Hunter Coolican received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida in May 2020. While a student at UCF, he was an active member of the university’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps where he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Space Force. As a cadet, he had the opportunity to go to the United Kingdom as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange to help foster international understanding and goodwill. He has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. His research interests include: strategy, foreign affairs and international space law.
Rachael Costello received a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University. Her research focused on feminist international relations, violence against women and the German language. During her studies, she held an internship at Victim Witness, a legal non-profit for survivors of assault, and another at the German Marshall Fund of the United States as a Leadership Initiatives intern. After graduating, Rachael worked for two years as a Language and Culture Ambassador for the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in Granada, Spain, where she taught bilingual education. Rachael is fluent in English and German and has conversational fluency in Spanish. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University. The Fulbright Fellowship will allow her to research women’s roles in mediation, as well as pre- and post-conflict. She also looks forward to continuing her Krav Maga training in its country of origin during her free time.
Kyle Desrosiers was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University. Kyle holds a BA in University Scholars with a concentration in fine arts, journalism, and German from Baylor University. He is studying in Tel Aviv in order to further his competency for a career in religion journalism. In particular, Kyle is interested in religious conflict, the ethics of pluralism and dissent, and the relationship among religious institutions and constructs of human identity. He recently submitted an undergraduate thesis entitled, “Things Broken and Things Made New: an oral history of HIV/AIDS and Spirituality,” and is editing an iteration of this project for publication this summer.
Daniel Hila graduated from the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York with a B.A. in political science. As a first-generation American born to Albanian immigrants, Daniel has sought to maintain close ties with the Albanian-American community. He interned with the Consulate of Kosovo in the consular and diplomatic sectors, where he began to develop an interest in foreign affairs and diplomacy. The status of Kosovo inspired his interest in the Balkans, and his studies at City College concurrently inspired an interest in the Middle East. Daniel has been involved with three United Nations General Assemblies and had the unique opportunity to see most world leaders give their remarks to the UN in 2019. He will be pursuing an M.A. in security and diplomacy at Tel Aviv University, where he aspires to gain a personal perspective of the Middle East while continuing his Arabic studies. Daniel hopes to work for the U.S. government in a diplomatic capacity toward the Balkans and the Middle East.
Jade Kosché received her J.D. in Law, magna cum laude, from Trinity Law School. During her studies, Kosché served as Executive Editor of the Trinity Law Review and a graduate teaching assistant for Criminal Law. She also interned with the anti-human trafficking coalition, Chab Dai International, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While in Cambodia, she authored a manual on understanding human trafficking, which is used to train NGO workers and inform NGO project planning worldwide. Since graduation and admission to the California Bar, Kosché has worked in labor, employment, and insurance law, litigating a variety of cases, including complex litigation matters. She actively volunteers with the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Sojourn Legal Clinic, a legal clinic for domestic abuse survivors. Kosché has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study for an LL.M in international business law from Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law. Kosché’s proposed project involves researching the desirability and implementation of an international convention on standardizing and codifying corporate responsibility with respect to abuse in supply chains.
Jade’s recent publications include:
Kosché, Jade. “Understanding Human Trafficking: Levels of Familiarity for Non-Governmental Organization Purposes.” Global Learning Community (July 2017).
Anchor Losch received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from West Point. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University. From serving as an English teacher during her semester in Morocco, to volunteering in Uganda, Mongolia, Vietnam and Ecuador, Anchor focused her time on serving communities to give her engineering research context. As a Joseph J. Malone Fellow with the National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations, she spoke at the 2017 Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference and served as a delegate on two separate trips to the Middle East. Anchor also attended the joint Yale-West Point Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative in Israel. Anchor serves as the President of both the West Point American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Model Arab League. She is also the head conductor of the Cadet Spirit Band. Anchor will commission as an Engineer officer in May of 2020.
Anchor’s recent publications include:
F. J. Burpo et al., “A Salt-Templated Synthesis Method for Porous Platinum-based Macrobeams and Macrotubes,” JoVE. (159), e61395, 2020. F. J. Burpo et al., “Salt-Templated Platinum-Copper Porous Macrobeams for Ethanol Oxidation,” Catalysts, 9(8), 662, 2019.
Hannah McDaniel graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in International Development Studies. Her focus was primarily communication as a mechanism for social change in the context of non-profit organizations, and she completed an internship with Habitat for Humanity of Missoula. In 2018, Hannah’s studies led her abroad to analyze the effects of wartime propaganda on Western Europe, and then to engage with statewide civic leaders as a 2018 Montana New Leadership Fellow. Since graduating in 2019, Hannah has been working as Communications Director for Habitat for Humanity of Missoula in addition to volunteering with another non-profit, Soft Landing Missoula, which supports refugees in the region. Hannah has been awarded a Fulbright grant to pursue a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Management at the University of Haifa. The Fulbright Fellowship will enable her to further examine the role of communication in social justice work, particularly across social, political and cultural divides. Hannah looks forward to building relationships within the Israeli non-profit sector, as well as the University of Haifa’s uniquely diverse student and faculty bases.
Joe Blumberg received his B.A. in History from Yale University in May 2019. He focused primarily on the development of religious identities in the United States, and he wrote his senior thesis on Jewish American public oratory in the 18th century. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue a a Master's of Arts in Jewish Studies at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University. In addition to completing the coursework for the degree, Joe will conduct an independent research project that explores the history of American Jews in Jerusalem. After completing his Fulbright fellowship, he will pursue rabbinical ordination and a PhD in History.
