ISP Welcomes Brumley Next Generation Fellows Liz Wong and David Johnson for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

News | August 31, 2022

Two Strauss Center for International Security and Law Brumley “Next Generation” Fellows will be conducting research in the coming academic year under the direction of ISP principals.

Liz Wong

Liz Wong is a second-year Master of Global Policy Studies student at the LBJ School. After graduating cum laude from the Honors College at the University of Mississippi with a dual degree in International Studies and Chinese in 2018, Liz moved to China to complete her Chinese Language Flagship Certificate. In recent years, Liz has worked as a digital marketer on both sides of the Great Firewall and brings her varied expertise in SEO, marketing, and linguistics to UT Austin. Currently, Liz is a graduate research assistant and team lead at the Global (Dis)Information Lab for Project “Barn Owl,” combining open-source intelligence techniques, her trilingual research abilities, and novel data collection strategies to investigate coordinated inauthentic activities. As a Brumley Fellow, Liz will be mentored by Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick. 

David Johnson

David Johnson is a second-year Master of Global Policy student at the LBJ School. He is a proud father and husband, who earned his undergraduate degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University – College Station, and hails from Waco, Texas. Prior to arriving at the LBJ School, David worked for an oilfield service company for eight years, with five of those years spent in the Middle East as a field service technician on drilling rigs, then as a service manager for India and Bangladesh. At the LBJ School, David studies Arabic, the Middle East, energy policy, and national security. David’s research as a Brumley Fellow will cover the geopolitics of the energy transition and how the changing energy landscape will affect U.S. policy toward geopolitical partners in the Middle East. David will be mentored by Intelligence Studies Project Senior Fellow J. Paul Pope.