Fulbright-SOAS, University of London Award
Wynn is from Maryland and graduated from Goucher College in 2021 with a BA in International Relations and French Transnational Studies. His Burmese-American background fostered a deep interest in the politics of Myanmar, and his undergraduate research centered around post-conflict justice and reconciliation, responses to genocide and mass atrocities, and the legacy of colonization on nation-building in the Global South.
Wynn now works in the international development and humanitarian aid sector as a consultant focusing on race, (in)equity, and “decolonizing” aid: re-imagining how NGOs approach their work with affected communities, as well as evaluating the structure of aid itself. He has also supported the DEI workstream at InterAction, the largest alliance of US-based international NGOs, where he was instrumental in the development and launch of a coalition-wide DEI Compact.
At SOAS, Wynn will study the relationship of violence and conflict with conflict interventions and aid. He looks forward to examining the UK’s role in leading aid as a former imperial power and reflecting on what American and British actors in the sector can learn from each other to utilize in their peace and development work. After the Fulbright, Wynn plans to continue his work in the development community with an emphasis on peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He is excited to take in London’s vibrant history and multiculturalism while also practicing film photography.