Class of 2014
Kate is a MA candidate in international human rights. She has worked at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, where she managed the Services to Survivors of Torture and Preferred Communities grant programs. Prior to that, Kate worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she managed discretionary and formula grants to police and sheriffs' departments, U.S. attorneys' offices, correctional facilities, and victims' advocacy organizations. Kate has been an active volunteer for the anti-human trafficking and anti-torture movements, as well as for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Prior to studying at Korbel, Kate also served as a volunteer reading mentor at a Washington, D.C., elementary school. Kate received her BA in economics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Hyshyama was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Nepal. She earned her BA (Hons) in development studies from Kathmandu University. While a student, she worked at a Nepalese NGO, Women for Human Rights, focusing on women's rights issues in conflict and post-conflict, and completed a research fellowship on gender and transitional justice. Hyshyama was also a 2009 Cape Town Fellow of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). After graduation, she worked as senior program officer at Women Defining Peace, a CIDA funding initiative in Sri Lanka, on gender-based violence and promotion of women's leadership in the peacebuilding process. As a Fulbright scholar at Korbel, Hyshyama will be pursuing her MA in international human rights with concentrations in international law, humanitarian assistance and gender.
Kyleanne is a MA candidate in international security. She earned her BA from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Since graduation, she has worked for a tech start-up, a defense contractor, and spent more than a decade as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving as an AH-1W Super Cobra attack pilot on multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. She spent the last 2.5 years as the Marine Corp's liaison officer to the House of Representatives. In addition to her liaison duties, she served as the military escort for several international congressional delegations for the chairman of the Armed Services, Rules and Veterans' Affairs Committees. At the Korbel School, she is a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. In addition to her studies, Kyleanne races road and cyclocross bikes for a domestic elite team based out of Golden, Colorado.
Graham graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond in 2009 with his BA in history. Since graduating, he has worked at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., as an analyst in the corporate strategy and development group. During his time at National Geographic his responsibilities included strategic planning and corporate integration, as well as business development functions with domestic and international partners across various media ventures. At the Korbel School, Graham will be pursuing an MA in international security. He is also working as a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research.
Jonathan Pinckney is a PhD student at the Korbel School in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. His research interests focus on extra-institutional means of political contention, primarily nonviolent civil resistance and political violence. Jonathan's work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and the Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jonathan received his BA in International Affairs from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, graduating summa cum laude with special honors, and was a 2012 recipient of the Korbel School's Sié Fellowship. Prior to entering graduate school Jonathan worked for study abroad programs in Egypt and India, and helped found BIRDS International, an NGO addressing issues related to rural poverty in South India.
Jessica is a MA candidate in global finance, trade and economic integration. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 2009 with a BA in English and an honors certificate in Latin American Studies. As an undergraduate student, she was a member of The Pearl Project, a journalistic investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. After graduating, she joined the politics and policy staff of U.S. News & World Report, where she reported on major national issues including foreign affairs, energy, and elections. She left U.S. News in December 2011 to travel to Colombia, where she worked as a freelance writer in Bogotá and in Cartagena at the Summit of the Americas. In addition to U.S. News & World Report, Jessica has contributed to The White House Bulletin, World Politics Review, City Paper Bogotá, The National (UAE), Café Abroad, The Hoya, and The Georgetown Independent. She currently serves on the national board of directors for the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), and works as a research assistant at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures based at the Josef Korbel School.
Paul is a PhD student in International Studies at the Korbel School. His research interests include environmental governance, comparative politics, and Southeast Asia. A cavalry officer in the U.S. Army, Paul has led reconnaissance and tank units in Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea. Paul is a native of Edina, Minn., and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004 with a BS in political science. In his free time, Paul enjoys firefighting, exploration, transportation, and design.
Ying Hui Tng
Ying Hui is from Singapore. Her upbringing there has inspired her to seek a career in journalism and become an advocate for freedom of the press. She earned her BA in political science at the National University of Singapore, and while a student also worked as an independent journalist for The Online Citizen, the most popular alternative news website in Singapore. After graduation, she worked at CNBC for almost a year. Ying Hui has also written for Al Jazeera and Asian Correspondent, reporting on sensitive issues such as human rights in China and Singapore. At the Korbel School, she will be earning her master's degree in international studies.
Matt is a recent graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., where he earned his BA in international relations and political science. As a student at William Jewell, he was named the Outstanding Junior in Political Science in 2010 and Outstanding Senior in 2011. He also studied in Santiago, Chile, and Chania, Greece, through The Fund for American Studies. During his time as a student, Matt also served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves and remains a senior analyst for 24th Marines. He has been deployed in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to Norway with Operation Cold Response. For his work in Iraq, Matt received a Navy and Marine Corps' Achievement Medal. At the Korbel School, Matt is earning his MA in international human rights. He is also working as a project coordinator for the NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy and at the Sié Center on the Private Security Monitor research project.
Matthew was born and raised in the suburbs of New York, N.Y. He completed his undergraduate degree in sociology, with a minor in history, at St. Joseph's College. He went on to earn a master of public policy degree from George Mason University, with a concentration in regional economic development. During his graduate studies, Matt researched the effectiveness of long-term peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cambodia, and separately studied Denver-Boulder economic development strategies. For the last few years, Matt has directed the veterans affairs division at the law firm at which he works, advocating on behalf of disabled veterans in their claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also worked as an organizer in the last two U.S. presidential elections. At the Korbel School, Matt concentrates his studies on international diplomacy and development.