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 Middle Eastern Studies 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.