#SummerSFS 2017 in Focus

Graduates
Joelle El Sawalhi

Joelle El Sawalhi

Joelle is a second-year MSFS student concentrating in global politics and security, covering disarmament issues. She was in Geneva, Switzerland for a graduate placement at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research from May 22 to August 18. Joelle conducted research in the field of conventional weapons disarmament and assisted the institute in project management tasks.

Tipa Attasivanon

Tipa Attasivanon

Tipa comes from Thailand. She has received a full scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to pursue her degrees abroad. She is an incoming graduate student in Latin American Studies, entering fall 2017. She expects to concentrate in Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, with her own interest in inter-regional relationship between Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen is a rising second-year graduate student in the Global Human Development program. She focuses on education and youth issues, with interests in M&E, innovation and private sector engagement. This summer, she worked from June 1st to August 11th with Gui2de (Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Pete Giannino

Pete Giannino

Pete Giannino (MAGES ’18) is a rising second year in the German & European Studies program who is also pursuing a certificate in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. Pete is interested in energy and security and how the intersection of these two disciplines shapes foreign policy, especially with regards to the United States, European Union, and Russia.

Ali Blumenstock

Ali Blumenstock

Ali Blumenstock graduated from Bucknell University where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa honors and the university’s prizes in environmental studies and Latin American studies. At Bucknell, she solidified her passion for international development through coursework and her studies in Nicaragua. After working with a public health and human rights NGO in Nicaragua that was investigating the causes of a fatal kidney disease epidemic, Ali recognized the importance of confronting environmental and justice issues from a community-based approach.

Fatima Salman

Fatima Salman

Fatima is a second-year MSFS student concentrating in global politics and security, with a special interest in South Asia and conflict resolution. She was in Amman, Jordan working for Mercy Corps Regional Office as a Research Intern from May 20 to August 18. Fatima worked with the Investing in Syrian Humanitarian Action (ISHA) Project, where she created capacity building tools and curriculum, wrote grant proposals, and coached partners on program design.

George Gurrola

George Gurrola

George Gurrola is a second year student in the Center for Latin American Studies and is also concentrating in security studies. He is interested in US foreign policy, specifically the intersection of development and security policy. This summer he served at the US Embassy in Santiago while concurrently studying International Relations at the Universidad de Alberto Hurtado.

Joseph DiSilvio

Joseph DiSilvio

Joseph is a rising second year graduate student in the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a concentration in education and human development. This summer worked with the Education Development Center (EDC) in Kigali, Rwanda on a USAID-funded project called Huguka Dukore, which trains out-of-school youth for private sector jobs and entrepreneurship.

Stephanie Adams

Stephanie Adams

Stephanie Adams is a second-year graduate student in the Asian Studies program at the School of Foreign Service. A recipient of a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, she spent her summer studying Mandarin at the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan.

Brian Bumpas

Brian Bumpas

Brian Bumpas is a Boren Fellow and a second-year graduate student in the Asian Studies (MASIA) program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He specializes in the politics and security of Northeast Asia, focusing on nuclear security and cross-Strait relations between China and Taiwan.

Daniella Montemarano

Daniella Montemarano

Daniella Montemarano is a second year Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate studying international conflict resolution and multitrack diplomacy under the program’s Global Politics and Security concentration. She holds a Huffington Graduate Fellowship at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she researches Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) operations in the Horn of Africa and the Lake Chad Basin.

Amanda Thoet

Amanda Thoet

Amanda Thoet just finished her first year in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She is also pursuing Graduate Certificates in Diplomatic Studies and in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies. In addition, Amanda is an ISD Graduate Fellow in Diplomacy and a Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA) Council Member.

Meagan Dooley

Meagan Dooley

Meagan just completed her first year in the M.A. in Global Human Development Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, with a focus in refugees and humanitarian response. This summer, she worked in Amman, Jordan from May 21st to August 6th with Mercy Corps on their Syrian refugee response. She helped Mercy Corps create “success story” and “illustrative action” write ups for each of their programs through site visits and focus groups.

Steele Burrow

Steele Burrow

Steele is a second-year graduation student in the MSFS program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Over the summer, he worked in Yangon, Myanmar with Koe Koe Tech, a health tech startup developing technologies and apps to expand access to healthcare in rural Myanmar.

Kaylee Steck

Kaylee Steck

Kaylee Steck (MAAS’18) is a rising second year in the Arab Studies program at Georgetown. She concentrates in development and political economy in the Arab World, focusing on North Africa. Kaylee is an alumna of two U.S. State Department programs in Morocco, where she has researched issues related to economic development, gender, and environment.

Jeff Genota

Jeff Genota

Jeff Genota is a rising second-year in the M.A. in Asian Studies program, focusing on Business and International Political Economy. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he has lived in Manila, Philippines and in Washington, DC and received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University.

Melodie Ha

Melodie Ha

Melodie Ha is a graduate student in the Security Studies Program. She interned at Project Pengyou this summer in Beijing, as well as studied intensive Mandarin at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Melodie is focusing on Chinese military modernization, China’s cybersecurity policy, and broader East Asian security issues.