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David Abraham (2008-09)
David Abraham is a Vice President at MasterCard. From 2008-2009, David researched the Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei)’s campaign strategy, with the support of a BUKA Fellowship, focusing on FDP fundraising, public engagement, and utilization of new technologies. Previously, he served as a credit and risk supervisor at McMaster-Card and operations analyst for the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. David earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Finance  at the University of Maryland, College Park. (2/27/15)

Phillip Ayoub (2010-11)
Phillip Ayoub (PhD, Cornell) is Assistant Professor of Politics at Drexel University. His research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, with a focus on marginalized populations, transnational politics, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. His recent book, When States ‘Come Out’: The Politics of Visibility and the Diffusion of Sexual Minority Rights in Europe (Cambridge, 2016), explains how the transnational mobilization of LGBT peoples and international channels of visibility influence social and legal change across states. The earlier dissertation project (much of which was conducted during his BUKA year) won the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Section award for Best Dissertation, and the American Political Science Association’s Sexuality and Politics Section award for Best Dissertation. It also received the 2014 Janice N. and Milton J. Esman Graduate Prize for distinguished scholarship, and the 2011 George McT. Kahin Prize for the research in the areas of international relations and foreign policy studies judged to hold the greatest promise as a contribution to the discipline (both from Cornell University). His other publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, Mobilization, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of Human Rights, Critique Internationale, and Perspectives on Europe; and he has also co-edited the book, LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe (Palgrave 2014) with David Paternotte.

Lee Ann Banaszak (1991-92)
Currently Department Head in Political Science and Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Lee Ann has written on comparative women’s movements and the determinants of feminist attitudes among the mass public in Germany, the U.S. and Europe. As a German Chancellor Fellow, she spent a year in Berlin examining the changes on women’s movements and women in politics that resulted from German unification. She is author of Why Movements Succeed or Fail: Opportunity, Culture and the Struggle for Woman Suffrage (1996: Princeton), The Women’s Movement Inside and Outside the State (2010 Cambridge), and editor of The U.S. Women’s Movement in Global Perspective (2005: Rowman & Littlefield), and Women’s Movements Facing a Reconfigured State (2003: Cambridge with Karen Beckwith and Dieter Rucht). Her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, Politics and Gender, Political Research Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly. She has also served as President of the Organized Section on Women and Politics of the American Political Science Association. Her current research examines the relationship between social movement activity and public opinion. (6/8/15)

John Brady (1996-97)
John spent his Buka year in Berlin conducting research on the political participation of the city’s immigrants and how this participation contributed to the development of an urban multicultural public sphere. John combined this empirical research with a consideration of Juergen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere in his dissertation, “Political Theory and Public Practice: Juergen Habermas and the Development of a Multicultural Public Sphere in Berlin, 1972-1995.” After receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001, John served as an instructor of political science at universities in Northern and Southern California. While it was difficult to give up the many perquisites of the adjunct academic life, John nonetheless decided in 2005 to move from the theoretical study of politics to the actual practice of the craft. He joined the administration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in summer 2005, initially serving as the Mayor’s West Area Director. In spring 2007, John transitioned from the field to the policy side of the administration and is now the Mayor’s Housing Policy Coordinator. (12/8/09)

Arista Cirtautas (1990-91)
Arista earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1996 and has since taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Washington. She is the author of The Polish Solidarity Movement: Revolution, Democracy and Natural Rights (1997) as well as numerous articles on post-communist political development. Her current research interests include the evolution of post-communist citizenship and the integration of East European countries into the European Union. (6/8/07)

Lindsay Cohn (2002-03)
Lindsay completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University in 2007 and is currently a Senior Assistant Professor (National Security Affairs) at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. She spent 2013-2014 working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combatting Terrorism, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. From 2009 to 2014 she was an Assistant Professor (Political Science) at the University of Northern Iowa, and the Co-Director of UNI’s Center for International Peace and Security Studies. Her research and publications focus on issues of comparative military personnel policy, particularly the relationship between national labor market structures and military personnel management. She has taught International Relations, International Security, US Foreign Policy, Strategy, Terrorism and Insurgency, Politics of the Middle East, International Law and Politics, Policy Analysis, and Civil-Military Relations. She has held fellowships from Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins’s School of Advanced International Studies, and from the Freie Universitaet Berlin. She spent her year as a German Chancellor Fellow at the Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut der Bundeswehr in Strausberg, where she wrote papers on territoriality in international law, ethics in the social sciences, and American and European civil-military relations. She did the language/text editing for international studies of military law in Europe and of inter-armed forces cooperation at the HQ of the Multinational Corps Northeast, and translated (German to English) Johannes Varwick and Sven Bernhard Gareis’s textbook on the United Nations (Macmillan, 2005). She is fluent in German and reads French, Dutch, and Norwegian/Swedish. (6/24/15)

