— PhD University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Stanford University, MPP Harvard University
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Stoica Cristinel Popa is a native of Braila, Romania. Starting at age 16, he was an NGO activist in his hometown where he organized multiple projects: antiracism camps and programs, antismoking, anti-STD, anti-drug campaigns, programs for cleaning the banks of the Danube River, national project involving the distribution of aid for people affected by floods, World Water Day celebrations etc. Stoica went on to found his own NGO and represented Romania's NGO sector with scholarships from the European Commission at international conferences, trainings and seminars in Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and Moldova. In 2007 he was the youngest member of the National Liberal Party of Romania elected to the Braila Liberal Youth County Board. He later attended Stanford University on a full scholarship. With additional scholarships from Stanford, he studied and did research abroad in Mexico, Chile, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, and in China at Peking University. During college, he served as the only international student on the Student Council, and worked as an admissions officer for Stanford in Government. A member of Stanford's Model United Nations team, Stoica Cristinel Popa represented the university in conferences at Berkeley, UCLA, Yale and the University of Chicago. In 2011, he graduated Stanford University with honors in political science and started a master's in public policy at Harvard University on a full merit-based fellowship. He also got accepted to a master's program at Oxford University. During his time at Harvard he worked at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on research projects dealing with nuclear smuggling in Eastern Europe and traveled with different programs to France, Japan, Moldova, Ukraine, and Honduras. In 2013, after graduating from Harvard, Stoica was accepted to PhD programs in Political Science with full funding at the following universities: University of Arizona, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, Johns Hopkins University and University of Toronto. For his PhD dissertation at the University of Texas he is planning to research rebel movements in Colombia and El Salvador.