Student Bios

Bing Lin
Princeton University, 2016
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, B.A.
Taipei, Taiwan
Bing was born on an island in Indonesia, and spent his childhood up to no good in a Taiwanese household going to an international school. He went to university in "Dirty Jersey," played varsity soccer, and upon graduating in 2016, moved to southern Thailand on a Princeton in Asia fellowship. There, Bing spent his weekdays teaching English at a local boarding school and his weekends on a live-aboard boat as a scuba diving guide. Following Thailand, Bing moved to the Ethiopian highlands to conduct primate behavioral research on gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) for a year, before relocating to Dominica to conduct research on the island’s coral reefs following the damage of Hurricane Maria in 2017. This summer, Bing hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,600-mile hiking path along the mountain crests of the American west, and did his very best to avoid bears and snow along the way. Bing loves soccer, scuba diving, snowboarding, squash, wildlife photography, audiobooks, and extinct giant ground sloths, and when he grows up, wants to affect positive change in the world at the intersection of conservation ecology, behavioral economics, and public policy.
Shangwei Liu
Beijing Normal University, 2018
Environmental Science, B.S.
Beijing, China
Shangwei is a second-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.
Jared Lockwood
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2019
Politics, B.A.
Auxvasse, Missouri
Jared is originally from Springfield, Ohio, but spent much of his childhood living on a bison farm in central Missouri. While an undergraduate studying international relations and Japanese language at Princeton, he developed an interest in East and Southeast Asian cultures, and spent his summers interning in Cambodia and Japan. One of the Woodrow Wilson School's SINSI fellows, Jared plans to continue refining his understanding of U.S. foreign policy in anticipation of pursuing a career in diplomacy. Because of his love of academia, Jared spends much of his free time competing on the Princeton University Quiz Bowl team, but also enjoys unwinding by exploring the outdoors or playing video and board games with friends.
David Logan
Grinnell College, 2009; Princeton University, 2017
Political Science, B.A.; International Relations, MPA
New Orleans, Louisiana
David’s research interests lie in arms control, nonproliferation and strategic stability, particularly in the context of the U.S.-China relationship. 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. He serves as a fellow in Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Nonproliferation Review, Asian Security, Joint Force Quarterly, and other publications. Prior to coming to Princeton, he worked as a middle school teacher in New Orleans and a university English instructor in Shenyang, China. He spends much of his free time thinking about the state of post-Katrina New Orleans, convincing himself to go to the gym, and exploring hip hop from across the world. David is a proud (and, at times, prideful) New Orleanian.
Nicholas Lopez
I - International Relations
United States Military Academy, 2008
Latin American Studies, B.S.
Erie, Pennsylvania
Major Nicholas Lopez is an active duty U.S. Army Special Forces Officer. As a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2008, he commissioned as an infantry officer and began Special Forces training in 2012. Over an 11-year career, he has led at various levels within the infantry and Special Forces to include deployments to the Middle East and Latin America. Nick’s most recent assignment was to the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, in the Military Liaison Office. Nick is looking forward to joining the Princeton community and spending time with his amazing wife and two daughters before his next assignment as a foreign area officer.
Iona Main
I - International Relations
University of Sydney, 2015
Economics/Indonesian Studies, Bcomm/B.A.
Sydney, Australia
Iona comes to Princeton from Canberra, Australia, where she spent the past four years as a Southeast Asia adviser in the Prime Minister’s Department. She grew up in sunny Sydney, and graduated from the University of Sydney with a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics, Indonesian studies and international business. Iona is passionate about strengthening Australia’s relationship with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, particularly through closer economic links. Iona has supported the Prime Minister’s participation in major events like the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea. Outside work, she has volunteered as an electoral observer in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, and is involved in various Australia-Indonesia youth initiatives. Iona loves skiing, brunching and bushwalking in her spare time.
Kevin McCarthy
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Berkeley, 2014
Economics/Integrative Biology, B.A.
Glen Ellen, California
Kevin grew up in rural Northern California, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014. He most recently worked at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley, where he managed a portfolio of technology-focused international development research projects. Prior to joining CEGA, he worked in the antitrust practice of an economic consulting firm, providing data analysis and research support for expert testimony. Kevin's academic interests are focused on technology policy, especially around the implementation of new data science tools, and how it intersects with health and economic policy.
