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.

Boston

 

Warren Crandall
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Warren graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with an AB in the department of Near Eastern Studies. His senior thesis, entitled "Linde v. Arab Bank and the Perspective Dichotomy: Ramifications of American Litigation in Jordan," examined the potential fallout from civil litigation under the Antiterrorism Act, specifically with regards to its application to foreign banks. 

While at Princeton, Warren was a senior writer for the Daily Princetonian as well as an undergraduate fellow in the Human Values Forum. He also served for two years as an officer for Colonial Eating Club. He has interned on Capitol Hill, and participated in Middlebury's Arabic language immersion program. Last summer, Warren worked at the Essex District Attorney's office in Salem, Massachusetts, focusing heavily on juvenile life without parole cases.


Sasha Dudding
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Sasha graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2015 with a BA in Government and Spanish. Her senior honors thesis, which earned her two departmental awards, focused on ways of reducing political misinformation. Outside the classroom, she pursued interests in law, policy, and journalism. She was a managing editor at The Dartmouth newspaper and the executive submissions editor at the Dartmouth Law Journal, one of the nation’s only undergraduate law journals.

As the director of Dartmouth Model UN’s Legal Committee, she led high school delegates in debating pressing issues such as Internet privacy. She was also a member of Dartmouth’s Policy Research Shop, where she completed research commissions for state representatives. She interned at the Media Law Resource Center, public relations firms, and the Washington, DCoffice of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Joanne Dynak
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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
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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.

Zach Fields
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Zach graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2015 with a degree in Social Studies. His senior thesis considered the influx of unaccompanied Central American child migrants, focusing on the experiences of border patrol agents negotiating humane treatment for child migrants in the El Paso, Texas region. 

While at Harvard, Zach captained and competed with the mock trial team, winning the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship his senior year. He also directed and taught at high school government simulation conferences around the world through Harvard’s nonprofit model congress organization. Zach spent his summers working with the Center for American Progress, Congressman Silvestre Reyes, the domestic violence unit at the office of El Paso’s district attorney, and studying abroad as a Thouron Prize recipient at Cambridge University.


Eric Halliday
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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
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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.

Haejin Hwang
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Haejin graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a BA in Government and a minor in Law and Society. Her senior thesis analyzed the long-term outcomes of UN peacekeeping missions in Croatia and East Timor, and discovered that they led to unintended political transitions that significantly affected both countries’ trajectories toward democracy.

While at Cornell, Haejin was a Public Service Scholar, president of the Cross-Cultural Adoptee Mentorship Program, outgoing exchange manager of AIESEC, and a Government Department research assistant. Outside of Cornell, she spent a summer creating a mentoring program connecting male youth to male leaders in downtown Albany, New York, through Americorps VISTA. She also interned with Teach for America’s Houston Institute by helping corps members develop transformative lesson plans. Pursuing her interest in social justice and international relations, she spent a year abroad at the University of Oxford studying Political Sociology, International Law, and Comparative Human Rights. Her last year at Cornell involved analyzing and recommending a public policy action plan for restructuring the Town and Village Courts of Tompkins County.

Parnia Zahedi
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Parnia graduated from Georgetown University in 2015 with a BA in Government and minors in English and Spanish. 

While at Georgetown, Parnia was involved with student government, served as the President of the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, and tutored elementary school students through the DC Reads literacy program. Off campus, she pursued her government interests through internships with the Office of Congressman Gerald Connolly, the lobbying firm Manatos & Manatos, and the Terry McAuliffe gubernatorial campaign. Parnia spent her last summer as a government relations intern for Deloitte LLP, where she focused on immigration policy and reform. 


New York

Reeva Dua
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Reeva graduated from Barnard College with a BA in both Environmental Policy and Political Science, earning cum laude distinction and departmental honors in Political Science. Her senior thesis analyzed historical and future standards for appliance energy efficiency of the United States, California separately, the European Union, and Japan.

While at Barnard, Reeva served as President of Barnard’s Athena Pre-Law Society, where she co-founded the Mentoring Program for Columbia university undergraduates with Columbia Law School. She was also president of Columbia University Sewa — a community service group that spreads Sikh values of selfless service through cultural events. Her interest in politics led her to co-found the Girls in Politics Empowerment Project, which connected high school girls to internships with political campaigns across New York City. Alongside school, Reeva served as the Deputy Manhattan Field Director for Reshma Saujani's political campaign for Public Advocate of New York City. She also interned for the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, conducting research on adaptation strategies of extreme climate events.

Saaket Pradhan
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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
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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.

Sam Rothbloom
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Sam graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University with a BA in Political Communication. His honors thesis, “The House Tea Party Caucus: An Ideological Mosaic of the Right,” examined the ideological cleavages in the House Republican Caucus between Tea Party–affiliated and nonaffiliated members.

During his undergraduate career, Sam immersed himself in electoral politics and public policy while on GWU’s parliamentary debate team and through internships on congressional campaigns and Capitol Hill. He spent his senior year interning at ML Strategies, where he was the lead intern on health care and transportation policy. Sam also wrote for Streetwise, a street newspaper in Chicago, for which he wrote two cover stories and dozens of features.