As one of the most accomplished undergraduates to have earned degrees from MU, Brian Pellot (Journalism and International Studies, ’10), served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Dubai, applied for and received the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai, and successfully applied for a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in both Morocco and Jordan. He also sought both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships, being named a finalist for the Rhodes and selected to receive the Marshall. In the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar, he completed a master’s degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
When discussing his Marshall Scholarship experience, Pellot highlights the friends he made at Oxford and the opportunities he had to interact with other Marshall scholars. He states, “I left Oxford with lifelong friends and a strong group of truly inspiring individuals.” Pellot deeply appreciates the opportunities he received, including time to “explore . . . the UK during my years here, even making it to Northern Ireland on a trip for Marshall Scholars.”
Following his graduation from Oxford in July of 2012, he continued work with FreeSpeechDebate.com, a website he helped to found in 2011 while at Oxford University. Pellot then worked as Digital Policy Advisor for Index on Censorship, a London-based international organization that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression.
In August 2013, Pellot began work as Religion News Services’ Director of Global Strategy and Religious Freedom Editor. Some of Pellot’s work may be found on his personal website, brianpellot.com.