Student Fellows

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 CordesSira Cordes
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 CouchBryce Couch
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 MontemaranoDaniella Montemarano
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 NaiyapatanaAbhichana “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 Al-Sou'BBushra Al-Sou’B
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.


Thomas ChidiacThomas Chidiac
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 McHughCaila McHugh
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 MuflehAlaa Mufleh
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 ChahalHusanjot Chahal
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 LaiZhenling Lai
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 MehrotraArjun Mehrotra
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 ShaikhBushra Shaikh
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 BuckmanCelia Buckman
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 O'ReganKatarina O’Regan
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 RodriguezJesus Rodriguez
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 ToufanianMelissa Toufanian
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

Michael BattaliaMichael Battalia
Michael Battalia is a dual-degree master’s student in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of History. His ISD research will explore the increasing use of private companies to achieve geopolitical goals, examining case studies of Russian private-sector activity in the Netherlands, the U.A.E. in India, France in Brazil, and China in South Africa. He will assess whether the United States should also adopt elements of these strategies, and make recommendations for how the US government’s diplomatic and military institutions would implement such an approach. Michael worked for six years as a management consultant with Deloitte, where he advised Middle Eastern governments on how to approach economic statecraft. He has a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics.


Daniella MontemaranoDaniella Montemarano
Daniella Montemarano is a second-year MSFS candidate studying international conflict resolution and multitrack diplomacy under the Global Politics and Security concentration. Daniella specializes in transitional justice; stabilization operations; the rule of law; and gender, peace, and security. 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 analysis at the US Department of State and trial monitoring at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Daniella served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana (2012- 2015) and holds an honors B.A. in History and Political Science from New York University. Her ISD research project aims to develop a cross-regional model for insurgency-related Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) operations in the Horn of Africa and the Lake Chad Basin.


Amanda ThoetAmanda Thoet
Amanda Thoet just finished her first year in the M.A. 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. During the summer of 2017, Amanda interned at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Denver, Colorado, and participating in a German Academic Exchange Service study trip on refugee integration in Germany. Previously, Amanda interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations; completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Leipzig, Germany; and interned as a speechwriter at the US Embassy in Berlin. Amanda graduated from Pennsylvania State University with undergraduate degrees in English, German, and Communication Arts and Sciences.


Bunker Graduate Fellow

Agathe ChristienAgathe Christien
Agathe Christien is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Arab studies (MAAS) program at the School of Foreign Service. Her areas of research interest include migration and refugee issues, critical security studies, and international relations. Agathe’s ISD research project focuses on irregular migration in the Mediterranean, particularly the negotiations of readmission agreements between the European Union and Libya, Turkey, and Morocco. Originally from France, Agathe graduated from Sciences Po Lyon with a degree in International Relations. She previously worked as a research intern at the French Research Center in Jerusalem and has been involved in refugee integration programs in France and in Greece.


Dulles Graduate Fellow

John EllingtonJohn Ellington
John Ellington is an M.A. in Security Studies candidate concentrating in terrorism and sub-state violence. His ISD research will focus on Iranian strategic interests in Afghanistan and what this means for future US policy in the region. He previously received a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program and a Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department to study Iranian and Afghan Persian in Tajikistan. Before coming to Georgetown, John worked at a NGO in India and as a policy analyst in Singapore, where he conducted in-country research projects on social enterprises in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand. Over the summer of 2017, he worked in Lockheed Martin’s corporate strategy section to help develop the company’s sales strategy for South Asia. John holds a B.A. in the History of Science from Princeton University.


Newsom Graduate Fellow

Amanat ThindAmanat Thind
Amanat Thind is a MSFS candidate at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research interests include Middle Eastern and South Asian studies, identity politics, nationalism, and grand strategy. Her ISD research will focus on India’s foreign policy and diplomatic engagement in the Middle East. Originally from India, Amanat holds a Master of Arts (Honors) in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Georgetown, Amanat worked as the regional director of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in New Delhi. She also worked in research and policy for the West Asia & North Africa Division of India’s Ministry of External Affairs.


Humes Undergraduate Fellow

Emily BelsonEmily Belson
Emily Belson is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies in the Middle East. She has focused on women’s rights and gender equality in the Middle East, and her ISD research will study sexual violence used by terrorist organizations in conflict zones. She studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, and has worked as a research assistant for the Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Migration.


