Cassie Frankel, a second-year student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for the 2017–18 academic year. Frankel will use the fellowship to study Arabic through UW–Madison’s Center for European Studies.
“I’m most interested in Middle East policy,” said Frankel, a student in the Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) program. “I’m also interested in the interplay between gender and foreign policy, both in elevating female voices in the male-dominated field and in gender-mainstreamed perspectives of international development and conflict resolution.”
Frankel, who was raised in Madison, speaks Spanish, French, and Hebrew and has dual citizenship with Canada. Associate Professor Mark Copelovitch, Frankel’s advisor, told her during their first meeting that she needed “to start learning Arabic yesterday to do what I want to do.”