Three Stanford students named Rhodes Scholars

Ziyi Wang

Ziyi Wang, who graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in history in June 2020, is pursuing a master’s in international policy and will graduate in June 2021. At Oxford, she plans to pursue DPhil in politics. She was awarded a Rhodes through the China constituency.

Wang, who is from Beijing, learned of her Rhodes Scholarship through a Sunday early morning email from the National Secretary of Rhodes China. The email directed her to call, and Wang remembers being “extremely honored, privileged and humbled” by the news.

Wang said she was prompted to pursue a Rhodes by the examples of Ash Carter, former visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute until becoming U.S. Secretary of Defense; Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Russia; and Stanford alumna Susan Rice, former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

At Stanford, Wang served as a research assistant on a COVID-19 team, led by H.R. McMaster, the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. The research was designed to capture non-partisan lessons from the U.S. response to COVID-19, focusing on coordination of government and private sector efforts in response to pandemics and other large-scale crises. Wang also pursued research on political communication in China with the rise of the internet under the mentorship of Condoleezza Rice, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution.

Wang also was a member of the women’s golf team throughout her Stanford career and wrote a column for Golf China. Ironically, it was the SARS-C0V-1 in 2004 that introduced Wang to golf.

In a September perspective piece about the pandemic written for Stanford Athletics, Wang remembered, “My golf story started when the lockdown for SARS-CoV-1 in 2004, in Beijing, China, introduced the sport into my life. The pandemic that disrupted an entire society exempted golf as a permissible activity, thereby irrevocably reshaping the temporality and spatiality of my world.”



Senior Nicholas Fishman and graduate students Ziyi Wang and Abdallah AbuHashem have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for study at Oxford.

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