Initiated in 2001, the annual Milton Wolf Seminar explores cutting
edge issues related to media and diplomacy. It is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities. Attendees include: diplomats, journalists, academics, NGO professionals, and graduate students.
Each year the seminar organizers select approximately 5-10 outstanding advanced MA candidates, PhD students, post doctoral students, law students, or equivalents studying areas related to the seminar theme to serve as Emerging Scholar Fellows.
Emerging Scholar Fellows receive economy class airfare, accommodation, and a food and local travel stipend, which covers all costs of attending the Seminar. In exchange for full funding, Emerging Scholars attend all seminar discussions and events and serve as a member of our blogging team and author a 2000-word blog post documenting and analyzing the seminar discussions. Blog posts are published on the CGCS blog and included in annual Milton Wolf Seminar Compendium.
If you are interested in applying to be an Emerging Scholar at the next Milton Wolf Seminar, please monitor our Facebook page. Applications are solicited annually in January before the Seminar.
To apply for the 2016 Emerging Scholars Program, please send your CV, a cover letter outlining your interest in the 2016 seminar topic, and a completed application form to Amelia Arsenault by January 25, 2016.
- Eligibility: The program is only open to graduate students and those engaged in postdoctoral work or the equivalent. Those who have graduated with their terminal degree and are already engaged in full time work in their chosen field (i.e. faculty members) are not eligible to apply.
- Conditions of Funding: To participate in the Program, Emerging Scholars agree to attend all seminar events and produce a blog post of approximately 2000 words.
- Blog Posts: Emerging scholar blog posts typically focus on panels, themes, or issues raised by the seminar discussions that are of particular interest to their academic work and/or highlight areas that were under-explored during the seminar discussions. These blog posts are important, because they help to serve as a permanent record of the proceedings and discussions. Posts are normally due three weeks following the end of the Seminar. Examples of posts from previous seminars are hyperlinked below.
- Application Process: Applications must include: a cover letter outlining how your work relates to and would benefit from attending the Milton Wolf Seminar, an academic CV or resume, and a completed application form.
Previous Emerging Scholars
- Nicole Bailey, MA Candidate, George Washington University. Read her essay: “Measuring Public Diplomacy in a Time of Global Information Competition.”
- Robyn Caplan, PhD Candidate, Rutgers University. Read her essay: “On the Geopolitics of ‘Platforms.’”
- Kamran Hooshmand, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin. Read his essay: “’Soft Power’ and Its Manifestations in International Diplomacy.”
- Anamaria Iuga, MA Candidate, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Read her essay: “The (Un)Questioned Moral Authority of the ‘West.’”
- Kevin Kallmyer, MA Candidate, Georgetown University. Read his essay: “The Islamic State’s Use of Digital Media: Enhancing Terrorist Signaling Strategies.”
- Ilan Manor, MA Candidate, Tel Aviv University. Read his essay: “The Decline and Fall of Multilateral Diplomacy?”
- Luiz Peres-Neto, Lecturer, ESPM, Sao Paulo. Read his essay: “Looking for the Legitimacy of State’s Narratives: Asymmetries, Triumphs, and Tragedies of Liberal Democracies.”
- Revati Prasad, PhD Student, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Read her essay: “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em.”
- Matthew Rae, MA Candidate, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Read his essay: “Citizen Journalism in the Post-Modern World.”
- Philip van Engeldorp Gastelaars, MA Candidate, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Read his essay: “Hearts and Minds: Combatting Disinformation.”
- Colin Agur, PhD Candidate, Columbia University. Read his essay: “Disclosure and Its Discontents: Protecting Privacy an a Time Of Surveillance.”
- Woon Anthony Cho, MA Student, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Read her essay: “To Tame The Digital Frontier.”
- Rosemary Clark, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Read her essay: “Refusing to be the Price: “Bringing Gender to the Center of the Internet Governance Stage.”
- Lee McGuigan, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Read his essay: “Am I Big Brother’s Keeper?”
