Mia is an MA candidate in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University and will graduate in December 2022. She holds a BA in War Studies from Kings College London. Her fluency in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish and her expertise in international conflict and diplomacy has enabled her to intern for a variety of organizations, such as the United Nations head offices in both New York and Geneva. Beyond offices, she has had significant experience working with refugees based in camps in Greece, Jordan, and France.
Kashika Gokhale is a first-year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University. She graduated from Ashoka University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with a double major in Psychology and History-International Relations. Kashika is passionate about human rights in conflict areas with an emphasis on post-conflict reconstruction and trauma healing. After graduating from Georgetown, she hopes to work as a mediator for an NGO in the Human Rights Sector. In her free time, you could find Kashika exploring places off the beaten path, reading fantasy novels, and trying new food.
Hannah Levine is a B.A./M.A. student in the Conflict Resolution program, where she is pursuing her interests in mediation, community-level conflict resolution, and restorative justice in the United States. While an undergrad at Georgetown, Hannah interned for the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, the Civil Rights Department at the national headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and a community legal aid center in her hometown of Cambridge, MA. She also served for two years on the senior staff of Georgetown’s undergraduate student government and advocated for policing reform and fossil fuel divestment as a member of several student activist organizations. After writing her senior thesis on colonial policing in French Equatorial Africa, Hannah graduated as a History and French double major this past May. Hannah is currently interning at the Washington, D.C. field office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she observes and will eventually lead mediations in the field of employment discrimination.
Since studying Business/Economics, Political Science, and Peace & Conflict Studies at Wheaton College, Elizabeth has spent the past several years working on the Inclusive Peace Processes and Reconciliation team at the United States Institute of Peace. At USIP, Elizabeth has supported research and programming on mediation, dialogue facilitation, and inclusion practices within peace processes, as well as on programming to build trust and confidence between parties in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Her interests focus on great power dynamics within peace processes and on the innovative adaptation of classical peacebuilding tools to enable the US to adeptly address today’s unprecedented challenges to conflict resolution. She is a first-year student in Georgetown University’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution program.
Harini V is a masters student studying Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. Raised in Singapore, she earned her bachelor’s in Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College. She has professional experience in journalism, communications, and business development. Before joining Georgetown, as a center executive at the Singapore International Mediation Centre she worked across teams to advocate for cross-border commercial mediation and develop the center’s training wing. At Georgetown, she currently works as a communications assistant with the Ethics Lab and is part of the leadership team at the Conflict Transformation Lab. She plans to chart her career path in mediation, organizational change management, and diplomacy. In her spare time, Harini enjoys theatre, dabbling in creative writing, and cycling.
Class of 2021
Rachel Anderson is a Washington D.C. based geographer with an unwavering passion for place-based, data-driven, and inclusive social transformation. She is a master’s degree candidate in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University and a certificate candidate in Gender, Peace, and Security from the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace, and Security. Rachel holds a BS in Geography (GIS) and International Studies from the University of Oregon.
She currently serves as a Product Manager at National Geographic where she’s leading the development of a reimagined geo-visualization tool designed to amplify geographic literacy and increase student knowledge about the interconnections of our world. Together with the National Geographic Mapping Team, she led the launch of National Geographic’s standardized representation of geopolitical units and boundaries, disputed areas, and place name conventions to over 400 staff and content producers. She also helped open-source National Geographic’s environmental monitoring and reporting application technology in partnership with the United Nations Development Program. Rachel has co-organized insight-gathering expeditions and GIS workshops with Protected Area Management Staff and Wildlife Rangers on the ground in Southern and Eastern Africa.
My name is Mahnoor Haq and I am a second-year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program. I graduated from Wofford College in 2019 with a BA in History and a specialization in Religion, Arabic, and the MENA region. I have attended a number of peace conferences including the Interfaith leadership Institute, Ripple Conference, and the Notre Dame Peace conference. I spent a semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco where I studied Human Rights and Multiculturalism. My senior thesis was on the subject of the ‘Intersectionality of Quranic Interpretations and Cultural Norms on Sunni Muslim Women.’ I am also fluent in English and Urdu!
