Student Bios

Rohit Gupta
PhD
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 2004; Indira Gandhi National Open University, 2009; Princeton University, 2019
Electrical Engineering, BTech; Public Policy, M.A.; Public Policy, MPP
Patiala, Punjab, India
Rohit grew up in Punjab and graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi with a major in electrical engineering. After briefly working in different technology based research roles, he felt his calling lay in public services. He was selected as an Indian Administrative Services officer in 2006. He has worked as the district magistrate, which is the head of District Government in India, in six different districts. As the district magistrate, he was responsible for direct supervision of more than twenty government departments, maintaining law and order in the jurisdiction, and coordinating with multiple agencies to ensure the holistic development of district. He passionately believes in promoting and executing policies that protect the environment along with economic development. While studying for the MPP program at Princeton, he rediscovered his passion for research and scholarship. He hopes to continue his journey of developing skills for contributing towards a sustainable future with the STEP Ph.D. program at the School.
Jake Gutman
MPA1
I - International Relations
University of Pennsylvania, 2014
Modern Middle Eastern Studies/Political Science, B.A.
Los Angeles, California
Jake grew up in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in political science and modern Middle Eastern studies. Following graduation, he was a visiting researcher at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland where he conducted research and edited a manuscript on the Muslim Brotherhood. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he was a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focusing on the expansion of global authoritarianism and international support for women’s political empowerment. Prior to attending the Woodrow Wilson School, Jake was a legislative aide to Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey where he supported the senator’s role on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including as the top Democrat on the Africa and Global Health subcommittee, as well as his work on defense policy and veterans affairs. Jake enjoys traveling, playing sports, and listening to podcasts.
Jasmine Haddaway
MPA2
I - International Relations
University of Florida, 2018
International Studies, B.A.
Orlando, Florida
Jasmine received her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in women’s studies from the University of Florida. She is passionate about using gender equity and sustainable international development as tools of diplomacy, utilizing advocacy and capacity building to empower the communities she serves. Her past experiences include interning at the White House, serving as a Planned Parenthood Global Youth Advocacy Fellow, participating in the 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and implementing sustainable development initiatives in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, with P4H Global. In addition, Jasmine has conducted research that measures the impact of women’s engagement in agriculture through her work on the USAID Feed the Future Livestock Innovation Lab and compiled a qualitative history of the West African Ebola outbreak with the Ebola 100 Project. This summer, she interned at the U.S. Consulate General Cape Town working on public diplomacy initiatives. Jasmine is a 2018 Rangel Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and is eager to continue building relationships with communities to create social change through a career in the Foreign Service.
Carlton Haelig
PhD
Rutgers University, 2013; George Mason University, 2017
History/Political Science, B.A.; International Security, M.A.
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Carlton is a second year Ph.D. student studying security studies and international relations at Princeton University. His interests lie at the intersection of international relations, international security, and national security policy. Carlton’s research focuses on military innovation, adaptation, and strategy. Current projects of his look at the drivers of doctrinal innovation in military organizations and the implications of emerging technologies on innovation and the future balance of power. He is the director of the Strategic Education Initiative at Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies. Prior to Princeton, Carlton worked in a variety of capacities conducting research on national security policy and strategy in academia, think tanks and government.
Artin Haghshenas
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Rutgers University, 2015
Political Science, B.A.
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Artin was born and raised in New Jersey where she also received her undergraduate degree in political science from Rutgers University. During her time at Rutgers, she was an undergraduate associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, where she explored state and national politics through research, education and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. After graduation, she spent three years working as an adviser to United States Senator Bob Menendez, where she provided strategic direction to New Jersey’s senior senator and managed a portfolio with a focus on health care, women’s rights and education. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA), the state’s only statewide organization working to create a culture that addresses the impact and prevalence of sexual violence. She returned to the Office of Senator Robert Menendez this past summer to complete her MPA internship. Artin is a second-degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, enjoys running (half) marathons and is an avid traveler. After graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School, Artin hopes to continue working at the federal level with the goal of improving access and affordability of health services to low-income women.
Maya Hardimon
MPA1
I - International Relations
University of Maryland-College Park, 2016
Arabic Studies/Government & Politics, B.A.
