Congratulations to Maggie Wedeman (Class of 2017) named as the NCUSCR inaugural Schwarzman Scholar Fellow. Maggie will join the team in August 2017 for a one-year fellowship where she will be helping to implement programs including track II dialogues on critical bilateral issues. She will also play a key role in the National Committee-Schwarzman partnership, developing and executing bi-annual seminars for fellow Schwarzman College alumni that will provide continued engagement on substantive China-related issues. “I’m thrilled to be the National Committee’s inaugural fellow, and look forward to building a strong relationship between the two organizations and initiating a discourse on China’s evolving role in the world,” said Maggie.
Maggie hails from Lincoln, Nebraska, but has been exposed to China for most of her life. She first visited China when she was 18 months old and spent many years in grade school living in Nanjing and Taipei with her family. As an undergraduate at the George Washington University, she double majored in Chinese language and international affairs, with a concentration in security policy and the Asia region. Under the mentorship of David Shambaugh, Maggie developed a research method to analyze Chinese perspectives on non-traditional security issues such as terrorism, energy security, climate change, and public health concerns.
While at Schwarzman College, Maggie served on the leadership team that hosted the International Women’s Day conference at the college. She also helped facilitate a symposium with 25 Rhodes Scholars that aimed to deepen their understanding of China.