2013-2014 Fox International Fellows
Outgoing from Yale University

To Boğaziçi University, Turkey

Jessica Belding, jessica.belding@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: Contemporary Jewish History in Turkey: Jewish Spaces, Marginalization and Remembrance

To Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University, England

Hillary Taylor, hillary.taylor@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, History
Project Title: Voices of the People: Language, Class and Politics in Early Modern England

To El Colegio de México, Mexico City

Johns Graham, johns.graham@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, History
Project Title: After Sheep and before Sewage: A Hydrological History of Mexico’s Mezquital Valley

Taylor Jardno, taylor.jardno@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, History
Project Title: Teaching the Children of the Pan-American Century: Nation, Class and Culture in Mexico’s Post-Revolutionary “American Schools”

To the Freie University, Germany

Elisabeth Becker, elisabeth.becker@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Sociology
Project Title: Cosmopolitan Callings: Muslim Identity and the Mosque in Contemporary Europe

Elisabeth Becker is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Yale University, where she is a junior fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology and the Center for Comparative Research. She studies migration, religion and culture. Elisabeth is currently undertaking research for her dissertation on mosques in three European capitals (London, Madrid and Berlin), an ethnographic project situated in broader debates on Islam and belonging in contemporary Europe. Elisabeth has previously researched nationalism in post-conflict Kosovo and in refugee communities, ethnic identification among migrants in New York and peace movements in Latin America. Elisabeth additionally conducts research as a consultant on international health and poverty projects for the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Christopher Murray, christopher.murray@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: Evolving German National and Supranational Identities and their Implications for the European Union

Chris graduated from Yale College in May 2013 with a BA in global affairs.  While at Yale he sang with Mixed Company, competed for the alpine ski team, and volunteered with the Hunger and Homelessness Action Project. Chris’s research interests include the European sovereign debt crisis and international health systems.  Currently his research focuses on changing German identity in response to the Eurozone crisis and the German healthcare system in comparative perspective.  In his free time Chris enjoys running through the woods and volunteering with the German Red Cross.

To the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris(Sciences Po), France

Vinicius Lindoso, vinicius.lindoso@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: Aux Archives, Citoyens: The Comité d'histoire de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale and the Making of French Contemporary History

Vinicius (or, “Vinny”) is a recent graduate from Yale College, with a double B.A. in Global Affairs and French Studies. Having written a senior thesis on French historiography of World War II and the emergence of “contemporary history” as an academic field, he pursued the Fox Fellowship to spend a year expanding his senior thesis research both in Paris and around France’s multiple provincial archives. Vinny is Brazilian by nationality, and hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy, with a focus on conflict-resolution. He has previously worked for the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and is currently working at UNESCO parallel to his Fox research.  He knows that his career choice will likely imply several changes of office and living location, but he is very happy for the time being in his charming Parisian surroundings.

Sara Silverstein, sara.silverstein@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, History
Project Title: Therapeutic Rights: European Social Democracy, Refugees of the Second World War, and Human Rights of Health

Sara Silverstein is a fifth-year PhD Candidate in Modern European and International History at Yale. Her current project explores the work of transnational health professionals in the provision of services for refugees and other groups similarly marginalized by the nation-state based international order of the mid-twentieth century. This study considers the evolution of transnational health and welfare standards, their institutionalization as rights on state and international levels, and how they became the underpinnings of emerging European institutions in east and west despite Cold War divisions. Her interests in general explore the integration of Eastern Europe in pan-European histories and the interaction of politics and society, including transnational currents in social and political thought and movements, nationalism, alternatives to nationalism, the legacy of empires, pluralistic societies, the chemistry of affiliation with political parties, the social implications of political ideologies, and the history of rights (human, social, and civil).

Mattie Wheeler, mattie.wheeler@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: The Role of Oil in Franco-Algerian Relations

Mattie Wheeler recently graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. At Sciences Po, she is currently working on the Franco-Algerian petroleum negotiations (1969-1971), the ultimate nationalization of Algerian oil (1971), and their impact on the French state oil company Elf-Erap. At Yale, Mattie wrote her senior thesis on Franco-Algerian oil relations after the Algerian War, and this year has enjoyed the opportunity to delve deeper into this pivotal period in petroleum history while using archives in Paris, Oxford, and Algiers. After this year as a Fox Fellow, Mattie will return to the US to work as an analyst for an economic consulting firm in Washington DC. She plans to complete a JD/LLM with a focus in international trade or energy law, and hopes to continue to work on North African issues.

To The University of Cape Town, South Africa

Judith Ament, judith.ament@yale.edu
Masters Candidate, School of Forestry
Project Title: Spillover Effects of Environmental Policy: The Park-Boundary-Effect around Cape Town, South Africa

After graduating from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in May 2013, Judith Ament moved to Cape Town, South Africa, to conduct geospatial research on the socio-ecological resilience of South Africa's public and private nature reserves. Her research explores the relationships between land cover change and population increase on the borders of protected areas. In the meantime, she’s loving the city's mountains, beaches, and cultural events, and enjoys an active lifestyle of road and trail running, road and mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, camping, and even surfing.

