Noah Coco

I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Economics and History, as well as certificates in Asian Studies and Global Studies with a concentration in Politics and Economy. I have a regional focus on East Asia, but I am more broadly interested in the political economy of developing countries and emerging markets. I have studied Mandarin Chinese and studied abroad in both Beijing, China and Cape Town, South Africa. I wish to pursue a career at the intersection of politics and economics, particularly in the context of emerging markets, but I also wish to add a historical dimension to understand the processes that have created the modern conditions that these developments occur within.


  • 20192015


    BS Economics, BA History

  • 2019 2015


    Asian Studies, Global Studies

  • August 2017May 2017

    Study Abroad

    Cape Town, South Africa; Beijing, China

Co-Curricular Engagements

  • Co-Founder, President

    Global Affairs Club

    January 2017 - May 2019

  • President

    Phi Beta Kappa

    April 2018 - May 2019

  • Judicial Committee Member

    Student Government Board

    August 2017 - May 2019

  • Member

    Panther Crossfit

    August 2017 - May 2019

Awards and Achievements

  • Summer 2017
    Summer FLAS Award
    The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship is a grant offered through the US Department of Education to fund students  studying modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. I used my scholarship to fund my summer intensive language program in Mandarin in Beijing, China.
  • Summer 2017
    Helen Pool Rush Grant
    The Helen Pool Rush Grant is one of Pitt's Nationality Rooms Scholarships that funds students to study abroad to study pressing issues that affect various regions of the world. I used this scholarship to fund a study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa to study American foreign policy in Africa and to volunteer with a local organization that sponsored after school programs for students in the Cape Town Flats.
  • November 2018
    Department of Economics Outstanding Senior Award
    The Outstanding Senior Award is awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Economics. The award is given to the best graduating seniors from economics each year. The selection is made by an Undergraduate Committee and is based on GPA, grades, and comments from professors about the candidates.
  • April 2018
    Phi Beta Kappa Junior Member
    I was one of few students inducted into the distinguished Phi Beta Kappa honor society as a Junior from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • August 2017
    Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar
    The Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar Program awards students with a year-long internship position with a local community organization. I was paired with the Homewood Children's Village to work on workforce development, equitable access to technology, and housing. The program also included community engagement and leadership training with the rest of the cohort of students.