Student Bios

Sajid Shapoo
University of Jammu, 1995; Columbia University, 2017
Economics, B.A.; International Affairs, M.A.
Bhaderwah, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Sajid is a highly decorated Indian police service officer with 18 years of progressively senior experience in sensitive and high profile counter terror assignments across India. He is at the rank of inspector general (two-star general) with in-depth experience in investigation, intelligence operations and counter terrorism. He was the first officer chosen to serve in the National Investigation Agency, which was created in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. Sajid has supervised many important terrorism related investigations, viz. conspiracy in the Mumbai terror attacks, Patna serial blasts case, Bodh Gaya serial blast cases, and many more. He is among the rare officers who have been twice conferred with the Gallantry Medal, the highest bravery award, by the president of India. He is also a recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Services conferred to him by the president of India for his exemplary and unblemished service career. Sajid was a visiting faculty to the National Police Academy and the Nation Customs Academy in India where he was teaching courses related to terrorism and Islamic political thought. He was an adjunct instructor at Columbia University teaching a course for the Summer Immersion Program. He also was an adjunct associate professor at John Jay College, New York where he was teaching a course titled “Terrorism and Politics.” His areas of expertise include terrorism and counter-terrorism, religion and politics in Middle East and South Asia, ideologies driving various jihadi organizations, early Islamic period (Shia-Sunni divide) and international security policy. Sajid is a recognized national resource person on Al Qaeda and Lashkar e Tayeba. He has a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York with specializations in Middle East and international security policy. He has published a number of articles in various international magazines and papers.
Henrietta Smith
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Western Australia, 2012
Economics, Political Science & Law, B.A./LLB
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Since 2015, Henny has been the 2IC at Australian progressive campaigning organisation GetUp, where her highlight was leading GetUp’s massive field effort in the successful campaign for Marriage Equality. She is a lawyer who previously worked at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and as an associate to Justice Buss of the Western Australia Court of Appeal. She was born and raised in Fremantle, and educated in law, politics and economics at the University of Western Australia. She loves long distance hiking, having completed the Appalachian Trail in 2012. This summer, she and her partner hiked 200 miles of the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico and Colorado.
Eric Snyder
Texas A&M University, 2003; Air Force Institute of Technology, 2010; School of Advanced Air & Space Studies, 2018
Aerospace Engineering, BSE; System Engineering, M.S.; Military Strategy, MPhil
College Station, Texas
Eric is a second-year Ph.D. student and a mid-career officer in the United States Air Force with a background in military space operations. His research interests include national security space policy formulation and national security decision-making processes. Prior to beginning graduate studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, he served in a variety of operational, instructional, and staff military assignments, including to the US Air Force Space Command, the US Air Force Weapons School, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and multiple deployments to the US Central Command area of responsibility.
Corbin Stevens
I - International Relations
Kenyon College, 2015
Political Science, B.A.
Millburn, New Jersey
Born and raised in Millburn, New Jersey, Corbin studied political science at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he wrote his senior thesis on the Ukraine Crisis and its implications for U.S. foreign policy. Upon graduating in 2015, Corbin worked as a wargaming analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C., focusing on cyber threats to U.S. national security. He is interested in examining the growing role of cyber in international relations and diplomacy as well as cyber's central role in "hybrid warfare." Upon graduation, he hopes to continue working in the national security space, helping the U.S. deal with emerging 21st century threats.
Anne Stickells
Stanford University, 2015
Science, Technology & Society, B.A.
Bishop, California
Anne grew up in Bishop, California, a small town located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. When she started college at Stanford she planned to major in mathematics, but a class on national security policy convinced her to major in science, technology and society with an emphasis in policy and security. When she was not in class, you could find her riding for the Western Equestrian Team and teaching riding classes. After graduation, Anne worked at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica for several years where her projects largely focused on strategic systems, including nuclear and space assets. RAND’s location two blocks from the beach gave her the opportunity to explore new passions, like surfing and beach volleyball. Now a Ph.D. student, Anne plans to study nuclear policy and examine the intersection of nuclear and conventional weapons infrastructures.
Narayan Subramanian
III - Domestic Policy
Columbia University, 2013; Columbia University, 2020
Earth and Environmental Engineering, B.S.; Law, J.D.
Saratoga, California
Narayan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a B.S. in earth and environmental engineering and a minor in political science. Narayan has worked as a research associate at the Environmental Law Institute and served as an advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the climate change negotiations that produced the Paris Agreement. He has worked in energy policy in various capacities serving as a policy fellow at the California Governor’s Office, a legal fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a research fellow for the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University. This past summer, Narayan worked on the legal aspects of clean energy finance at Norton Rose Fulbright. He is pursuing an MPA/J.D. with Columbia Law School and aspires to work on U.S. and international climate and energy policy.
Dylan Sullivan
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Missouri, 2004; Stanford University, 2008
Geological Sciences, B.A.; Civil & Environmental Engineering, M.S.
Bowling Green, Kentucky
For 11 years, Dylan has worked on clean energy and climate policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he will return after Princeton. Most recently based in the environmental organization's San Francisco office, Dylan has been instrumental in passing ambitious renewable energy legislation in Nevada, served as the policy director of a clean energy ballot measure in Arizona, developed NRDC's energy efficiency-related comments for the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, helped implement energy efficiency policies in Ohio, and has testified as an expert witness in 13 proceedings before state utility regulators. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental geology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.
Emily Sullivan
I - International Relations
Stanford University, 2006
International Relations, B.A.
Washington, D.C.
