2012 Conference Committee

Jim Bisbee is a M.A. candidate at SAIS concentrating in Korea Studies. He received his Bachelors from Trinity College in 2005 with a double major in economics and international relations. He has worked across a broad spectrum of professions, ranging from architecture to education. Before starting school at SAIS, he was teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. He plays a mean bass.

Michael Carbone is currently in his second-year of the joint-degree M.A. program between the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in the PRC and the School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he studies the interactions between foreign policy, information policy, international law, and science and technology policy. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the University of Chicago. For the past two years he lived in mainland China, founding a bilingual community news site and hunting down the perfect bowl of knife-cut noodles. He plays a friendly violin.

Narae Choi is a second year M.A. candidate at SAIS. Narae is concentrating in both Korea and Japan studies, focusing her education on examining bilateral relations between the Koreas and Japan as well as Japan’s historical colonial ideology and its policies towards colonized territories. Narae completed her B.A. in International Relations with East Asian Studies concentration at Johns Hopkins University. Narae interned in diverse settings including National Endowment for Democracy, the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, and the Library of Congress.

Trevor Clark is pursuing his master’s degree in International Relations at SAIS, with a concentration in China Studies and International Finance. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University in 2007. Prior to attending SAIS Trevor spent three years working as a Legislative Correspondent in the US Senate, and one year teaching English in Shenzhen, China.

Jamie Lee is pursuing a master’s in international relations at SAIS, focusing on international economics and Korea Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in music from Dartmouth College in 2007. Prior to SAIS, Jamie worked as an analyst in the investment bank division of Citigroup in New York. She has also worked on the issue of North Korea refugees with PSALT NK in New Jersey.

Olivia Ma was born and raised in Suzhou, China and came to the United States at the age of 17. She received her Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. With a full-hearted passion in exploring U.S.-China trade relations and previous intellectual property-related experience, she came to SAIS and is concentrating on China Studies. She cooks the best pork braised in soy sauce in the world.

Sean Nelson is currently a student in the International Relations and International Economics MA program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he is pursuing a dual focus in China Studies and South Asia Studies. He received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007, with a dual major in International Relations and East Asian Studies and a minor in History. Prior to attending SAIS, he worked in international marketing in Beijing and information technology in Washington, DC. Growing up in Boston, he worships at Fenway Park. He makes a mean curry that can burn through your soul.

Angela Choi is the Program Coordinator at the U.S-Korea Institute/Korea Studies at SAIS, and is serving as the adviser/coordinator for SAIS Asia Conference. Prior to joining SAIS as a staff, Angela worked as a research intern at the U.S. – Korea Institute, providing support to the research on South Korea’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs. Angela earned her M.A. in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University, with a concentration on modern Korean and Japanese studies, and a B.A in East Asian Studies and American Studies from Wellesley College. She has also studied at Japan Women’s University and Waseda University where she conducted research on issues regarding gender roles and equality in Japan.

Carla Freeman is the faculty advisor to the SAIS Asia Conference. She is currently Associate Director and Associate Research Professor in the China Studies program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). At SAIS, she teaches Chinese environmental policy and the international relations of Asia. A second generation “China hand,” she has lived and worked between Asia and the United States for her entire life. Before coming to SAIS, she served as Program Officer for civil society and community development with a focus on sustainability at The Johnson Foundation. Prior to that, she was a political risk consultant with a portfolio that included China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. In addition, she held several academic positions, including directing the global studies and international affairs program at Alverno College while concurrently a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She completed her B.A. in Southeast Asia and History at Yale University, a certificate in Chinese language studies in Beijing Foreign Languages University, and a certificate in political science from Sciences Po in Paris. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from SAIS, writing her dissertation on the political economy of reform in China focused on its heavily industrialized Northeast region.