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Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Student Ambassadors

Allister Byrd

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Student Ambassador Allister ByrdEmail:

  • 2nd Year
  • MA International Development

My name is Allister Byrd and I'm a second year student here at the Josef Korbel School. I am from St. Louis, Missouri, and I completed my undergraduate degree at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois (right outside of Chicago) with a major in International Relations and a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. While completing my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Shanghai, China, which piqued my interest in Chinese politics and foreign policy. Since coming to the Josef Korbel School, I have worked for the Center for China-US Cooperation, which has taught me even more about China and has helped to shape my career objectives. I chose to attend the School because of its outstanding reputation, professors, and alumni and I felt it was truly the type of place where I could learn and grow in my own academic undertakings, as well as learn from peers across the country and the world.