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MA in International Policy

Sydney Frankenberg

2019 Cohort, Graduate

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Sydney Frankenberg, from Charlotte, North Carolina, is pursuing a master’s degree in international policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences and specializing in cyber policy. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in cyber operations and is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award. Sydney’s research interests lie at the intersection of cybersecurity, public policy, and civil rights. She has competed in national cyber policy competitions and interned at Draper Laboratories, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and US Indo-Pacific Command. At the Naval Academy, she founded the Women in Cybersecurity and Computing Club, a platform to drive interest, empowerment, and inclusion in the cybersecurity field, and was a member of the varsity women’s rowing team. During a semester abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, she studied electrical engineering and international relations and led part of the Republic of Korea’s initiative to support women in the Korean Armed Forces. She returned to Korea in 2019 on the US State Department's Critical Language Scholarship. At Stanford, Sydney will focus on how technology can be used both as a tool to stifle and discourage dissent as well as one to bolster and serve marginalized communities.


MA in International Policy, School of Humanities and Sciences