- Robert Ralston, MA Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Read his essay: “Cyberspace and Surveillance: Challenges to State Identity and Ontological Security in the Digital Age.”
- Ryan Spagnolo, MA Student, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Read his essay: “Walking the Tightrope: Multinational Technology Corporations and Global Internet Governance in the Age of Government Surveillance.”
- Diego Vicentin, PhD Candidate, University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil. Read his essay: “Internet Governance, Technical Standards and the ‘Tree’ Antennas.”
- Willow Williamson, PhD Candidate, School of International Service, American University. Read her essay: “Making Access Visible: Representations of the Internet.”
- Kat Borlongan, Consultant, Head of Internation Affairs, Voxe.org. Read her essay: “The Case for NGO News.”
- Katherine Brown, PhD Candidate, Columbia University. Read her essay: “Amplifying Government: The Role of the News Media in Diplomacy.”
- Omar Al -Ghazzi, PhD Student, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Read his essay: “What makes a narrative? Interrogating the story of the ‘Arab Spring’.”
- Nour Issam Halabi, PhD Student, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Read her essay: “Negotiating the Boundaries of a New Media Ecology.”
- Meredith Hall, PhD Candidate, New School for Social Research. Read her essay: “On Screen: The Visibility of Strategic Narratives.”
- Cesar Jimenez-Martinez, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics. Read his essay: “Narratives Matter Because They Feed Our Imagination.”
- Efe Sevin, PhD Candidate, American University. Read his essay: “The Undiscovered Country: Managing and Analyzing Pivots.”
- Rogier Criemers, KU Leuven, Candidate at Maastricht, Visiting Researcher Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford. Read his essay: “The Internet, Soft War, Sovereignty, and China.”
- Endre Danyi, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Lancaster University; Visiting Research Fellow at the Innovation in Governance research group, Center for Technology and Society at the Technical University in Berlin. Read his essay: ‘The Architecture of Democracy.’
- Harriet Di Francesco, MA Student, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna. Read her essay: “The Global Politics of Internet Freedom.”
- Leshou Dong, PhD Candidate Tinghua University, Visiting Scholar, Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communicatio. Read her essay “Information Space Power and Empowerment in a Changing World.”
- Shalini Iyengar, LLM Candidate, Comparative Law, Economics and Finance at the International University College, Torino. Read her essay “The Media and its Role Today.”
- Marissa Moran, MSc Candidate, London School of Economics; Research Associate, Albany Associates UK. Read her essay “Soft Power and the Subaltern: Who wins?”
- Roy Revie, PhD Candidate, University of Strathclyde. Read his essay “The Tangled Web of ‘Internet Freedom’.”
- Sandra Ristovska, PHD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication. Read her essay “Competing Narratives over Internet Freedom.”
- Nidzara Ahmetasevi, PhD Student, University of Graz, Austria. Read her essay: “Under What Conditions and With What Methods Should a Country or Multilateral Organization Intervene in the Media and Communications Space of Another?”
- Brendan Cooper, University of Minnesota. Read his essay.
- May Fawaz, Georgia State University. Read her essay: “Everybody’s Business: Global Media, Intervention and the Nation-State.”
- Roopa Gogineni, University of Oxford. Read his essay: “Under What Conditions and With What Methods Should a Country or Multilateral Organization Intervene in the Media and Communications Space of Another?”
- Jill Hopke, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Read her essay: “Beyond Cultural Imperialism: Media Interventions in the Twenty-First Century.”
- Julia Sonnevend, Columbia University. Read her essay: “A Case Study in Social Media Intervention: Hungarians and Slovaks.”
- Felicity Duncan – PhD Student in Communication; Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
- Tori Horton – MA Student in Public Diplomacy; Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California
- Kate Cronin-Furman – Ph.D. Student in Political Science; Columbia University
- Maria Egupova – MA Student in Political Science; Central European University
- Burcu Baykurt – MA Student in Political Communications; Goldsmiths, University of London
- Silvia Lindtner – PhD Student in Information and Computer Science; University of California, Irvine
- Galen Tan – MA Student in Law and Diplomacy; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University