Bunker Undergraduate Fellow

Matt EllisonMatt Ellison
Matt Ellison is a senior in the School of Foreign Service studying international politics with a concentration in international security, and is completing an ISD Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. His research with ISD will analyze the recent thaw in US-Cuban relations, with a focus on the history of the negotiation process and the contemporary effects on and within Cuba. Matt has contributed to nuclear security research at the Stimson Center and spent the summer of 2017 as a fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. As an SFS undergraduate Matt has served as assistant director of Georgetown’s International Relations Institute for high school students, and as a member of the board of the Georgetown International Relations Association.


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.


Beatrice GohdesBeatrice Gohdes
Beatrice Gohdes is a Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics pursuing a degree in Economics. She previously graduated from Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich with a B.Sc. in Economics and a B.A. in Chinese Studies and Philosophy. She is highly passionate about Chinese culture and politics and has lived in China multiple times. Ms. Gohdes has extensive work experience in both the public and private sectors such as the Sino-German Cultural and Economic Association in Taipei or Jebsen&Jebsen, a Hamburg based international trading company. Most recently, she helped coordinate an international cooperation project between the Deutsche Bahn and China Railways and helped building the digital healthcare startup Kaia Health. In her free time Ms. Gohdes has been engaged in numerous projects such as founding the Economics Society at SSE or participating in the HULT Prize social entrepreneurship challenge. She is a native German speaker, is fluent in English and Mandarin and has basic knowledge in both French and Swedish.


Agris JomertsAgris Jomerts
Agris Jomerts is a Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics, studying Finance. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan, where he had been selected to receive the Bocconi Merit Award scholarship. As an undergraduate, Mr. Jomerts worked at Mediobanca S.p.A. within the Debt Capital Markets team, supporting the operations related to multi-billion bond offerings. After his Bachelors studies, Mr. Jomerts joined the EY Transactions Advisory office in the Baltics, where he was involved as the lead analyst on M&A deals in various industries such as telecommunications, real estate, e-commerce and biofuels. Mr. Jomerts is a native Latvian speaker, speaks English fluently, has an intermediate knowledge of Italian and a basic knowledge of Russian and Swedish. Before going to Washington D.C., Mr. Jomerts will also be doing a two-month internship at Cushman & Wakefield in Stockholm, supporting the work of its Capital Markets team which is providing real estate transaction advisory services in the Nordics.


Mats KrogerMats Kröger
Mats Kröger is a Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics, pursuing a degree in Economics. He also holds a Bachelor in Economics from Humboldt-University in Berlin and holds a prestigious scholarship from the German National Merit Foundation. Mr Kröger has a strong interest in the issues of climate change and extensive professional experiences in the private as well as the public sector. These experiences include internships at top-class consulting firms BCG and EY as well as the German development bank KfW, where he worked on financing solutions in the wind energy sector. Working at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy allowed him to further pursue his interest in economic policies. Mr Kröger is native in German, fluent in English and Spanish, and has basic knowledge in French and Swedish.


Greg BernsteinGregory Bernstein
Gregory Bernstein is a Masters in Foreign Service candidate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he studies Global Politics and Security and is pursuing a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Mr. Bernstein attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as an undergraduate, where he studied Government with a concentration in International Relations. While at the Academy, Mr. Bernstein was selected as a 2010 – 2011 Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington D.C. and was published in the Center’s Review for his Fellowship thesis on U.S. international development policy. Following graduation, Mr. Bernstein served in the U.S. Coast Guard for five years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Bernstein was assigned aboard the USCGC Morgenthau where he conducted counter-narcotic operations in the Pacific waters of Central and South America. Between 2013 and 2015, Mr. Bernstein was the Commanding Officer of the USCGC Terrapin, where he led operations in search and rescue, counter-narcotics, and national defense. In 2015, he transferred to Washington D.C. and completed his military service in the Office of the Deputy Commandant for Operations as a member of Executive Staff and the Military Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commandant for Operations. Mr. Bernstein is a native English speaker and is fully proficient in Spanish.


Kathleen BurkeKathleen Burke
Kathleen Burke is a Masters in Latin American Studies candidate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she studies Political Economy and is pursuing a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Ms. Burke is also a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2016.  She also studied for a semester at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, where she conducted an interactive research project comparing Argentina and Chile with respect to business, trade, and finance. Ms. Burke received the Lauren Bessette Memorial Prize in Economics, in addition to the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Book Prize for her essay on Haitian literature and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon. She has worked as a Marketing intern at global architecture firm Gensler in New York, where she produced case studies for senior associates and translated selected marketing materials for Latin America offices in Spanish. Ms. Burke has also served as a research volunteer at the Latin American Cultural Association in Buffalo, NY.


