November 8 was a punch in our guts. For three years, FPI had been pushing to enrich the foreign policy discussion with more diverse voices. We created FPI in response to the multitude of challenges facing us – climate change, extremism, authoritarianism, poverty, pandemics. We need all hands on deck. Quite simply, panels and op-ed pages full of white men aren’t going to cut it any more. In fact, they never have.
The need for all hands on deck and for more voices on the mic has never been more true today.
When we launched our fellowship program almost two years ago, we were apprehensive about how many diverse voices we would find. After all, everyone always says, “there aren’t enough qualified women.”
As we move into our fourth fellowship cycle, here is what we found: Female foreign policy experts abound.
Since we got started, we have received hundreds of applications from brilliant interruptors around the world. These applicants have not only ranged in geographic location, but also in expertise and experience: from Latin America’s turbulent economies to tech in India; transformation in Indonesia to development in Niger; nuclear weapons to climate change and global nutrition. As always, the next time anyone says that there aren’t qualified women in foreign policy – in whatever vertical – we can and will shout back “WRONG.”
Narrowing our selection to just four was extremely hard. We wanted to select 50. Truly.
2017 has already been a big year. We received support from New America; we guest-edited an all-women’s issue of World Policy Journal. And we inaugurated a president who is on record as saying he grabs women by their pussies.
Now more than ever we need to make sure the conversations we have about the world are as representative and diverse as possible.
We’ve once again assembled a truly talented set of women (seven this cycle!) and we can’t wait to work with them to interrupt foreign policy, enrich the discussion, and change the ratio (and the world).
Without further adieu, meet our fourth class of interruptors:
Anne-Marie Brady, BA, MA Auckland, PhD ANU is a specialist in Chinese and polar politics based at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a fluent Mandarin speaker, who specializes in Chinese and polar politics.
She is a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and editor-in-chief of The Polar Journal, and has written nine books, including Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China, The Emerging Politics of Antarctica, and her latest, China as a Polar Great Power. She has wrriten over forty scholarly articles on topics ranging from China’s modern propaganda system, foreigner-management in China and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica. Her latest monograph examines China’s polar policies.
Fun fact: In 2007, she wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about her husband’s rather eventful trip to buy a carton of cigarettes.
Asha Castleberry is a professor at Fordham University Political Science Department. She teaches U.S. Foreign Policy, International Politics and International Political Economy.
A U.S. Army veteran, Asha recently completed a 30-month deployment in the Middle East. Since the 2014 ISIL incursion in Iraq, she served for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Kuwait. From December 2012 to June 2014, Asha served as the Kuwait Desk Officer for International Military Affairs, U.S. Army Central. In 2011, she received a student fellowship to work with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations at the State Department. Asha also has extensive experiences in Latin America. She was an election observer for the 2009 Presidential Election Observer in El Salvador and worked on USSOUTHCOM’s peacekeeping operations in Nicaragua.
Asha serves on the Board of Advisors of America’s Impact. She is a also member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council, a global fellow at the Project on the Study on the 21st Century (PS21), Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project and a cofounder of International Youth Council. She was recently awarded the 2016 Aspen Institute Ideas Scholarship and a scholarship recipient for the Socrates Program.
A graduate of Hampton University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Asha is a proud study abroad student studying Law and Business in China and international politics at the University of Oxford New College Program. She received her certification at New York University Center for Global Affairs. She is a New Leaders Council Fellow and was chosen as one of the Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders and The 2015 Root100 Top African American Rising Leaders.
Fun Fact: She loves learning languages and enjoys speaking Arabic and Spanish. She is planning a trip to Cuba and United Arabs Emirates.
Alice Driver is a bilingual photojournalist who splits her time between Mexico City, her home state of Arkansas, and Washington, D.C. She is the author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona 2015), a book which she completed as part of her postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.
Driver’s writing and documentary photography covering human rights, activism, and social movements have been featured in The New York Times, Oxford American, Univision, National Geographic, The World Policy Journal, The Guardian, The Texas Observer, Al Jazeera English, Pacific Standard, and Ms. Magazine among others. Driver is currently working on a project on women and transgender migrants in Mexico as a 2017 Restorative Narrative Fellow at Images of Voices and Hope.
