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Maddie Beard (she/her) is a freshman from Wilkesboro, North Carolina. She fell in love with Durham after attending boarding school at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. At NCSSM, Maddie completed an independent research project on socioeconomic class narratives in media and was mentored during a UNC-CH research project on sarcopenia’s effects on endometrial radiation outcomes, cementing her interests in the humanities and medicine. She is currently undecided on her major, but is joining the pre-med track. She learned of Kenan through her Ethics What Now? seminar and joined the team in September 2022. In her free time, Maddie enjoys road biking, running, writing poetry, lifting weights, and looking at dog bios on Petfinder.
Ana (she/her/hers) is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia studying Public Policy and Economics here at Duke. She became involved with Kenan through the Humanitarian Challenges Focus Program. Some of her passions include education reform, business ethics, and promoting diversity in youth sports. At Duke, she is a youth basketball coach with Coach2Inspire, and an undergraduate research assistant for the Duke Diversity and Inclusion Lab. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf, listening to music, and watching Duke sports.
Olivia Kim [she/her/hers] joined the Kenan Institute for Ethics in November 2022.
Olivia Kim was born in Chicago and has since lived in Omaha, Nebraska; Bethesda, Maryland; and Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is currently a member of the class of 2026 at Trinity College at Duke University studying biology and health care policy. Olivia has continued her interest in journalistic writing from high school to her reporting for The Chronicle’s news department and for the Duke Medicine Ethics Journal. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food and listening to her favorite podcast, This American Life.
Isabelle (she/her) is a sophomore from Durham, North Carolina, studying Environmental Engineering at Duke. Her high school engineering program, various volunteering organizations, and an internship at the EPA inspired her to continue her pursuit in engineering at Duke. Living in Durham, she hopes to set some distance from home and study abroad either during undergrad or after her time at Duke. Outside of academics, Isabelle loves late night Cookout runs, movie nights in the dorm, and getting crazy in K-Ville with her tent.
Steven Powell is a senior and has been working at the Kenan Institute since his freshman year at Duke. He is majoring in Public Policy and International Comparative Studies with hopes of attending law school in the future. On campus, he is involved with the Community Empowerment Fund, Camp Kesem at Duke, the Climate Migration Lab at Sanford and Citizenship Lab tutoring through Kenan. In his free time, he loves reading, exploring the beautiful outdoors that Durham has to offer. He is passionate about migration/refugee policy, climate change policy, and community service and organizing.
Alissa Prinston (she/her) is a freshman from Boston, Massachusetts with her intentions set on majoring in Public Policy. Alissa takes interest in analyzing institutions as well as how policy decisions impact individuals. She has participated in programs such as Tufts University’s Leadership for Social Change in which she researched and presented a report on educational inequities in Boston. In her freetime, Alissa can be found in her room either cozying up with a book or mindlessly scrolling through Netflix for the latest documentary.
Felicity Rodriguez (she, her) is a freshman from Miami, Florida. She plans to major in public policy and political science and is a coxswain on the Duke rowing team. Felicity is very passionate about youth civic engagement and voter turnout and this led her to start her own national organization in 2020, as well as work on a congressional campaign. Some of the issues that she’s passionate about include immigration rights, education equity, environmental protection, and social justice. She found out about Kenan through her freshman orientation program, Project Change, which she really enjoyed. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, support Duke in all sports events, and go for runs to the gardens. She hopes to pursue a law degree and run for a political office one day
Josh Suh is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia studying public policy with a focus on international development management and policy. He is interested in the intersection between social enterprises and rural development in West and Central Africa and is currently working with an NGO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on implementing rural development projects. Outside of Kenan, he enjoys backcountry backpacking, urban exploring, and broadly trying new things.
David Tierney joined the Kenan Institute for Ethics as a Research Assistant in July 2022. He is an undergraduate student at Duke pursuing a Global Cultural Studies degree through the Program in Literature. Outside of school, he is a travelling member of Duke’s varsity fencing team, helping the team win the ACC championship title in 2021. He is also a DJ and committee member at WXDU, Duke’s campus radio station, and serves as the station’s Music Director as of Spring 2022. He is otherwise involved with music on campus through Duke Coffeehouse, a student-run concert venue and study space, where he was hired in Spring 2022. In the summer of 2022, he participated in a Story + humanities research project working with Duke’s musical instrument collection.