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U.S. Department of State

Office of Japanese Affairs

Research Interests

science diplomacy, water quality


Topics to speak on:

Science Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs, Science Policy, Water Treatment, Air Quality


Dr. Courtney Hill is Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S, Department of State. Previously, she was a Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). At the NAE, she led workshops and consensus studies focused on issues concerning social and environmental responsibility in engineering, offshore energy safety, and global transport decarbonization. She has also been a Mirzayan Fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s InterAcademy Partnership. In this role, she conducted research on how Africa’s continental science and technology policy was integrated at the regional and national levels. In 2014, she taught English at a STEM high school in South Korea as a Fulbright grantee. Dr. Hill holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research explored the relationship between health outcomes and access to ceramic water treatment devices that use silver for disinfection in rural South Africa. At the University of Virginia, Dr. Hill worked as a program assistant for UVA CHARGE, creating programming aimed to increase the number of women holding STEM faculty positions on campus. She is currently on the Board of Advisors for the NexGen Mekong Scientists Program and a Visiting Advisor for the University of Arkansas Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.


AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Ford Dissertation Completion Fellow

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow, University Virginia

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Fulbright US Student Grantee

Mirzayan Fellow, National Academy of Sciences


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