Fun fact: Alice is a certified Divemaster and worked in Honduras guiding divers during whale shark season.
Lauren Kosa is a Washington, DC-based freelance writer. Her expertise includes rule of law and human rights issues in the Middle East. She spent seven years at the State Department, where she focused on the Middle East and criminal justice reform, including police and justice systems. She was a Brookings Legis Fellow in 2015, working as a National Security Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Lauren has lived for periods of time in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco and traveled through most of the region. She was an Egypt Desk Officer at the State Department focused on human rights during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Before that, she worked for the nonprofit Human Rights First as part of a team working to oppose the practices of torture, extraordinary rendition, and indefinite detention during the George W. Bush administration.
Her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Vox, U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, and elsewhere. Lauren holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas.
Fun Fact: After living in Austin, Texas, she has very strong opinions about both music and barbecue.
Fabiana Perera is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at The George Washington University. Fabiana’s research focuses on unemployment and education in resource dependent countries and has been supported by the American Political Science Association, the GWU Center for International Business Education and Research and Humanity in Action.
Fabiana is also active in the Hispanic community and board of the alumni association of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for six years and volunteers with the Central American Resource Center.
Fabiana holds an MA in Latin American studies from Georgetown University where she was a fellow in languages and area studies. Fabiana was born in New Jersey and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.
Fun fact: As an undergraduate student Fabiana was a news anchor for WNMU, the public television affiliate in Marquette, Michigan.
Elizabeth Radin is a Lecturer in Epidemiology and an Associate Research Scientist for the global health research group ICAP at Columbia University.
Elizabeth has 15 years of experience in Global Health and International Development. As a manager and a researcher, she has worked to address health inequalities in Africa and Southeast Asia focusing on HIV/AIDS, malaria and maternal and child health, among other issues. She currently oversees national-level HIV impact assessment studies in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Cote d’Ivoire. Carried out under the leadership of the Ministries of Health, these studies reveal how effective HIV prevention and treatment efforts have been and how to better target support to vulnerable populations that are slipping through the cracks.
Previously, Elizabeth led country programs for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Cameroon and Indonesia. She also served as a consultant to the World Bank, a Research Officer at Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Elizabeth holds a PhD in Public Health from Oxford and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Fun Fact: During her first weeks leading an HIV treatment program in Indonesia, Elizabeth’s staff confronted her with an unusual concern: ghosts were haunting the newly opened office. In response, she worked with her Indonesian colleagues to pool funds to pay for an office exorcism. Elizabeth believes that working across cultures requires empathy, creative problem solving and a sense of humor. She still does not believe in ghosts.
Erin Stuckey is an Epidemiologist and a Program Officer with the Malaria team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting efforts to eradicate malaria. She manages a portfolio of investments in the areas of applied epidemiology and data for decision making systems in Latin America, the Greater Mekong Sub-region, and Southern Africa.
Motivated to address health inequity worldwide, Erin has more than a decade of experience in the global health field. Erin was previously a Global Health Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and conducted her doctoral research at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland, with publications in applying mathematical modeling to support decision-making for operations in malaria control and elimination in Kenya and Zambia. Prior to moving into academia, Erin worked in various roles with Population Services International (PSI) based first in Washington, DC and then in Juba, South Sudan. In Juba, as Technical Advisor, Erin was responsible for a portfolio of national HIV/AIDS social marketing programs, and later established a department managing research, monitoring and evaluation, and communications for malaria, safe water and HIV/AIDS programs.
Erin holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Program Certificate in Public Health from SSPH+, a BA in Comparative Literature and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently working on completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification.
Fun fact: Erin has lived in or traveled to more than 60 countries worldwide. Her favorite travel story: when she was 21 and traveling in Mumbai, Erin was randomly approached on the street by a film crew who needed extras for an “international party” scene and ended up on an Indian TV show.