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Natalie Johnson
nsydneyj@gmail.com
498 La Mesa Ct.
Portola Valley, CA
(650) 291-3769

 

EDUCATION
Williams College                                                                                                           Williamstown, MA
B.A. in Chinese and Political Science,                                                                                              June 2013

• Cumulative GPA: 3.8
• Magna Cum Laude
• Phi Beta Kappa
• Writing Tutor at the Writing Workshop for three years
• Chinese TA
• Fall 2011 spent studying at the language intensive Middlebury in China program in Beijing at the Capital Normal
University, taking content-based courses taught in Mandarin


Menlo School                                                                                                                             Atherton, CA
Graduated 2009
          • SAT I: Math 800, Verbal 780
          • National Merit Scholar


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Stanford University, FSI, Rural Education Action Program                                                              Stanford, CA
Project Manager                                                                                                                           August 2014-Present

• Managed all projects under the Keeping Kids in School theme of REAP’s work.

 

Chinese Academy of Sciences/Shaanxi Normal University                                                                Xi’an, China
General Research Assistant in the Xi’an Office                                                                           August 2013-July 2014

• Worked with REAP Project Managers and PIs based in both the U.S. and China on designing, conducting and
analyzing survey research.
• Independently conducted three different qualitative interview projects in rural China.
• Worked with a small group of REAP coordinators to lead enumerator training and supervise and coordinate data
collection for a survey of vocational high schools in Henan Province including 100 local enumerators and another
survey on teacher incentives in rural Shaanxi and Gansu including 180 local enumerators.
• Independently led 8 Masters and PhD students (native Chinese) in writing papers for publication in American
academic journals.

 

Williams College Political Science Department                                                                        Williamstown, MA
Senior Honors Thesis Project advised by Professor Nicole Mellow                                     September 2012-June 2013

• Awarded Honors in Political Science for a thesis project entitled “What’s Fair?: Framing Economic Inequality in
Twentieth Century America.”
• Conducted extensive independent archival research and analyzed hundreds of presidential speeches and other
primary sources

 

Stanford University, FSI, Rural Education Action Program                                                             Stanford, CA
Intern to Project Manager Alexis Medina, supervised by Professor Scott Rozelle                                    Summer 2012

• Edited and consolidated ten different papers written by the REAP team on anemia among rural school children into
a cohesive manuscript for a book on school-aged anemia


Stanford University, The Bill Lane Center for the American West

Research Assistant to Postdoc Mike Binder, supervised by Professor David Kennedy                                                                                                                                                 Summer 2011

• Conducted research in the political science literature relevant to several research projects
• Compiled original research by participating in social science data gathering at the “What’s Next, California?”
Deliberative Poll®, culminating in a co-authored paper now seeking publication
• Independently compiled and helped to analyze data relating to framing effects in ballot propositions in the 2010
California election, eventually culminating in a co-authored paper now seeking publication

 

Williams College Political Science Department                                                                         Williamstown, MA
Research Assistant to Professor Justin Crowe                                                                                                  Fall 2009

• Conducted independent archival research in American political history to assist in the ultimate publishing of
Professor Crowe’s paper, “Westward Expansion, Preappointment Politics, and the Making of the Southern
Slaveholding Supreme Court” in Cambridge’s Studies in American Political Development
• Compiled numeric data relating to this research

RELATED COURSEWORK

 

Williams College                                                                                                                      Williamstown, MA

• Political Science: Nationalism in East Asia; Why States Fail; Civic Education in America
• Economics: Economic Liberalism and its Critics; Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
• Chinese: Chinese 201-402; Ethnic Minorities in China; Chinese History since 1949; Intro to Classical Chinese;
Intro to Chinese Linguistics

Middlebury in China                                                                                                                       Beijing, China

• Chinese: Contemporary Issues in China; Advanced Spoken Chinese; Modern Chinese Political Thought;
Experiencing Beijing

 

Menlo School                                                                                                                                    Atherton, CA

• Economics: 5s on AP Macro and Micro Economics

OTHER WORK ACTIVITIES

 

Williams College Writing Workshop                                                                                          Williamstown, MA
Writing Tutor                        E bsp;                                                                                           September 2010-June 2013

• Nominated by a professor for the program
• Helped fellow Williams College students in many disciplines to edit their academic writing by appointment or dropin

Williams College Chinese Department                                                                                       Williamstown, MA
Chinese TA                                                                                                                          September 2010-June 2013

• Nominated by a professor for the position
• Met weekly with 8 different students enrolled in Intermediate Chinese for half hour sessions of conversational
practice and help with questions

 

Ephporium Market                                                                                                                       Williamstown, MA
Employee                                                                                                        Spring 2010, Academic Year 2010-2011

• Worked as a cashier, stocked shelves and worked in the kitchen making sandwiches, cleaning and prepping food

 

Flea St. Cafe                                                                                                                                    Menlo Park, CA
Hostess                                                                                                                                                   Summer 2009

 

TheatreWorks                                                                                                                                       Palo Alto, CA
Marketing Intern                                                                                                                                       Summer 2008

• Organization and filing
• Participated in marketing meetings and helping to plan company strategies
• Executed an independent research project into a new gift card program for the company

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Languages: Fluent in written and spoken Mandarin; Proficient in written and spoken Spanish
Technical Skills: Facile in Microsoft Office, Proficient in basic STATA

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