spending time with family and friends in Nick’s home state of Maryland.
Rebecca Lim
MPA1
I - International Relations
University of Virginia, 2015
East Asian Studies/Political and Social Thought, B.A.
Burke, Virginia
Rebecca grew up in Northern Virginia, but most recently calls Miami, Florida, home. While she was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, she interned in the public affairs section of the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, China, and studied abroad in Shanghai. She graduated with a degree in East Asian studies and political and social thought and completed an honors thesis on political dissent in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Woo, she taught English to 80 adorable and energetic kindergarten through sixth grade students on a rural island off the coast of Taiwan through a Fulbright grant. Rebecca then spent two years as an analyst at an international law firm, where she worked on cases ranging from high-stakes disputes involving multinational corporations and state-owned entities, to asylum proceedings for victims of domestic violence from Latin America. After graduation, she hopes to work on conflict prevention and resolution at a government agency or international organization. Rebecca will try any food at least once, loves learning languages, and dreams of visiting every national park in the United States.
Shangwei Liu
PhD
Beijing Normal University, 2018
Environmental Science, B.S.
Beijing, China
Shangwei is a first-year Ph.D. student in science, technology and environmental policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to coming to Princeton, he was an undergraduate student in the School of Environment at Beijing Normal University. His previous research focused on the impact on carbon emissions of China’s current socioeconomic transitions. Shangwei is interested in understanding the environmental impact of economic activity based on data analysis to facilitate the development of sound environmental policy.
David Logan
PhD
Grinnell College, 2009; Princeton University, 2017
Political Science, B.A.; International Relations, MPA
New Orleans, Louisiana
David was born and raised in New Orleans. After graduating from Grinnell College, he returned home to teach U.S. history and coach debate at a New Orleans public school. Three years later, he moved to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang to work as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow, teaching English, being humiliated by his students on the basketball court, and learning to eat silk worm pupae. Before coming to the Woodrow Wilson School, he studied Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing and served as a Global Policy intern at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, and completed the summer Middlebury Chinese Language School. He has conducted research for the Brookings Institution, the Arms Control Association, and the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. David completed the MPA degree in 2017 and enjoyed his time at the Woo so much that he decided to stick around and pursue a PhD. In the 2017-18 academic year, he will serve as a fellow in Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies and deputy director of the Center’s Strategic Education Initiative. David’s professional interests lie in arms control, nonproliferation and strategic stability, particularly in the context of the U.S.-China relationship. He spends much of his free time thinking about the state of post-Katrina New Orleans, recruiting people to Woo intramural teams, and exploring hip hop from across the world.
Paulina Lopez Gonzalez
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, 2015
Economics/Political Science, B.A.
Puebla, Mexico
Paulina grew up in Puebla and moved to Mexico City for college, where she became an avid theatergoer. She holds a B.A. in economics and in political science, in addition to a certificate in gender, sexuality and law. Upon graduation, she spent two and a half years working at the economic research division of the Mexican central bank. She contributed to policy research projects related to Mexican women’s wellbeing. During the summer, she worked at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. Paulina is interested in policy related to economic security in urban contexts. A stable income for all is a crucial step towards mitigating structural inequalities. Upon completion of her graduate studies, Paulina wants to return to Mexico to work in social policy at the local or federal level.
Jill Luxenberg
MPP
I - International Relations
Brown University, 2008
History/Middle Eastern Studies, A.B.
Baltimore, Maryland
Jill works in international trade capacity building at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Before joining USDA in 2010, she was a staff writer at an economic intelligence company in Istanbul that focused on emerging markets. While living in Turkey, she traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. Although they are longtime Washington, D.C. residents, both Jill and her husband are proud Baltimoreans.
Juliana Regina Macedo do Nascimento
MPP
III - Domestic Policy
California State University, Los Angeles, 2014
Sociology, B.A.
Long Beach, California
Juliana was born in Natal, Brazil, and moved to Orange County, California in her teenage years. She earned an A.A. at Cypress Community College and her B.A. in sociology with an emphasis in diversity and inequality from California State University, Los Angeles. At college, Juliana practiced student organizing around issues of accessibility, affordability, and quality of public higher education in California, especially for undocumented immigrant students. She went on to work with labor unions to help build coalition between students and workers. For the past three years, she has worked with the California Faculty Association as the Southern California internship program coordinator, strengthening the coalition between students and faculty and organizing on issues that directly affect CSU. At Princeton, Juliana will focus her MPP on domestic policy. She later plans to work in public service creating and advocating for policy in protection and service of immigrants as well as affordability to higher education for all.
Eric McCrery
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
United States Naval Academy, 2011
International Relations, B.S.
Old Hickory, Tennessee
Eric was born and raised in the great state of Tennessee. After earning a B.S. in international relations from the United States Naval Academy, he became a Marine Corps infantry officer. He deployed to Afghanistan and Europe and spent his final tour at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory where he experimented with unmanned systems and new organizational structures within infantry units. His academic interests include defense strategy, international economics and trade, and federal budgetary and legislative processes. After WWS, Eric would like to continue serving within the U.S. national security field. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Sloane, who works in defense policy in Washington, D.C.
Claire McGuinness
MPA1
II - International Development
Seton Hall University, 2014
Diplomacy & International Relations, B.S.
Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Claire grew up alongside her tight-knit family in small towns on the Jersey Shore and in Dublin, Ireland, before receiving a B.S. in international relations from Seton Hall University. While in school, she held internship positions with the Clinton Foundation, Obama for America, and Advancing Human Rights. A social enterprise enthusiast, Claire spent the last three years working with a group called VisionSpring to expand access to affordable eyeglasses. In 2018 she joined the VisionSpring India team as a strategic projects manager in Delhi, where she spent six months working with the M&E and program reporting teams. Following graduation, she looks forward to continuing to apply innovative social enterprise solutions to development challenges. Claire is never happier than when reading a good book or digging into a new challenge on the rock-climbing wall.
Katrina McLaughlin
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Berkeley, 2014
Environ Economics & Policy/Political Science, B.S./B.A.
Davis, California
Katrina’s professional interests lie at the intersection of energy, climate and public lands policy. Following undergrad she worked for two years on energy policy at Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank in D.C. Looking to get out from behind a desk, she then spent two seasons serving with AmeriCorps on public lands across Nevada, Montana and Wyoming. Most recently, she worked at an environmental law organization where she learned more than she ever thought she would about Rocky Mountain ungulates. Katrina is originally from northern California and enjoys rambling around outdoors on bike or foot.

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