Meet Our Students: Emily Ruhm

In the Master of Public Policy program at William & Mary, we take great pride in our students. Each person in the program brings something special to the table and we are thrilled to shine the spotlight on them whenever we get the chance. This is Emily Ruhm (’18). Emily is a second year BA/MPP in the International Development & Policy track and answered a few questions for us recently.

Emily Ruhm (1)

Where are you from?

Ellicott City, MD

What brought you to the William & Mary Master of Public Policy Program?

I was attracted to the then-new International Development & Policy track, and I joined in the inaugural class in 2016.

What were you doing before you joined us?

Undergraduate student at William & Mary

What is your favorite thing to do on campus?

Enjoying Matoaka Amphitheater!

Favorite thing about the program?

The friends I have made through this program.

Where do you want to go from here?

My long-term goal is to join the U.S. Foreign Service.

What are your hobbies?

Dance and painting

Describe yourself in three words.

Ambitious, determined, passionate

Favorite book?

Night by Elie Wiesel

If you could meet one person in the world, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Madeleine Albright because she is a fierce woman who was the first female U.S. Secretary of State and used her pins to make political statements.

What has been your favorite class so far and why?

The Global Political Environment because it helped me to grow as a development professional by understanding the theoretical background and academic research of development policy and foreign aid.

Who is your favorite professor/researcher you’ve worked with and why?

Marcus Holmes because he has helped me to grow as a researcher in both undergraduate and graduate work, as well as serving as a mentor, writing countless recommendation letters and providing me with new opportunities and experiences.


Thanks for sharing Emily!

Stay tuned for more student spotlights! In the meantime, don’t forget to follow W&M MPP on Facebook and LinkedIn!


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