Sarah Myers is a second-year graduate student earning her Master of Public Diplomacy and is a recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for academic year 2012-2013.
What are your academic and research interests, and why?
My primary research interest is in technology and social change - communications technologies are profoundly impacting the way we relate to one another, and I’m fascinated by the way that impacts social structures on a local and international scale.
What is your Chinese language background and future language goals?
I studied Chinese as an undergrad at the University of Virginia, and off and on while living and working in Singapore. I hope to develop my abilities so that I can conduct primary research in language in China.
Why did you choose to come to USC for graduate school?
USC was the best fit for my interests - my program allows me to do coursework in communications and international relations, and I’ve found great support for my interests in China.
How has the FLAS fellowship helped you thus far?
It has really helped me to develop my language skills and confidence. I’m also able to take area studies coursework that will give me a great foundation for research I hope to do in the future.
What are your future career/academic goals?
I’d like to pursue my research interests at the doctoral level, and eventually teach and do research at a university.