Meet UConn’s Gaither Junior Fellows Nominees

Caitlin Briody (CLAS ’17) from Storrs, CT is an Honors student, 2014 New England Scholar and two times Babbidge Scholar (2015, 2016) with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. A Writing Center tutor and Orientation Leader, Caitlin was an intern in the Washington DC office of Sen. Chris Murphy in the summer of 2016 in addition to interning with the Treatment Action Campaign in Cape Town, South Africa.  Her research interests range across several topics, including judicial selection, gender based violence, the Shelby v. Holder decision and her thesis project is researching the gender gap in political participation. As a Carnegie Junior Fellows nominee, Caitlin aspires to work with a Senior Fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program.


Jacob Burte (CLAS ’17) from Andover, MA is an Honors student and three-time New England Scholar with an Individualized major in International Relations, Middle East concentration and minors in History and Political Science. The B-side captain for the Men’s Rugby team, he is also a member of the Huskies for Israel and co-founder of the Syrian Resettlement Project at UCONN, which allows him to pursue his interests in the politics of the Middle East.  His senior thesis will focus on Washington’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to Israeli nuclear research and development during the 1950’s and ‘60’s. As a Carnegie Junior Fellows nominee, Peter aspires to work with a Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program.

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