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Current Fellows

Raheel Ata

Raheel Ata - UT Dallas

Raheel Ata is a junior Eugene McDermott Scholar at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Biochemistry and is pursuing a career in medicine. He is involved with Student Government and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-health honor society. He also cofounded RISE, an organization that performs interactive science experiments at elementary schools. Raheel has spent three years in research labs and can perform rat neurosurgeries. He has shadowed various doctors and has also interned with Forge Realty, a health real estate firm. This past summer, he studied topics in medical ethics at Oxford. Raheel ultimately wants to bridge medicine, technology, and health policy and will intern at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Duggan Baker

Duggan Baker - UT Austin

Duggan Baker is a fourth-year student in The University of Texas at Austin's Plan II Honors Program. He became interested in public policy through his exposure to the oil and gas industry as a geology student. As a result, Duggan is interested in oil and gas policy and the management of our remaining energy sources. Throughout the Spring 2014 semester, he will be interning with Marathon Oil's Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C. Duggan is a passionate sportsman who enjoys spending time outside, whether he is exercising or hunting and fishing.

Gracie Cano

Gracie Cano - UT Brownsville

Gracie Cano is a senior majoring in history at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Besides history, her broad range of interests includes technology, photography, and human rights. She has worked for both the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Computer and Information Science Department at UT Brownsville. Last summer, she traveled across Spain and Poland while taking a photojournalism course. In October, she returned to Poland to attend the opening of a photo exhibition in which some of her work was displayed. This spring, Gracie will be interning with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Darby Capps

Darby Capps - UT Tyler

Darby Capps is a senior at The University of Texas at Tyler studying Political Science and Journalism with a Public Relations emphasis and an International Relations minor. She has represented UT Tyler at Model United Nations conferences in New York, Georgia, Galapagos Islands, and South Korea. While in college, Darby has worked as a Marketing Intern and Community Social Media Manager at ARAMARK and as the Campaign Manager's Assistant and Media Consultant for Smith County's Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 candidate. Giving back to the community, she builds pro bono public relations campaigns for nonprofit organizations such as A World for Children. Darby is looking forward to interning with the Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Cisneros

Jessica Cisneros - UT Austin

Jessica Ivonne Cisneros is a third-year student at The University of Texas at Austin where she is pursuing a degree with Liberal Arts Honors in Government and a minor in Philosophy. An avid supporter of immigrants' rights, Jessica interned at The University of Texas School of Law immigration clinic where she had the opportunity to work with clients in deportation proceedings and those applying for DACA. On campus, she is active in her sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma and has been previously involved in University Democrats, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, PODER mentorship program, and the Order of Omega honor society. Jessica will intern in the office of U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar this spring.

Caroline Corcoran

Caroline Corcoran- UT Austin

Caroline Corcoran is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, pursuing Government, History and French degrees with Liberal Arts Honors. This will be her fourth academic experience away from Austin, having traveled Europe with the Normandy Scholar Program, spent a semester in Senegal, and studied for a semester at Sciences Po in Paris. She is a member of Orange Jackets, Kappa Delta sorority, and an inductee of Phi Beta Kappa. A former intern at the Texas Office of Homeland Security, Caroline will intern at the Department of State in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations this spring.

Danielle Corely

Danielle Corley - UT Austin

Danielle Corley is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Plan II Honors with certificates in Business Foundations and Social Inequality, Health, and Policy. At UT Austin, Danielle worked to promote female leadership and empowerment. As Director of the Student Government Women's Resource Agency and Texas Orange Jackets member, she led creation of a women's campus climate report and founding of the Texas Women's Council. She also interned for state Senators Judith Zaffirini and Wendy Davis, and studied community and social development abroad in Ghana. Danielle will intern in the Education Office of the Senate HELP Committee. 

Jonathan Cramer-Cohen

Jonathan Cramer-Cohen - UT Austin

Jonathan "Jonny" Cramer-Cohen is a Philadelphia native and a graduating senior from The University of Texas at Austin. Jonny will be earning his degree in Journalism after spending his Archer Fellowship interning in the social media office of the Washington Redskins NFL football team.


