Introducing Our Spring 2022 Marcellus Policy Fellows

The Marcellus Policy Fellowship is the John Quincy Adams Society’s most selective program, providing promising foreign policy minds an early-career opportunity to produce independent, impact-minded research under expert guidance. Fellows learn about U.S. foreign policy from top scholars and path-breaking thinkers, refining their own ideas into a high-quality policy paper and supporting materials. The Society is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 Marcellus Policy Fellowship cohort which can be found below.

Joel Blankenship

Joel Blankenship is an officer in the U.S. Army and a 2018 graduate of Kansas State University. While attending Kansas State, he was selected a Boren Scholar to Kyrgyzstan. Joel’s analysis will be on U.S. policy regarding Russia where he will offer recommendations for diplomatic engagement on arms control.

Matthew Gallagher

Matthew Gallagher is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with United Way Worldwide. Here, he is exploring how food insecurity intersects with poverty, disasters, human trafficking, and migration. He earned a B.Sc. in Sustainability & the Built Environment from the University of Florida. Matthew’s analysis will focus on U.S. strategy regarding Taiwan.

James Himberger

James Himberger is a recent graduate of Tufts University with degrees in political science and philosophy. He hails from upstate New York. His analysis will focus on how the U.S. can maximize its security relationship with India.

Andrew Jarocki

Andrew Jarocki is the current Editor-in-Chief for the Realist Review. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Andrew has previously written for Defense News and Navy Times.

Andrew’s Marcellus policy paper will analyze the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. A restrained American foreign policy requires empowering partners around the globe with the tools to do the job themselves without also arming future pests. However, arms programs like the EDA can also reflect wasteful or nonstrategic armaments production. Andrew’s report will study the details of who gets what from the EDA program, and how the EDA program might be improved to better sustain an American grand strategy of offshore balancing. 

Jordan King

Jordan King is a graduate student studying Public Policy and Administration at York College of Pennsylvania. He graduated from York College with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations. Currently working in state government, Jordan has a diverse background in community and electoral organizing and policy research. 

Jordan’s policy analysis will examine U.S. hegemony in Europe and the role NATO plays in U.S. security. His analysis will explore U.S. hegemony in Europe, the European security umbrella, and will recommend an offshore balancing grand strategy would benefit U.S. security interests and promote regional stability in Europe. 

A.J. Manuzzi

A.J. Manuzzi is a second-year International Affairs M.A. student at American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to his studies, he is a Graduate Research Assistant at American’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. He is originally from Indianapolis.

A.J.’s paper will highlight the pitfalls of the Trump and Biden administrations’ “maximum pressure” posture toward Venezuela. A.J.’s paper will emphasize the sizable humanitarian cost of continued economic sanctions and the failure of both the sanctions and the U.S.’s maximalist diplomatic postures to exert political change. His analysis will outline a more restraint-oriented strategy that eschews the principle of regime change, military or otherwise, unwinds the deadly broad-based sanctions campaign, and supports ongoing diplomatic efforts by states in the region.

Daniel Thayer

Daniel Thayer is a Legislative Correspondent in Senator Rand Paul’s office where he covers the Defense, Foreign Policy, and Veterans Affairs portfolios. He is a Kentucky native and graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He previously worked at the Department of Energy as a Special Assistant in the Office of Environmental Management. He is currently studying to take the Foreign Service Exam in order to become a Foreign Service Officer. During most of his off time, you’ll find him exploring restaurants and bars across the Washington DC area.

Daniel’s policy analysis will be about what a foreign policy of restraint would look like in the Balkans. Much of the analysis surrounding the potential U.S. restraint in Europe focuses on Europe’s major powers, but the U.S. is heavily entrenched militarily in the Balkans with little strategic value or purpose. He will propose recommendations for how the U.S. should retrench from the Balkans while still safeguarding its interests in Europe.

Andy Zhao

Andy Zhao is an undergraduate at Yale University majoring in Global Affairs with a Certificate in Data Science. Andy’s analysis will critique current Department of Defense cyber policy and its emphasis on persistent offensive operations. Instead, he will propose a more restraint-oriented strategy based on defense and denial.