Spring 2017 Scoville Fellows
Jesse Marks (Stimson Center) will work with Aditi Gorur in the Transforming Conflict and Governance–Protecting Civilians in Conflict program researching regional solutions for peacebuilding and civilian protection in protracted crises in the Middle East and Africa. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University in 2016 with a BA in Middle East Studies and honors in the major. In high school, Marks spent several summers volunteering in Jordan where he developed an interest in Middle East culture and language. After witnessing the effects of the Iraqi and Syrian refugee crises, he began working with resettled refugees in Jacksonville, Florida. At FSU, Marks served in the Student Government Association as senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and Secretary of Academic Affairs where he was awarded New Senator of the Year and Cabinet Member of the Year. His honors in the major thesis explored the impact of tribal identity in the modern Middle East. While at FSU, Marks continued his work with refugees by partnering with the Florida Office of Refugees Services to create a strong infrastructure for refugee resettlement in Tallahassee. His interests in American foreign policy, national security, and Arabic led him back to Jordan in 2015 on a David L. Boren Scholarship to study Arabic for a year at the Qasid Language Institute in Amman. He interned for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative to Jordan, researching refugee movements from Syria to Jordan and Europe and with the Jordan Center for Strategic Studies where he researched the host-community integration of Syrian refugees in the Levant. Since returning from Jordan, Marks worked as a research intern with the Migration Policy Institute’s International Migration program and as an Arabic research analyst intern with Blue Path Labs, a private consulting firm. He has published articles on humanitarian, peace, and security issues with the U.S.-Middle East Youth Network, Huffington Post, and The Hill. He was raised in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bernadette Stadler (Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation) will work with John Isaacs on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues including the future of the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea’s nuclear program, and Russia-U.S. nuclear relations. Stadler received her BA in International Relations from Brown University in 2016. As part of her senior capstone project, she conducted research on the Russian-Iranian nuclear relationship and wrote a paper explaining Russia’s history both of assisting and opposing Iran’s nuclear programs. While studying abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan, she also conducted independent research on Kazakhstan’s unique, largely grassroots nuclear disarmament process. At Brown, Stadler was deeply involved in Model United Nations, attending four conferences, organizing three, and serving on the club’s executive board. As a staff writer for the Brown Human Rights Report, she wrote articles on topics including LGBT rights in Russia and emergency disaster relief. She also volunteered as a tutor for a refugee from Bhutan through Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE). Stadler represented the Brown University International Relations department at the 2016 Naval Academy Foreign Affair Conference on women, peace and security. Her conference paper on the impact of women’s education on natural disaster resilience was selected as a semifinalist in the conference-wide essay contest. She has also engaged with issues of international peace and security as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Latvia, where she reported on topics including Russian propaganda, and at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco, where she worked on a number of projects to increase participation in the formal economy. She speaks French and Russian and is a native of Harvard, Massachusetts.
Maggie Tennis (Arms Control Association) will work with Kingston Reif, Kelsey Davenport and Daryl Kimbal focusing on issues related to the U.S. nuclear security agenda and Russian nuclear force policy and modernization. She will contribute to Arms Control Today and work on the Arms Control Association-Lugar Center Bipartisan WMD Policy Dialogue Project. She received a double BA in Anthropology and Slavic Studies from Brown University in 2015, with Honors in Anthropology. She graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her honors thesis at Brown examined Russian Information Warfare (IW) through translation and analysis of Kremlin rhetoric surrounding the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea. The thesis was awarded the Anthropology Department’s prize for “Best Thesis.” Tennis has studied the Russian language since age 10. She lived in Yaroslavl, Russia for six months in 2012. During that time she had the opportunity to visit Crimea, prior to the Russian annexation, where she became interested in post-Soviet European security issues. She volunteered as a tutor and counselor at the YMCA in Yaroslavl. Tennis served as the Opinions Editor of the Brown Daily Herald and has published columns in The Herald, the Huffington Post and The Baltimore Sun. Her recent articles in The Sun have focused on Russia and Syria. She was a commencement speaker at Brown, and helped found the Student Power Initiative, which advocated successfully for greater student representation on the Brown University Corporation. She also received the Brown University Pembroke Center Undergraduate Fellowship to conduct research on Ukrainian language politics. She produced reports on pro-Russian language propaganda in Ukraine, as well as the role of the Ukrainian education system in cultivating Ukrainian nationalism. Most recently, Tennis worked at T. Rowe Price, an asset management company in Baltimore, MD. She grew up in Baltimore. She enjoys singing, especially folk and Shape Note singing, as well as reading, hiking and traveling.
