2019-2020 Knox Fellows

Charlotte Andrews Briscoe

Charlotte Andrews-Briscoe

LL.B. (First Class Honours, Queen Mary University of London

United Kingdom | Harvard Law School, LL.M. 

Charlotte has worked in the criminal justice sector, using Public Interest Litigation as a tool for reforming penal policy, particularly in East Africa. At Harvard Law School, Charlotte will specialise in human rights, political theory and international and comparative law. She is keen to conduct her own research on increasing access to justice for the socially and economically disadvantaged. After her studies, Charlotte intends to take the New York Bar and subsequently practice as a Barrister/ Advocate in both the US and the UK. 

Supratik Baralay

Supratik Baralay

M.Phil. in Greek and Roman History, Wadham College, University of Oxford
B.A. (Honours) in Literae Humaniores (Classics), Wadham College, University of Oxford

United Kingdom | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Ancient History

Supratik is fascinated by the intersections of Greco-Roman, Near Eastern and Indian history. In recent years, he has been thinking about the understudied Arsakid Empire, which dominated the Near East from around 247 B.C. to A.D. 224. Through his doctoral work he aims to demonstrate that the Arsakid state should be understood as both Hellenistic and Near Eastern and therefore hopes to challenge the traditional division between ‘Classics’ and ‘Oriental Studies'. 

Matthew  Barfield

Matthew Barfield

M.Phil. in European Literature & Culture (French), Trinity College, University of Cambridge
B.A. in Modern & Medieval Languages (French and Spanish), Trinity College, University of Cambridge

United Kingdom | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Ph.D. in French

While at Harvard, Matthew aims to consolidate his knowledge of early modern French philosophy, taking advantage of the expertise of Harvard’s outstanding scholars of that era. He also hopes to develop further his interest in twentieth-century and contemporary French thought.

Samuel Beswick

Samuel Beswick

B.Com., The University of Auckland
LL.B. (Hons), The University of Auckland
LL.M., Harvard Law School

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, Doctor of Juridical Science

Sam is interested in the intersection of private and public law. His thesis explores recent developments in tort and restitution actions against the state for legislative error. Sam commenced his career as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand, and practiced as a solicitor and Junior Crown Counsel at Meredith Connell, Auckland, and as a government litigation lawyer in London, U.K. 

Alex Bogach

Alexander Bogach

J.D., Queen's University Faculty of Law

Canada | Harvard Law School, LL.M.

Alex is a lawyer with a primary focus on public and administrative law. His studies will revolve around the relationship between the executive and the judiciary, the tension (or lack thereof) between the democratic principle and the rule of law, and the pursuit of efficient, effective and fair regulatory policy and practice. Canada has a very unique administrative law trajectory and he hopes that this can be enriched through a comparative analysis with the American approach.

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown

Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Adelaide
B.A. in Economics, Politics and International Relations, University of Adelaide

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, Master of Administration, International Development 

Thomas is passionate about addressing the serious health and educational inequalities that exist for young children globally. He spent four years in Indonesia working on a range of health and education programs as a research analyst with the World Bank and the manager of a grassroots NGO. At Harvard Kennedy School he intends to deepen his knowledge of economics and policy-making in developing countries to find innovative solutions to complex human capital challenges. 

Juliet Bull

Juliet Bull

B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington
LL.B. (First Class Honours), Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, LL.M.

In the Master of Laws program, Juliet will focus her studies on constitutional, criminal and human rights law.  She is particularly interested in comparative study of procedural safeguards in criminal prosecutions and developments in the rights of those suspected or accused of offences.  Juliet started her career as a Judge's Clerk at New Zealand's Supreme Court and practised in criminal prosecution and public law litigation.

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Ryan Carters

Ryan Carters

B.A. in Economics and Politics, University of Sydney

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, Master of Public Policy

Ryan is a former professional cricket player and founder of the charity Batting for Change, which focuses on alleviating poverty and gender discrimination in developing, cricket-playing nations by supporting access to higher education. He has worked as a consultant to state and federal governments on education and innovation policy in Australia. At Harvard, Ryan’s study will focus on policy responses to confront rising economic inequality and persistent gender inequality. He hopes to contribute to improved social and economic policy for a more inclusive and productive society.


