Two seniors chosen as fellows by Carnegie Endowment

Two Cornell seniors have been selected as junior fellows of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and will spend next year conducting research with the organization in Washington, D.C.

McKenzie Carrier ’24, a government and Spanish major in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Margot Treadwell, ’24, a student in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, will both be assigned to the endowment’s Democracy, Conflict and Governance program. They will join a cohort of 16 new junior fellows selected from an applicant pool from nearly 400 colleges and universities.

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“I admire and share the endowment's dedication to the pursuit of international peace, and I'm excited to contribute to a space in which brilliant foreign policy scholars are formulating ideas intended to bolster and promote democracy globally,” Carrier said, adding that her Cornell experience has prepared her well for the fellowship. “My coursework in the government and Spanish departments have helped me to think both critically and creatively about the intersection of institutions, cultures, and peoples.”

Treadwell said she looks forward to the experience of working directly with leading scholars of democracy and governance. 

“At every turn, the opportunities within ILR and Cornell helped me develop my skills in international analytical research, grounded in uplifting communities,” she said. “While I participated in many engaged programs, I believe my research in India and Jordan really set me apart from other candidates.” 

Carrier, editor-in-chief at the International Affairs Review at Cornell, plans to pursue a career in international law.

“I'm passionate about the intersection of such legal frameworks with human rights advocacy, and I hope to leverage institutions to advance and protect human rights initiatives and conflict resolution on a global scale,” she said. “My time with Professor Beth Lyon at the Cornell Law School Xenophobia Meter Project and as a Migrations Scholar have made it abundantly clear to me that transnational issues are uniquely complicated to navigate and resolve.”

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Treadwell minors in international relations, Arabic and law and society. She is a former captain in the Cornell Speech and Debate Program and a founding member and former leader of the Advocacy Project from Cornell.

“I chose ILR because I thought learning about law, economics, comparative analysis and research in the context of labor was a perfect background to pursue my interests in building better communities across the globe,” Treadwell said. “I have been deeply involved in engaged learning at ILR, including the High Road Fellowship, a credit internship and the ILR in India program.”

Thirteen Cornellians have been named Carnegie Junior Fellows since the academic year 1999-2000.

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