Hunter Zhao

Senior Graduate Fellow
Hunter Zhao

A graduate student at Columbia University, Hunter is pursuing a Master's of Art in Human Rights Studies. His thesis is about the practice of medical screening as a measure of immigration control in the United States. After graduation, he will join the U.S. Foreign Service through the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship program.

In 2019, he took leave of absence from graduate school to serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. Before his graduate studies, he worked in the judiciary archive of the High Court of Uganda in Kampala, interned within the U.S. Department of State, and conducted research for the University of Michigan Program in Refugee and Asylum Law.

As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he studied Sociology and History with an emphasis on African Studies. At Michigan he was president of First-Generation College Students at Michigan and a peer advisor at the Center for Global and Intercultural Study. Focusing on expanding access to international education for first-generation and low-income college students, he was awarded the Global Student Leadership Award in 2017 by Diversity Abroad, chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Student Leader Global Summit, and was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award.