EMILY WARREN, a doctoral candidate in economics at Stanford who will begin her first year at Stanford Law School this fall, has been awarded the 2012 GEORGE P. AND CHARLOTTE SHULTZ Fellowship in Modern Israel Studies.
The new fellowship, awarded last week during a ceremony at Hillel at Stanford, was established this year, after New York Times columnist TOM FRIEDMAN and his wife, ANN, a Stanford alumna, donated money for the fellowship to the Jewish life organization in honor of George P. Shultz’s 90th birthday.
Shultz, who is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is a former U.S. secretary of state, secretary of labor and secretary of the treasury. He also served as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Shultz matched the gift when he learned that the Friedmans had established a fellowship in his name.
Under the fellowship, Warren will analyze Israel’s defense industrial policy to see if the country’s investments in its defense industry in the 1970s and 1980s laid the groundwork for its fast-growing civilian high technology sector. If true, Israel’s success calls into question economic theories that say industrial polices only hamper growth.
She will conduct the research project in Israel this summer.
“Secretary Shultz is the individual who, more than any other, inspired me to pursue graduate studies at the intersection of international security and economics,” said Warren, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Stanford in 2008. “It is an honor to receive this fellowship commemorating his work.”
Warren got to know Shultz while she was working at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2007 to 2010, overseeing its Nuclear Security Initiative. Shultz served as a strategic adviser to Warren and to the president of the foundation, which is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.
In 2009, Warren was awarded a Marshall Scholarship, which provided one year of tuition, research, living and travel expenses at a British university of her choosing. Warren earned a master’s degree in economics research – her field was industrial organization – at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011.
A panel of four research and senior fellows at the Hoover Institution evaluated the research proposals submitted by Stanford students.