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Sarah Claudy

Pearson Fellow Alum, MPP '19

Sarah Claudy brings a military perspective to The Pearson Institute. At the United States Naval Academy, she won numerous awards for her academic essays, poetry, and playwriting. She also provided public affairs and communications support to NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a data collection initiative that monitors ice levels in the Arctic region. She traveled to the Arctic Circle, where she studied how public policies regarding climate change, coastal erosion, and other environmental challenges address the needs of Native Alaskan communities. Her essay “Chess in the Arctic: Why the US Surface Navy Must Prepare to Play” was selected through the Commander William Earl Fannin Class of 1945 Capstone Essay Competition to be published by the US Naval Institute. Claudy also spent a summer studying Arabic at Haifa University in Israel, where she gained a valuable firsthand perspective on the complex, multidimensional lives people lead.

At The Pearson Institute, Claudy has conducted independent research under the direction of Professor Austin Wright, studying migration trends from Northern Africa to Italy. Specifically, her research seeks to estimate the effect of conflict on migratory trends and to provide insight into behavioral risk analysis with regard to migrant populations. During the summer of 2018 she continued this research while taking courses at University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

After earning her MPP degree at Harris Public Policy, Claudy will travel to Spain to serve on a Navy destroyer. Next she will attend the Navy Nuclear Power School, where she will learn to operate the nuclear propulsion system for an aircraft carrier. She aspires to apply her public policy knowledge to impact the areas of energy, resource competition, and environmental policy.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.