Ellings-Korduba Research Fellows

We are pleased to announce NBR’s 2023 Ellings-Korduba Research Fellow. The fellowship allows advanced undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to 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 NBR Summer Seminar, fellows present policy suggestions and/or individual research findings to NBR staff and select guests from the policy, academic, and business communities.

2023 Ellings-Korduba Research Fellow

Jon Formella

Columbia Law School

Jon Formella is an incoming law student at Columbia Law School. He recently completed a year in Hanoi, Vietnam, through the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship and was previously a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Yilan, Taiwan. Jon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in History and Asian Studies and completed a dual master’s degree program with Columbia University and the London School of Economics after writing his thesis on Sino-Vietnamese relations during the Cold War. His research interests include the historical development of Marxist-Leninist ideology in China and Vietnam and its impact on modern international relations. During this fellowship, Jon will focus on Vietnamese and Indian security policy in relation to Chinese and U.S. strategy. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in comparative law and national security. Jon is fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and German and enjoys distance running, collecting loose leaf tea, and reading.

2023 Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship Finalists

  • Hannah Butler (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • William Doolittle (Stanford University)
  • Leon Li (Johns Hopkins University)

2022 Ellings-Korduba Research Fellow

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 an 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.