Baker Center Announces Newest Class of Scholars

UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has added 14 new Baker Scholars to its program, bringing the total number to 30.

UT's Baker Center adds 14 new Baker Scholars to its program. Front Row: Tristan Smith, Travis Clark, Morgan Chance, Christina Gore, and Feroza Freeland. Back row: Sarah Smith, Avanti Rangnekar, Elle Johnson, Gus White, Miranda Isaacs, McKenzie Manning, Lauren Patterson, Will Gableman, and Turner Matthews.

UT’s Baker Center adds 14 new Baker Scholars to its program. Front Row: Tristan Smith, Travis Clark, Morgan Chance, Christina Gore, and Feroza Freeland. Back row: Sarah Smith, Avanti Rangnekar, Elle Johnson, Gus White, Miranda Isaacs, McKenzie Manning, Lauren Patterson, Will Gableman, and Turner Matthews.

“This select group of students have an academic and career interest in public policy and government,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, associate director of the Baker Center. “Each student will complete an individual research project while enrolled in courses to help them develop their project. It is a unique experience for undergraduates to be able to target an issue they are passionate about; research it; and discover ideas, solutions, and unintended consequences.”

Scholars are paired with faculty or professional mentors who help direct their project. In addition to their project work, scholars are encouraged to participate in Baker Center events, guest lectures, and conferences, giving them the chance to expand their networks of professional contacts and hear from political insiders.

The new class of scholars will graduate in May 2018:

  • Ben Bergman, global studies and Hispanic studies, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Joshua Brown, College Scholars (sociocultural anthropology and migration studies), Corryton, Tennessee
  • Feroza Freeland, political science and Hispanic studies, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Will Gableman, College Scholars (urban studies, public policy, and economics), Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Lucy Greer, political science and Middle Eastern studies, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Miranda Isaacs, public administration and Italian, Elizabethton, Tennessee
  • Elle Johnson, College Scholars (health communication and promotion), Dunlap, Tennessee
  • McKenzie Manning, journalism and political science, Munford, Tennessee
  • Turner Matthews, political science, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Lauren Patterson, business analytics and global studies, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Avanti Rangnekar, economics and philosophy, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Sarah Smith, political science and Middle Eastern studies, Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Tristan Smith, political science, Maryville, Tennessee
  • Gus White, College Scholars (health systems policy), Chattanooga, Tennessee

UT’s Class of 2017 includes 16 Baker Scholars:

  • Auria Asadsangabi, political science and economics, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Hayley Brundige, College Scholars (journalism, public policy, Arabic), Nashville, Tennessee
  • Morgan Chance, political science and English, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Travis Clark, microbiology and Russian, Nolensville, Tennessee
  • Alina Clay, College Scholars, Collierville, Tennessee
  • Will Gilman, political science and global studies, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Christina Gore, economics, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Roxanne de Guzman, social work, Timonium, Maryland
  • Diana Howell, political science/Latin American and Caribbean studies, El Paso, Texas
  • Emily Massengill, honors political science and Spanish, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Caitlyn McCandless, supply chain (economics collateral), Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Monil Mehta, microbiology, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Eric Peters, Global Leadership Scholar, economics, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Colleen Ryan, Haslam Scholar, global studies, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tucker Shull, honors political science, Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Sawyer Smith, political science and economics, Chattanooga, Tennessee

CONTACT:

Nissa Dahlin-Brown (865-974-0931, nissa@utk.edu)

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)