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Spring 2014 CCDE Fellows

Aure Demoulin

Cal Visiting International Student

Aure Demoulin is a visiting student at UC Berkeley, completing an MA in public policy and international relations. As an undergraduate student in France at Sciences Po Lyon, Aure studied a broad range of policy-related subjects and developed an interest in American politics and institutions. During her time at the University of Pennsylvania, she focused on international security and national defense, studying issues such as security risk management, intelligence, strategy and counter-terrorism. She wrote and defended her MA thesis, which assesses the influence of cognitive biases on security policies designed to combat homegrown jihadist terrorism in the US. During the Spring 2014 semester, Aure is participating in the UCDC Program and working at the Carmen Group, focusing on defense. Read her story.

Ava Mehta

Cal CLass of 2015

Ava Mehta is a junior at UC Berkeley, where she is pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in English. Having lived and studied in Asia and Europe, Ava is excited to channel her passion for politics towards a focused study of the American legal system. She is particularly committed to understanding the influence of private practice on legislative advocacy and policy reform. As a participant in the UCDC program, Ava is interning at the law firm Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP where she will apply her skills in advocacy and debate to complex litigation in antitrust, civil rights, consumer protection, and government regulation.  On campus, Ava works to defend students in their grievances with the university as a caseworker in the Student Advocate’s Office, an executive branch of student government. She is also the co-director of the Berkeley Chamber Ensemble. Read her story.

Janet Ying

Cal Class of 2015

Janet Ying is a junior at UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Economy with a concentration in international relations and international economics, specifically trade policy and agreements, and minoring in Chinese. In the Spring 2014 semester at UCDC, Janet is interning at the US-Taiwan Business Council and assisting in developing trade and business relations between American firms and Taiwan. She not only is working on extensive research projects regarding the U.S., Taiwan, and China relations in the technology and defense sectors, but also is attending congressional hearings at the Senate regarding current trade issues. One such hearing, held by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, is discussing China’s compliance with the World Trade Organization and international trade rules, further fostering and emphasizing the importance of Cross-Strait and U.S. relations. Janet aspires to work abroad in Taiwan through agencies, such as the Department of State or the American Institute in Taiwan. Read her story.