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Undergraduate Director’s Fellow

Yale College, History

Graham Ambrose is a junior in Jonathan Edwards College studying History with particular interests in religion, culture, and community in the American Midwest. When not cheering on the Chicago Cubs, he writes speeches for New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and articles for The Washington Post. Graham is also an avid music hound, with tastes ranging from folk of the 1960s to vaporwave of the 2010s.

Yale College, Political Science

Sydney Daniels is a sophomore in Yale College, majoring in Political Science. She is interested in the politics of inequality, more specifically welfare policy and the criminal justice system reform. Sydney explores these fields in part through her current position as the Alumni Outreach Coordinator for Yale Students for Prison Divestment where she negotiates closely with the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility to urge the Yale Corporation to divest from the private prison industry.

Yale College, Biomedical Engineering

Patrick Demkowicz is a biomedical engineer in the Class of 2018 who hails from Farmington, Connecticut. As an ISPS Director’s Fellow, he is interested in studying and creating health care policy. While working in the biotechnology industry last summer, he developed an interest in understanding how public policy can support the development of innovative and affordable medical technologies.

Yale College, History

Josh Hochman is a junior at Yale majoring in History, with interests in diplomacy, political rhetoric, and educational equity. He serves as President of the Yale College Democrats, which advocates for legislation pertaining to criminal justice, immigration, and the gender pay gap. Josh is currently an editorial assistant and speechwriter for the Atlantic Council, and previously worked on recruitment for Teach for America.

Yale Collge, History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health

Elizabeth Karron is a junior in Berkeley College studying History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She is especially interested in legal and ethical issues related to health policy and biomedical research. Last summer, she conducted archival research at the British Library on the Government of India’s response to cholera outbreaks in the 19th century. Elizabeth is a research assistant to a professor of history of science and medicine, and she teaches health education workshops in New Haven public schools. 

Yale College, Political Science

Ryan Liu is a junior at Yale studying Political Science. His interests include studying education policy, the intersection of policy and the legal system, and the communication strategies used by political actors. He’s worked as a community organizer in Southern California, where he organized voter registration drives, town halls, and debate forums. He’s served as a Speech & Debate coach, founded an e-commerce business, and worked on Capitol Hill.

Yale College, History and Political Science

Olivia Paschal is a junior from Rogers, Arkansas majoring in History and Political Science with particular interests in religion, state-level policy, and Southern history and culture. She is a managing editor for The Politic and works for the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Athletics. Last summer in Little Rock, she worked on community organizing, legal initiatives, and policy recommendations concerning mass incarceration in the state - some of which appeared before the Arkansas General Assembly as proposed legislation this session. 

Yale College, Global Affairs
Stella Shannon is a Junior in Berkeley College majoring in Global Affairs. At Yale, Stella translates for asylum seekers at the Yale Law School, is the co-founder and co-president of Students of Salaam, a refugee education and community engagement organization based in New Haven, a project leader for the Prison Education Initiative through the Yale Policy Lab and a research assistant in the Department of Economics and at the Yale School of Management.
Yale College, History and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Sarah Siegel is a sophomore in Trumbull College. She is a double major in History and in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Among her many interests, Sarah is currently focusing on criminal justice policy and law. In the summer of 2016, Sarah was a policy intern for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. During the academic year, Sarah runs VITA (a volunteer tax preparation service), works with the Women in Government Program, and plays trombone and euphonium in numerous musical events.

Yale College, EP&E

Riley Tillitt is a sophomore at Yale studying Ethics, Politics, & Economics with a particular interest in drug policy and criminal justice reform. He is currently Treasurer for Yale’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy and working on Connecticut’s legislation to legalize marijuana. Beyond drug policy, Riley is a Director-General for Yale Model United Nations China and a member of Dwight Hall’s Socially Responsible Investment Fund. 


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