Emily is a career State Department foreign service officer. She grew up overseas in the U.K. and France, which later inspired her to become a diplomat. She joined the U.S. State Department in 2009, and is drawn to challenging assignments like Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the earthquake, Cairo after the Arab Spring, and overseeing our Yemen policy aimed at bringing an end to that country’s war. Most recently, she served in Pakistan and was responsible for the domestic politics and human rights portfolio. She earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in international relations. She is married and enjoys hiking, baking and traveling.
Martin Sweeney
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Middlebury College, 2013
Economics/Environmental Studies, B.A.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Martin grew up in northern New Jersey. He joins the MPA program after working for nearly four years at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a spin-off of the U.K. Cabinet Office that applies behavioral science and evaluation to public policy challenges. Martin joined BIT’s North America office in 2015 as one of the team’s original members. Over the course of a year, he designed and analyzed low-cost evaluations in six U.S. cities through the What Works Cities initiative. He moved to BIT’s headquarters in London in 2016, where he worked as a lead researcher on a wide variety of projects with partners and government departments in the U.K. and abroad. Prior to joining BIT, Martin worked at Innovations for Poverty Action, where he managed and analyzed data for a number of randomized controlled trials in international development. Martin graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a B.A. in economics and environmental studies. After completing the MPA, Martin hopes to continue to use data and evidence to improve public policies and services. He enjoys long distance running (no matter the weather), is an avid music fan, and loves to cook (and eat) Chinese food.
Thomas Taylor
III - Domestic Policy
New York University Abu Dhabi, 2014
Social Research and Public Policy, B.A.
Melbourne, Australia
Tom grew up in Adelaide, Australia, but moved to Abu Dhabi to study at New York University Abu Dhabi. He majored in social research and public policy and minored in history. He has lived in Melbourne since graduation and has worked across state government. He now works at the Department of Health and Human Services in social housing policy. Tom really likes cities, action on climate change, almost all varieties of bread, pop music and tennis.
Nathaniel Tek
I - International Relations
Yale University, 2009
International Studies/Political Science, B.A.
Tenafly, New Jersey
Nathan is a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State. Nathan joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2010 and has served at the U.S. Embassies in Libya and Qatar. He most recently served in the United Arab Emirates as a Department spokesperson for Arab media. Nathan has appeared on Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia, BBC Arabic, France24 Arabic, CNN Arabic, and over 60 other Arab media outlets explaining the foreign policies of the United States government to Arab audiences. Nathan received his bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from Yale University in 2009. He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo under the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad Fellowship Program.
Emily Tenenbom
II - International Development
University of Washington, 2014
Comparative History of Ideas/Political Science, B.A.
Seattle, Washington
Emily was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with degrees in political science and the comparative history of ideas. She then moved to New York City where she joined the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, designing, implementing, and evaluating citywide strategies to reduce unnecessary incarceration, expand community-based alternatives to detention, and lessen disparities in justice outcomes. Before coming to Princeton, Emily spent two years volunteering independently at community-based grassroots NGOs abroad, focusing on a range of issues at the intersection of sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. Her work ranged from researching human trafficking interventions on the Thai-Lao border, to promoting microenterprise and sustainability projects in rural India, to programming at a Syrian refugee camp. After earning her MPA, she looks forward to working on strategic initiatives for an international organization, focused on improving international development and humanitarian policy and practice. She enjoys dancing, eating, traveling, and being outside, ideally all at the same time.
Margaret Tennis
I - International Relations
Brown University, 2015
Anthropology/Slavic Studies, B.A.
Baltimore, Maryland
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maggie attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating, Maggie worked in the private sector for two years, before deciding to transition to public service. She was selected as a 2017 Herbert Scoville Jr. fellow to work on U.S.-Russian arms control at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C. She then moved on to the Brookings Institution, where she worked with Strobe Talbott on his book project, as well as nuclear policy and all things Russia and Eastern Europe. In her free time, she volunteers at the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, a performing arts after-school program for elementary school children.
Ayumi Teraoka
Keio University, 2013; Georgetown University, 2014
Political Science, LLB; Asian Studies, M.A.
Tokyo, Japan
Ayumi is a Ph.D. candidate in security studies, with particular interests in U.S. foreign policy towards Asia, alliance dynamics, and formation of threat perceptions in democracies. Prior to coming to Princeton, she worked at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Japan studies program and the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ office of the Japan chair. She holds a master’s degree in Asian studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Keio University. Ayumi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.
Gelila Terrefe
II - International Development
University of Toronto, 1995; York University, 2001
Mechanical Engineering, BASc; Environmental Studies, MES
Toronto, Canada
Gelila was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and raised in Ethiopia, Kenya and Canada. Gelila earned a Master in Environmental Studies from York University, and Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada. She confirmed her passion for working at the nexus of poverty reduction and environment sustainability during the year she spent living in rural Ethiopia in 2000-01 among subsistence farming communities conducting ethnographic research for her graduate studies on resettlement as a food security strategy for drought-affected populations. For the past 18 years since, Gelila has been working at the United Nations based in New York City 2001-10 and 2013-16, and based in Addis Ababa 2011-12, and 2016-19, in policy advisory and project management roles in the areas of climate change and biodiversity, handling portfolios at global, regional and country levels. Among her notable professional contributions has been working in the U.N. Secretary-General’s executive office with responsibility for managing part of the process that enabled 195 countries to reach the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015. After graduating, she hopes to continue the good fight against climate change, focusing on energy policy, globally and in the context of an economically integrated Africa. Gelila enjoys gardening, wine tasting, traveling to dramatic landscapes, spotting game in safari parks - especially the rare and enigmatic kind like the black lion, rhinos, the Ethiopian wolf - and live music, including hosting jam sessions.