Cole McFaul graduated from Stanford University in 2020, and studied political science, with a primary focus in political economy and a secondary focus in justice and law. He was a 2019-2020 student fellow in the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues Student Fellows program.
- Interned in Washington D.C. through the Stanford in Washington program, where he was tasked with researching different issues related to China.
- Wrote his senior honors thesis on the effect of Chinese investment in Ghana.
- Spent four weeks during summer 2019 in Ghana where he conducted interviews with Ghanaian civil society, business people, and members of government on the subject of Chinese investment.