Date: Friday, January 10 at 4:30pm | Location: Pick Hall 218

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) presents Careers in Think Tanks: A CMES Career Talk with Benjamin Beames (Council on Foreign Relations, CMES ’19) and Mia McCully (Council on Foreign Relations), a graduate student professional development event moderated by UChicagoGRAD career adviser Kathrin Kranz. The conversation will focus on best practices for pursuing jobs in this industry and professional opportunities at the Council on Foreign Relations in particular.

Benjamin Beames is currently the International Economics and History research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. He assists Senior Fellow Benn Steil with his current book project on Henry Agard Wallace and Adjunct Senior Fellow James P. Dougherty with a roundtable series on American primacy. Before coming to the Council, Beames was a research assistant to Professor Ruth A. Miller, supporting her research on Turkish extradition law. A former CMES M.A. student, he wrote his thesis on the Saudi Arabian kafala system and its effects on agency and law within the country. He holds an M.A. in the social sciences from the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Ethics, Social, and Political Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts.

Mia McCully is Associate Director, Talent Acquisition and Staff Development at the Council on Foreign Relations where she focuses on the recruitment of staff, oversees the internship program, and helps run diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to working at CFR, Mia was a consultant in Human Resources at UN Women, working on HQ recruitment and organizational effectiveness projects. Mia started her career in higher education at the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program, a study-away experiential-learning program for college students interested in international relations. She holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelors of Art from Bard College.

Kathrin Kranz is the Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development at UChicagoGRAD and the dedicated career advisor for graduate students and postdocs in the Social Sciences Division. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining UChicagoGRAD, Kathrin worked as an Assistant Professor at a liberal arts college.