Junior Centennial Fellows
These SFS undergraduate and graduate students will work alongside the 2017-2018 SFS Centennial Fellows during their semester-long residency, assisting their research and organizing events for the Georgetown and SFS community.
Sira Cordes is a first-year graduate student in Security Studies, focusing on International Security. Before coming to Georgetown she graduated cum laude from Leiden University in the Netherlands with a degree in International Studies. She has since interned at the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Sira has lived and worked in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish, English, and German. She very much looks forward to working with Claudia Escobar.
Bryce Couch is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. He is studying International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies and is pursuing a certificate in International Diplomacy. Spending time exploring Buenos Aires and the Argentinian countryside sparked his interest in Latin America’s culture, and he specifically focuses on the effects of counter-terrorism, drug trafficking, and peacekeeping efforts within the region.
Daniella Montemarano is a second year Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate studying international conflict resolution and multi-track diplomacy under the program’s Global Politics and Security concentration. A trained mediator since the age of 15, Daniella specializes in transitional justice, stabilization operations, the Rule of Law, and the gender-security nexus. Prior to joining MSFS, Daniella led peace-building projects in West and Southern Africa and the United States, addressing issues like women’s political participation in rural Cameroon and post-conflict reconciliation within the Liberian diaspora community. Her recent work includes electoral violence prevention at the U.S. Department of State and international criminal tribunal monitoring at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Daniella served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana (2012-15) and holds an honors B.A. in History and Political Science from New York University. She is a 2017-18 Huffington Graduate Fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she researches insurgency-related Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) operations in the Horn of Africa and the Lake Chad Basin.
Abhichana “Anna” Naiyapatana
Abhichana “Anna” Naiyapatana is a freshman in the School of Foreign Service planning to major in Culture and Politics. She has received the prestigious merit-based King’s Scholarship from the Royal Thai Government, which funds her overseas undergraduate studies. Being a birthright American citizen, Anna has always been fascinated by identity and nationality. Growing up Thai, she had witnessed two coup d’états, which motivates her to study International Relations. She hopes to better understand how to fight corruption, establish rule of law, and sustain democracy in her home country. Anna is the secretary of the new club GU Thai which she co-founded, a Design Staff for the Georgetown Voice, and a member of the international music a cappella group GU Harmony. In her free time, she enjoys Buddhist meditation and creating art, whether it is illustration, poetry, or memes.
Bushra is a first-year undergraduate student at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, planning to major in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy. She was born and raised in Karak, Jordan, but she moved to Amman in late middle school. Shortly after, she enrolled in King’s Academy where she spent her four high school years at boarding school. Bushra is passionate about empowering women in political leadership; she has always wanted to become Jordan’s first female Prime Minister. She likes to write opinion-editorial pieces. In her free time, she enjoys playing frisbee or chess with friends.
Tom is a second-year MSFS student, pursuing the Global Politics & Security concentration. Prior to joining Georgetown, he worked in a humanitarian-focused tech startup in Amman, Jordan and helped develop programs and policies to address the MENA-wide youth employment crisis in Doha, Qatar. Tom began his career as a Teach for America corps member teaching middle school math here in Washington, DC, and remains passionate about education policy. Tom is a proud Syrian-American and was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in economics, a Bachelor of Philosophy in politics/philosophy, and a Certificate in Arabic Linguistics.
Caila McHugh is a first-year undergraduate student in the SFS thinking about studying Regional and Comparative Studies between the Middle East and Latin America, International Politics, or Science and Technology in International Affairs. Her aspirations include becoming a Foreign Service Officer and bridging the cultural and political divide between the U.S. and the Middle East. She is an avid reader, language fanatic, and cultural proponent who loves to travel and learn from those around her. Spending the last year in Morocco on a State Department scholarship, she immersed herself in Moroccan culture and studied Arabic, further contributing to her desire to become a foreign policy expert on the region. At Georgetown, she is also involved in the Delta Phi Epsilon (DPE) professional foreign service sorority, No Lost Generation, Rangila, and the Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program.