Cameron Crump

Cameron Crump - UT Austin

Cameron Crump is in his final semester at The University of Texas at Austin and has participated in a variety of organizations, peer mentor programs, and work opportunities on campus. Cameron’s career goals stem from his interest in problem solving, philanthropy, and technology. He has worked as a teaching assistant in the Management Information Systems department and Economics department at UT Austin. Cameron plans to return to Texas in the summer of 2014 to begin work in the Dallas office of Quorum Business Solutions as a consultant.


Kevin DeLuca

Kevin DeLuca - UT Austin

Kevin DeLuca is a senior in UT Austin's Liberal Arts Honors Program majoring in Economics and Psychology, with both Government and Mathematics minors. Kevin worked in Dr. Alison Preston's neuroscience research lab for two years, and spent a semester at Project Vote Smart as a legislative research intern. Kevin is currently the president of Liberty in North Korea at UT Austin (LiNK Texas), a non-profit group dedicated to spreading awareness about the North Korean humanitarian crisis. Kevin spent the past summer studying in Seoul, South Korea, at Yonsei University. His interests include international economics and international human rights issues and he's interning at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Daniella Diaz

Daniella Diaz - UT Pan American

Daniella Diaz is a graduating senior at The University of Texas-Pan American studying mass communication. She started her journalism career at her college newspaper The Pan American two years ago, finishing up her last semester working there as Co-Editor-in-Chief. She interned with The Monitor daily newspaper in McAllen, TX as a city reporter and then The San Antonio Express-News daily newspaper as an education reporter. Before moving to Washington D.C., she attended UT Pan American and worked at The Monitor as a paid staff writer. She looks forward to working at NBC News as their investigative intern this semester.

Chris DuBois

Christopher Du Bois - UT Dallas

Chris Du Bois, a veteran of the U.S. Army, is a graduating senior at The University of Texas at Dallas pursuing a degree in Political Science. He plans to attend graduate school and begin a career as a professor or in public service after graduation. Chris is a member of the John Marshal Pre-Law Society and the UT Dallas Moot Court team.   This spring, he will be interning in the ROE Institute of The Heritage Foundation.


Jessica Edmundson

Jessica Edmundson - UT Austin

Jessica Edmundson is currently a junior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a double major in Government and History. During her time in Austin, Jessica has worked with the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security and served as a Crisis Director of Central Texas Model United Nations, helping to further her interest in developing democracies. Most recently, she has worked in the Office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett. A fifth-generation Houstonian, Jessica loves football, politics, and food. Jessica will intern at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Maureen Edobar

Maureen Edobor - UT Arlington

Maureen Edobor is a graduating senior at The University of Texas at Arlington majoring in Political Science with a minor in English. Since the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, Maureen has been involved in many Democratic organizations and causes. Throughout her undergraduate career, Maureen has had internships involving local, state, and national government, grassroots political organizations, advocacy, and event planning. Upon graduation, Maureen aspires to attend law school and pursue a career as a political strategist. Maureen is looking forward to interning at The Campaign Workshop this spring to further her interest in campaigns, elections, and political advocacy.

Boyd Garriott

Boyd Garriott - UT San Antonio

Boyd Garriott is a junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio pursuing a degree in Economics. He is interning at the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Budget – majority staff. He is an honor’s college student and formerly served as treasurer of UT San Antonio’s Student Government Association. Upon graduation, he will be attending law school.

Vanessa Garza

Vanessa Garza - UT Pan American

Vanessa Garza is a graduating senior from The University of Texas-Pan American pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in English. She plans to attend law school after graduating, and hopes to join the military as a Judge Advocate General. Coming from a military family, Vanessa loves to travel and experience new environments and cultures. On campus, she works as a mentor for sophomore students at UT Pan American and is a member of several organizations. Vanessa will be interning at the Supreme Court of the United States in the Office of the Curator.

