CLFP Fellows

2021–22 Fellows

NBR and the independent Advisory Council are pleased to announce the 2021–22 CLFP Fellows.

PhD Track Fellows


Eric de Roulet is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Global Studies at UBC Okanagan. His research focuses on the academic life courses of international students from China and their cost-benefit analyses of studying abroad given the rising tensions in U.S.-China and China-West relations. Mr. de Roulet’s interest in this topic comes from his experiences teaching English as a second language, first at the California State University, Fullerton while earning his MA in applied linguistics and then for two years as a lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in northeastern China.


Eleanor Freund is a PhD candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she studies Chinese foreign policy and is writing a dissertation on China’s security partnerships with other states. She holds an MA in global affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she was a Schwarzman Scholar, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining MIT, Ms. Freund worked at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Allegra Fonda-Bonardi is a PhD student at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she works on technology policy, critical computing, socio-technical infrastructures, and the influence of environmental, social, and governance information on China’s capital markets. She holds degrees from Oberlin College (environmental studies and an approved individual major) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (a master’s of city planning–environmental planning and a certificate in sustainable business from the Sloan School of Management).


John Tobin is a PhD student in Chinese and Tibetan history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on empires, nationalism, and the formation of ethnicity. He is especially interested in how different actors in ethnic border regions use history as a tool for political and social authority, as well as in the reception of state messaging. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Tobin worked as an English teacher for the Colorado China Council and Sichuan University. He received his BA from Marquette University, majoring in history and philosophy, with a minor in Asian studies.

Prospective PhD Track Fellows


Serena Calcagno recently graduated with an MA in Pacific studies from the University of San Francisco. Her current research interests center on the ways that science is changing internationally, and especially how biodiversity monitoring has been transformed by citizen science and the implementation of global and national digital databases. Prior to her master’s program, she was a naturalist and educator at Angel Island and other California state parks, taught English through the Fulbright program in Meinung township of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and studied biology and China studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.


William Cullen is a master’s student at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, where he focuses on U.S.-China climate change cooperation. For his capstone project he is researching green hydrogen development in the Indo-Pacific region. Mr. Cullen studied Hindi as a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholar in Jaipur, India, and worked as a research fellow at the World Resources Institute in Bangalore. He interns remotely at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, focusing on trade and security in the Indo-Pacific. He hopes to pursue a career in climate change policy research and foster cooperation between the United States, China, and India. He received his BA in economics and environmental policy from Claremont McKenna College.


Marylin Longley graduated with an MA in political science from Columbia University. Her primary research focused on China-India relations, maritime security in the South China Sea, and economic development in Asia. Prior to embarking on her MA studies, she received a Boren Fellowship to study Hindi in Jaipur, India, where she achieved advanced fluency in both Hindi and Urdu. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Her other areas of interest include history, critical theory, and international migration flows.


Bailey Marsheck will soon conclude his MA in Chinese Studies (politics and international relations) at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. He focuses on the intersection of political psychology and interstate competition, exploring how public opinion shapes, and is shaped by, the behaviors of national leadership within the U.S.-China relationship. He hopes to obtain a Mandarin capability in order to conduct empirical research via text mining and survey experiments. Mr. Marsheck earned a BA in international economics from UC San Diego.


Charlemagne McHaffie is a recent graduate of the Security Policy Studies Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. His research interests encompass contemporary security issues in Asia and the twentieth century military and political history of China. His contemporary interests include cross-strait tension, Indo-Chinese competition, and maritime security. His historical interests include the early years of the Chinese Communist Party, China’s role in World War II, and the Chinese Civil War. In future doctoral work, Mr. McHaffie hopes to explore how these historical issues inform modern China’s perceptions of its security environment. Before earning his MA, he received a dual degree in mathematics and interdisciplinary physics from the University of Michigan.


Matthew Reynolds has served in a variety of staff positions on Capitol Hill, including as a legislative assistant for a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He earned an MA in China studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in international relations from Creighton University. Upon completion of his language studies, he plans to pursue a PhD and focus his research on Chinese political philosophy, domestic politics, and foreign policy.

