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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

Public Diplomacy

Student Programs

Marc Nathanson Fellows

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 are designing 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 2013.

Current Nathanson Fellows

Rachel Arnold

Rachel Arnold is a MA candidate in the International Development program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, 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

Elizabeth Caruth is a MA candidate in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with 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.

Past Nathanson Fellows

Laura Jagla

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.


Clifton Martin

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.