Alaa is an M.A. candidate in the Arab Studies Program at the School of Foreign Service, concentrating on Development and Entrepreneurship in the Arab World while working towards a certificate in International Business Diplomacy through SFS’s Landegger program. Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Alaa is passionate about political and economic development, with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, literacy & education in the Arab world. Before coming to Georgetown, Alaa served as the Alumni Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, and through her position, she had the opportunity to change people’s lives through managing a portfolio of over 7,500 Jordanian alumni of U.S. Government-funded exchange programs including: Georgetown Seminar, Eisenhower Fellows, Fulbright, TechWomen, TechGirls, Fortune500, KL-YES, CocaCola GBI, Goldman Sachs, ACYPL, MEPI, BTL, ACCESS, UGRAD, and IVLP, among others. In addition to managing the aforementioned programs, she had the opportunity to implement country-wide outreach programs designed to strengthen the U.S.-Jordanian partnership. Prior to joining the U.S. Embassy in Amman, she had worked at several international organizations in various capacities, namely: AMIDEAST and IREX. Alaa is an avid hiker, aspiring photographer and sometimes introduces herself as Jordan’s first female Prime Minister!
Husanjot Chahal is a graduate student at the Security Studies Program and a columnist for the Georgetown Security Studies Review. She has worked in New Delhi-based research institutes exploring terrorism and counter-terrorism, and other security issues in the South Asian region. Prior to this, she was a researcher and programme coordinator at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and worked at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’ Internal Security Centre. Husanjot holds a Master’s degree in International Security and Terrorism from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.
Zhenling Lai is a first-year MSFS student from Singapore, with an intended concentration in Global Politics and Security. Prior to enrolling in Georgetown University, Zhenling served in the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Singapore. Her last appointment was as an Assistant Director in the Defence Policy Office, handling non-traditional security operations such as maritime security and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Zhenling graduated from Princeton University in 2010, with an A.B. in Psychology.
Arjun Mehrotra is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy. He was born in New Delhi, grew up in Bangalore and Dubai and attended high school in Singapore. Arjun has a deep interest in US-India relations, is a member of the Student Board of the Georgetown India Initiative (where he also heads the Writing and Research Committee), and is Director of Outreach for India Ink (the student-run blog on India). In addition, Arjun is a Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow, doing research on American foreign policy under Professor Charles Kupchan, an Associate Board member of the Lecture Fund and a tour guide in the Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer, watching TED Talks, engaging in discussion and reading pretty much anything under the sun.
Bushra is a freshman in the School of Foreign Service considering a major in International Politics with a certificate in diplomatic studies. She was born in Jammu and Kashmir, India where she spent a considerable part of her life before embarking on a series of adventures to Las Vegas and Phuket. She considers these experiences at home in Kashmir and abroad a major factor in sprouting her interest in international affairs. As a Junior Fellow, she will be assisting Ambassador Richard Verma this semester on issues pertaining to Asia specifically India. Bushra loves languages and hopes she can continue studying them during her time at Georgetown.When she is not practicing the right way to pronounce Arabic letters, she can be seen sipping tea, googling cat pictures and fangirling everything Harry Potter. (Go Slytherin!).
Celia Buckman is a freshman in the SFS. She is from Glencoe, IL, and is passionate about issues affecting refugees globally. Previously, Celia served as a Teen Advisory for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, where she worked to advocate for legislation to increase birth registration in developing countries, culminating in the passage of the Girls Count Act. She has tutored refugee and immigrant children in the US since 2013 and continues to do so at Georgetown.
Katarina is a first year Master of Science in Foreign Service student. She completed her undergraduate studies at Fordham University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While at Fordham, she spent six months in post-revolutionary Tunisia, conducting research on the effect of the democratic transition in the tourism industry and supporting AFRICOM-funded security training and humanitarian projects at the U.S. Embassy. She subsequently completed a one-year fellowship at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh and more recently worked for Partners in Health in Liberia to support the public healthcare system in the immediate aftermath of the Ebola Crisis. Katarina has also worked in the British Embassy in Washington’s Foreign and Security Policy Group and on the National Democratic Institute’s Gender, Women and Democracy Team. She is passionate about crafting ethical, effective humanitarian responses that address the needs of vulnerable populations.