Alejandra Gaytan

Alejandra Gaytan - UT Austin

Alejandra Gaytan is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a major in English and a minor in Government. As a Dean's List recipient, Alejandra divides her time between her studies and co-directing a service organization, Contagious Smiles. Her passion lies in public service and she has interned for the Governor's Commission for Women and a nonprofit organization, Con Mi Madre. Presently, she is a research assistant for an NGO, Innovation for Peace and Development. Thrilled about being an Archer Fellow, Alejandra looks forward to the personal and professional growth she will experience while living in Washington D.C.

Alex Guajardo

Uriel Alejandro Guajardo - UT San Antonio

Uriel Alejandro "Alex" Guajardo was born in McAllen, TX and raised in Pharr, TX from Las Milpas. He is a Political Science major at The University of Texas at San Antonio, minoring in Spanish and Legal Studies. He plans to graduate in May 2014 and pursue law school. His career goals consist of becoming a Public Interest Lawyer and Political Science Professor at The University of Texas - Pan American before he intends to serve in public service. His goal is to become U.S. Representative for the 15th District of Texas and will gain some hands on experience interning for U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro. He's also interned with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

Edward Guerra

Edward Guerra - UT Pan American

Edward Guerra is a senior at The University of Texas-Pan American pursuing a double major in Communication Studies and Graphic Design. On campus, Edward is the Marketing Intern for the Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex and served as the Public Relations Officer for the LGBT Alliance. Edward is in the process of implementing his senior project, which is in conjunction with facilitating LGBT Ally Training on campus. He will be interning as a graphic designer for The DC Center for the LGBT Community and also The Consumer Marketing Department within The Human Rights Campaign.

Renata Isa

Renata Isa - UT El Paso

Renata Isa is a senior studying Political Science at The University of Texas at El Paso. Over the past year and a half, she has interned as a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing abused and neglected children in the courtroom. She’s also an active member and former Public Relations Vice President for Alpha Xi Delta Women’s fraternity and former Membership Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega, the largest community service organization in the nation. Renata also serves as an ambassador for her University and has gained previous internship experience interning as an attractions cast member at Walt Disney World. She will be interning on Capitol Hill this semester for Congressman Beto O'Rourke as an Archer Fellow.

Kali Lang

Kali Lang - UT Austin

Kali Lang is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in Government with a minor in Business Foundations. Kali has actively been involved with internships related to public policy, specifically linked to higher education and the US-Israel relationship. In the Texas State Senate, Kali interned for both the Chairman of Education and the Chairman of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Kali's involvement with the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition and AIPAC has exposed her to the effects of the private sector on public policy, and she hopes to continue to explore this relationship in Washington, D.C. Kali is interning at Lewis Burke Associates.

Catherine Marsden

Catherine Marsden - UT El Paso

Catherine Marsden is a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso earning her B.A. in History. This spring she will be interning with the D.C. Public Defender's Service, Mental Health Division.


Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed - UT Austin

Ahmed Mohamed is a third year Economics Honors student at The University of Texas at Austin. With minors in Finance and Government, Ahmed's interests lie in the intersection of business and foreign policy. This past year, he has served as the Vice President of UT Austin's Model United Nations, a senior editor for the Developing Economist, a research affiliate for Innovations for Peace and Development, and is an active member of the Tejas Club. He has interned for Yahoo! and Goldman Sachs and is excited to be interning this spring as a research assistant to scholars David Ottaway and Joby Warrick at The Wilson Center.

Yehia Mokhtar

Yehia Mokhtar - UT Dallas

Yehia Mokhtar is a junior from Alexandria, Egypt studying political science and international political economy at UT Dallas. Before being an Archer Fellow, Yehia was a Peer Advisor in the UT Dallas Residence Halls and a Student Government senator. He was also involved with the John Marshall Pre-Law Society, the Recreational Soccer Club, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and the Middle Eastern Student Association. During his free time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer as well as following world news. Yehia will be interning with the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).