Framingham, Massachusetts
Maya grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, and received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, where she majored in government & politics and Arabic studies. Her internships at the International Rescue Committee and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism inspired her interest in the intersection between political violence and humanitarian crises. After a post-grad year studying Arabic in Morocco through the Boren Scholarship, Maya began working at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, where she facilitated an annual fellowship program that teaches government staffers about civil and military nuclear policy. After graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School, Maya hopes to work on issues of non-state violence, human rights protection, and humanitarian response. In her free time, she enjoys pub trivia, baking, and adapting classic rock songs for the ukulele.
Julia Herrle
MPA1
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2019
Woodrow Wilson School, B.A.
Wexford, Pennsylvania
Julia was born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania. A member of the 2023 SINSI cohort, Julia graduated magna cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2019 with certificates in environmental studies and in values and public life. Julia is interested in global food security policy and the interactions among food insecurity, environmental issues, and conflict. In 2017, Julia conducted research on improving resiliency of agriculture in Himalayan mountain villages at Bioversity International in Nepal, and in 2018 she interned in the Office of Global Food Security at the State Department. Julia hopes to expand her experience in the development and diplomacy spheres during her fellowship rotations with the federal government. In her spare time, Julia loves hiking, cooking and reading mystery novels.
Thomas Huelskoetter
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Kenyon College, 2012
Political Science, B.A.
Madison, Virginia
Thomas was born in New Orleans, but grew up in Alabama and Virginia before heading north to Kenyon College, where he studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. Prior to starting at Princeton, he spent almost five years working as a health policy analyst at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. In this role, Thomas was deeply involved in the national campaign to save the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from Congressional repeal legislation, and later co-wrote CAP’s universal health care proposal. Before his time at CAP, he returned to France for a year to teach high school English and further develop his cheese expertise. He also interned with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and President Obama’s re-election campaign in Virginia. In addition to health care reform, Thomas loves trivia, chow chows, and the New Orleans Saints. He spent his summer internship working with the health policy team at the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on legislation to reduce prescription drug prices.
Galen Hunt
MPA1
II - International Development
Brown University, 2014
International Relations, B.A.
Twisp, Washington
Galen grew up in Twisp, Washington, a small town in the Cascades Mountains. He graduated in 2014 from Brown University with a bachelor´s degree in international relations. His interest in migration led him to an AmeriCorps VISTA position in Tucson, Arizona, where he coordinated a shelter program for migrant families with Catholic Community Services. He spent the following year volunteering, consulting, and working with organizations that provide asylum seeker housing in Texas, Maryland, and Washington state. In 2016, Galen joined the PeaceCorps youth in development program in Guatemala. He extended his PeaceCorps service into 2019 in order to work with Nexos Locales, a USAID-contracted democracy and governance program in western Guatemala. Galen is interested in technology as an impulse for rural development, and how to achieve effective collaboration between nonprofits and government programs. He is also an avid bass player of many genres.
Thomas Huntley
MPP
I - International Relations
University of Iowa, 1998; American Public University, 2012
Political Science, B.A.; Political Science, M.A.
Iowa City, Iowa
Tom is an active duty Lieutenant Commander and search and rescue helicopter pilot in the United States Coast Guard. Prior to attending the Woodrow Wilson School, Tom served as Deputy Operations Officer at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, where he oversaw all helicopter operations across the 4 million square mile area of responsibility, including managing Arctic deployment operations throughout the Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean. In addition, he was selected as a member of the 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholars class, a program sponsored by the George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Lyndon Johnson presidential centers that focuses on executive leadership, policy development, and decision-making through the lens of presidential experience. Upon completion of the MPP program, Tom will return to the Coast Guard and plans to serve in a policy development and analysis role at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Tom is married to Tia Huntley and they have two children.
Ian Hutchcroft
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Occidental College, 2016
Diplomacy & World Affairs, B.A.