John Cooper (2011-12)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, John studied the history of the nuclear energy debate in Germany and the role of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (the Greens) in this debate at the Innenpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (domestic politics) department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In addition to studying primary and secondary sources, he had the privilege of interviewing many current and former activists and politicians in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany. He also participated in his department’s weekly colloquium, where he presented his work and learned from other researchers. Prior to his fellowship, John studied History and German as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, and interned in the U.S. Senate offices of Arlen Specter and Robert Casey. Upon returning from Germany, John studied law, earning a J.D. from Yale in the spring of 2015. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., and expects to begin working at the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Fall 2015. (8/3/15)

Louise Davidson-Schmich (1996-97)
Louise is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. As a German Chancellor Fellow, she lived in Berlin and studied the politics of budgeting in the Berliner Bezirke. She was affiliated with Prof. Helmut Wiesenthal at the Humboldt University. Louise was recently awarded a resumption of her German Chancellor Fellowship to study electoral gender quotas and political ambition among German women. She will be working with Ulrike Liebert and Konstanze Plett at the Zentrum Gender Studies at the University of Bremen in the summers of 2006 and 2008. Prior to being a German Chancellor Fellow, Louise was a graduate student in political science at Duke University, lived in Kiel as a Fulbright Pädagogischer Austauschdienst teacher, worked at what is today the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and received a BA in International Relations from Brown. Her husband, Michael Davidson-Schmich, is a German citizen and a lecturer in German at the University of Miami; they have two children. (6/26/09)

Peter Dombrowski (1994-95)
Peter is professor and chair of the Strategic Research Department of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His year in Germany was spent at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bonn. (12/11/09)

Susan Duggan (1990-91)
Dr. Susan Duggan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Smart World Center, a think tank and showcase of “smart” technologies and innovative approaches to education. She co-founded its predecessor company, the Silicon Valley World Internet Center, back in 1996, working with key clients such as Deutsche Telekom and SAP. As a BUKA Fellow in the inaugural group of 1990-91, Dr. Duggan was hosted both at the Cultural Division of the Foreign Ministry and in the Eastern Europe division of DAAD.  She focused on the role of educational exchange in growing or maintaining relationships between a unified Germany and countries that were part of the former Eastern Block (Czechoslovakia; Hungary; Poland; and the Soviet Union). Dr. Duggan holds a Ph.D. and M.A. Education (Political Science), and a B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University.  She also holds a M.A. in Political Science from Université Laval. (2/27/15)

Francesca Fogarty (2013-14)
Francesca Fogarty is a 2013 Distinguished Graduate from the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. Degree in Political Science and a minor in German.  Her 2013-2014 German Chancellor Fellowship research focus was on civil-military relations in Germany following the end of the mandatory service requirement in Germany in 2011.  The capstone of her project was conducting a survey of young soldiers about their integration as soldiers in German society, as well as their perception of the civil-military relationship in Germany.  Francesca conducted her research at the Universität der Bundeswehr München in conjunction with the Air Force Institute of Technology.  She will continue her Air Force career following her time in Germany. (6/13/14)

Scott Gissendanner (1993-94)
Scott Stock Gissendanner completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Georgia with a dissertation about the responses of German and American cities to deindustrialization. He held a research and teaching position at the Chemnitz University of Technology before taking a non-tenured junior professorship in the Department of Political Science of the Georg August University in Göttingen in 2003.  He still holds an adjunct professorship in Göttingen and now works for IEGUS, a German healthcare research institute. (7/14/17)

Philip Gordon (1992-93)
Philip is Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and Director of the Center on the United States and France at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Previous positions include: Director for European Affairs, National Security Council; Senior Fellow for U.S. Strategic Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies; and Professor, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. As a German Chancellor Fellow, he worked on the domestic determinants of the German approach to European security at the Research Institute of the German Society for Foreign Affairs in Bonn. To learn more about Philip and to see a list of his publications, visit the site of the Brookings Institution. (5/16/05)

John Griffin (1994-95)

