Stanford grad named a Rhodes Scholar

By Don Kazak
Palo Alto Online

Sarah B. Kleinman, who received a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford in 2007, is one of 32 Americans named recipients of Rhodes Scholarships, announced on Saturday.

The scholarships cover two to three years of study at Oxford University in England. Kleinman, who is from Indianapolis, plans to pursue a master's degree in international relations.

"It's really important that I get a solid foundation in international theory and the history of the international system so I understand what policies have worked in the past, (and) how the United Nations and other international organizations effectively intervened in post-conflict situations," she said.

Kleinman is currently the managing director of FACE AIDS, a Palo Alto group that mobilizes students to fight AIDS in Africa.

At Stanford, Kleinman was a peer-tutor coordinator, gave voice lessons to at-risk middle school girls and founded a human rights forum at Stanford, according to the Stanford News Service.

The scholarships were established in 1908 by the will of Cecil J. Rhodes, British colonial pioneer and philanthropist.