Hello! My name is Lara Teich and I'm a junior in Kirkland House concentrating in Government and pursuing a secondary in East Asian Studies, with a Citation in Mandarin. I'm from beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico, but I'm excited to explore the rest of the world.
Within government, I'm most interested in International Relations and Comparative Government, with particular interest in nuclear proliferation and tech policy. Among my favorite Government-area classes are: American Foreign Policy taught by Prof. Kertzer, Chinese Political Geography taught by Prof. Koss, and a Technology Dilemmas course taught by Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the Kennedy School. Apart from these classes, I've also enjoyed taking classes on Egyptology, Photography, Linguistics, and more--one of the things I appreciate the most about the Government concentration is the ability to explore!
Outside of my coursework, I adore spending my time with the curling team--a sport that I hadn't heard of before coming to college. Now, I'm Vice President of the team and more than happy to talk endlessly about how amazing curling is! I'm also an Undergraduate Fellow at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and have been a Radcliffe Research Partner to Dr. Sophie Hochausl, studying women's resistance in Nazi Germany.
I've been extraordinarily lucky to receive two Weissman International Internship Fellowships, which allowed me to spend my summers pursing independently organized internships outside of the United States. I worked at a Psycholinguistics research institute in Potsdam, Germany, the summer after my freshman year. This past summer I interned at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, working in the Political/Econonomic section, where I learned that I care deeply about the Department of State's mission and style of work.
As of yet, my post-graduate plans are undefined, but I hope my life eventually leads back to the Foreign Service, allowing me to serve as a career diplomat for the United States.