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IR/PS Quarterly Alumni Newsletter

We are happy to announce 13 regional clubs across the globe connecting our international alumni base, and we have class agents for every one of our 26 graduating class years, with outreach extending to all of our 2,600 alumni. We continue to explore ways to make sure our alumni all over the globe are connected to the School.

Additionally, we are developing programs to better connect you to our current students. Our admissions team is looking for your help in the recruitment process later this fall; read about their special events and sign up to meet potential students below. Keep up to date on all opportunities to become involved as an alumnus.
Alumni Spotlight

Q&A: Sungjun Oh '14

In early May, we published a story about the School of International Relations' role in educating the world's diplomats, featuring 1992 graduate and Korean Ambassador Hangu Oh and his son, Sungjun Oh. A junior diplomat for Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sungjun Oh went on to graduate with his MAS-IA this June.

Celebrating summer
Last week the School wrapped up their annual Summer Celebrations. After 16 events around the world - from Shanghai to Brasilia to Washington, D.C. and San Diego - over 430 alumni, faculty, staff, current students and prospective students had a chance to network and socialize with one another.
Alumni Class Notes
Samuel Gordon '99, MPIA, recently joined Deloitte as a partner where he is focused on providing international tax advice to global financial service firms.

Brian Allemekinders '02, MPIA, is the deputy director of the aid program at Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada, responsible for the operational management of Canada's official aid program to Bangladesh.

Darren Posey '05, MPIA, is living in Bujumbura, Burundi serving as the country representative for Burundi and Rwanda for Catholic Relief Services.

Heather Berkman '06, MPIA, moved to Houston to work as a threat analyst for Chevron Global Security, where she covers political and security risk for the company's operations in the Western Hemisphere.

Jessica Graham '09, MPIA, developed the Environmental Crime Program for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and worked at the U.S. Department of State, most recently on the President's National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.

Elena Foukes Lucas '12, MPIA, leads a Lean In Circle in San Francisco, where women in the energy industry meet to talk about challenges and victories in the workplace.
Submit your Class Note Tell us where you've been and what you're doing now with a one to two sentence update.
Upcoming Events
IR/PS Tokyo Alumni Club
visit with Ulrike Schaede
Sept. 19, 2014

Outstanding Alumni honored

Two alumni were selected as the recipients of this year's Outstanding Alumni awards. Kahori Matsui '99 and Jorge Blandon '01 were chosen from a short list of candidates, and received the honor at the friends and family reception, held on campus in June. Read the complete story >> 

Gordon Hanson steps in during Dean Cowhey's sabbatical

Taking over the day-to-day duties as acting dean during Dean Peter Cowhey's research sabbatical will be professor Gordon Hanson, the director of the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. And while Cowhey focuses on his own research, Hanson said he will be overwhelmingly committed to this new role. "I like being in action mode," he said. Read Hanson's story >> 

Call to action: Recruitment help

Help our admissions team in their efforts by joining the volunteer pool for an official recruitment fair or event in your area. There are currently 46 scheduled across the globe between Sept. 15 and Dec. 2, and they need your help from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. and beyond. San Diego alumni are welcome too, as they will be hosting the first Idealist San Diego event Nov. 12.

View the map for dates & locations of each event >>
Watch the 'Office Hours' pilot

"Office Hours" is a pilot project produced by alumni for alumni. In this first interview, alumnus Victor Tineo '11 interviews professor Thomas Baranga. Watch a four-minute video highlighting the new series, followed by the full-length, 30 minute interview with Baranga. Send Tineo your feedback as they look to refine the program and film additional episodes. They are especially interested in topics alumni think should be covered as well as suggestions for professors or alumni to be interviewed.

Publications & Press

Author Spotlight

"Jobs Without Borders" 
By the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

"Wu Jinglian: Voice of Reform in China"

By Barry Naughton

"Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0"
By Eliot Peper '11


View additional books >>


Featured Selection

"Beyond the law - towards more effective strategies for protecting human rights"

By Emilie Hafner-Burton


"The Political Economy of Trustpolitik: What is Ahead for North-South Trade and Investment?"  

By Stephan Haggard


"The Dynamics of Comparative Advantage" 

By Gordon Hanson


"'Deepening Reform': The Organization and the Emerging Strategy" 

By Barry Naughton


"Computer-Assisted Keyword and Document Set Discovery from Unstructured Text" 

By Molly Roberts


"Getting serious about categorizing countries" 

By David Victor


"Same dream, different beds: Can America and China take effective steps to solve the climate problem?"

By Junjie Zhang


Read more news and press clips >> 

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