Arden Haselmann is a native New Yorker whose interest in the field of international affairs was sparked during a year-long pre-college program where she conducted research and participated in community projects related to various issues of economic and international development. The program included working on organic farms in Costa Rica, in healthcare centers in South Africa, and in elementary schools in India. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a self-designed degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. As part of her studies, Arden studied history and female identity during a semester in Senegal which she followed with four months in Rwanda analyzing genocide and concepts of sacred space and reconciliation.
Professionally, Arden was a Junior Policy Analyst for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) where she led research on an international birth registration project and contributed to policy recommendations at The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. Her most recent position was at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) where she attended global conferences – including the General Assembly and Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) – and spearheaded various events at the United Nations advocating for international justice for the most at-risk communities, particularly women and children. In Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Master’s program, Arden hopes to focus on post-conflict reconstruction and work towards legitimizing peace-building efforts by women.
Tierra Hatfield is a first-year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown and a certificate student in the SFS Global Human Development program. Her research interests include post-conflict development, inclusive peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance, and environmental conflict. Prior to joining Georgetown, she worked in humanitarian assistance programming, monitoring and evaluating USAID’s multi-sector responses in Somalia and Iraq as Senior Program Associate for the crisis, conflict, and governance practice at IBTCI. Previously she also worked on human rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa as an Emergency Program Intern at Freedom House. She graduated from the American University of Rome in Italy with a BA in International Relations and Global Politics. Her background includes eighteen (18) years based in East and Southern Africa – Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa
Christine is a master’s degree candidate in Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Literature from DePauw University. With a concentration in human rights, Christine conducted international field research in Seoul, South Korea, where she interviewed surviving WWII comfort women. This research concluded with Honor’s capstone thesis examining the intersection of human rights and transitional justice.
Christine also received a Fulbright Scholarship as an English Teaching Assistant in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition to working with secondary-level students, Christine prioritized exploring Southeast Asia and regional politics. To foster cross-cultural unity, Christine, along with three other educators, established the first Fulbright Thailand international “English Camp.” The Camp was made possible with grant support from the U.S. Department of State. Upon returning to the US, Christine applied her regional knowledge as a research intern in the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Key projects include the Southeast Asia Program’s Covid-19 Tracker and a publication on Malaysia’s Rohingya population. Christine currently works as a Teaching Assistant for Georgetown’s Department of Government.
Christian Labossiere graduated from Florida State University with a BA in French and International Affairs. They are working towards a career in peacebuilding, and diplomacy; aspiring to work with organizations such as the United Nations, the US Department of State, or various private sector think tanks. Prior to Georgetown, Christian was working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa. While in Africa, Christian was able to accomplish several sustainable projects, including dramatic renovations for the local school. Christian is fluent in French, proficient in IsiZulu, and is currently attempting to learn Japanese in his free time. He understands the value of language in diplomacy and hopes to frequently utilize these skills in his future academic/professional career.
Alessandra is a second-year student in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown. Alessandra earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College where her focus was on international relations and mass atrocities; she has over ten years of experience working in atrocity prevention and consulting with US government agencies on research, strategy, and communications. Alessandra comes to the program with a deep background in atrocity prevention and forecasting from her time managing the Early Warning Project at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide and is currently studying what happens after conflicts and atrocities, including transitional justice processes and the inclusion of rebel groups/paramilitaries/perpetrators of atrocities in those processes
Gabriela Murillo Armijo
I’m a second-year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program and recently graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University in May 2020 where I got my B.A. in Political Science. While at Adelphi I got to intern at the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR) as an Investigation Team intern where I investigated human rights law violations in the workplace. I also got to intern at an NPO, Make the Road New York (MRNY), on the Rapid Response team helping undocumented immigrants receive different forms of assistance. I am currently interested in post-armed conflict peace processes and humanitarian project design in Latin America.
Jordan is thrilled to be currently pursuing her Master’s degree with Georgetown’s prestigious Conflict Resolution Program. In particular, she is passionate about creating peace in the Middle East. As an undergraduate, Jordan attended George Washington University – where she received her B.A. in International Affairs, with a concentration on the Middle East, and a minor in Sustainability. Jordan focused her thesis there on the role of water and climate change in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jordan currently works full-time at J Street: a non-profit and lobbying organization whose focus is to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict diplomatically. While Jordan is a native of Washington DC, she has also previously lived in California and Tel Aviv.