Justin Cawley

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours), University of Sydney
Master of Architecture, University of Sydney

Australia | Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture in Urban Design

Justin will examine the changing role of museums in contemporary urban development. He is interested in understanding how the recent use of museums to stimulate economic growth and private development is transforming these public buildings and their cities. Inspired by the proposed relocation of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, Justin will study the relationships between urban design, policy, property and private investment to better understand the local impact of this move as well as its relationship to global political and economic trends. A core aim of Justin’s work is to understand the architecture profession’s changing role in this context, and to develop new forms of professional practice that can address the complex issues surrounding the design and management of urban development and public space in modern cities.

Sophie Coulson

Sophie Coulson

M.E.Sci. (Honours) in Geophysics (North America), University of Liverpool

United Kingdom | Graduate School of Arts and Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Ph.D. in Geodynamics

Sophie uses theoretical predictions and numerical modeling to develop an understanding of the elastic and anelastic properties of the Earth. Her work involves modeling the mantle’s response to external forcings, such as glacial cycles, tectonic motion and orbital dynamics. She hopes this research in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will lead to a career in academic research.

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Josh Feldman

B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Mathematics, Dalhousie University
Canada |  John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Master of Science in Data Science

Josh wants to use machine learning to inform policy aimed at reducing health inequalities. As a data scientist in both clinical and public health settings, he has worked on projects including analyzing electronic medical records to measure the socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening and processing news articles to identify epidemics around the world. He is very excited to attend Harvard’s Master of Data Science program, where he intends to further study the connections between data analysis and the social determinants of health, while wrestling with the ethical and legal challenges of using algorithms to create public policy.

Joseph  Robert  Fitchett

Joseph Robert Fitchett

M.B.B.S., Medicine, Imperial College School of Medicine
M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Law, St Mary's University College London
M.Sc. in Immunology of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

B.Sc. in Global Health, Imperial College School of Public Health

United Kingdom | Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Doctor of Public Health 

Dr. Joseph Fitchett is a Frank Knox Fellow in public health and infectious disease epidemiology at Harvard University, focusing on the intersection of surveillance, rapid diagnostics, and vaccines to improve health. Until recently, Joe worked at the Gates Foundation in global policy, advocacy, and resource mobilisation for health. In this role, Joe was responsible for advancing the foundation’s bilateral partnerships with a number of EU donors, through joint programming and multilateral engagement, for vaccine delivery, polio eradication, family planning, and MNCH.

Kat France

Katherine France

J.D., University of Melbourne
B.A. in Communication (Media Arts and Production), University of Technology Sydney

Australia | Harvard Law School, LL.M. 

Kat is an Australian litigator with experience in private practice and as an Associate at the High Court of Australia. At Harvard, Kat's studies will focus on health law and policy, civil rights, and sexuality, gender identity and the law. Kat is interested in the intersection between health and the law and its impact on the LGBTQI community.

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Louis Gerdelan

M.A. (First Class Honours) in History, The University of Auckland
B.A. (First Class Honours) in History, The University of Auckland
LL.B., The University of Auckland

New Zealand | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Early Modern European History

Louis has wide-ranging historical interests but his main focus at Harvard is early modern cultural and intellectual history.  In particular, he examines the ways in which people in a number of European countries in this period attempted to understand and respond to large-scale calamities and disasters.  His other research interests include Renaissance festivals and polemical pamphlet literature.... Read more about Louis Gerdelan

Aaron Gluck-Thayer

Aaron Gluck-Thaler

M.Sc in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Oxford
M.Sc in Social Science of the Internet, University of Oxford
B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, McGill University

Canada | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in History of Science

Aaron Gluck-Thaler is a PhD Candidate in the Department of the History of Science and an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He studies the historical, cultural, and political dimensions of national security practices, with a focus on techniques used for surveillance and cybersecurity. Aaron’s doctoral research examines how pattern recognition technologies illuminate enduring questions of how power, scientific knowledge, and the self are cultivated. Aaron holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, a MSc in the Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute, and a MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.