Paul Osadebe

Paul Osadebe - UT Dallas

Paul Osadebe is currently a senior and is pursuing a degree in Political Science at The University of Texas at Dallas. He hopes to attend law school and begin a career in law or public service after graduation. Paul served as Vice President of the John Marshall Pre-Law society, volunteered for political campaigns of both parties, and was a member of the UT Dallas Moot Court team. Paul also collaborated with other students and Texas Legislators to analyze the history of healthcare legislation in Texas. This spring, he will be working as a Health Policy intern for the Senate HELP committee.

Emily Parker

Emily Parker - UT Austin

Emily Parker is currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin double majoring in Government and International Relations & Global Studies. Emily has advocated for international development by volunteering in Costa Rica in 2011 with the international non-profit Cross-Cultural Solutions and interning in 2012 with the international non-profit Rainforest Partnership that gives economic opportunities to indigenous communities in Latin America. Most recently, Emily was selected as a UT Austin representative for the European Union Center of Excellence program in Brussels, Belgium. 

Alisha Patel

Alisha Patel - UT Austin

Alisha Patel is currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Sociology Honors, Government, and Liberals Arts Honors with an interdisciplinary certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice. She has been involved with organizations on campus such as Student Government, Texas Orange Jackets, Invisible Children, and Texas Sweethearts, and has had the opportunity to intern within a U.S. Congressman's office and the nonpartisan political research organization Project Vote Smart, as well as volunteer in many other capacities for a host of non-profit organizations. She enjoys politics, foreign affairs, traveling, sports, and music. Alisha will intern at the United Nations Information Centre this spring.

Elizabeth Peterkort

Elizabeth Peterkort - UT Dallas

Elizabeth Peterkort is a political science junior minoring in music at The University of Texas at Dallas.  She has previously interned with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon, participated in Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Student Government, and spent the Fall 2013 semester studying abroad in Orléans, France. Elizabeth is looking forward to interning in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley.

Farhana Rabbi

Farhana Rabbi - UT Austin

Farhana Rabbi is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin with a Triple Major in Government, International Relations and Global Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. She is also earning certification in the Arabic Flagship Program, McCombs Business Foundations Program with a focus in Global Business, and the Bridging Disciplines Program with a focus in Human Rights and Social Justice. Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Farhana has traveled and worked in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Her interest and experience center around world politics and policy, leadership and ethics, and the empowerment of women and minority groups.

Josh Riddell

Josh Riddell - UT Dallas

Josh Riddell is a senior International Political Economy major from The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a co-founder of the North Texas Student Campaign, which is dedicated towards improving financial opportunities for disadvantaged college students, a co-founder and president of the Pi Sigma Alpha chapter at UT Dallas, and a two-time All-American mediator. He has been involved in several successful election campaigns and has published an academic essay in Cornell University's journal of economics. His interests include developmental economics, US-China relations, and national security issues and he will intern with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In his spare time, he plays electric guitar, reads, and volunteers at his church.

Garrett Riou

Garrett Riou - UT Austin

Garrett Riou is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Social Work. In his time as an undergraduate, Garrett has taken up diverse opportunities for leadership. He has served as an Orientation Advisor for new students, a Peers for Pride advocate for LGBTQ rights on campus, and as Vice President of his fraternity. Garrett also volunteered in after school programs with children living under the poverty line, and at Austin's largest rehabilitation center. Garrett hopes to gain more experience in advocacy while interning in the LGBT division of the Center for American Progress and afterwards would like to continue working for LGBTQ and socio-economic rights.

Cory Sagduyu

Cory Sagduyu - UT Dallas

Cory Sagduyu is a junior pursuing a Political Science major and Economics minor at The University of Texas at Dallas. She spent the past summer in Nicaragua working with a social justice organization where she taught women how to use a newly developed domestic violence law to protect their rights. On campus, she has participated as a member of UT Dallas Mock Trial and currently serves as Legislative Affairs Chair in Student Government. Previously, she has interned in a Congressional Office, the Dallas County Public Defender's Office and the Innocence Project of Texas.

