Melissa Newcomb is the Research Manager of GTI. Previously she was a Project Assistant at The East-West Center in Washington where she worked on the Asia Matters for America project. Her research interests include human rights, conflict prevention and negotiation, historic grievances, gender, and international organizations. During Melissa’s graduate career, she interned at the Department of State’s Office of Taiwan Coordination and was a Research Analyst for the Conflict and Stabilization Operations Bureau. She also participated in the Critical Language Scholarship program in Qingdao, China, the Mosaic Taiwan Fellowship, and Japan’s Kakehashi Program.
Melissa holds a MA in East Asia International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service. Her BA is from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she double-majored in English and Asian Studies with a minor in Religious Studies. Melissa has lived abroad in France,Taiwan, and China, and speaks advanced French and Mandarin.