Jesus Rodriguez is a junior from Orlando, Fla. studying international politics and diplomacy in the School of Foreign Service. He is the managing editor of The Hoya, human rights and governance editor of the Journal of International Affairs, and last summer he worked as an editorial intern at the Council on Foreign Relations. A Jack Kent Cooke scholar, he is also interested in journalism, human rights, and issues around international immigration.
Melissa Toufanian is a first-year student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program. Before coming to Georgetown, Melissa worked at the Department of State from 2010 through 2017, holding positions in the Bureau of Public Affairs, the Office of the Spokesperson, and the Office of Refugee Admissions. While at the Department of State, Melissa helped to develop strategic communications strategies in support of Secretary Kerry’s diplomatic initiatives, including the Iran nuclear negotiations, reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, building of the global coalition against ISIS, and meetings of the International Syria Support Group. In the Office of Refugee Admissions, Melissa created an outreach plan to help better educate the public on the U.S. refugee admissions and security screening process. Her work at the State Department brought her to over 70 countries, working with dozens of U.S. Embassies and foreign governments. In her free time, Melissa enjoys volunteering as an ESL instructor at the Washington English Center. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University.
Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
The ISD Fellows in Diplomacy program provides academic credit and non-service stipends or merit-based tuition scholarships ($3,000 each) to selected BSFS and graduate SFS students who wish to pursue independent research projects that focus on ongoing and emerging diplomatic issues. The Institute pairs students with advisers drawn from ISD senior staff, Georgetown University faculty and Washington-based practitioners. The research project begins in the fall semester and culminates in a substantial (30-page) study that is presented during the spring semester. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in other ISD activities.
Huffington Graduate Fellows
Mohammed Soliman is a MSFS candidate, concentrating in Global Politics and Security. His research interests include energy, geopolitical and geoeconomic risk, and grand strategy, specifically in the Middle East and North Africa region. Mohammed’s ISD research project aims to understand the impact of the Gulf Crisis on the United States strategy with Iran. Mohammed co-chairs the MSFS Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Forum, where he hosts policy practitioners, diplomats, and academics to discuss the region’s key trends and challenges. He also appears frequently on television to provide commentary on unfolding events in the Middle East and has published articles for Foreign Affairs, La Stampa, the Middle East Institute, and Open Democracy. Prior to joining MSFS, Mohammed worked as a researcher and as a columnist for al-Maqal, al-Masry al-Youm, and Tahrir News in Egypt. He holds a BA in engineering from the Egypt Aviation Academy.
Joseph Bebel is a student in the Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian & Eastern European Studies (MAERES) program at the School of Foreign Service. His areas of interest include illiberal democracy, populism, transatlantic relations, and European security. Joseph’s ISD research project focuses on the growth of illiberal democracy in Europe, specifically in Poland and Hungary. The goal of his project is to provide a more nuanced perspective on each case, which should allow for a more effective and diplomatic approach in addressing each nation’s illiberalism. Before coming to Georgetown, Joseph graduated with a BA in European studies from Brigham Young University. He is involved with the student-led think tank European Horizons and has completed work for Brookings, Freedom House, and the Hungary Initiatives Foundation.
Tyrell Walker is a MA candidate in Asian Studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. His ISD research analyzes the role of subnational governments in international relations, and seeks to broaden the scope of conventional foreign policy analysis to include these subnational actors, as well as illustrate how these actors can enable smaller countries to “punch above their weight” in influencing larger nations. Previously, Ty worked at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the State Department; acted as chief of staff at a national civil rights nonprofit; ran workshops on diversity, inclusion, and political activism throughout Japan; and interviewed, farmed, and lived with minority and indigenous communities throughout East Asia. He holds a dual BA in government and East Asian studies from Harvard University.
Bunker Graduate Fellows
Katarina O’Regan is a second-year MSFS candidate focusing on humanitarian emergencies within the International Development concentration. Before joining MSFS, Katarina worked in a variety of development and foreign policy roles including researching post-revolution tourism in Tunisia, tutoring students at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, and coordinating counter-proliferation projects at the British Embassy in Washington. More recently, she facilitated health systems strengthening with Partners in Health in post-Ebola Liberia and worked with the National Democratic Institute to measure violence against women in politics. At Georgetown, she has honed her interests with a focus on displacement and migration and internships with Refugees International, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), and with the International Organization for Migration’s office in Kampala, Uganda. She has also served as a Junior Fellow to former Assistant Secretary of State for PRM, Professor Anne Richard, and is currently a teaching assistant for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Katarina worked with ISD in a communications role during her first year at MSFS. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in international studies from Fordham University and hails from Germantown, MD.