Megan has a personal and professional interest in education, language and culture studies, and conflict resolution. She obtained her B.A. in Communication Arts from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1995 and continued to study as a non-degree-seeking student in logic, philosophy, Latin, Italian, Greek, and French. In 2000, she obtained her Certificate of English Language Teaching (CELTA) at St.George’s of London. Megan then added to more theoretical practice by reading for her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in 2002. She then taught in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Oman from 2003 until 2009. Before returning to the United States permanently, she studied Arabic at the Yemeni Institute for the Arabic Language in Sana’a for nine months in 2010. Domestically, Megan has taught for the Baltimore County and City Community College systems, and in the Johns Hopkins Carey graduate business school.
Megan worked in Israel from 2017 until 2019, participating in the U.S. State Department’s English Language Fellows (ELF) program. During the first year, she designed and delivered community courses at the American Center in Jerusalem, a public diplomacy wing of the US mission to Israel. During the second year, her Be’er Sheva-based project centered on training high school teachers in Israel’s Bedouin sector. Inspired by working on an NGO-run project that taught negotiation techniques to Arab and Jewish schools, Megan entered Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution program in August 2020. She is pursuing certificates in mediation and diplomatic studies. Her research interests include conflict management in the Arabian peninsula and the Horn of Africa, regional peacekeeping, feminist foreign policy, mediation, and conflict resolution/mediation education.
Nora is a second-year in the MA in Conflict Resolution program. She received her BA from the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied International Relations and French. Her interests lie in state fragility, specifically on issues of corruption, and UN Peacekeeping, with a regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa. Nora hopes to pursue a career in the NGO sector, or in a multilateral institution such as the UN, working on issues related to fragility and conflict.
Kahuli Swu was born in India in the small state of Nagaland. As a child, she had first-hand experience of violence in her home state. Being a victim of violence, Swu developed a keen interest in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. During her bachelor’s study, she researched the armed conflict need for forgiveness and reconciliation as part of her degree requirement. Later, she joined a local NGO on the peacebuilding movement and worked there for three and a half years. She also assisted with the ecumenical peace consultation meetings of Baptist Churches in Northeast India.
With a desire to approach the question of violence and peacebuilding through the lens of faith, Swu joined Union Theological Seminary, where she graduated with a Master of Sacred Theology program focused on Interreligious Engagement in May 2020. For her degree requirement, Swu wrote a paper on religious violence in India. In her paper, she discussed the nature of violence, and why and how it contributes to communal violence. From her theological perspective of looking at violence, Swu however, felt the need to focus on theoretical engagement with peace and conflict themes.
Currently, Swu is a first-year conflict resolution Master’s student at Georgetown University. Her major focus is on conflict resolution theory, diversity, inclusion, and mediation. Swu hopes to use her degree, skills, and analytical tools to understand the complexities of manifestations of violence and desires to work for healing and peace across the globe.
Kyla Taylor, a second-year MA in Conflict Resolution student at Georgetown University. Kyla is a proud Texan who recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta University with a BA in Political Science. She has gained experience in her field as a LatinX intern for Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial race and a Lead Policy Aide for the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. As Kyla volunteered for local campaigns, she discovered her passion for political event planning. Since then, Kyla has planned multiple events for the Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms, Congressman Hank Johnson, and the Georgia President of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) James Woodall. Chartering and presiding over the Clark Atlanta Chapter of Young Democrats as well as holding positions in several socially responsible organizations like the NAACP, the National Council for Negro Women, and the Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Kyla was known as a “Social Butterfly” on her campus. Ultimately Kyla’s goal in life is to take every experience granted to her and become ears for the unheard, eyes for the unseen, and a voice of reason for all she represents.
Maddie Warman is a second-year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University. Her studies focus on mass atrocity prevention, the role of NGOs as third-party mediators and facilitators, and peace agreements primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. She graduated with her B.A. in International Relations and Interdisciplinary Humanities from Scripps College in 2020, where she published her thesis regarding the obstacles to reconciliation in Rwanda after the genocide. While receiving her undergraduate degree, Maddie studied in Kigali, Rwanda, and Gulu, Uganda where she focused on post-conflict reconciliation and local and international transitional justice mechanisms. Currently, Maddie is interning with The Carter Center’s conflict resolution program and working on a local peacebuilding initiative in central Mali. She hopes to pursue a career with an international NGO doing conflict resolution work that brings ethics and indigenous voices to the forefront of diplomacy.