Amherst College student Yun (Nancy) Tang ’14 has been awarded a one-year fellowship with one of the world’s top foreign-policy think tanks, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Tang, a political science major whose senior honors thesis looks at China’s one-child policy through the lens of feminist theory, plans to work with the organization’s Asia Program on political economy of Southeast Asia. She will be working under the guidance of Vikram Nehru, a Senior Associate and the Barker Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at Carnegie. Her fellowship starts in August.
“As a Chinese international student studying in the U.S., I am constantly aware of the importance of engaging China in dialogues with other countries and international actors to promote cooperation and prevent antagonism,” she wrote in her application.
After Tang’s initial interview for a position on economics in Asia, the Junior Fellowship decided to interview Tang again for an alternative position that focuses on Southeast Asia, which she was eventually accepted for. She looks forward to learning more about the region, especially its strategic geopolitical position in Asia and its foreign relations with China.
Yun (Nancy) Tang ’14
Tang plans to pursue graduate work which would “envision large-scale economic, political and legal reforms in China,” she said. She has deferred an admission to Yale Law School, planning to enroll there in fall 2015 to study topics ranging from Chinese legal reform, international law, law and economics, to feminist legal theory.
While enrolled at Amherst, she has studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and with the Semester at Sea program. She has been a member of the Amherst College Women’s Chorus, and has worked as a research intern for the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at UMass Boston. She has been the managing editor of the Arts & Leisure Section for The Amherst Student newspaper, and an information technology specialist for Amherst’s IT department. She was a Peer Advocate of Sexual Respect at Amherst and a co-director of the annual production The Women of Amherst.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, operating out of centers in Moscow, Beirut, Beijing, Brussels and Washington, D.C., was founded in 1910 by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. A report last year from the University of Pennsylvania ranked Carnegie as the third most influential think tank in the world, below only the Brookings Institution and Chatham House. Carnegie’s Junior Fellows Program is designed to provide work experience for students interested in careers in international affairs.
Junior Fellows serve as research assistants to senior associates working on the Carnegie Endowment’s projects, which pertain to the Middle East, international economics, Asian affairs, energy and climate issues, and the role of the U.S. in the world. Fellows each receive a $35,000 annual salary. About 10 -12 fellowships are awarded each year. Tang is the first Junior Fellow from Amherst College in recent memory.