Foundation Student William Hunter

Wed 27th February 2019 at 12.50 - 14.00


William Hunter, a native of the Carolinas in the United States, spent his adolescence developing a passion for traditional American music and the study of foreign cultures. He attended Clemson University where his studies focused on US-China relations and the contemporary history and politics of the Western Balkans. In the spring of 2012 William conducted a research project throughout the nations of former Yugoslavia and, after graduating in 2013 with a BA in political science, he returned to the Balkan Peninsula on a two year assignment with the United States Peace Corps mission to the Republic of Albania. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he worked as a teacher and youth development organizer in Albania’s rural north. Both during and after his Peace Corps service, William was involved with the work of several NGOs based in Serbia and Kosovo and acted as  translator, interpreter, and guide for groups of visiting scholars doing research in the region.
In 2017 William was accepted as a member of the VIA Global Community Fellowship program and served as the first Fellow posted at the University of Jember in East Java, Indonesia. During the course of his fellowship William worked as a guest lecturer of Western culture studies at the Center for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration. Simultaneously, he also served as the lead copy-editor for the South East Asian Journal of Human Rights. In September of 2018 William began a Masters program at the University of St. Andrews in the Peace and Conflict Studies department. William hopes to focus his studies on the ways in which narrative and the concept of identity can be used to cause conflict, maintain the memory of conflict, and hinder post-conflict reconciliation.

William has had interesting hands on work experiences as shown above.

He nearly became a professional cyclist and still burns up the road on his bicycle

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