Morten Wendelbo is a research fellow in the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and a PhD student in Government at American University. He is a development economist by training and his research focuses on economic development, humanitarian aid and food security, especially as they are affected by complex emergencies such as natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics and conflict. In the past he has conducted field research in Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal and China and consulted for various country and local governments on development projects, as well as advised international intergovernmental agencies on disaster preparedness and response policy. His writings on development have appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek, Scientific American, the LA Times, Smithsonian Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Discover Magazine and Business Insider other US and among international news outlets.
Christopher graduated from The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University in May 2018 with a Master of International Affairs degree. His coursework followed the National Security & Diplomacy track.
Prior to returning to school, Christopher spent over four years implementing international development projects on behalf of the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He has programmatic experience in more than one dozen countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Venezuela.
Macey Lively studied International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, where she concentrated on biodefense, pandemic policy, and infectious diseases in developing areas. During her second year, she assisted on a project with USAID Pakistan on human health and is currently working on a study in the Brazos County examining community awareness of neglected tropical diseases, such as hookworm. She hopes to help pave the way for education and intervention opportunities. She will also continue to research the impact of conflict on health infrastructure and the spread of infectious diseases.
Rachel Paige Casey is starting her PhD in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. She earned her BSE in Kinesiology and MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas. This summer, she completed a Master of International Affairs in International Development and Economic Policy from the Bush School at Texas A&M.
Since 2016, Rachel Paige has been the editorial assistant for the Journal of Drug Education: Substance Abuse Research and Prevention. Additionally, she has been involved in various research activities regarding the economic, public health, and sociopolitical impacts of infectious diseases as well as the relationship between infectious diseases and conflict. Currently, Rachel Paige is working on a project examining vaccine hesitancy in the United States.