2018-2019 Knox Fellows

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Amy Grantham

B.A. in Asian Studies, University of Melbourne

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

Having studied in Seoul after years of fascination with the Korean peninsula, Amy’s academic focus at Harvard will be on the Korean language, ongoing cultural changes in the region, and the 20th- and 21st-century domestic and global engagement of North and South Korea. A classically trained yet pop-loving musician and self-taught composer, Amy also hopes to conduct research into an area of personal curiosity: the South Korean mainstream music industry (K-Pop). Her research would include K-Pop’s evolution over recent decades, its soft power role in South Korean diplomacy, and its impact on domestic and international societies and values.


Jonathan Guillotte-Blouin

B.Sc. (Honours) in Computer Science, University of Ottawa

Canada |  John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied ScienceM.E. in Computational Science and Engineering 

Jonathan is captivated by technology and software, and has translated this passion notably through internships at Mozilla (Firefox) and at Google. He is joining a program at the intersection of applied mathematics and computer science, with some flexibility to follow specific paths of interests. He is particularly intrigued by subjects including distributed systems and robotics, and would like to participate in the "Self-Organizing Systems Research Group" (SSR), which aims at harnessing collective intelligence from a swarm of simple robots, based on behavioral patterns found throughout biological systems.

Allan Hennessy

Allan Hennessy

B.A. (Hons) in Law, University of Cambridge

United Kingdom | Harvard Law School, Master of Laws 

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Allan Hennessy grew up in London. At HLS, Allan will specialize in political theory, human rights, international and comparative law; he is particularly interested in the concept of non-discrimination and the inadequacies of equality law frameworks to combat intersectional forms of discrimination. He is keen to explore the concept of ‘intersectionality’ in the context of disability rights law. After Harvard, Allan will return to the UK to start his pupillage with Brick Court Chambers, the leading set in the UK for human rights, EU and (international) commercial law.

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Samuel Hickey

LL.B. (Hons I), University of Queensland

Australia | Harvard Law School, Master of Laws 

At Harvard Law School, Samuel will pursue his interests in white-collar crime, mass litigation and advocacy. This study agenda will build upon his prior publications in English and Australian law journals as well as his experience at the Federal Court of Australia and global law firms in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney. Samuel has also accepted a position as a Student Fellow as part of the Law School’s Project on the Foundations of Private Law.
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Aden David Knaap

B.A. (First Class Honours) in History, University of Sydney
LL.B., Sydney Law School

Australia | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Ph.D. in History

Aden specializes in global and international history, with a focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century intellectual, political and legal history. He is fascinated by cosmopolites and internationalists, theorists and pragmatists, and the varied ways in which they conceived of the world in bygone eras. His time at Harvard will expose him to new historical fields and methodologies, while training him for a career in academia. 

Malcolm Lavoie

Malcolm Lavoie

B.A.(Honours) in Economics, University of British Columbia
M.Sc.(Distinction) in Political Theory, London School of Economics
B.C.L., LL.B., McGill University

LL.M., Harvard Law School

Canada | Harvard Law School, Doctor of Juridical Science

Malcolm Lavoie is a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School, where the focus of his research is on links between property law and the collective interests of minority cultural groups, including aboriginal societies. 

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Matthew Lilley

B. Econ. (Honours), The University of Sydney

Australia | Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Business Economics

Matthew Lilley received a B. Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 2012. He worked in the Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia, and then as a research assistant for Economics faculty at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. His main interests are in empirical microeconomics, including behavioral and development economics, and political economy.

Mimi Yunqi Liu

Mimi Yunqi Liu

H.B.A. in Economics and Peace, Conflict and Justice, Trinity College, University of Toronto
M.B.A., Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Canada | Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Administration 

At Harvard, Mimi seeks to deepen her understanding of poverty, inequality, and exclusion at systems and policy levels. She explores best practices for designing, implementing, evaluating, and scaling interventions that empower marginalized communities. She also hopes to build her quantitative analysis, public and social sector leadership, and cross-sector collaboration skills.

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Rory Maizels

Bachelors (First Class Honours) in Cell and Systems Biology, New College, University of Oxford

United Kingdom |  John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Master’s in Computational Science and Engineering

At Harvard, Rory is looking to focus on aspects of computing and data science that can be applied to solving complex, large-scale problems in scientific research. Following his time in the States, he hopes to combine biological experimentation with the computational skills acquired at Harvard to find novel ways to try to understand the molecular mechanisms that govern cellular function and give way to disease.

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Benoit Maranda

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Carleton University

Canada | Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture I AP


Benoit intends to focus his efforts while at the GSD on alternative and emerging models of architecture & place-making in urban environments. His particular interest in architecture lies in finding solutions to the affordability crisis that plagues the majority of cities in the west; where skyrocketing real-estate prices create ultra-affluent microcosms, and relegate the middle classes to suburbs devoid of any urban identity or connectivity to transit. Benoit believes that new architectural forms and models can re-introduce affordability to dense city centres.


Catherine Marks

Bachelor of International and Global Studies (First Class Honours), University of Sydney
Graduate Certificate in Economic Policy, Australian National University

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, Master of Public Policy 


Catherine is pursuing a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in Social and Urban Policy. Her specific interests are in criminal justice policy and behavioral economics. After graduation she intends to return to the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she works as an advisor.


Thomas McLaughlin

B.Sc. (Hons) in Biophysics, University of British Columbia
M.D., University of Toronto
Fellowship in Pediatrics, University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children

Canada | Harvard Kennedy School, Master of Public Policy


Tom is a pediatrician from Canada, where he previously worked as Chief Resident at the Hospital for Sick Children, as president of Canada's national resident doctor association, and as an advocate for Canada's medical students to the federal government. He is passionate about improving the health of children through evidence-based health policy, effective medical education, and high-functioning hospitals, and his time at the Harvard Kennedy School will focus on developing expertise in these areas.

Max Menzies

Max Menzies

B.A. and M.Math, Cambridge University

Australia | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Ph.D. in Mathematics

Max studies algebraic number theory at a department which has hosted some of the strongest minds in number theory for decades, which even now has several living legends among its faculty. After graduate school, Max hopes to establish a presence in number theory at Sydney University, a school that will always be close to his heart.

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Emeka Okonji

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery, B.M. B.Ch., University of Oxford
B.A. (Honours) in Medical Sciences, University of Oxford

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

Emeka is a British physician with a research interest in the molecular epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease. Whilst at Harvard, he will specialise in Quantitative Methods in order to design studies for testing novel hypotheses in this field. He welcomes the breadth of the MPH course at Harvard as an opportunity to study health policy, economics and international relations as a means of shaping national and international health strategy.


Peter Osborne

Bachelors of Commerce, Queen’s University
M.Arch in Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

Canada | Graduate School of Design, Master of Design in Energy & Environment


Peter’s work is situated in the design of digital techniques and technologies and seeks to gain an understanding of how to design for extreme climates within the framework of energy and the environment. His research will help designers and architects better understand material-energy exchanges and expand the design possibilities for passive extreme climate architecture like that of Canada’s north. Prior to studying at Harvard, Peter worked in the design offices of NADAAA in Boston, RDH Architects in Toronto, and Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles. He holds a BCom from Queen's University and a MArch from the University of Toronto, where he received the John & Myrna Daniels Scholar Award.