2021-2022 Knox Fellows

Gabrielle Armstrong-Scott

Gabrielle Armstrong-Scott

M.P.E. (Economics), Victoria University of Wellington
B.A. (School of Public and International Affairs), Princeton University

New Zealand | Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Administration

Gabrielle is a Graham T. Allison, Jr. Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. Gabrielle is an international security specialist; her research currently focuses on Indo-Pacific geopolitics/geoeconomics and issues at the intersection of technology and national security. She previously served in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (New Zealand) and at the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in New York.

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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 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'. 

Robin Bates

Robin Bates

MLitt in United States History, Newcastle University
B.A. (Honours) in History, Newcastle University

United Kingdom | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Fellow in History

Rob Bates is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a PhD Candidate at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. While at Harvard he will be working on his doctoral thesis, which considers the connection between state-building and corruption in the late-nineteenth-century United States. He is especially interested in the politics of America’s ‘Gilded Age,’ and hopes to explore the political parallels between that period and the present in his future research. Rob is originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, and previously studied at Newcastle University.

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. 

Isaac Chan

Isaac Chan

M.D., University of New South Wales, Sydney
B.Med, University of New South Wales, Sydney
B.Sc (Med) (Hons I), University of New South Wales, Sydney

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

Isaac is a doctor with interests in communicable diseases and global health. At Harvard, he will explore the structural drivers of health inequity, and policy approaches to infectious diseases of public health significance.

William Chua

William Chua

B.A. (First Class Honours) in Politics & International Studies, The University of Melbourne

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Policy

William hopes to bring a multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to policy development. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, where he also held the Chancellor’s Scholarship. At Harvard, William intends to deepen his understanding of international relations and multilateral institutions.

Mitchell East

Mitchell East

LLB (Hons) (1st class), University of Otago

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, LLM

At Harvard, Mitchell will focus on counter-terrorism law, the intersection between criminal law and human rights, and white-collar crime. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, Mitchell worked as a Judge's Clerk at the Supreme Court of New Zealand. After which, he was a senior advisor to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques on 15 March 2019 and, as well, provided part-time assistance in rewriting New Zealand's Criminal Jury Trial Bench Book. He has also worked as a solicitor and junior prosecutor in New Zealand.

Grant Fahlgren

Grant Fahlgren

Master of Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Environmental Design – Landscape and Urbanism, University of Manitoba

Canada | Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design

Grant is a member of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation and Chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Committee of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. His research at the Graduate School of Design will focus on climate change adaptation informed by traditional knowledge at the urban and regional scale building upon his past research and professional practice. The intent of this work is to develop models to expand site focused collaborations between Indigenous communities, municipalities, and institutions to the urban and territorial scale where they can engage the relational understandings of place embedded in traditional knowledge and more effectively mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

MA (Hons), Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom | Harvard Divinity School, Master of Theological Studies

Ruth is interested in the relationship between religious identity, politics, conflict and peace-building in divided societies. Partially inspired by her own upbringing in Northern Ireland, Ruth has spent time over the past six years in Jerusalem, and recently was a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace in Modern Hebrew at Middlebury College. In anticipation of further study, at Harvard Divinity School she will focus on religion, ethics and politics and continue learning Modern Hebrew. She hopes to take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of her degree program and the resources at Harvard to gain a deeper understanding of what peace and peace-building looks like in the 21st century.

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.

Maryan Hassan

Maryan Hassan

LLB, Kingston University
LLM in International Law, SOAS University of London

United Kingdom | Harvard Law School, LLM Candidate

After many years of working in diplomacy and policy, Maryan will focus on enhancing her academic scholarship and advocacy work during her time at Harvard. She is particularly interested in public international law, dispute resolution, and trade and investment integration during protracted conflict. She is a Senior Editor at the Harvard Law School National Security Law Journal (NSLJ) and Co-President of the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA). Maryan intends to practice as a Barrister (England and Wales) after graduation.

Jennifer Hon

Jennifer Hon

MA, Physiology & Psychology, University of Cambridge
MBChB (Hons), Medicine, University of Edinburgh
BDS (Hons), Dentistry, King’s College London

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

Jen is an oral and maxillofacial surgical trainee who is interested in surgical system strengthening for underserved populations across the world. She is studying Global Health & Population to deepen an understanding of the context of the problem and potential solutions for it, and applying this knowledge to a concurrent research fellowship with the Program for Global Surgery & Social Change. In the long term, Jen intends to continue pushing the Global Surgery agenda in combination with clinical practice.

Kian Hosseinnia

Kian Hosseinnia

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Specialist in Architectural Studies, Major in Philosophy), University of Toronto

Canada | Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture I

Kian is interested in philosophical examinations and interrogations of the objects and images of architecture and the architect's figure as a subject within global capitalism's broader cultural and political context. He is looking forward to growing as a critical designer, observer, and thinker by engaging with the distinguished faculty of GSD.

Mustafaen Kamal

Mustafaen Kamal

Degree in Philosophy and Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
Degree in Theology and Religion, University of Oxford
Laidlaw Scholarship, Cambridge University

United Kingdom | Harvard Law School, LLM

Mustafaen is pursuing an LLM at Harvard Law School, which builds on his degrees at the LSE (Philosophy and Economics), Oxford (Theology and Religion) and the Laidlaw Scholarship which he completed at Cambridge University. At Harvard, Mustafaen hopes to focus on legal strategies that can be employed to combat climate change as well as constitutional issues that have arisen as a result of technological progress, climate change and migration. Outside the classroom, Mustafaen has founded two social enterprises in Pakistan (Dil Internship Project) and the UK (Close the Lockdown Gap) respectively which aim to tackle inequalities in employment and education respectively. 

Olivia Klinkum

Olivia Klinkum

LLB (First Class Honours), University of Otago
B.A. in Politics and French, University of Otago

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, Master of Laws

Olivia's studies in the Master of Laws program will focus on human rights law, criminal justice, and international criminal law.  She is particularly interested in innovative interdisciplinary approaches to improving criminal justice outcomes.  Olivia started her career as a Judge's Clerk at New Zealand's Court of Appeal, and practiced in regulatory litigation and criminal prosecution.