WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations and its partner, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), have announced the selection of thirteen fellows for 2010.
There have been 141 fellows since the inception of the program in 1977. Each year, the European Union, a strategic supporter of the Fellowship, then also choses one Rosenthal Fellow for their European Visitor Program, for an all-expenses paid 6 week independent study program travelling all over Europe. The Program invites young leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a firsthand appreciation of the EU's goals, policies, and peoples, and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts.
The Rosenthal Fellowship, established in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a victim of international terrorism, is run in association with APSIA with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, US Department of State, the European Union, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Foundation, and individual donors. Fellows are current graduate students, selected by the Dean's of APSIA member universities.
In a joint statement, AIPSA Executive Director Leigh Morris Sloane and Rosenthal Chair Richard Gilmore said, “the program’s success depends on our sponsors from Congress and Executive Branch agencies, the caliber of our fellows, APSIA member school support, and the generous and loyal contributions of our donors. The Fellowship is living proof that terrorism cannot overwhelm the human spirit. We’re a program whose purpose is to provide exceptional students with unique government experience. They are our future leaders in the advance of peace.”
2010 Rosenthal Fellows
Beau Barnes is pursuing a Masters degree at the Fletcher School and a law degree at Boston University Law School. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and has worked at the Hunt-Ansbacher Family Office doing philanthropic work, as an International Parliamentary Fellow in Berlin, as staff to a congressional candidate and as a program intern for Mercy Corps. Beau’s fellowship will be at the Defense Department’s office of External Customer Support, Acquisition, Resources and Analysis.
James Ermarth, a Fletcher School student and Dartmouth graduate, will serve his Rosenthal Fellowship at House Committee on Homeland Security. James has worked for a consulting firm on State Department projects, as an Operations Officer at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies and was a Captain in the U.S. Army.
Christina Gosack is a Master’s student at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and is a Smith College graduate. She has been an aide to a Minnesota state legislator and held other state positions in the state legislature. Christina has been a mentor for young people in a number of programs and has volunteered in political campaigns. Her fellowship position will be at the Department of Defense Asia Pacific office.
Lindsay Harrison is a Georgetown student and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon. Her fellowship will be with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Investigations Subcommittee’s minority staff. She has been an intelligence research specialist at the State Department, an intern at State’s Bureau of European Affairs and an intern in the U.S. Embassy in Rome. She competes in triathlons, and plays soccer and volleyball.
Greg Hudson will be a Rosenthal Fellow at the Treasury Department’s Global Economics office. He is a student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a graduate of Grinnell College. Greg has been an intern in the Office of Senator Ron Wyden and an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been involved in Moot Court competitions and served as a technology consultant at Grinnell.
Andrew Levin will also serve his fellowship at the Treasury Department’s Global Economics office. He is a student at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University. He has been a graduate intern at the U.S.-India Business Council, a Rotary Foundation Cultural Ambassadorial School in Senegal and an intern in the U.S. Embassy in Canada.
Brieana Marticorena will also be at the Treasury Department, in the Western Hemisphere office. She is a student at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and is a Harvard graduate in government. She has been an intern at the U.S. Consulate in Naples, Italy, an intern for Congressman Edward Markey, developed curriculum and taught English at World Teach in Krakow, Poland and taught English in Thailand, Cambodia and Ghana.
Robert Peterson is a candidate for a Masters of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and is a graduate of Purdue University. Robert had a long career in the Military, serving as a Fixed Wing Operations Officer in the Marines, an F/A 18 pilot, a forward air controller and a student naval aviator. His Rosenthal Fellowship will be at the Department of Defense, Stability Operations office.
Rudy Rickner also has had a career in the military and was also an F/A 18 pilot. He is a student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a University of Arkansas graduate, where he had a Fulbright for study abroad in Australia. In addition to his work as a pilot, Rudy has been an aircraft maintenance office, a pilot training officer and a forward air controller. His Rosenthal Fellowship will be with Senator Diane Feinstein of California.
Ben Roseth is also a Columbia SIPA student and is a graduate of both Tufts University, where he was Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and the New England Conservatory, where his work was in jazz performance. Ben has been a consultant for Development Alternatives, Inc., a paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group and an intern at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Bogota. His Rosenthal Fellowship will be at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, Narcotics Affairs Section.
Adam Schmidt is a student at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been an information systems officer in the army reserve, deputy director of the Executive Services Division of the army in Heidelberg, Germany and a platoon leader in Germany and in Iraq. Adam is also this year’s Rosenthal Rotary Fellow, serving in the Europe office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Robert Shelala is a student at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. He has also studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Robert has worked at the Citigroup Office of Global Government Affairs in Washington and DFI Corporate Services. His Rosenthal Fellowship will be in the Middle East office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
David Wallsh is a student at the Fletcher School and a graduate of the University of Florida. He has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received an MA. David has worked at the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information, the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace and PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values. His Rosenthal Fellowship will also be in the Middle East office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Harold Wallace Rosenthal graduated from Cambridge and Harvard Universities. After working for Congressman Hugh Carey (D-NY) he moved to the office of Senator Walter Mondale (D-MN) where he directed the senator's legislative agenda. After a stint at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rosenthal returned to the Senate to work as a senior aide to Jacob K. Javits of New York. On August 11, 1976, Rosenthal was murdered in a terrorist attack at the El Al gate in Istanbul, Turkey. The attack was blamed on the PLO. The Fellowship was established by Mondale and Javits the following year as a living memorial to continue the great works of a young life snuffed out far too early.