“I thought there would be more aspiring diplomats and fewer aspiring investment bankers,” Matt Ellison (SFS’18) says of what surprised him most about Georgetown. Ellison himself falls into the former category. Drawing from his desire to improve the world, he aims to work in the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat.
After graduating from Georgetown, Ben Rowswell (SFS’93) began a distinguished career in the Canadian foreign service, serving most recently as the Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela. Now he’s improving the world in another way: through tech.
For SFS students, spring break often means something other than a vacation. This year, nearly 100 SFS graduate and undergraduate students went abroad as part of spring break programs taking them to Africa, South America, Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East to explore first-hand the issues they had been learning about in the classroom.
Lisa Burgoa (SFS’19) contributed to an op-ed recently published by The Hill that argues for shift toward a more pro-business relationship with Cuba. “A pro-business posture allows for increased commercial relations (beyond cigars) that would be more effective in countering the interests of the Cuban military’s monopoly in business.”
SFS assistant professor Emily Mendenhall co-authored a paper on societal factors that influence the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. The research suggests that, “for millions, type 2 diabetes is a disease of crisis and displacement not poor lifestyle choices.
SFS professor Anna Maria Mayda has co-authored a working paper analyzing the relationship between immigration and voter preferences. “We find that an increase in low-skilled immigrants affects the vote of U.S. counties in different ways, but in general tends to push voters towards the Republican Party. Non-urban, low-skill counties with high local public spending strongly increased their Republican vote share in response to low-skilled immigration.”
SFS Associate Professor Mark Jacobson commented on the Pentagon’s consideration of Minnesota as a possible location for the Army Futures Command. Jacobson says “it could be an opportunity for the department to build up in the Midwest.”