We are pleased to announce the new cohort of Lampert Scholars, 2020-2021!

Abigail's research focuses on the question of whether charismatic leadership is based on psychological foundations that vary across cultures. Her project will study the responses of Arab and American participants to determine whether charisma is a universally experienced phenomenon or mediated by different cultural perspectives. Abigail is majoring in Psychology and Middle East and Islamic Studies.

J.Y. Khoo will be interning this summer at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) in Singapore. He will work in the Institute’s Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme on a project titled "Rising China and Chinese New Migrants in Southeast Asia." J.Y. is a History major.

Kate’s project will focus on the intersection of arms sales and public opinion to understand the effects of US-led arms proliferation on domestic political stability. She hopes to extend this research into a senior honors thesis that studies the effects of militarization on civilians in target countries. Kate is majoring in International Relations and Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Sarah will intern this summer at the UN’s University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica. She will be working with the University's refugee program and hopes to explore the political, economic, and social causes of migration within Central America. Sarah is majoring in International Relations and Spanish.

Claudia will explore the effectiveness of micro-funding in providing capital to entrepreneurs and small business owners as an alternative to government-funded relief aid. She is interested in examining how microcredit can create stronger economic systems in developing countries, specifically in the southern African region.  Claudia is an International Relations major.

Akshara’s research project analyzes the dynamics of revolution and the role of social media, using the case of the Arab Spring. Akshara will also intern this summer with an organization, where she will conduct scientific and economic due diligence on investment opportunities in the energy sector. She is a double major in Applied Mathematics and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Sam will be interning at the Open Government Partnership, working on issues related to government transparency and accountability, civil society, and civic engagement in the Latin American region. Alongside the internship, Sam will also be working on a research project that focuses upon these questions. Sam is a Political Science major and Latin American Studies minor.

Tori will be working as a Foreign Policy Intern for the Jewish Institute for National Security of America’s (JINSA) Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy, which focuses on American defense and strategic interests in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. As a double major in International Relations and Psychology, she is interested in studying how psychology can deepen our understanding of national security decision-making.