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Meet BDP Alumni

Bridging Disciplines Programs alumni have built extraordinary professional and academic careers since earning their certificates. Click a BDP alum’s name to learn about his or her BDP experience and career path. If you are an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

Lily Morse
Ethics & Leadership
Psychology

I am pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational behavior and theory at Carnegie Mellon University.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

“The BDPs introduced me to my love for research….I would probably not be in a Ph.D. program now had I not been in the BDPs.”

Jared Kinsler
Digital Arts & Media
American Studies

I am a music producer and the co-founder of SoundNoodle, a sonic branding firm.

Location: Austin, TX

“The experience and connections I made in the Bridging Disciplines Programs were a determining factor in getting my first job producing games.”

Rachel Weiser
Environment & Sustainability
Government

I am the Midwest finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Location: Washington, D.C.

“My BDP experience taught me the importance of interdisciplinary studies in my career.”

Sarayu Adeni
Global Studies
Journalism

Currently, I am a Master of Public Administration candidate in Development Practice at Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs.

Location: New York, NY

“My BDP classes often felt like a physical connection to the outside world, challenging my prior knowledge of international development, politics, media, and business, while encouraging exploration.”

Suparna Bandyopadhyay
Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Biology

I am pursuing a master’s of public health degree in health law, bioethics, and human rights at Boston University.

Location: Boston, MA

“My BDP experience allowed me to understand how other factors (economic, social, etc.) can impact the health of an individual and a community.”

Talia Garza Garza
Ethics & Leadership
Government, Communication Studies (Political Communication)

I am a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Location: Sheffield, England

“My BDP experience influenced my career path by providing the opportunity to witness first-hand Mexican foreign service and politics when I interned at the Mexican consulate in Austin.”

Amber Moore
Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
International Relations & Global Studies

I am volunteering as a special education teacher assistant for Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs.

Location: Kenscoff, Haiti

“The coursework and Connecting Experiences helped me narrow my interests and find the career path that I was most passionate about.”