Eric McCrery
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. This past summer, he interned in U.S. Senator Christopher Coons’ D.C. office, covering defense, veterans, transportation, and agricultural issues. 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
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 four 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. This past summer, she completed her internship at Last Mile Health, in Monrovia, Liberia. 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
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. Immediately before returning to school, she worked at an environmental law organization where she learned more than she ever thought she would about Rocky Mountain ungulates. She spent summer 2019 interning at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she focused on affordability analysis and tracking wildfire issues.
Djeniffer Melo
II - International Development
Yale University, 2012
Economics, B.A.
West Haven, Connecticut
Djeniffer was born in São Nicolau, in the archipelago of Cabo Verde off the west coast of Africa, and moved to Connecticut when she was eight years old. After graduating with an economics degree from Yale, she began her professional career in corporate finance at IBM and then transitioned to the public sector by moving back to Cabo Verde to work for the government in the Ministry of Finance. As a transaction manager dealing with privatization and public-private partnerships, she supported the government in various projects, including state-owned enterprise reform. Delivering the government’s development agenda helped her gain cross-industry exposure in sectors such as transportation, energy, and housing. Key highlights of her time with the finance ministry included the sub-concession of the country’s main ports and the divestment of the national airline. During the summer of 2019, she interned with the African Development Bank on industrialization and trade development strategy. Djeniffer is working on solidifying her public policy skills in order to play a more active role in solving development issues at a local or international level.
Matthew Mills
I - International Relations
Florida State University, 2008
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Immediately after receiving his undergraduate education, Matt received a commission as an ensign in the United States Navy. His first assignment was on the USS McClusky homeported in San Diego, California. During his tour, Matt deployed twice to the Eastern Pacific to conduct counter-narcotic and terrorism operations. In 2010, he transferred to the Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command where he began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, which he completed in 2011. He then studied Persian Farsi. From March 2012 to December 2015 he served in multiple leadership positions at a SEAL Team. As a platoon commander, Matt commanded 30 Special Operations personnel in West Africa. In December 2015, he transferred to NSW Special Reconnaissance Team TWO, where he commanded a 67-person formation consisting of over 30 different Navy specialities. During his tenure as a troop commander, Matt oversaw the deployment of his troop to Africa, Europe and South America. Prior to attending the Woodrow Wilson School, Matt oversaw a 500-member command whose primary mandate was generating Special Operations forces capable of conducting Special Reconnaissance operations across the globe.
Owen Minott
III - Domestic Policy
Bates College, 2014
Politics, B.A.
Needham, Massachusetts
Owen grew up in the Boston area before attending Bates College in Maine, where he graduated in 2014 with a major in politics. After school, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English at a university in Rio de Janeiro. He then moved to D.C. to accept a position as a policy analyst at National Journal, where he covered congressional legislation, elections, and technology. This summer, Owen completed an internship at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) headquarters in the chairman's office, working on transit issues and budgetary policy.
Mayank Misra
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, 2007; Princeton University, 2014
Law, B.A./LLB (Hons); Public and International Affairs, MPA
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Mayank works on complex adaptive systems at the intersection of human collective behavior, ecosystems, and climate change. At the Levin Lab within the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, he focuses on the socio-ecological and co-evolutionary dynamics of human populations and ecological systems, using theoretical models and empirical research to investigate the interplay between human decision making and resource availability. Before he was at Princeton, Mayank was a constitutional and civil rights lawyer at the Supreme Court of India. He drafted federal laws relating to food security, sectarian violence, and the prevention of sexual offences against minors. He also drafted the Indian Bar Council’s code of ethics for lawyers in India. Mayank completed a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2014. He was a Wertheim scholar at the New York Public Library, and consultant for the Open Society foundations before returning to Princeton as a Ph.D. student.
Daniel Morales
I - International Relations
George Washington University, 2013
International Affairs, B.A.
Orlando, Florida
Before coming to Princeton, Daniel served over seven years as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. government. His research has focused on foreign military intentions and capabilities and identifying U.S. opportunities in the Middle East region. His government service has also brought him to the Middle East on multiple assignments supporting intelligence efforts. As the U.S. Administration responded to Middle East crisis in 2018, he served as the daily intelligence briefer to senior U.S. officials. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also spent one year studying history and politics as a visiting student at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. At the Woodrow Wilson School, he is looking to sharpen his quantitative skills and economic knowledge, which he hopes to employ in a future national-level policy-making role. A native of the sunshine state of Florida, Dan enjoys escaping from the city and spending time near the water with his wife and rat-terrier mix dog, Ivy.