2018-2019 Knox Fellows

Patrik Bachtiger

Patrik Bachtiger

M.B.B.S., Medicine (distinction), University College London Medical School
M.Sc. in Gastroenteroly and Hepatology (distinction), Queen Mary University of London
B.Sc. in Pediatrics and Child Health, University College London

M.R.C.P., Membership of the Royal College of Physicians Diploma

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

Patrik Bachtiger is a London-trained physician with a background in Acute Internal Medicine and Hepatology. He has conducted award-winning research into liver disease and is interested in influencing policy to ameliorate the disproportionate impact of viral, alcoholic and fatty liver disease on marginalized populations. As an MPH student in Health Policy, Patrik also hopes to build a macroscopic understanding of the crucial elements that forge effective healthcare systems.

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. 

Kate Bones

Katherine Bones

B.A. in Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
LL.B. (First Class Honours), University of Sydney

Australia | Harvard Law School, Master of Laws 

Kate is an immigration and refugee lawyer working in community legal practice and research. In the Master of Laws program at Harvard, she will focus her studies on comparative and international law, US immigration law and human rights advocacy. She is interested in how comparative research can inform efforts for law and policy reform to improve legal protection for refugees and migrants.

Abby Buttle

Abby Buttle

LL.B (First Class Honours), London School of Economics.
BCL (Distinction), Wadham College, University of Oxford

United Kingdom | Harvard Law School, Master of Laws 

Abby is interested in how human rights can be used to bring about social change. At Harvard Law School she intends to deepen her knowledge in the areas of disability rights and capital punishment, as well as exploring alternative theoretical approaches to law such as feminist legal theory and critical race studies. In the future, she intends to work as a barrister as well as pursuing further doctoral studies.

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.

A. Cheung

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.

A. Choi

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 pursuing historical research using feminist and queer theories to further the understanding of previously unwritten histories of women in Korean history. At Harvard, Ann is investigating 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.

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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Anas El Turabi

Anas El Turabi

M.Phil. in Clinical Science (Primary Care Research), University of Cambridge
B.M.B.Ch., Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford
B.A. (Honours) in Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford

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

Anas’s doctoral work uses data science to study aspects of primary care delivery, particularly continuity of care and the use of financial incentives for providers. He also undertakes work in global health, principally around the economics of infectious disease crises and global responses to pandemic risk reduction.


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 | 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.

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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