Research Assistants


Kate Abendroth
Kate Abendroth is a sophomore from Chicago, IL . She is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Evolutionary Anthropology and a certificate in Energy and the Environment. Kate is an active piccolo player in the Duke University Marching Band. She loves to attend Duke athletic events and travel with the basketball team. Kate currently follows a pre-law track and is considering attending law school after graduation.

Mischa-von-Derek Aikman
Mischa-von-Derek Aikman is a senior from Belize. He is majoring in Economics with a concentration in Finance, as well as a minor in Music. His career interests include Corporate Law or Investment Banking. He is a member of the FAC Board and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity among other extracurricular activities. He has played several instruments for most of his life, but has focused primarily on percussion for the past eight years.

Kelly Howard
Kelly Howard is a senior from Tucson, Arizona. She is an Evolutionary Anthropology (B.S.) major with a certificate in the Study of Ethics, and is thrilled to have found Kenan through DukeImmerse her sophomore year. Kelly loves practicing yoga and is looking forward to exploring Durham more in her last year as an undergraduate.

Esther Kim
Esther Kim is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Political Science major with a certificate in the Study of Ethics. Esther has been involved with the Kenan Institute for Ethics in various capacities for her entire undergraduate career. Most of the work Esther has done has focused on displacement, specifically with Bhutanese and Iraqi refugees, and she is using the research she has conducted to write a thesis this year.

Derek Lindsey
Derek Lindsey is a senior from Alexandria, Virginia. He is majoring in Economics and will work with the Fixed Income Economics group at BNP Paribas after graduation. He is Co-President of the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars, Co-Chair of the First-Year Advisory Counselors, and a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Caroline Marschilok
Caroline Marschilok is a senior from Rochester, New York. She is majoring in Public Policy, with a certificate in ethics and a history minor. She loves to travel and hang out with friends. After graduation, she plans on taking a gap year abroad and then attending law school.

Kristen Wade
Kristen Wade is a junior from Greensboro, NC majoring in Public Policy Studies with a minor in History. She is active in the First Generation College Student Network, where she is a student mentor for the 1G pre-orientation program and assists with academic year programming. She’s also a member of Round Table (selective living group,) and is an alumna of Project Change.