Jasmine Hernandez (2015-2016)
Jasmine Hernandez received her B.A. in Political Science at Texas Lutheran University with specializations in pre-law studies and international politics. She has experience with internship positions at the British Houses of Parliament, Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and with gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at theTexas Capitol. While studying International Law at American University in Washington, DC  a year before applying for the German Chancellor Fellowship, Hernandez discovered her passion for international affairs and began to formulate her research proposal. Working alongside the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. in Berlin, she will be investigating what mass surveillance can mean for the future of trans-Atlantic relations by analyzing the relations between the United States and Germany during the height of the Edward Snowden Scandal. Hernandez seeks to present a variety of proposals to move forward to restore German-American relations and plans to take her research forward to continue the investigations throughout law school upon her return from Germany. (6/24/15)

Jill Hopper* (1997-98)

Deron Jackson (1991-92)
Deron Jackson is Deputy Director of the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the United States Air Force Academy where he also serves on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Political Science. As a German Chancellor Fellow, he spent a year at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (then located in Bavaria in the town of Ebenhausen south of Munich). His research focused on the evolution of trans-Atlantic relations immediately following the end of the Cold War and efforts to restructure both NATO and the European Union. (7/16/09)

Wade Jacoby (1994-95)
Wade is a Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, where he teaches courses on European and comparative politics, international conflict, and social movements. He is also Director of the BYU Center for the Study of Europe. Wade wrote his dissertation as a German Chancellor Fellow, and that became his first book, published as Imitation and Politics: Redesigning Modern Germany, (Cornell UP, 2000). His new book is The Enlargement of the EU and Nato: Ordering from the Menu in Central and Eastern Europe, (Cambridge UP, 2004). Wade has also published articles in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies Politics and Society, the Review of International Organizations, German Politics, Governance, German Politics and Society, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, East European Constitutional Review, and WSI-Mitteilungen. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in 1996 and tenure from BYU in 2003. (8/13/09)

Patrick Jefferson (1991-92)

Marlowe Johnson (1992-93)

Damon Linker (1996-97)
Damon Linker is a senior correspondent at (where he writes three online opinion columns about politics and culture per week) and a consulting acquisitions editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press. In recent years, he has taught critical writing at Penn and worked as a senior editor at Newsweek/​The Daily Beast. Until November 2014 he was a contributing editor at The New Republic. Linker is the author of The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege and The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications. He has edited First Things magazine, served as a speechwriter for New York’s Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, and taught political philosophy at Brigham Young University. Linker studied history, philosophy, and writing at Ithaca College, graduating with a BA in 1991. He went on to earn an MA in history from New York University and a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. He published two academic articles that grew out of his research in Germany: one on J.G. Herder (in The Review of Politics) and another on Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Schelling (in The Review of Metaphysics). (7/7/17)

Nedim Ogelman (1996-97)

Deeneaus Polk (2015-2016)
Deeneaus Polk is an advocate for low-income families and the working poor. He has always been most passionate about bringing international cultures back home to his native Mississippi. His Associates of Arts from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and German from the University of Mississippi laid the foundation that prepared him to undertake his research. During his fellowship year, D will seek to contextualize Germany’s workforce development and vocational education training models in order to bring them back to Mississippi. He will also seek to connect German and Mississippi leaders to one another in tangible ways that lead to stronger relations. Deeneaus will conduct his research with the Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung. He is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Institute for International Public Policy Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, amongst other distinctions. He most recently was a Policy Analyst with the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. (6/17/15)

Clayton Robinson (2008-09)
Prior to his year as a German Chancellor Fellow, Clayton worked as an Energy Program Manager with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, State Energy Office. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with minors in International Management and German, and a Master of Regional and City Planning with an emphasis in environmental and energy planning, both from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently working as a consultant in the fields of sustainability management and energy policy and lives in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (3/2/10)

Mary Sarotte (1994-95)
Mary is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California. Her previous work includes the books Dealing with the Devil and German Military Reform and European Security. She has served as a White House Fellow and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her most recent book, 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War, will be published in November 2009. (6/26/09)

Johanna Schuster-Craig (2010-11)
Johanna Schuster-Craig is an Assistant Professor of German and Global Studies at Michigan State University. Her work examines German integration politics and their effect on constructions of national identity. She spent her time as a Humboldt Fellow embedded with Projekt Heroes, a social work project for young men, and at the Center for Interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies at the Technical University Berlin under host Prof. Dr. Sabine Hark. (7/15/15)

Erin Taylor (2005-06)
Erin is director of communication at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs as well as special advisor for global engagement at the university. While in Germany, Erin conducted research at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) on the topic of “German Public Diplomacy Towards the Muslim World Since 9/11.”  Upon returning from Berlin, Erin worked at the British Consulate General in New York City, where she was vice-consul for press and public diplomacy.  Erin holds a B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University and is pursuing her M.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown. (7/30/15)