Department ofPolitical Science


Jesse Caemmerer ’14 is one of the chosen few tasked with making the world a smaller place.

Jesse reports “ “This year I’ve been given the opportunity to join the first cohort of the Schwarzman Scholars program, a graduate scholarship program inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship and based in Beijing, China. Our class includes 110 students from 35 countries, and while only three weeks into the program, it has already been an outstanding experience. We have engaged with leaders from around the world, including former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, US Ambassador to China Max Baucus, former President George W. Bush, and Vice Premier of China Liu Yandong. We are immersed in language courses, professor-led excursions throughout China, mentorships, and internships, all with the goal of understanding China in its own right so that as we advance in our careers we can act as a bridge of understanding between China, the US, and the rest of the world.

Caemmerer has spent the last three years in Asia after graduating from Santa Clara with a B.S. in Political Science. He went on to graduate top of his class at Nanyang Technological University, where he won a Rotary Global Fellowship and earned his M.S. in Strategic Studies. Understanding China is a lifelong endeavor, Caemmerer says.  His goal is to earn a PhD and pursue an academic career in US-China relations.