Ryan Zielonka

Ph.D. Student (2018 Cohort)
Ryan Zielonka

Dissertation Project

Artificial Intelligence and International Affairs

Professional Background

Management Consultant

Skills

Strategy (digital, business, innovation, technology), investment, and statistical analysis

Contact

About

Ryan’s research focuses on artificial intelligence and its implications on international security, with an emphasis on Asia-Pacific relations and foreign affairs.  He previously served as a senior manager in a global consulting firm’s strategy and transformation practice. He has professional experience advising Fortune 500, government, and not for profit institutions on strategy, innovation, operations, investment, and digital technology.

Ryan has also supported not for profit boards as both a contributing member and as Board President, mentored students through programs such as the Jackson School Alumni Network, and conducted policy research on Asia-Pacific relations while a Henry Luce Next Generation Fellow. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Washington, where he received his BA in Political Science and MAIS in Japan Studies. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife Frances.

Publications

“Strategic Asia by the Numbers,” Book Chapter, Strategic Asia 2011-12, National Bureau of Asian Research, 2012.

“Cyber-Balkanization and U.S.-China Affairs,” with Dr. James Mulvenon, Henry Luce Next Generation Fellowship Capstone Paper, 2011.

“Strategic Asia by the Numbers,” Book Chapter, Strategic Asia 2010-11, National Bureau of Asian Research, 2011.

“Chronology of Operation Tomodachi,” National Bureau of Asian Research Brief, 2011.

“Japan’s Strategic Crossroads: State, Society, and Industry in the International System,” Graduate Essay of Distinction, University of Washington, 2009.

Grants & Fellowships

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, University of Washington, 2018.
  • Kitto Scholarship for Japan Studies, University of Washington, 2018.
  • Kasai-Buerge Scholarship in Japan Studies, University of Washington, 2018.
  • Henry Luce Next Generation Fellowship, Seattle, WA, 2010.
  • Henry M. Jackson School Graduate Book Award, University of Washington, 2009.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, University of Washington, 2009.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, University of Washington, 2007.
  • Henry M. Jackson School Award from Anonymous Donor, University of Washington, 2008.
  • Ayako Betty Murakami Fellowship, University of Washington, 2008.
  • Job and Gertrud Tamaki Grant in Japan Studies, University of Washington, 2008.
  • Eleanor M. Hadley Scholarship, University of Washington, 2008.
  • Henry M. Jackson School Japan Studies Fellowship, University of Washington, 2007.
  • Richard and Christine Kitto Fellowship, University of Washington, 2007.