2015 Alumni Homecoming Reception
Join us for our annual homecoming reception located in the offices of Politics and International Affairs.
This year’s reception is Friday, September 25, 2015 from 4:30-5:30 in Kirby Hall, 3rd floor. Hope to see you there!
Wake Forest Alumni Association
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Giving to Politics and International Affairs
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We are interested in learning more about what our alumni have done since graduation. Please submit a brief profile and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jacqueline Sutherland was interviewed in her role as a counter terrorism expert. After graduating with a major in Politics and International Affairs from Wake Forest University in 2014, she received a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2015. She currently works as a Research Fellow for the Combating Terrorism Working Group of the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation. The interview can be found on CTV News.
Catherine Jones (’97) serves as General Counsel of Virgin Mobile Latin America, a mobile services provider with operations currently in Chile, Colombia and Mexico. She previously worked as an internal lawyer for the owner/operator of the Atlantis and One&Only hotel brands. Before going in-house, Catherine worked at a large law firm in Florida. She is fluent in Spanish and had an internship on the Supreme Court of Argentina while in law school at the University of Michigan. At Wake Forest, she double majored in Politics and Spanish and studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Outside of work, Catherine travels, scuba dives, tries new restaurants, spins and travels for work and pleasure (she recently visited Bhutan, Cartagena, Lima and Mexico City).
President Obama nominates Wake Forest alumnus Stan Meiburg as EPA’s No. 2 official
“Stan Meiburg (’75) never gave much thought to environmental issues when he was a student in the 1970s. Now, he’s poised, pending U.S. Senate confirmation, to become the second-highest official at the Environmental Protection Agency.” Read the full article by Kerry M. King (’85) in Wake Forest Magazine online: http://magazine.wfu.edu/2015/02/03/saving-the-planet/
Jim O’Connell graduated in 2012 with a major in Politics and International Affairs. He was named a Rhodes Scholar in November 2013 and plans to pursue a masters degree in security studies at Oxford. Congratulations! Read the full story here.
I am currently Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I research and teach about environmental policymaking in developing countries. I completed a Ph.D. in environmental politics at Duke University and previously taught in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. My interest in the environmental challenges facing developing countries began when I was a student at Wake Forest. After taking courses on Chinese politics, I applied for a scholarship that would support independent research on economic and environmental change in China. I was fortunate to receive it. Combined with a more traditional study abroad program, this research exposed me to previously unimaginable pollution, and the challenge of balancing the costs and benefits of development.
Armed with new language skills, I took a position with the China program of the Nature Conservancy. I led the community outreach portion of the project and was responsible for designing and conducting household surveys. My time in China convinced me that social science research can add real value to the hard decisions faced by policymakers, firms, and communities. Since that time, I have pursued a variety of projects on environmental policymaking in developing countries , with a particular emphasis on the targeting and impact of foreign aid. I have completed or am currently implementing projects across Asia, Africa, and South America. These projects address the allocation practices of aid donors, the participation of citizens in environmental policymaking, the relationship between public and private financing of new environmental technologies, the processes that lead to lasting government reform, and the evaluation of environmental programs, among other interests. I am very fortunate to have received the mentorship and research opportunities at Wake Forest that launched me down this path. [posted November 2013]