Rosalie Daniels is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she majored in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy and Policy Processes. She also received a certificate in Justice and Peace Studies and minored in French, spending a semester in France studying at L’Institut D’Études Politiques de Lyon. While a student at Georgetown, Rosalie completed internships with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, the Embassy of France in the United States, U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr., and Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus. After graduating, Rosalie spent two years working with various U.S. government agencies as a federal consultant for IBM. This included work as a legislative affairs consultant for the Department of Defense and work on a pilot program testing Blockchain applications for improved pharmaceutical traceability in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rosalie has been awarded a Fulbright grant to pursue a Master's of Arts in Security and Diplomacy Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she hopes to research refugee policy and governance.
Anna Joyce received her B.A. in Psychology and Theology from Loyola Marymount University in 2017. Her research focused on religious studies, while her praxis consisted of engaging with marginalized communities. She held two internships with different federal law enforcement agencies (ICE and US Marshals Service) and examined the role of the federal government in peace and security. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master's of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (Public Policy) from Tel Aviv University. The Fulbright Fellowship will enable her to continue her research with respect to religion, government, and the marginalized in the international arena.
Jovan Ruvalcaba received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his Juris Doctor (in law) from the University of Arizona. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Jovan worked as a legislative intern in the United States Senate, taught English and American culture at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil, and served as an AmeriCorps member in Tucson Arizona. The Fulbright Fellowship will allow Jovan to pursue a Master’s in International law (LL.M) at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include: International economic law, International humanitarian law, and disability rights. In his free time, Jovan hopes to learn more about Israel’s national service regime and how it empowers members of the disability community to serve in it. After his Fulbright fellowship, Jovan wants to pursue a career in foreign affairs and diplomacy. Jovan’s recent publications include: Ruvalcaba, Jovan. What We Have Lost with the TPP: Value-Driven Trade, A Trigger For WTO\Reform, Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, 349-376 Vol. 35, No. 2 (May 2018). Ruvalcaba, Jovan. “Lincoln’s Promise” American Assoc. of People with Disabilities (blog) (Dec. 2016).
Andrew Sobelsohn is a senior at Columbia University in the City of New York. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master's of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is a double major in History and English at Columbia University, specializing in the history of the modern Middle East. His senior thesis explores the reestablishment of the judicial system in Palestine under the British military and civil administrations. The summer before his senior year, Andrew received several grants to conduct archival research in England and he interned at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. His research interests include the origins of the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, and the intersection of law and identity in the British Mandate for Palestine. Outside of his studies, Andrew is the president of Columbia University Film Productions, a member of Aryeh: Columbia Students Association for Israel, and lead guitarist and vocalist for Patches, a student-led folk-rock band. Andrew looks forward to forging strong academic and social connections with the Israeli people to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and Israel.
Matthew Wheeler received a B.A. in Arabic Studies with a minor in French from the University of Maryland. He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a a Master's of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Matthew spent a year in Meknes, Morocco studying Arabic with the Language Flagship as a recipient of a Boren Scholarship. In addition to academics, he interned at the US Department of State and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. As an Army ROTC cadet at Maryland, he participated in an exchange at Morocco’s Royal Military Academy through the ROTC Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program and served as cadet commander of Maryland Army ROTC during his senior year. Matthew will commission as a Military Intelligence officer in May of 2019. He looks forward to immersing himself in Israeli culture and deepening his knowledge of the Middle East in order to better serve the United States in the future.
Miranda Bass is a senior at the United States Military Academy – West Point. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts in Security and Diplomacy Studies at Tel Aviv University. She is a double major in International Relations and Chinese at West Point. Miranda is writing a senior thesis on the Russian anti-Jewish pogroms, which she has been selected to present at multiple conferences. In addition to studying in the United Kingdom and Israel, Miranda attended National Taiwan University for a semester and has served as language support in the annual Army-Army Dialogue Mechanism between the United States and China, representing West Point and the US Army in Chinese. Beyond academics, Miranda serves as the Cadet-in-Charge of the Glee Club and Jewish Hillel. She looks forward to deepening her knowledge of Israel and the Israeli people to serve the US Army and her country. Miranda will commission as a Military Intelligence officer in May of 2018.
Valerie Brukhis received her BA in International Studies and Political Science at the University of St. Thomas. She spent a semester with the School for International Training in Geneva, Switzerland in the program “International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy.” During her undergraduate career, she published and presented several peer-reviewed articles, conducted international field work, interned at UNICEF Ukraine as well as a think tank in DC. The Fulbright Fellowship will enable her to receive her MA in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. Building on her functional international experience, Valerie will pursue a thesis titled, “The Power of Inclusivity: Israeli Recruitment as a Good Lesson to U.S. Intelligence.” The goal of her research and overall time in Israel is to promote exchange both on societal as well as governmental levels.
Daimiris Garcia received her BA in Political Science with a minor in French at the University of Florida. She undertook an exchange year abroad in L’Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po Paris) where she focused on Middle Eastern politics and counterinsurgency strategy. Since then Daimiris has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (Public Policy) from Tel Aviv University. She will be studying the interdisciplinary nature of conflict and the role of policy in international resolutions. She hopes to specialize in the areas of conflict resolution related to international law and security.