Anna Khandros is a second-year Master’s candidate in the Global Human Development program and is pursuing a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Her research for ISD will examine Ukraine’s reintegration strategy for the Donbas region, as well as how American diplomacy and development actors are supporting reintegration efforts. Originally from Kyiv, Anna worked in Ukraine prior to joining the School of Foreign Service. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Morocco) and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (Tajikistan). Anna received her BA in Politics from Brandeis University, with minors in Legal Studies and Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence studies. In 2018, she served as an ISD Research Assistant.
Dulles Graduate Fellow
Allison Maddux is entering her second year with Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. Her ISD research will explore the role of diplomacy in the resolution of protracted conflicts, examining lessons learned from case studies, including Northern Ireland and Colombia. She specifically will apply her findings to Afghanistan, making recommendations for how diplomatic and military institutions can catalyze efforts to reduce violence and advance political settlement. A key component of her research will be to identify common sticking points and challenges during negotiation processes, illuminating the role of diplomacy in reaching consensus on seemingly incompatible demands, security dilemmas, and trust deficits. Allison earned a BS in physical geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Newsom Graduate Fellow
Colton Wade is an MSFS student completing his final year at Georgetown, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a BSFS in international politics in 2018. Primarily interested in emerging powers and global democracy, he received a Boren Scholarship in 2016 to study Portuguese in Brazil and wrote his senior honors thesis on the diplomatic and economic motivations for Brazilian anti-corruption reform. While at Georgetown, he has held internships in the office of Vice President Joe Biden, the Wilson Center and, most recently, the Department of State, working in the Economic Section of U.S. Embassy Brasília. His ISD research will explore how democratic powers—primarily the United States, European Union, Brazil, South Africa, and India—can use economic statecraft to encourage democracy abroad in the face of a global rise in authoritarianism.
Humes Undergraduate Fellow
Daniel Marshall is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in science, technology, and international affairs, with a minor in Spanish. He is working toward a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. His ISD research looks at international law, borders and sovereignty, and immigration and refugee policy issues, as a foundation to analyze the effects of the American and Israeli-constructed border walls. Daniel has studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and will complete a two-summer internship with the Department of State, working for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in Foggy Bottom in 2018 and a to-be-determined American Embassy in 2019. Daniel also speaks intermediate-level French, and intends to start formally learning Korean, his heritage language, during his last year at Georgetown.
Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy
Wallenberg International Fellows Program
The mission of the Wallenberg International Fellows Program is to prepare highly qualified master-level students with the knowledge and skills to serve as the leaders of international businesses as well as public and private organizations around the globe. This is accomplished through a two-part program that includes a summer internship that enables the student fellows to apply their knowledge in a real-world business environment at top multinational firms and international organizations, as well as a semester of coursework, allowing them to learn from world-class faculty and collaborate with one another in a classroom setting. Student fellows develop a thorough understanding of policy, trade, and multinational corporations within a global trade context while building valuable connections in Stockholm and Washington, D.C.
Rowan Kurtz is a Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics pursuing a degree in Economics. He previously graduated with honors from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and was admitted to Pi Sigma Alpha, a national Political Science honors society. While completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Kurtz spent a semester studying Post-Genocide Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Rwanda where he conducted an independent research project examining issues related to the repatriation of Rwandan refugees. After his bachelor studies, Mr. Kurtz joined Teach For America as a founding 8th grade math teacher at a first-year turnaround school in New Orleans, Louisiana. After completing the program, Mr. Kurtz returned home to Alaska to work at the Anchorage Community Land Trust where he focused on addressing issues of unemployment and inequality in Anchorage. Additionally, throughout his undergraduate studies and subsequent professional experiences, Mr. Kurtz maintained his connection to Alaska by working as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Mr. Kurtz is a native English speaker, has an intermediate knowledge of Spanish, and basic knowledge of Swedish.
