Alumna Victoria Hill is a 2016 recipient of the Charles Rangel Graduate Fellowship for study in international relations and foreign and governmental affairs. Victoria, who previously earned the Austrian Diplomacy Fulbright Scholarship, has been working in Wake Forest Admissions for several years. This fall she will enter graduate school, funded in large part by the Rangel, for a two year degree one of whose possible outcomes will be in preparation for the Foreign Service. There are up to 30 Rangel Fellowships awarded nationally each year.
We proudly present the roster of students who graduated with honors in 2016.
Terry “TJ” Smith
Nicholas Syris II
This year I was fortunate enough to be selected by the Politics and International Affairs Department to represent Wake Forest at the 56th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference that took place in April 2016. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of accepting women to the Naval Academy, the topic of this year’s conference was “Women and Security: The Implications of Promoting Global Gender Equality.” At the four-day conference, I got to hear from an amazing list of speakers – mostly women – who have had enormous influence in global politics. The speakers included Melanne Verveer, the first Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues; Michele Flournoy, former Undersecretary of Defense; and Samantha Power, the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation. I was lucky enough to get the chance to speak personally with both Ambassador Verveer and Michele Flournoy, both of whom had brilliant insights into the future of U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-China relations.
In addition to hearing from many great panelists and speakers, I also spent time on a small roundtable group that focused on gender inequality and related issues in China. We discussed the absence of women at the top of China’s political leadership, and the many problems that Chinese women still face in the workplace and in society. For me, the biggest takeaway of the conference was getting to better understand civil-military relations. About half of the delegates were from the naval academy and various other military academies around the world. It was eye-opening to see the differences in how civilians and people in the military perceive security issues differently.
It was an incredible experience, and I’d like to thank the entire department for giving me the opportunity to attend this amazing conference!
Blair Wessels is the 2016 recipient of the Jack D. and Martha H. Fleer Scholarship. After graduation Blair will be moving to Morgantown, West Virginia to pursue a J.D. at West Virginia University’s College of Law. She is interested in combining her love of English and political science to study intellectual property law or public interest law.
Ben Helms is the 2016 Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award recipient for his paper “When Domestic and Supranational Politics Collide”. After graduation Ben will attend the University of Virginia to pursue a PhD in political science, with a focus on international politics and South Asia.
The 2016 winner of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors in Politics and International Affairs is Brian Hart for his paper “Creating the Cult of Xi Jinping: The China Dream as a Leader Symbol”. After graduation, Brian is excited to spend a year serving as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Dean of the College. Following his year as a fellow, he hopes to attend a masters or doctoral program in International Relations or Political Science.
Brian Hart is the 2016 recipient of the C.H. Richards Award for Excellence in Politics and International Affairs. After graduation, Brian is excited to spend a year serving as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Dean of the College. Following his year as a fellow, he hopes to attend a masters or doctoral program in International Relations or Political Science.
Four Politics and International Affairs graduates have been appointed as Wake Forest Fellows:
Brian Hart: Dean of the College
Sarah Hoyle: Office of Personal and Career Development
Terry (T.J.) Smith: Office of the Provost
Camry Wilborn: The Pro Humanitate Institute
“My selection as a fellow means that I have been given a tremendous opportunity to continue to learn and grow while simultaneously giving back to the institution I have to come to love,” said T.J. Smith. “I have the chance to be mentored by a cadre of esteemed leaders in what will be the developmental opportunity of a lifetime.” As a fellow, Smith said, he expects “to gain a new insight and perspective into how the strategic direction and inner mechanics of the University come together to move our community forward.” (Read more…)