Mina Erika Pollmann’s research interests focus on Japan’s security and diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific. She did original research on Japan for her Honors thesis, as well as for the Ellsworth Bunker Fellowship with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She also participated in the Georgetown-Japan 2020 Initiative, for which she was awarded the Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper. Her research has been published by Australian Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs and various think tanks. She is a Pacific Forum-CSIS Young Leader, and in her free time, conducts interviews with maritime security professionals on behalf of the Center for International Maritime Security.
Mina received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy. She received the Dean’s Medal for graduating at the top of her class, as well as the Peter F. Krogh Millennial Award and the Ernst H. Feilchenfeld Award. She was also awarded the Mansfield College Visiting Student Prize from her year abroad at Oxford University.
She will be entering MIT’s Department of Political Science as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2017.