Agnes Magnusson is a Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics pursuing a degree in Economics. She previously graduated from Stockholm School of Economics with a B.Sc. in Business and Economics, where she wrote a thesis titled “Financial Crises and Voter Attitudes: Exploring Shifts in Demand for Right-Wing Extremist Parties.” Ms. Magnusson’s professional experience includes work within the research and educational sector. She has previously worked as a lecturer for The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise—Sweden’s largest and most influential business federation. Currently, Ms. Magnusson works at the Stockholm Institute for Transition Economics and performs research tasks in the field of transition economics with a focus on one-sided leniency policies. In her free time she enjoys the cultural life of Stockholm and is a frequent visitor at the Royal Swedish Opera House. She is a native speaker in Swedish, fluent in English, and has basic knowledge in Mandarin and Italian.
Aylin Shawkat is a German Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics pursuing a degree in Economics. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Frankfurt and is passionate about international development and poverty alleviation. Ms. Shawkat has extensive experience in academia where she worked as both a teaching assistant and a research assistant, with a strong focus on industrial organization. Furthermore, her professional experience entails working with an NGO in Bangladesh as well as a traineeship with the capital markets team of a German consultancy focused on reputation management, specifically in mergers and acquisitions. At SSE, Ms. Shawkat is engaged in the Effective Altruism Society which she presides over for the year 2017/18. She speaks German, English, French and has basic knowledge of Bengali.
Natasha Burrows is a Masters in Asian Studies candidate at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, majoring in government and international relations. Upon graduation Natasha worked in the development sector as an Australian Volunteer for International Development in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Most recently, Natasha worked at the Public Affairs section at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for the portfolios of alumni engagement and youth outreach at the United States Consulate General Sydney. Natasha has implemented projects encouraging connections within the Asia-Pacific, including as the Director of Program for the Conference of Australia and Indonesia Youth, an organization that promotes track-two diplomacy between young leaders. Natasha has a strong interest in the interaction between states and markets in Southeast Asia. She speaks English and Indonesian.
Katherine Kitson is a candidate for the Master of Science in Foreign Service degree at Georgetown University. She studies Global Business and Finance, and is pursuing a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. In addition to her studies, she serves on the Executive Board of Georgetown Women in International Affairs. She has undergraduate degrees in Comparative Literature and Italian from Indiana University, where she was a member of the Hutton Honors College, and also completed an honors certificate in management. Ms. Kitson also holds a Master of Arts degree in Italian Studies from New York University; her thesis focused on media representations of contemporary female politicians. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, she worked in the trade promotion office of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, facilitating foreign direct investment between the United States and Italy. Ms. Kitson has also worked as a research volunteer for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Professionally, she is focused on addressing the challenges that companies face as they operate in an increasingly complex geopolitical environment. She is especially interested in the social and environmental impact opportunities that arise in the financial services and technology industries. She is fluent in Italian and has also studied Spanish.
James Lee is a Masters in Foreign Service candidate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, concentrating in Global Business and Finance and is pursuing a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Mr. Lee holds a B.A in International Affairs with a focus on International Development from the George Washington University, where he was awarded the Presidential Academic Scholarship. His professional interest lies in integrating business development with technology in the form of public-private partnerships. Mr. Lee’s experiences include work in the humanitarian and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, he worked as a research assistant for the Scholl Chair of International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to Georgetown, he worked at the Grameen Foundation, supporting microfinance and mobile health operations in sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia. He also served as a reconnaissance military police in the Korean Air Force. Having lived in China for nearly a decade, Mr. Lee is an avid consumer of Chinese culture and East Asian affairs. He has native proficiency in English, Mandarin Chinese and Korean.
Mortara Center for International Studies
Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
In the spring of 2012, the School of Foreign Service (SFS) and the Mortara Center for International Studies launched a new research initiative, the Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. As part of the University’s strong commitment to undergraduate research, a select group of the finest students in the School of Foreign Service will have the opportunity to partner with professors as research-assistants and potential co-authors on complex research projects throughout their undergraduate career. By empowering students as generators, not just consumers, of knowledge, we hope that Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows emerge from the program with the in-depth skills and training to tackle a range of issues in foreign affairs.
