Isaac Jenkins '10 Wins UK Fulbright Grant to Study Refugees and Forced Migration
Isaac Jenkins, Pomona College Class of 2010, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a master’s degree at Oxford University in refugee and forced migration studies. The UK Fulbright program is the most competitive of all countries participating in the program, awarding approximately 14 full grants to an applicant pool of more than 600.
At Oxford, Jenkins will focus his studies on the rapid changes in the political and economic systems of developing countries due to climate- and disaster-based migration, and how international law addresses issues concerning environmental refugees. He became interested in the issues after traveling through the Kham region in Sichuan, China, and working in sustainable agriculture in Nicaragua.
“After seeing and working with communities that suffered from numerous causes of forced displacement--civil war, government population relocation, and environmental degradation, to name a few--I began to study refugees and displacement at Pomona,” says Jenkins. He later worked with Sudanese refugees in Israel and studied environmental policy in the Middle East. In his senior thesis, he examined the environment as a source of displacement and how that interacts with traditional concepts of security, law and public health.
Jenkins currently works for an NGO in India, primarily setting up long-term disaster risk reduction programs and evaluating other NGO projects. His future plans include completing a joint PhD in political science and public policy at the University of Michigan, where he received a Rackham Merit Fellowship, and a career working in U.S. foreign policy and international peacekeeping efforts. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and some Hindi.
A resident of Manhattan Beach, Calif., he is the son of Joan Stein Jenkins, of Redondo Beach, and Michael Jenkins and Christi Hogin, of Manhattan Beach.