Zarko graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction in both Political Science and Classical Civilizations. At the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, he helped in creating the Virtual Tribunal - a project that collected all of the information of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and synthesized it for the benefit of individuals harmed during the Cambodian Genocide. During his time at the center, he made notes on the testimony of witnesses, helped design an interactive map of where crimes were perpetrated, and aided in creating a searchable dictionary of key terms to be used by the public.
In addition, he has spent his summers conducting research in the UC Berkeley political science department. In his sophomore year, he analyzed the effect of major media outlets on U.S. Supreme Court decisions and, the following year, collaborated with senior level PhD students in researching the interaction between congressional committees and federal agencies.
Outside of academia, he acted as Editor-in-Chief of Caliber Magazine - a publication that has a circulation of 5,000 and acts as a news resource for the entire UC Berkeley student body. In addition, he has also been a member of the critically acclaimed San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra and has taught elementary school students classical guitar.
Other Service Experience
He has acted as a mentor to incoming Berkeley students through the Big Bear - Little Bear Program, co-taught a DeCal on journalism, organized cultural events with the Berkeley Organization of Serbian Students (BOSS), and, most recently, founded an organization to help the Roma people.
He hopes to learn more about how war crime litigation functions in order to better prepare for his own future within the field.
Post Fellowship Plans
Zarko intends to ultimately go to law school and become a lawyer with an emphasis in war crimes and human rights.
Quote about service commitment
"After the bombs have fallen, the rifles have gone silent, and the dead have been laid to rest, there still remains much to be done in war-torn countries. Indeed, making sure that people who have committed atrocities stand trial is essential for rebuilding a broken state and ensuring future stability."