Paul is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Political Economy. He grew up in Larchmont, NY, a suburb north of New York City. He is a French-American dual citizen and attended bilingual school through 8th grade. Professor Joshi’s proseminar, “Development in India,” gave him a taste of the kinds of insights research and data analysis can offer into the politics of financial liberalization and the tensions between growth and development in emerging economies. Throughout his freshman year and over the summer, he worked with Professor Nita Rudra on a number of projects examining the dynamics between domestic politics and global trade policy in countries of different income levels. This year, he is excited to start working with Professor Joanna Lewis on a project examining Chinese foreign energy investment in the context of the One Belt, One Road initiative. Outside of MURFs, he is a member of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, a Vice President in the Georgetown University Student Investment Fund, and frequent customer of the Grilling Society. He is a fan of classic film and impressionist art, and he remains trapped in a love-hate relationship with the New York Knicks.
Harsh is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics. He was born in India, but grew up across the United States, India, and Singapore. Harsh’s interest in global affairs stems from his own international upbringing. His interest in research is a result of a 12th grade project he did on the potential economic effects of Brexit on Northern Ireland. As a student in Professor Scott Taylor’s “Africa in the American Imagination”, Harsh conducted basic preliminary research work, which got him interested in the Mortara Fellowship. Outside of class, Harsh is involved with Carroll Fellows, the Georgetown University India Initiative, and India Ink. He has also started a cricket club at Georgetown.
Ricardo is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. He is a dual-citizen and lived most of his childhood in Mexico, but now lives in El Paso, Texas. Ricardo owes his interest in research to his freshman proseminar professor, Dr. Abraham Newman, who opened his eyes to the competitive evolutionary biology that arises due to globalization. He hopes to develop his research on the financial incentives that illegal immigrants bring to the United Sates, and how their economic influence drives the leveraging power between Mexico and the United States. The dynamic interconnectivity that both countries share in his border town’s economy inspires his research interest. Outside of MURF, Ricardo is the Director of Careers and Academics for Georgetown’s Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, a non-profit consultant for Innovo Consulting, an investor and stock analyst for Georgetown Collegiate Investors, and is part of the Georgetown Boxing Team.
Jonathon is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in Asian Studies. He is proud to have been born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He has studied Mandarin Chinese for 12 years and has taken 2 study abroad trips to China. His interest in Chinese culture, politics, and economics, as well as Sino-American trade and security issues, has spurred a broader interest in international relations research. This interest was furthered during his freshman proseminar, “Politics of International Economic Competitiveness,” with Professor Abe Newman, which exposed him to the complex and nuanced factors that shape the political economy. As a MURF, Jonathon researches Chinese domestic politics & rural development with Prof. Kristen Looney. In addition, Jonathon interned for the Paulson Institute’s Green Finance Center, with research primarily focusing on the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative. He is the Chair of the Walsh Exchange, and is also involved with the IRC.
Nicole is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service from Staten Island, New York, and currently plans on majoring in Culture and Politics with a minor in Italian. Growing up, she spent half of her summers with family in Italy, which helped to form her interest in Italian politics and international affairs. Nicole first became interested in research and the various forms it can take as a student in Professor Jennifer Long’s “Tsar and the People” freshman proseminar. As a Mortara Fellow, she works with Professor Rochelle Davis, who specializes in refugees and conflict. In her six months with Professor Davis, Nicole has conducted research into durable solutions for internally displaced persons in Iraq, as well as done media roundups of news articles and reports on refugees from around the world. Nicole hopes to research the integration of and durable solutions for refugees in Italy, and how they are affected by factors such as place of origin and religion. Outside of MURF, Nicole is a member of the Italian Club, dances in Rangila and Reventon, and can be found enjoying a good book.
Fiona is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International History with a self-designed certificate in technology, business and policy. She is a British citizen who grew up in Belgium but moved to the U.S. for middle school. This diverse cultural background spurred an interest in international affairs through the lens of history. She is currently researching for Professor Meg Leta Jones on an upcoming book on the history and policy of internet privacy. Outside of that she is developing an independent research project on private sector artificial intelligence solutions for national security threats. When she is not doing MURF work or attending class, Fiona is a Sexual Assault Peer Educator, a tour guide, a member of Georgetown Women in Leadership, and an avid podcast listener.