First Year Fellows
Quinn Dilley is a U.S. Army Civil Affairs officer coming to Sanford from his most recent assignment at Fort Liberty, NC. He will pursue a National Security and Foreign Policy concentration. Born and raised in Indiana, Quinn graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis in 2015 with Political Science and Global and International Studies degrees. During his service, Quinn has conducted multiple missions in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. As a Public Policy candidate, he hopes to hone his quantitative and qualitative expertise before a three-year assignment as an American Politics Instructor at West Point.
Tatiana Farmer was born and raised in North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she double majored in Global Studies and Psychology with a minor in Japanese. Tatiana participated in a range of internationally oriented extracurricular and professional opportunities. She traveled to Japan three times through the Kakehashi project, as a Gilman scholar, and as a FLAS recipient. After graduating, Tatiana joined a law firm in North Carolina. Tatiana will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Duke University before entering the Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer. Tatiana enjoys learning languages and has studied Japanese and Korean at university. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and watching food blogs.
Simon Irish is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate from Harare, Zimbabwe. He left Zimbabwe at 18 and studied at the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned in 2012 and completed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer training pipeline. He has deployed to the Philippines and the Middle East and most recently returned from a three-year assignment in Bahrain. He plans to pursue a concentration in National Security and Foreign Policy. Simon enjoys being outdoors, swimming, and spending time with his wife and 3-year-old son.
Charlotte Kaufmann is a first year MPP candidate. She graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a degree in history and has spent the past five years working as an analyst for an intelligence community customer in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Prior to her post-graduate work, she completed internships at the U.S. Department of Justice. Charlotte’s academic interests lie at the intersection of national security and technology policy, particularly emerging technologies that will have national security implications. A North Carolina native, Charlotte is excited to return to North Carolina to pursue her graduate studies.
Harrison Schreiber is a student in the Master of Public Policy (MPP class of 2025) at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and a William D. Clarke Diplomatic Security Fellow with the Department of State studying global security issues. After graduating in Government and History from Claremont McKenna College, Harrison worked as a consultant at FTI Consulting, gaining valuable experience while collaborating with clients in the aerospace and defense sector.
Second Year Fellows
Brittany is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate from Reidsville, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Sociology and Romance Languages (Spanish) before beginning a career in Behavioral Health. She enlisted in the United States Army Reserve while working towards her Masters of Divinity so that she might serve as a chaplain. She currently serves as a Behavioral Health Specialist for a Combat Operational Stress Control unit based in North Carolina. Brittany has deployed to the Middle East and plans to pursue a concentration in National Security. Brittany enjoys cooking, reading, hiking and weightlifting.
Luke Talian is an U.S. Army officer serving within the branch of Civil Affairs. Born in Nashville and raised in southwest Virginia, Luke graduated from Longwood University in 2012 with a degree in Music Performance. Taking a decidedly left turn, Luke attended Officer Candidate School in 2013 and has since been stationed all across the country and deployed overseas to the Arabian Peninsula. Luke is coming to Sanford from his most recent assignment at Fort Bragg, NC and plans to pursue a National Security and Foreign Policy concentration. As a Public Policy Candidate, he hopes to gain new analytical skills for operating in challenging and dynamic policy spaces across the world.
Eilish Zembilci comes to Sanford from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. As the program manager for the Global Food Security Program, her research contributions primarily focused on the relationship between national security, food and nutrition security, climate, and equity. To supplement her studies at Sanford, Eilish is a public policy analyst with World Food Program USA, focusing on U.S. foreign assistance and climate and hunger as drivers of instability. In pursuing an MPP, Eilish is interested in building upon her past experiences and honing her analytical skills to be prepared for a public service career in a shifting strategic landscape. Eilish received a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health and a minor in Sustainability from the George Washington University. She hails from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, and speaks Spanish and Turkish.