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Learn more our current Vinson Fellows below.

Vinson Fellows 

Jonathan “JT” Fagundes is a third-year undergraduate student in the UGA Double Dawgs program, pursuing a master of public administration degree and a bachelor’s in political science with a double minor in environmental law and women’s studies. He is an Honors Policy Scholar and works with the Congress Project as the undergraduate website manager. Outside of his studies, he is the vice chair of operations for the Arch Society, the political action chair for UGA NAACP and a justice with University Judiciary. His research interests include statewide environmental disparities and environmental policy.

JT is working with Shana Jones in Strategic Operations and Planning Assistance.

Caroline Kraczon is a senior Honors student from Woodstock, pursuing a combined bachelor’s in economics and a master of public administration degree with a legal studies certificate. She serves as president of the Student Alumni Council, vice president of UGA’s undergraduate Moot Court team, and a mentor to a middle school student in Athens through Whatever It Takes. Caroline has participated in the UGA at Oxford program as an Honors International Scholar and has interned at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. She plans to attend law school after graduation, and her research interests include civil rights law and policy.

Caroline is working with Kris Sikes in State Services and Decision Support.

Vaibhav Kumar is a senior with a double major in international affairs and political science. His policy interests include democratization, nuclear proliferation and the environment. Vaibhav serves as the director of legislative research with the Spencer Frye Fellowship, a student organization founded by state Rep. Spencer Frye of Athens, with tasks that include creating, reviewing and analyzing different policies across the state level.

Vaibhav is working with Dr. Rusty Brooks in the International Center.

Jessica Pasquarello is a fifth-year Foundation Fellow in the combined bachelor’s/master’s program pursuing master’s degrees in international affairs and political science and bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and economics, with minors in Arabic, Spanish and religion. Originally from Philadelphia, Jessica is interested in public policy affecting low-income and minority groups, particularly immigrants. Since coming to UGA, she has spent a semester as an exchange student in Ecuador; worked as a visiting research fellow in Sweden; interned for various politicians at the local, state and federal levels; served as a senator with the UGA Student Government Association; and participated in various social justice initiatives on campus. She eventually hopes to run for office and continue advocating for equality.

Jessica is working with David Tanner in State Services and Decision Support.