The Marc Nathanson Fellowship was first awarded in 2011 and has been awarded each subsequent year to a high-achieving, second-year MA student at the Korbel School of International Studies. Working with the the Office of the Dean and Sié Center, the Nathanson Fellow is responsible for planning two annual events: together with the Aspen Institute, the Aspen Institute's annual Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology (ADDTech), and the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series hosted by the Sié Center.
The ADDTech conference convenes high-level participants from the worlds of diplomacy and communications, including Madeleine Albright and executives from Facebook and Google, for a discussion on utilizing technology for better public and citizen diplomacy. In 2012, the Marc Nathanson Fellows wrote the Aspen Institute's report for the conference entitled "Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media." For the 2013 conference, Fellows designed a role-playing diplomacy simulation for conference attendees.
Each year, the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series welcomes prominent policy leaders from around the world to speak at the Sié Center to the next generation of diplomatic leaders and scholars about emerging issues in global security and diplomacy. Speakers have included General George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice; and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns, among others. The Marc Nathanson Fellow designs the schedules for the speakers, plans the seminars, and facilitates communication before, during, and after events.
The application for the next Nathanson Fellow will be available in fall 2015.
Current Nathanson Fellows
Caroline is currently the 2014-2015 Nathanson Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she is an MA candidate in International Studies with concentrations in Global Trade and Finance as well as South Asia and Global Health. A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Caroline graduated cum laude with a BS in Geography and English from Western Michigan University and completed her foreign study at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her professional work includes research in economic development for a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (a joint program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Defense), several years as the Director of Programs at a large, regional Chamber of Commerce and two years supporting the pediatric public health sector. Caroline's interest in public diplomacy, economics and global health expanded after taking a year off to travel solo around the world, followed by another year in India.
Gina Jannone is currently finishing an MA in International Studies with a concentration in Islamic politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She graduated from Lehigh University in 2007 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in History. Before returning to graduate school, Gina worked for seven years as a writer, editor and producer for the public opinion firm Rasmussen Reports based in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Her interest in studying political behavior combined with an interest in Islam and the Middle East led her to pursue research on how the religion impacts political and social dynamics in the region. At Korbel, Gina has researched political movements in Egypt, Palestine and Bahrain, and hopes to produce a thesis comparing Islamic movements in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Since living in Denver, she has also worked as a volunteer with refugees from the Middle East and Africa at Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services.
Past Nathanson Fellows
Rachel Arnold graduated with her MA in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2014 with concentrations in diplomacy and post-conflict reconstruction. She holds an undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in International Relations. She has experience working for advocacy organizations, contributing research and written advocacy materials on a wide array of topics, including LGBT rights, health care access, and policies benefitting low-income families. Rachel is passionate about methods of facilitating social cohesion in post-conflict settings, the use of social media in conflict resolution, and global education policy. Prior to attending the Josef Korbel School, Rachel was an Americorps volunteer and served with the American Red Cross in Arkansas.
Elizabeth Caruth (together with Rachel Arnold) was the 2013-2014 Nathanson Fellow. She graduated from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in June 2014 with with her MA in International Studies and concentrations in public diplomacy and foreign policy. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas in 2012 with degrees in International Relations, European Studies, and German and a minor in History. Building upon previous academic work and study abroad in Austria and Germany, Elizabeth's primary research experience focuses on minority and immigrant integration in Europe. While at the Josef Korbel School she has worked as Event Coordinator for the Office of Career and Professional Development and interned with WorldDenver, a nonprofit global affairs organization.
Emily was the 2013 Nathanson Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she earned her M.A.in International Development with concentrations in global health as well as community and economic development. A native from New York City, she received her B.A. from Connecticut College in 2008. Emily’s experience includes work as an innovation fellow and consultant, assisting with capacity building, partnership and funding development, and creating and implementing web/social media strategy for organizations in the social enterprise and non-profit sectors. Following her interest in diplomacy, Emily is currently a Policy Research Specialist at McREL International where she supports government relations work by promoting nonpartisan education policy efforts domestically and globally.
Laura was the 2012 - 2013 Nathanson Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she earned her M.A.in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration with concentrations in Diplomacy and Development. A native of South Bend, Indiana, she received her B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Indiana University in 2010. Following her interest in diplomacy, she interned in the Economic Section of U.S. Embassy Kigali in Rwanda, where she also presented on media and technology to groups of Rwandan youth through the Public Diplomacy Section. Laura was awarded a David L. Boren Fellowship to research media, youth, and state building in Mozambique for the 2013 - 14 academic year. Laura hopes to continue research with a policy studies organization, and eventually pursue a career in foreign policy with the U.S. Department of State.
Cliff was the first Nathanson Fellow, serving in the 2011- 2012 academic year. He received in M.A. in 2011 from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy and Communications. His master's thesis put forth a model of public diplomacy and a history of U.S. public diplomacy operations in the Middle East since the 19th century. He received his B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the College of William & Mary in 2008. Cliff is deeply interested in U.S. public diplomacy and global perceptions of the United States. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, where he currently manages public events and speaker series at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Cliff aspires to have a career with the Foreign Service as public diplomacy officer.