Ellings-Korduba Research Fellows

Fellows spend the summer as junior fellows in residence at NBR’s Seattle office and participate in an intensive summer seminar featuring experts in the policy and international relations field. During the Ellings-Korduba Summer Seminar, fellows present policy suggestions and/or individual research findings to NBR staff and select guests from the policy, academic, and business communities.


2022 Ellings-Korduba Research Fellows

 

Calla Li

Pomona College, University of Cambridge

 
Calla Li

Calla Li is an incoming MPhil Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She recently graduated from Pomona College, where she majored in International Relations and Russian and Eastern European Studies. Her research interests are centered around Russia-China relations and its effect on security relations in Eastern Europe and Northeast Asia. Prior to NBR, Calla interned at think tanks such as the Wilson Center and the Congressional Research Services, where she analyzed Cold War diplomatic archives and monitored Chinese social media and news trends. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and has also studied both Russian and French at the advanced level.


2021 Ellings-Korduba Research Fellows

 

James Diddell

Columbia University

 
James Diddell

James Diddell is an MPA candidate in International Security Policy and East Asian Studies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research examines the role that cooperation in maritime law enforcement between the United States, Japan, and South Korea can play in strengthening trilateral relationships to resist Chinese gray-zone coercion. Prior to attending Columbia University, he served for seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard, spending time stationed in Hawaii and New York. He holds a Certificate in Public Administration from Clemson University and a BS in Public Policy from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
 

Christine Liu

University of Maryland

 
Christine Liu

Christine Liu is a BA candidate in International Relations and Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research analyzes the intersection of economics, technology, and national security as it pertains to US interests in East Asia. Prior to this fellowship, she examined China’s industrial policy and high-tech competitiveness as an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She also conducted research at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and National Defense University. After graduation, she is interested in attending graduate school and pursuing a career in public service. She is fluent in Mandarin, Japanese, and English.