Global Peace Fellow
Amal Khan is the Global Peace Fellow, under the auspices of the Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship, for the Global Perspectives Office. She is a senior at UCF, majoring in Political Science, with an emphasis on International Relations. Khan is a member of the President’s Leadership Council, a graduate of the LEAD Scholar Program, and actively involved with various UCF organizations and associations, such as the Student Government Association and Junior Achievement. Upon graduation, she aspires to work internationally with non-profit organizations. Khan is conversational in Hindi and has traveled to India, Hong Kong, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, and Ireland.
India Program Fellow
Jason Kelly is the India Program Fellow, under the auspices of The Anil and Chitra Deshpande India Program Endowed Fund, for the Global Perspectives Office and The India Program at UCF. He is currently a junior, majoring in Psychology and Journalism. Kelly has served on the executive boards of various Caribbean student groups at UCF. Upon graduation, he wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology, intending to focus his research on the psychology behind European colonialism and imperialism. Kelly is proficient in French and Dutch, and enjoys studying Papiamentu, Haitian Creole, and Afrikaans in his spare time.
Laura Stockbridge is a Global Fellow, under the auspices of the Lawrence J. Chastang Global Fellows Program at the University of Central Florida, for the Global Perspectives Office. She is currently a senior at UCF, majoring in Business Economics, International track, with a minor in Mathematics. She is currently a member of Honors Congress and the Burnett Honors College Economics Club, an economics researcher for the UCF Institute for Economic Competitiveness and an Economic Research Assistant for the UCF Economics Department. Stockbridge recently won the R. Glenn Hubbard Research Award in undergraduate economics. Her research interests include development economics and trade theory. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in international economics and development economics. Stockbridge speaks French and has traveled to France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Canada.
Jessica Gagnon the Project Specialist for the Global Perspectives Office, the Diplomacy Program, the Terrorism Studies Program and other affiliated organizations, including the Global Connections Foundation. She is also the China-Taiwan Fellow for Spring 2010, under the auspices of the C.T. and Jean Hsu Fund of the Global Connections Foundation. Gagnon is responsible for assisting with globally oriented projects and programs, conducting research and serving as a liaison to key partners, notably the Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations. She also specifically works on research projects related to China and Taiwan. Previously, she was a Program and Research Assistant for the same group of partners. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with an Honors degree in International Relations and Comparative Politics and a minor in Marketing. Gagnon is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Studies at UCF, and is a Graduate Assistant in the UCF Political Science Department. She was a Provost’s Fellow in 2007-2008. Gagnon’s research interests include East Asia and American national security. Fluent in French and a student of Mandarin, she has traveled extensively in North America and has visited China. She is sponsored by the Global Connections Foundation.
Norah Perez is a MacArthur Scholar under the auspices of the William MacArthur International Affairs Awards Program in the Global Perspectives Office. A senior at Rollins College, she is majoring in Economics with a minor in International Affairs. She is one of the founders of the Ethics Committee, where she helped to develop the Ethics Roundtable Discussion. Perez spent four years in South Africa, and speaks English and Spanish, as well as some German.
Michael Napolitano is a Global Fellow under the auspices of The Lawrence J. Chastang Global Fellows Program at the University of Central Florida, for the Global Perspectives Office. He is currently a senior at UCF, majoring in Anthropology. Napolitano is a member of Hominids Anonymous, the Anthropology club at UCF. He is currently working on his Honors in the Major Thesis, which focuses on primate dominance hierarchies. His research interests include primate behavior, biobehavior and sociobiology. Napolitano is studying Italian and has traveled to Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada.
Nathalia Martins MacArthur Scholar
Nathalia Martins is a MacArthur Scholar under the auspices of the William MacArthur International Affairs Awards Program in the Global Perspectives Office. A senior at UCF, she is majoring in Political Science – International Studies and minoring in French. She is currently the President of the French Club at UCF. Her research interests include West European politics, the European Union, comparative politics and international law. She plans on graduate studies in international relations or law. A native of Brazil, Martins is fluent in Portuguese, has studied Spanish and French, and has traveled in South America and the Caribbean.