Fall 2016 Scoville Fellows
Chelsea Green (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) is working with Toby Dalton, George Perkovich, and Togzhan Kassenova in the Nuclear Policy Program on issues related to nonproliferation and emerging powers in the global nuclear order. Green received her BA in Political Science from Stanford University in 2016 with Honors in International Security Studies, graduating with university distinction. She also graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honors society. With the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford, Green conducted an undergraduate honors thesis in the realm of American public opinion on torture and discovered that in the context of a highly threatening terrorism situation, torture supporters rationalize their positions on using harsh interrogation methods on terrorist suspects. She served as a research assistant to several political science professors and explored topics ranging from just war theory to multiracial politics. Researching with Dr. Scott D. Sagan, Green contributed to a project using experimental survey data to measure how the American public weighs just war norms in making decisions about supporting the use of military force. As a participant in the Stanford in Washington program, she served as a research assistant for the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions, Brigadier General Mark Martins, on an article to be published in a Daedelus volume entitled “New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology, and War: The Changing Rules of War.” On campus, she was president of Stanford’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national Political Science honors society, worked supporting staff and faculty at Stanford’s Department of Religious Studies, and played for two years with the Stanford Flute Ensemble. After receiving a grant from Stanford’s Global Studies Division, Green spent the summer of 2015 in Rio de Janeiro working with Mobile Metrix to connect low income residents with critical products and services from companies like Unilever and Johnson and Johnson. She also interned in the district office of Representative Brad Sherman of California’s 30th congressional office her summer before college. She grew up in Granada Hills, California and enjoys speaking Portuguese, social dancing, and running.
Marlee A. Pittman (Truman Center for National Policy) is working with Leigh O’Neil on creating a 21st century security framework with an emphasis on promoting Middle East peace and countering violent extremism. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University in 2016 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in International Studies with college honors. At LSU, she founded and served as president of the International Relations Club, which assists students in studying foreign cultures and participating in international model conferences. Elected to serve as Senator of the Honors College Community Council her Freshman year, she received the Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her team’s programmatic efforts. Pittman also studied abroad extensively. While traveling throughout Asia and the Middle East, she attended universities in China, Malaysia, and Jordan to study international geopolitics, Islamic law, Quranic analyses, Arabic, and Middle Eastern politics. Pittman has volunteered to teach English and mentor Acehnese students in Indonesia, Syrian refugees in Jordan, and international students at LSU. Granted the Saudi Arabian Exchange Fellowship by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, she promotes cross-cultural education between America and the Middle East. In recognition of her volunteer efforts in her community and abroad, she was awarded the Truman Scholarship, a nationally competitive public service scholarship to support graduate education. After working as a Research Assistant in the Political Science Department for three years, Pittman used Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data and Stata, a statistical analysis program, to determine policies that mitigate security concerns posed by refugees for her Honors Thesis. Including awards for her research, she has been recognized as an Outstanding Delegate at several conferences, Congressman Findley Fellow for her Middle East knowledge, and Outstanding Student by her college. Pittman has interned for Senator Mary Landrieu, the Partnership for Public Service, and the World Affairs Council in Washington, DC to expand her understanding of national policy making. Currently at Media Matters for America, she promotes honesty in the media to combat harmful and bigoted narratives. She is a native of Louisiana.
Laura Strawmyer (Alliance for Peacebuilding) is working with Liz Hume and Melanie Greenberg on women, peace, and security initiatives and countering violent extremism. She graduated from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University in May 2016 with an Accelerated Masters of Public Affairs, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and International Development. She received her BS in Public Affairs from IU in 2015. Strawmyer is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Swahili and the SPEA International Engagement Fellowship. As an undergraduate, she majored in Nonprofit Management with minors in French, African Languages, and African Studies. In high school, she attended a summer language immersion program in Brest, France. At IU, she was president of the Invisible Children Club where she led lobbying trips of twenty students to speak to state representatives on international peace issues, planned campus-wide awareness events featuring film screenings and Ugandan speakers, and produced a film on the Lord’s Resistance Army for presentation at Making War, Making Peace Symposium. She was also vice president of the Amnesty International Association on campus. In her two years as an intern for the Jubilee college ministry she created a community service program. She also developed a communications strategy for Giving Back to Africa, a service learning organization in DR Congo, prompting her undergraduate thesis titled “Social Media in the Social Sector: Best Practices for Small Nonprofits”. During the summer of 2014, Strawmyer studied abroad in Kigali, Rwanda. She returned the following year to intern with a local peacebuilding organization, Never Again Rwanda, where she facilitated Cross-Border Dialogue discussion with Congolese and Rwandan participants and coordinated a two-week Peace Building Institute for regional and international youth. As a graduate assistant, she revamped and directed the SPEA Ambassador program. Strawmyer recently completed an internship with the Africa Program Team at Search for Common Ground. She speaks French and Swahili and is a native Hoosier.