Research Assistants


Alexandra Bateman
Alexandra Bateman is a third-year undergraduate student from St. Louis, Missouri. She is majoring in Visual Arts and pursuing a dual minor in Creative Writing and Philosophy. Alexandra’s involvement with Kenan began during her first year when she was a member of Kenan’s FOCUS Program: Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship. Alexandra is passionate about refugee rights and resettlement and access to healthcare, and hopes to shed light on those issues using creative avenues. In her free time, she enjoys growing her burgeoning vinyl record collection and hiking through beautiful NC state parks.

Robert Carlson

Robert Carlson is a sophomore from Charlotte, NC, studying political science and economics. His interests include international governance, trade, and human rights. In addition to his position at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Robert contributes to the Alexander Hamilton Society, works as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Econ 101, and serves on the exec board of the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. In his free time, he enjoys learning about languages and listening to Broadway soundtracks.

Bryce Cracknell
Bryce Cracknell is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in race and poverty, minoring in Environmental Science and Policy, and pursuing a Certificate in Ethics. Bryce first came to Kenan as a student in the first year FOCUS cluster and has since been involved with Team Kenan, Duke Immerse Jordan, Pathways of Change, and Citizenship Lab. On campus, Bryce serves as the President of the Black Men’s Union, member of the SWIRL (Students with Interracial Legacies) Executive Board, and as a Resident Assistant in Keohane. He is passionate about issues pertaining to social justice, the environment, human rights, and environmental justice. In his free time, Bryce enjoys the outdoors, playing soccer and basketball, cheering on Duke Athletics, and supporting the arts. He is also a huge Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan. 

Sara Evall
Sara Evall is a junior from Los Angeles, California. Sara is a Program II major in Refugee and Migrant Studies. She created her major by drawing on her passions for human rights and social justice as well as her time spent in Kenan’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship focus, DukeEngage Dublin, and DukeImmerse: Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience. Sara also cares deeply about her involvements with the Kenan Refugee Project and Supporting Women’s Action, SuWA. In her spare time, she likes to read, pet dogs, watch Game of Thrones, and spend time with friends and family.
Andre Goode
Andre Goode is a Senior from Fayetteville, North Carolina majoring in Public Policy Studies with minors in Economics and Visual & Media Studies. He is primarily interested in economic and foreign policy as well as the role media can be used to help shape policy. Andre is a member of the Senior Class Council working to create events and programming to enhance the Duke experience for the Class of 2018. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Teig Hennessy
Teig Hennessy is currently a sophomore at Duke University. As a Linguistics and French major he is a lover of words and literature and alternate realities (the third is unrelated to the first two). He has weak ankles but a strong spirit, which he puts into everything he does, be it his work at Kenan, stories he writes as a member of the Franklin Humanities Institute Storytelling Fellowship, and improv, as he is a member of Duke University Improv, or DUI. He also loves the “Paris” flavor of tea in the break room. 
Caroline Keefe

Caroline Keefe

Caroline Keefe is a senior from Montclair, New Jersey majoring in Political Science and minoring in Global Health and French.  She is passionate about global health and how it intersects with politics, the economy, and ethical issues.  Because of her interest in human rights and women’s rights, she began volunteering with Supporting Women’s Action, a program run through the Kenan Institute.  This past summer she researched HIV at NYU, as well as worked at Doctors Without Borders.  In her free time, which she has little of, she loves running, reading tons and tons of books, and cuddling with her golden retriever, Daisy.

Coleman Kraemer
Coleman Kraemer is a junior from Bronxville, NY who went to high school at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. He was a member of the Ethics Focus and a Kenan Human Rights scholar. Coleman is double majoring in Economics and Religion and is pursuing a certificate in Ethics. In his free time, he loves to read and eat cheese.

Harry Liu
Harry Liu is a junior from New York City who is interested in Economics and Computer Science. He participated in Project Change which sparked his desire to improve on-campus engagement with the Durham community and with ethics. At Kenan, he has contributed to TK projects and supported faculty initiatives to spread ethics at Duke. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, studying new languages and playing pick-up basketball.

Rubah Moton
Rubah is a junior at Duke majoring in Economics and Political Science. She is originally from Karachi, Pakistan. Rubah got involved with Kenan through the Ethics focus and SuWA program. In addition to Kenan, Rubah is involved with the Duke Debate team, the Standard, and she is a Resident Assistant on East Campus. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying out new restaurants, reading, and listening to music.

Divya Nimmagadda
Divya Nimmagadda is a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, majoring in Public Policy and Economics with a minor in Global Health. She is especially interested in criminal justice reform and immigration law. Outside of working for the Kenan Institute for Ethics, she is involved in Duke Student Government, the Duke International Relations Association and research.  She enjoys discovering new music, traveling, diving into deep conversations about pretty much anything and eating!

Gino Nuzzolillo
Gino Nuzzolillo is a sophomore who will likely major in Public Policy & History. He is interested in human rights, social justice, and American history. In his free time, he loves to read, find new music, and talk about politics. On-campus, he is involved with Duke Partnership for Service, the Community Empowerment Fund, and Dukes & Duchesses, among others.

Louden Richason
Louden Richason is a junior from Greensburg, Pennsylvania majoring in Economics with certificates in Ethics in Society and Decision Sciences. He interested in inclusive development, game theory, and the intersection of human rights and sustainability with economics, politics, and technology. He has participated in Kenan’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship focus, the DukeEngage Dublin program, the DukeImmerse Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience program, and the Pathways of Change program.

Maura Smyles
Maura Smyles is a senior from Annapolis, MD studying Public Policy. She has participated in a number of programs at Kenan, including the first year Focus cluster, Pathways of Change, and the Kenan Refugee Project. She is interested in exploring the role of legal and policy reform in promoting human rights and opportunities for women and children, especially within migrant communities. In her spare time, Maura can be found watching crime shows and looking for cheap flights so she can travel on a student budget.

Sloan Talbot
Sloan Talbot is a junior double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science and pursuing Kenan’s very own experiential Ethics Certificate. Having been involved with Kenan since her freshman year as part of the Focus program, Sloan has also participated in many of the institutes’ programs focusing on exploring ethical issues surrounding national borders and global citizenship, including the Duke Immerse, “Global Refugee Crisis” in Amman Jordan, and the Alternative Spring Break to the Arizona/Mexico border. Sloan is extremely passionate about sustainable community service, volunteering through the Institutes’ SuWA program, a women’s refugee tutoring group, and recently getting back from participating in a DukeEngage in Togo, West Africa. Sloan is an active member in the 1G (first-generation college student) community on campus, and loves to watch documentaries and cooking shows in her free time. 

Josie Tarin
Josie Tarin is a sophomore from Arkansas who plans to major in Political Science with a concentration in security, peace and conflict. Josie first became involved with Kenan her freshman year, when she volunteered in MASTERY and participated in the DukeImmerse Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience program. In her spare time, she can be found taking a nap or catching up on current events.