2017-2018 Knox Fellows

Stephanie Antonian

Stephanie Antonian

M.A. in Biblical Studies, University of St. Andrews

United Kingdom | Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Policy 

Stephanie has spent the past five years working in the technology sector, most recently as an Analytical Consultant at Google, and previously as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture. In her roles, she has assisted businesses and governments to develop, implement and evaluate digital solutions. She looks forward to furthering her focus on issues relating to information security and digital futures while at the Kennedy School. 

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Laurence B-Violette

Laurence B-Violette

B.A. (Honours) in Linguistics, Concordia University

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

In her studies at Harvard, Laurence focuses on Historical Linguistics, which is the study of the linguistic components of archaic languages, such as their syntactic structure, their morphology and the interface phonology-syntax that patterns them. In her case, languages from the Indo-European family (e.g., Latin, Sanskrit, Ancient Greek, etc.) are investigated and compared. After her studies, she hopes to pursue such interests as a University teacher and researcher in Linguistics.

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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 between 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'. 

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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. 

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Arthur Cheung

B.Hlth.Sc. (Hons 1) in Malaria Epidemiology, University of Queensland
M.B.B.S. in Clinical Medicine, University of Queensland
G.C.G.P.P. in Public Health, University of Queensland

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, Master of Public Policy 


Arthur is a medical doctor and management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where his work has focused on strategy and regulatory reform for organizations in the healthcare industry and public sector in the US and Australia. He has a particular interest in health systems design and global public health, including the relationship between health and sustainable development, climate change and security. He will further these interests while concentrating in International and Global Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Da In (Ann) Choi

B.A. (Honours) in English Literature & Language and History, Queen's University

Canada | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, M.A. in Regional Studies of East Asia (Korea)


Ann is excited to pursue historical research using feminist and queer theories to further the understanding of previously unwritten histories of women in Korean history. At Harvard, Ann will investigate the effects of educational policies during the colonial and post-Korean War period on women's self-conceptualization of their (trans) national and personal identities. While expanding her interests and building on her research skills, Ann hopes to further develop her "Korean War Interviews" archive by documenting women's experiences of the war.

Rebecca Choong Wilkins

Rebecca Choong Wilkins

B.A. (Honours) in English Literature & Language, University of Oxford

United Kingdom | Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, M.A. in Regional Studies of East Asia (China)

Rebecca aims to change how we understand Chinese identity and influence in the world, concentrating on Chinese ethnicities beyond the mainland. She is investigating the relationship between Chinese literature and language policy with particular focus on Southeast Asia and Taiwan. As a writer and journalist, she has worked in China and Southeast Asia writing on mass urbanisation, foreign direct investment and cultural development. 

Isabelle Citron

Isabelle Citron

B.A. in Medical Sciences, Oxford University
B.M.B.Ch., Oxford University

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

Isabelle is a trainee in surgery in London and has joined the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. The group works through research, advocacy and national surgical planning to collaborate with partners in low and middle income countries to improve access to safe and affordable surgery for the 5 billion people worldwide who lack it. Whilst at Harvard she will also join the Harvard School of Public health and complete an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness. 

Benjamin Clayton

Benjamin Clayton

M.A. (First Class Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University

United Kingdom | Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Policy

Benjamin comes to Harvard with experience of British politics and business. He will investigate the power of urban policy to tackle inequality in cities and the role politicians can play in making the metropolis a home. Upon graduation, Benjamin wishes to put this work into practice in cities around the world.

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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 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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Chris Coulter

B.A. in Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

United Kingdom | Harvard Law School, LLM


While at Harvard, Christopher intends to take advantage of the breadth of the LLM course by studying a range of papers. His focus will be on organized cybercrime and how internet activity is regulated as well as discrimination law and its application.

Jamie Daw

Jamie Daw

M.Sc. in Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
B.H.Sc. in Health Science (Honours), McMaster University

Canada | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Health Policy

Jamie's doctoral work aims to produce rigorous empirical evidence on how health system organization and financing affect patient access, costs, and health outcomes. She is particularly interested in pharmaceutical policy and women's health issues.


Danielle Duffield

B.A. in Politics, University of Otago
LL.B. (First Class Honours), University of Otago

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, LLM

Having co-founded and served as the president of the New Zealand Animal Law Association, Danielle will focus her studies at Harvard on animal law. She is particularly interested in the development of international animal law, the enforcement of animal welfare law, and legal change strategies. She will also study courses in human rights, social movements, and legal theory.


Garang Dut

M.D., University of Melbourne
B.M.Sc., Monash University

Australia | T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Master of Public Health 


Garang is a Surgical Registrar in Melbourne, Australia. He is interested in healthcare systems as a mean of economic development and the delivery of surgical care in resource-poor settings. While at Harvard, he will complete a Master of Public Health in Health Policy.