Meet Our Project Analysts

Read about our current class of Project Analysts. E-mail them or check out their LinkedIn profiles to learn more about the program or to ask questions about recruiting.



Joanne Dynak

Joanne graduated from Harvard University in 2016 with a BA in Government. Her senior thesis examined the legal evolution of the right to privacy in the U.S. Supreme Court and applied key themes from her analysis to a then-undecided Supreme Court case that challenged the status quo for privacy protections. In college, Joanne was committed to political and legal organizations and public service. At the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, she served as the Digital Strategy Chair of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, and was the Editor in Chief of the Harvard College Law Review.

She was also a teaching assistant for CS105: Privacy and Technology, Harvard's first interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar on privacy. Off campus, Joanne volunteered with the human rights clinic at the Cambridge Legal Services and Counseling Center. Joanne spent two summers in Washington D.C. interning at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and conducting privacy research at the Federal Trade Commission, as well as a summer studying abroad in Venice, Italy.

Sarah Engell

Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History and Political Science. Her senior thesis, “Replacing Periods with Question Marks: A Study of the Role of Public Education in Kanawha County, West Virginia,” analyzed the teaching of moral education in public schools and the rights of parents, teachers, and students in curriculum decision making processes. While at Penn, Sarah was actively involved with the local chapter of Best Buddies, Penn Model Congress, and Women’s Political League.

She was also a fellow and grant recipient as a part of both the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism and the Penn Humanities Forum. In addition, Sarah has spent time interning in rural Ghana, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office, the Brookings Institution, and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity.

Eric Halliday

Eric graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and Italian Studies. He spent a semester abroad at the University of Bologna in Italy, where he studied Italian politics and literature. While at Tufts, Eric worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Somerville, M.A., where he was named Volunteer of the Year in 2015-2016. He was the co-leader of ALLIES (The Alliance Linking Leadership in Education and the Services), a student run organization dedicated to studying civil military relations and forging relationships between civilian and military undergraduate students.

Eric spent one summer as an investigative intern at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he investigated felony cases on behalf of indigent clients, and two summers as an intern at the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office in Utica, N.Y., where he assisted attorneys and staff with cases at all stages of the prosecutorial process.

Rachael Hanna

Rachael graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2016 with a BA in Government, a minor in Economics, and a Language Citation in Arabic. Her senior thesis analyzed how Egypt's British colonial legacy and subsequent distribution of power following the country's 1952 revolution have contributed to stable autocratic government through several moments of political turbulence, including the Arab Spring.

While at Harvard, Rachael served as an Associate Managing Editor of the Harvard Political Review, overseeing the World, Campus, and Interviews sections. She also worked on the Institute of Politics' Fellows Selection Committee, was a liaison to former State Department Special Representative Farah Pandith, and served as Vice President of AMBLE, a group devoted to connecting women and minority students to career opportunities in finance, consulting, media, tech, and other industries. Rachael spent her summers working as a research assistant with the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center Future of Diplomacy Project, interning in TJX Co.'s business sustainability department, and serving as a speech writer for Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

New York

Saaket Pradhan

Saaket graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a BA in Economics and Political Science. While at Columbia, Saaket was the Class President, acting as a liaison between the students and the administration to advocate for student needs and plan large-scale community events. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review.

During his tenure he increased readership and circulation to span the entire university, and also developed a complementary website to publish shorter articles related to current events in the legal field. He was also involved in Model UN and teaching public speaking in New York City Public Schools through Youth for Debate. Having worked at law firms in Hong Kong, Ohio, and New York City, Saaket learned a great deal about bankruptcy codes and how multinational corporations operate across different jurisdictions.

Washington, DC

Fatema Ghasletwala

Fatema graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University in 2016 with a BA in Political Science (Public Policy Focus). Her senior honors thesis focused on programmatic enfranchisement and youth voting rights in the U.S. In the realm of academia, Fatema has presented original research on the socio-legal implications of the school-to-prison pipeline at the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference and has been published several times.

Most recently, Fatema’s paper titled “Conscious Court Policy & Public-Private Partnerships: Alternatives to Civil Gideon” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of the Columbia University Undergraduate Law Review. As an undergraduate, Fatema spent her time interning for Congressman Rush Holt, as a Summer Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and as the inaugural and only undergraduate intern at the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.