Samuel Telzak, samuel.telzak@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: Perceptions of Social Mobility and Economic Inequality in Cape Town, South Africa

Samuel Telzak graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (first election) from Yale in May of 2013. While an undergraduate, he conducted independent research at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on perceptions of social mobility and economic inequality in South Africa. He is currently pursuing a Research Master's at UCT with support from the Fox International Fellowship, examining how internal migration patterns impact these perceptions. During his spare time, he is mastering the newly invented game of basement cricket.

To the University of São Paulo, Brazil

Yuki Bailey, yuki.bailey@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: The Construction of Japanese Brazilian Identity in a Culturally, Ethnically, and Linguistically Diverse Country

Karen Yvon, karen.yvon@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: Brazil-China Business Ties and Interfirm Relations in the Contemporary Global Economy

Karen is a 2013 Yale graduate originally from Mauritius. After completing a year in China on the Richard U. Light Fellowship, she wanted to understand development of the BRICS better, and traveled to Brazil, India and South Africa. Her research in Brazil is currently focused on the key players in Brazil-China relations, and their perspectives on the evolution of Brazil-China relations.  

To Tel Aviv University, Israel

Jonathan Pomeranz, jonathan.pomeranz@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Religious Studies
Project Title: Concealing the Law: Legal Knowledge and Mass-Elite Relations in Rabbinic Babylonia

Jonathan (Yoni) Pomeranz is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Ancient Judaism program in the Department of Religious Studies. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Classics. He taught high school in the Chicago area and studied in Israel for two years before coming to Yale.  His dissertation deals with the relationship between the Jewish religious elites and the Jewish masses in Late Antique Babylonia. He is spending his time at Tel Aviv University on the Fox Fellowship studying Talmudic philology and working on the ways in which the Jewish legal system - and the rabbinic knowledge of the law -  mediated interactions between the masses and elites.

To University of Tokyo, Japan

Natalie Willis, natalie.willis@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: Recreating Japan: The Struggle for a New National Identity in the Shadow of World War II

Natalie Willis is a recent graduate of Yale College with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. Her project title is "Understanding the Cultural Formation of Japanese National Identity in the Aftermath of World War II." This project is follows her research on the gap between the rhetoric and the reality of Japanese Pan-Asianism in the years 1937-1945. Her research interests include 20th century Japanese history and Japan's relationships with neighboring nations. She is also concerned with how the unresolved tensions stemming from World War II affect Japan's current foreign policy.

Ian Formosa, ian.formosa@yale.edu
Masters Candidate, Business Administration
Project Title: Changes in Japan’s Monetary and Fiscal Policy and the Diversification Effect of U.S. Private Equity Investing in Japan

Ian Formosa is an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Fox International Fellow (2013-2014) representing Yale University to Japan for conducting a research in cross-border investment at the University of Tokyo. Prior to Yale, Ian was a design engineer working for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. Being part of the M&A and buyout deals that his previous companies underwent, Ian realized that capital was so instrumental for all businesses.  He came to Yale to study finance and learn how to help companies grow and thrive through restructuring businesses, optimizing operations, raising capitals, and making strategic investments. His professional interest lies in connecting capital to companies with great ideas to make people’s lives better and things easier. He aspires to help advance the world economy through the power of cross-border investing.

To Moscow State University, Russia

Adam Demetriou, adam.demetriou@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: The Russian Nobility, its Representation and Political Role

Julio Perez-Torres, julio.perez-torres@yale.edu
Graduating Senior
Project Title: The Role of Transparent Media in Post-Soviet Russia: A Barometer of Democracy?

Julio Perez-Torres graduated from Calhoun College of Yale in May 2013. With dual-degrees in International Studies and Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Julio currently represents Yale at Moscow State University in Russia. His academic projects focuses on the portrayal of U.S.-Russian relations in the media, and transparency in the news as a barometer for democracy. In Moscow, Julio also teaches English to African immigrants, and serves as their translator at a local free clinic. He hopes to eventually work as a foreign correspondent for an international news outlet.

To Fudan University, China

Wei Luo, wei.luo@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Sociology
Project Title: Local Elite Networks and Social Revolution in Republican China

Wei is a PhD candidate in sociology at Yale University. She holds a MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BA in German Literature from Beijing University. Her current research interest includes social theory on elite and revolution, historical sociology, and social network. Her dissertation project focuses on the transformation of elite and the development of civil associations in China during the Nationalist Revolution. Funded by the Fox International Fellowship, she is currently doing archival research in China, based in the history department at Fudan University in Shanghai.






Yale Alumni

"The Fox Program helped me to better understand the American culture and people... and probably what is most important is that participation in this Program has made me more open-minded and helped me to look at the history, politics, and economics of my native country from different angles."

Anastasia Obydenkova
from Moscow State University to Yale