Max McDonald is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
I completed undergraduate degrees at the University of Washington in Math and Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Economics. I also minored in and am fluent in Spanish. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Washington, with concentrations in International Development and Program Evaluation. My research interests are in the field of international development, where I would like to make an impact against poverty through research and collaboration. I have two primary geographies of interest: Central America and Southeast Asia. After graduating, I plan on pursuing a doctoral degree in Economics; would like to work at an academic research institution; and would like to partner with international development stakeholders. I hope to make the most out of my FLAS Fellowship by connecting with my peers and other scholars, and to take classes that will help build my language skills as well as provide me with a deeper understanding of the people, histories, and cultures of my regions of interest.