Wang, Julia profile picMA Candidate – Class of 2017

I was born and raised in Connecticut before moving to Atlanta, GA, where I attended Emory University. I majored in interdisciplinary studies and focused my studies on 19th and 20th century literature and politics and Russia and China respectively (after a 2-year jaunt through pre-medical curriculum). My senior thesis delved more into philosophy, political theory and literature. I minored in economics as well. Upon graduating in 2014, I entered management consulting, where I was exposed to supply chain operations and strategy. In the past year, I’ve worked in the tech industry in an operations and analytics capacity. My broader goals for this program is to develop the ability to critically analyze phenomena in global development and to understand how individual countries, as well as global governing bodies, must adapt to new challenges that the future poses.

Research Interests

In my current role, I observe everyday how technology is transforming the transportation industry and has allowed transportation to become more affordable and accessible. As private companies continue to innovate at a global scale and at a pace faster than we could have ever imagined, government must be equipped with the knowledge and tools to adapt to and address these changes swiftly, or else risk being at a disconnect with the private sector. I am interested in exploring the relationship between government and such innovations, as well as how the mass amounts of data mined by these companies can be leveraged by the public sector.

At the same time, I also have interests in politics, race relations and economic inequality, areas in which I have been passionate outside of my current profession. While I do not yet have a focused topic within these broader spheres to study, I hope be better able to understand these phenomena on a global scale and to distill my interests into a focused topic for my thesis.

Education

  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory University, 2010-2014