Madison, Wisconsin
Having spent many of his formative years in the Philippines and Australia, Ian is a wayward Wisconsinite who remains enthusiastic about the Green Bay Packers. While completing his B.A. at Occidental College in Los Angeles, he deepened his interests in international relations and economics through internships at the Australian Parliament House, USAID Philippines, International Alert, and the U.K. Mission to the U.N. in New York (where he helped support the Mission's engagement with the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals). After graduating from Occidental, he spent two years teaching English in a far corner of Kyushu as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. This led into a full academic year of intensive study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. Prior to entering the Woodrow Wilson School, Ian started the summer in Japan and proceeded onward to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia. After completing his graduate studies, Ian hopes to leverage his skills in policy analysis to help solve pressing geopolitical and macroeconomic challenges.
Alexander Hydrean
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
Cornell University, 2010; Old Dominion University, 2017
Science of Earth Systems, B.S.; Engineering Management, M.E.
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Born and raised in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Alex studied earth systems engineering at Cornell University. Upon graduating in 2010, he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy where he served as a submarine officer on the USS San Francisco out of San Diego. While onboard the San Francisco, Alex completed two deployments in the Western Pacific theater supporting numerous missions vital to national security. In 2015, Alex transferred to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in Washington, D.C., where he led over 16 nuclear arms control and nonproliferation inspections in the United States and Russian Federation. Upon completing his active duty service in 2018, Alex continued at DTRA as an international relations specialist where he primarily supported the implementation of the U.S.-Russian New START Treaty. He also continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserves as an undersea warfare officer. Alex is excited to broaden his expertise in domestic policy while at WWS. Alex enjoys the outdoors, exercise, travel, and spending time with his wife, Rebecca, daughter, Rosemary, and their dog Sourdough.
Cory Isaacs
PhD
Wake Forest University, 1993; St. Mary’s University, 1996; Georgetown University, 1998, 2000, 2001; American University, 1999; Yale University, 2018
History, B.A.; Law, J.D.; Security Studies, M.A., International and Comparative Law, LLM, Taxation, LLM; Law and Government, LLM; Ethics, M.A.
Dallas, Texas
A former police officer, prosecutor, and enlisted United States Army infantryman, Cory is interested in American military professionalism and what we say about those who fight and die on our behalf. He lives with his wife Kristin and has three boys: Connor, Dayton, and Ulysses.
Hope Jackson
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
University of South Carolina, 2012
International Business/Management Science, B.S.
Columbia, South Carolina
Hope is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and attended the University of South Carolina majoring in international business and global supply chain and operations management. Since graduating, she’s worked as a business analyst, and in project management, purchasing and contract negotiations. In 2015, she traveled to Kelantan, Malaysia, as a Fulbright English teaching assistant where her classes and camps highlighted the arts, female empowerment, and the effects of racial and socioeconomic barriers. A member of Alpha Phi Omega and Delta Sigma Theta, Hope has always been committed to public service. After spending time post-graduation working at a predominantly African-American school, she wanted to further understand the role of education and economic status in individual and communal achievement. Hope aspires to unite her business and personal experience in ways that will close the achievement gap and create more opportunities for all Americans. In pursuit of this goal, this summer Hope worked as a summer associate for the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) whose mission is to enhance the education sector’s capacity to improve the outcomes and life chances of all children. Hope volunteers at local theatres and digs poetry, symphonies, travel and action movies.
Mark Jahnke
MPA2
I - International Relations
Harvard University, 2013; SOAS University of London, 2018
Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, A.B.; Development Studies, MSc
Ketchikan, Alaska
Mark grew up between Ketchikan, Alaska, Geneva, Switzerland, and Seattle, Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Global Health and Health Policy and a master’s degree in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. At Harvard, he conducted research in Tehran and Esfahan, Iran, and was awarded high honors for his dissertation on Iran’s program to address HIV and AIDS in injecting drug use communities. After Harvard, Mark worked for two years in global health communications and at the U.S. Senate before spending two years working with the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer, with a focus on health education, organizational development, and HIV/AIDS and drug use harm reduction programs. Following the Peace Corps, he spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom, and most recently spent the summer researching political developments and governance in the former Soviet Union. A former competitive ice dancer, Mark now enjoys coaching figure skating, running marathons, traveling and Argentine tango.

Pages