2020–21 Fellows

Benjamin Kletzer


Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Benjamin Kletzer is a PhD candidate in modern Chinese history at the University of California, San Diego. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he earned a BA in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spent three years working as a kindergarten teacher in Beijing. His research focuses on the development of railways in the People’s Republic of China, highlighting the role of the railway working class in constructing a modern industrial nation. His research combines archival history, oral history interviews, and economic analytics to understand how railways contributed to China’s development. Outside of academics, he enjoys railroad photography, rowing, hiking, and traveling.

Adam B. Lee


Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Adam B. Lee is a PhD candidate in China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His current research interests include Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, cross-strait relations, and East Asian maritime security issues. His dissertation research focuses on China’s policy of deliberate ambiguity with regard to the substance and scope of its South China Sea claims. He received his BA in political science and Asian studies from Williams College and his MA in East Asian studies from Stanford University.

Winslow Robertson


Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Winslow Robertson is a PhD student in the Managing People in Organizations Department of IESE Business School at the University of Navarra. His research focuses on the decision-making structure of Chinese provincial state-owned enterprises as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Prior to IESE Business School, he was the founder and managing member of Cowries and Rice, a China-Africa strategic consultancy. He also worked at Morgan Stanley, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Latin American Studies Center. He earned his MA in West African history from Syracuse University and his BA in the same subject from James Madison University.

2019–20 Fellows

Wesley Hill


Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Wesley Hill is a PhD student in Political Development at Tulane University, where his research focuses on the many facets of Sino-African relations. Having received a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a double major with a focus on diplomatic history, Mr. Hill has opted to pursue a PhD to contribute to understandings of Sino-African and Sino-U.S. relations. His dissertation aims to add nuance to discussions of Sino-African relations by utilizing Chinese sources and perspectives on the mechanisms of interaction between Chinese and African state actors.

Haemin Jee


Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Haemin Jee is a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University. Her research interests lie in comparative politics, with a regional focus on China. She examines public opinion, with an emphasis on how government policy can shape citizens’ incentives and opinions. Ms. Jee graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Political Science. Born in South Korea, she moved to the United States at the age of six. Outside of research, she enjoys reading novels and traveling.

Evan Jones


Chinese Language Program: ICLP at National Taiwan University

Evan Jones is a PhD student in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before coming to Maryland, he earned a BA in International Relations and minored in Mandarin at Oakland University. A China scholar by training and a mathematician at heart, Mr. Jones combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to better understand the economic and media dimensions of China’s influence and how individuals and governments react to the country’s growing presence in their economies and politics. Mr. Jones has studied and conducted fieldwork in Nanjing, China. Beyond academics, he enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking the great outdoors, and playing guitar.

Dexter Lensing


Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center (Fall 2019) and CET Harbin Program (Spring 2020)

Dexter Lensing is a PhD student in Political Science at Georgia State University. He received his BA in Political Science from Boise State University. His current research interests include foreign NGOs (INGOs) that operate in China and Chinese foreign policy.

Sarah Sklar


Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center (Fall 2019) and Middlebury Kunming Program (Spring 2020)

Sarah Sklar is a PhD student in Political Science at Boston University and a predoctoral research fellow at the Pardee School’s Global Development Policy Center. She studies global development and international political economy, with a particular focus on politics and economics in China. Her dissertation research looks at local-central government relations in China and how they influence Belt and Road Initiative projects. Ms. Sklar also uses network analysis to examine global trade and financial networks and China’s role within them. She received her BA in Development Studies from Brown University and worked in international education before attending graduate school.

Nelson Yang


Chinese Language Program: ICLP at National Taiwan University

Nelson Yang is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. His research focuses on the impact of data and finance technologies at the Hong Kong–Shenzhen border. He completed his MA in 2018, in which he focused on the transformations of identity and labor mediated by mobile wallets. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Yang worked in public health and community organizing with Asian American, LGBTQ, and youth communities in Boston. He received his BA from Wesleyan University, where he majored in Anthropology and minored in Spanish. Other areas of intellectual interest include theory, pedagogy, and descriptive writing.