Class of 2018
Major/Minor: International Studies with Near East and Peace and Conflict Concentrations; Religious Studies Minor
Ethan Trucker is a senior at Washington College studying International Studies and Religious Studies with concentrations on the Near East and Peace and Conflict. Ethan has been involved in a multitude of extra-curricular activities. He has been an active member of the International Studies Council (ISC), becoming its Secretary during the Fall 2015 semester and having attended 3 major Model United Nations conferences with the ISC. Additionally, Ethan has been active in the International Relations Club, acting as its President and organizing several events that have facilitated dialogues between international and domestic students. Lastly, he has also been heavily involved with Washington College’s Hillel, acting as its Judaic Chair and President.
In fall of 2016, Ethan interned at the Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) in Washington, D.C. as a Research and Advocacy Intern. He worked on research related to the Sindhi people, an ethnic group located in southern Pakistan. He specifically researched aspects of the political and security background of the province, doing research on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (a major political party in Sindh) and Pakistani nuclear weapons. Additionally, Ethan was involved in advocacy campaigns on the Hill and attended many congressional hearings that relate to issues important to Sindhis and meeting with Congressmen and their staffers about these issues.
Ethan has studied abroad in both Argentina and the Czech Republic. In Argentina, Ethan studied South American political processes and the Spanish language at the Universidad Catolica de Argentina. In the Czech Republic, he studied at Charles University where he took courses on religion in terms of peace and conflict, specifically looking at the role of violence in Christianity and Islam.
Also at Washington College, Ethan traveled with Dr. Joseph Prud’homme and Dr. Tahir Shad to Manila, the Philippines to present research on the ideologies of the Baptist Church and the Islamic State at the Fourth Annual Conference on the Islamic World. Ethan has additionally assisted Dr. Prud’homme at the Institute of Religion, Politics, and Culture with research related to the teaching of religion, specifically Islam, in American public schools and how universities can improve their training of teachers for education on religion. He has also worked as an Apprentice at the school’s Geographic Informations System laboratory, working on several projects there that have assisted in tracking DUI incidents across the state of the Maryland and mapping out mega-cities around the world. Ethan has also worked with the Global Education Office as an International Student Guide, facilitating incoming international students’ arrival in the United States and at Washington College. Lastly, Ethan is working with the Intercultural Office as an Intercultural Ambassador of Faith and Non-Faith efforts on campus. Ethan has been teaming up with Hillel and the Christian Campus Fellowship on campus to broaden their impact on campus and how to facilitate intercultural dialogue between these two groups.
President-International Relations Club
Secretary-International Studies Council
Intercultural Ambassador-Intercultural Office at WAC
Research Assistant-Institute of Religion, Politics, and Culture
Apprentice-Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
International Students Guide-Global Education Office