Elizabeth Sohns

Elizabeth Sohns - UT Dallas

Elizabeth Sohns is a senior at UT Dallas where she's pursuing a degree in Global Business with a minor in Political Science. Elizabeth has been involved at UT Dallas through leadership roles in Student Government, Student Ambassadors, and as a PLTL leader. She has played NCAA soccer, receiving All-Tournament Team in 2013. Elizabeth has made the Dean's list every semester and will graduate with CV honors. She has also interned with the Dallas Regional Chamber. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys running, reading, and traveling. While in D.C., she will be interning at the Center for American Progress with Generation Progress.

Joseph Sorenson

Joseph Sorenson - UT Austin

Joseph Sorenson is a senior Government and History major at The University of Texas at Austin. Among other activities on campus, Joseph has served as host of a political talk show on 91.7 KVRX and President of the Austin chapter of the American Renaissance Society – a nonprofit association that Joseph founded to facilitate intellectual discussion and open-minded dialogue in cities and college campuses, and for which he continues to serve as CEO. In 2012, Joseph was the State of Texas delegate to the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship Student Congress in Lexington, Kentucky. He will be interning at the Center for American Progress with Generation Progress.

Connor Spencer

Connor Spencer - UT Dallas

Connor Spencer is a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Literary Studies. In the fall of 2013 Connor took part in an exchange program to the Valenciana area of Spain. At UT Dallas he is a member of both the Collegium V Honors and the National Merit Scholars' programs, and has continuously been involved in UT Dallas musical or theatrical performances since 2011. He also founded the UT Dallas Shakespeare Club, and interned this past year with the Dallas International Film Festival. He will be interning with Video Art Productions in Washington D.C. this spring.

Robert Teas

Robert Teas - UT Austin

Robert Teas is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in Geography with a minor in Government. In 2013, he served as a legislative aide for State Representative Jim Murphy during the 83rd Texas Legislature. Robert enjoys all things outdoors, and his interests lie in environmental policy, specifically regarding the conservation of America's public lands. He looks forward to pursuing those interests as a Policy and Government Affairs intern for The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C.

Elly Tran

Elly Tran - UT Dallas

Oanh "Elly" Tran is a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas earning her B.S. in Political Science. Elly is a member of the UT Dallas John Marshall Pre-law society and is an adamant volunteer for Legal Aid of Collin County. Elly participates in UT Dallas's undergraduate research showcase in which she has submitted papers regarding the Politics of China and the economics of East Asia. Elly is also a Eucharistic Youth Leader and a member of the Dallas Fort Worth Asian American Citizens Council. Elly’s dream is to attend law school and during her Archer Fellowship she will be interning with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.

Taylor Turner

Taylor Turner - UT Austin

Taylor Turner is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Communication. Taylor is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a mentor for the Gateway Scholar Program. Taylor has been awarded "Up and Coming Reporter" and served as an online producer for Texas Student Television KVR News. During the summer Taylor is an Emma Bowen Intern at Comcast Cable Corporation. In addition, Taylor traveled to Beijing, China this past summer where she taught English at a school for migrant children and conducted research on media censorship. Taylor will intern in the International Programming Department at CSPAN.

Carly Vandegrift

Carly Vandegrift - UT Austin

Carly Vandegrift is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a dual degree in Plan I Government Honors and Marketing. Throughout college, Carly has been a member of the Texas Economics Association, holding a leadership position on the Social Committee. In addition, Carly volunteered for Organizing for America, President Obama's grassroots campaign, helping to teach others the political organizing skills necessary to elect candidates and pass legislation. In Spring 2012, Carly worked full-time for President Obama's campaign in Las Vegas and Southern Ohio. She looks forward to exploring Washington D.C. in spring.

Sara Wadud

Sara Wadud - UT Arlington

Sara Wadud is a senior at The University of Texas at Arlington, studying Biology with an emphasis in leadership. While at UT Arlington, she completed an undergraduate research thesis on gastro-intestinal cancerous lesions and has held multiple leadership positions; including serving as President of Student National Medical Association. Sara's ultimate career goal is to establish her own primary care clinic in Bangladesh where she can offer high quality and affordable care to the underprivileged in her community. She has a strong interest in health care policy and reform and will be interning with the Office of Global Affairs Human Health Services.