Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

Current Clark Scholars

 

ainslietisdaleAinslie Tisdale

2018-2019
Ainslie Tisdale is a senior majoring in International Relations and Global Studies as well as a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.  She grew up in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. but now happily calls Austin home.  Ainslie joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2017 and thereafter collected and coded data for projects concerning newspaper coverage of High Court of Australia decisions and the policy content of bills introduced into the Australian Parliament.  After becoming a Clark Scholar in the fall of 2018, she began work on a project that considers the factors that drive newspaper coverage of judicial decisions. Her research considers whether a decision of the High Court of Australia is more likely to receive coverage if its subject matter aligns with prevailing policy themes otherwise in the news. This year Ainslie also serves as a Next Generation Scholar for UT’s Strauss Center for International Security and Law. As such, she is drafting policy proposals directed at major health organizations and working on publishing an op-ed article with the Strauss Center. The skills that Ainslie has acquired from her Clark Center work have served her well in other internships, including a stint as a health policy intern at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Ainslie’s interests lie at the intersection of human rights and global development. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Public Health and ultimately aspires to work for an international non-profit organization that seeks to advance human rights. In her free time, Ainslie loves to hike, eat vegan food, and befriend the dogs at Zilker Park.

katestricklandKate Strickland

2018-2019
Kate Strickland is a senior Plan II and Government double major. She is passionate about disability rights and serves as Vice President of Disability Advocacy: Student Coalition, a student organization that works to raise disability awareness on campus. Kate joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2017 and thereafter collected and coded data for a project that examines newspaper coverage of the High Court of Australia. In the fall of 2017, she became a Clark Scholar and worked on a new project that examines whether the policy salience of a case plays a role in the High Court’s decision to accept it for review. Kate is also completing a Plan II Honors Thesis under the supervision of Clark Center Director Rhonda Evans. In an ambitious three-campus study (UT-Austin, UT-Arlington, and Texas A&M), she analyzes the ways in which university accessibility standards affect the extent to which students with disabilities are fully included in the higher education experience, and she documents the impact of these standards, both positive and negative, on students. Kate received an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the School of Undergraduate Studies and an Undergraduate Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts to support her research. After graduation, she plans to attend law school in the hopes of advancing disability rights both domestically and abroad. In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading, gaming, and spending time with her beloved cat Boots.