My Background



Quincy Tanner was born on the U.S. West Coast, and later raised abroad in Southeast Asia.  He completed his high school education at the Regent’s School, a British international school in Pattaya, Thailand, where he found his niche early on in community development and  social entrepreneurship projects. In fact, Quincy attributes his initial early interest in tutoring and writing consulting to his high school volunteer work with the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce, which allowed for regular English-teaching trips for disadvantaged youth in neighboring communities.

Quincy later gained early admission to his top choice, Stanford University, and recognized a distinct passion for politics and international affairs. This complemented the years he had dedicated to development issues in Thailand during high school. Given the immense access to resources, faculty, and overseas studies programs at Stanford, he aimed to graduate with a sound understanding of some of the most pressing global development and political challenges of our time. He also sought to hone his writing skill set through interdisciplinary courses on composition and rhetoric.

As an undergraduate, Quincy received three independent research grants. As a sophomore, he researched the reform of United Nations human rights institutions in Manhattan, New York, while interning in foreign affairs with a renowned non-profit think tank. He also received a Stanford Major and Quarterly grant to research conflict, peace, and sustainable development in Thailand, leading to his 30,000-word honors thesis on the topic. After graduating, he secured an internship with the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he used his writing and research skills to produce reports for the IISS Armed Conflict Database Project. Along with his passion for helping others achieve their academic and professional goals, Quincy aims to devote his research and writing skills towards conflict management, peacebuilding, and international development at a graduate level.

Quincy holds a B.A. in international affairs with departmental honors from Stanford University. He has studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, where he studied Southeast Asian history, international human rights law, and politics, and trained in competitive rowing with Corpus Christi College. Having pursued and secured a broad range of opportunities on and off campus, Quincy is in a unique position to motivate and guide others towards their own academic goals and aspirations. Being multilingual and having lived and studied in the United States and abroad, Quincy is also able to relate to and help a wide spectrum of applicants, including applicants with international backgrounds and applicants who speak English as a second language.

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