Student Spotlight

Check out our amazing student accomplishments, research, publications, and more!

Spencer Kaplan '21

Spencer was recently interviewed by the New York Times for a story on how students feel about President Trump's December 11, 2019 executive order on antisemitism. Spencer is dedicated to fighting antisemitism and is passionate about Judaism. In August 2019, he founded News of the Jews, a weekly newsletter that makes often-complicated Jewish and Israeli news digestible and accessible. He also recently wrote a piece in The Jewish Week about the dispute between the Department of Education and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Spencer is pursuing a career at the intersection of space and national security. In the spring, he will be participating in Duke in D.C. and will be interning at The Charles Group, a national security consulting firm. This fall, Spencer will be a student leader on a 2020-2021 Bass Connections research project investigating the risks of settling Mars. As a first-year, he also worked on a NASA research study that published a paper on technology development at NASA's Glenn Research Center.


Elliott Davis  '20

Elliott Davis attended the 1st International Conference on Environmental Peacebuiling at the University of California, Irvine. He learned about the intersection of environmental policy, conflict mitigation, and international affairs among leaders in the field.

Read about Elliott's experience here.

Elise (Ellie) Sweezy  '20

Ellie Sweezy contributed research to a paper soon to be published in an upcoming special issue of Small Wars and Insurgencies

"As a part of Professor Henshaw’s class, Gender and Conflict, I researched the participation of women in leadership roles in 10 armed groups, primarily located in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. I reported on my findings which Professor Henshaw combined with her and other student’s research to create a global image of the role women play in the leadership of armed groups. It was an excellent learning experience in how research is conducted within the field of political science."

Inés Jordan-Zoob  '19

Inés Jordan-Zoob, Cyber Club Vice President, spoke on October 11th at the Southeast Regional Cyber Security & Technology Symposium on a panel with a number of experts from private industry, government, and the military. She was by far the youngest speaker at the event.

Read about this awesome event and Inés’ talk on AGS's newly-launched Cyber Blog here.


Justin Sherman '20

AGS's Justin Sherman has co-published a paper in Journal of Cyber Policy entitled "Gaps in the United States Federal Government IoT Security and Privacy Policies" and, in August, wrote an article for Defense Policy entitled, "The US Military Just Partially Banned Geolocatable Cellphones. That’s a Start."
Read Justin's Defense One article here.

Justin has also co-published a report at New America, The Digital Deciders: How a group of often overlooked countries could hold the keys to the future of the global internet.
Read Justin's New America report here. 

Justin was also recently named a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America, a nonpartisan think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The fellowship is a one-year, non-resident program hosted jointly by the Open Technology Institute and the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America, an overarching partnership that brings together all New America’s cybersecurity-related work. He is the youngest person ever named a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow in the think tank’s history.
Read Justin's bio on the New America website here.