Christian ConroyChristian Conroy
Christian Conroy is currently a dual Master in Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) candidate at Georgetown University, where he is focused on using econometric analysis to advise foreign companies entering emerging markets. Prior to Georgetown, Christian most recently served as the GM for the Shanghai office of CRCC Asia, where he led efforts to provide global recruitment consulting to more than 200 host companies across 14 different sectors and organized panels on topics such as mobile technology and entrepreneurial opportunities. He has held several other positions in the private sector, including Supply Chain Security Risk Analyst at BSI Group, Technical Advisor for Psychometrics and Analytics at GSX Inc., and freelance contract writer for Smartbug Media. Christian was also previously a Fulbright Fellow based in Xi’an, China, where he studied the decentralization of education policy with a focus on the distribution of authority between county bureaus of education and primary schools in rural China. During his time in Xi’an, Christian worked with Shaanxi Normal University’s Center for Experimental Economics in Education and Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Program to organize and analyze extensive data on human capital in rural China collected through large-scale fieldwork projects. His policy interests include technology disruption, smart city solutions, international development, big data, and just about anything related to China.


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.


Adam PotterAdam Potter
Adam is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service from Stoughton, Massachusetts and plans to major in Science Technology and International Affairs. Adam has always had a passion to explore the world and his love for international relations began when he was young. Adam’s interest for research stems from his freshman proseminar, Youth in the Arab World, in which he explored sociology and ethnography. His final project for the class focused on effects of secularism for French Muslims and possible improvements for migrant integration in Western Europe. With Professor Edelstein, Adam is researching the ways in which migration affects foreign policy decisions. In the future, he plans to research the growing implications of Chinese counter terrorism efforts. When not in class, Adam sings in the Capital G’s, a coed a Capella group on campus, fences on the school’s club fencing team, and participates in Jewish life events.


Saisha MedirattaSaisha Mediratta
Saisha is a sophomore majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Coming from an Indian immigrant background, Saisha has always been fascinated by global affairs and issues. She is currently working with Professor Jenny Guardado on various political economy papers. With a knowledge of both Spanish and Hindi, Saisha hopes her research leads her to Latin America or India with a focus on economic development and poverty alleviation. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, she has working closely with the undocumented and asian-american community and hope to expand her efforts to a national and international level. She recently presented research on Dadaab, Kenya and spoke on a panel of international migration at the Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network Conference. She continues this work on campus as a peer advisor for Profesor Smith’s Pro-Seminar on Migration in Africa and as the Civil Rights Undersecretary with GUSA’s Federal Relation Committee. Saisha also dances on GU Jawani, is a Rangila choreographer, works with Innovo Consulting, and is a Blue and Gray tour guide. She hopes to bring in her passion for social justice issues into her future research projects and academic pursuits.


Emma RhodesEmma Rhodes
Emma is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service interested in majoring in International Politics. Having lived in Portland, Oregon nearly her whole life, she is excited to be studying international affairs in the nation’s capital. While she has been interested in politics and international relations from a young age, her freshman proseminar, War, Peace, and International Institutions with Professor Erik Voeten, sparked her interest in research. As a Mortara Fellow, she is excited to work with Professor Newman on research on international membership in financial organizations. On campus, she works as a Coordinator for DC Reads, is a Section Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and enjoys exploring DC in her free time.


Arjun MehrotraArjun Mehrotra
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’s interest in research stemmed from development economics research he did in high school, where carried out interviews and did data collection in Odisha, India, assessing the impact education has had on living standards of Adivasis (tribal groups in India). As a student in Professor Marilyn McMorrow’s proseminar “Global Pathways”, Arjun gained a better understanding of the international system and became excited by the prospect of engaging in research as an undergraduate. Arjun is doing research on American foreign policy under Professor Charles Kupchan. Arjun 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 in US on India). Arjun is also a Junior Centennial Fellow for SFS Centennial Fellow Ambassador Richard Verma (former U.S. Ambassador to India), an Associate Board member for the Lecture Fund and a tour guide for Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society. In his spare time, he enjoys football (soccer), watching TED Talks, engaging in discussion and reading pretty much anything under the sun.