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2017 Recipient

Matt & Coffy

The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies awarded the 2017 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize in Peace Studies to Cornell graduating senior Rochenelle Coffy (pictured here with Professor Matthew Evangelista, the director of the Reppy Institute).


Rochenelle is a Cornell graduating senior in the College of Arts and Science with a major in government. Her coursework and studies deeply influenced her professional goals and inspired her to pursue a career in diplomacy. In addition to coursework at Cornell, she also researched conflict resolution at Sciences Po Paris.


Following graduation, she plans to work for a year in a think tank that analyzes transnational security issues and then attend graduate school to study global governance and diplomacy.  Ultimately, she plans to employ her technical and diplomatic knowledge in a career dedicated to the work of peace and conflict resolution in Haiti and other Third World nations.


The Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize in Peace Studies is awarded annually to Cornell University graduating seniors to encourage them to pursue work or study in fields related to peace studies and conflict resolution. Rochenelle Coffy exemplifies the kind of student the Freemans hoped to recognize and honor through the establishment of the endowment.