Current Students

 
CURRENT SECONd-YEAR STUDENTS:
 
 

Michelyne Chavez

Michelyne Chavez is a Master's Candidate in the Program in Conflict Resolution. She researches transnational crime while also pursuing a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Michelyne received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown in 2015. Michelyne currently works at Georgetown’s Massive Data Institute, and has previously worked for the DC Preservation League, the U.S. Dept. of Justice (ICITAP), and Hills & Company International Consultants. Michelyne aims to provide policy analysis on U.S.-Latin American relations and transnational crime prevention upon graduating. She uses her Spanish fluency and French proficiency when traveling, and enjoys hiking and endurance running.

Abby Fram

Abby Fram is a second year graduate student in Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Program. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, she is interested in gender and post-conflict reconstruction. Before coming to Georgetown, she taught English for a year in a suburb south of Paris for the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). She has also interned at the International Peace and Security Institute, as well as at the Embassy of France with its press and communications department. She holds a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University.

Jude Massaad

Jude Massaad is a second-year M.A. Candidate in Conflict Resolution with a concentration in Arab Studies. Jude graduated from the American University of Beirut with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. After working as a reporter at the Daily Star Newspaper in 2015 to cover stories on the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Jude volunteered with ACT for the Disappeared, a non-profit in Beirut that aims to find justice for the 17,000 people kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War. After being selected for the CR summer fellowship program, Jude spent her past summer in Geneva interning at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and assisting in human rights monitoring and analysis in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region. Jude aims to combat discrimination and human rights violations in the Middle East through transitional justice mechanisms, mediation, and interfaith dialogue. Jude speaks English, Arabic, and French.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/judemassaad/

Rachel Samuels

Rachel Samuels is a second-year student in the Conflict Resolution master's program at Georgetown. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations in 2017, after serving four years in student government. Rachel now works at the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she researches countries at risk for mass atrocities, and supports the writing and publication of reports and policy recommendations for both the U.S. and foreign governments. Rachel is seeking a job in foreign policy or intelligence analysis. For a full resume, please email Rachel at rss111@georgetown.edu.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-samuels-26875077/

Mohammad AlYousef

Mohammad AlYousef is a second-year student in the M.A. program in Conflict Resolution with a certificate in Arab Studies from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. He concentrates on conflict in the Middle East, with special emphasis on the role of religion, identity, and US Foreign Policy in the region. He is a Teaching Assistant in the Government Department. In addition, Mohammad is a board member of the National Union of Kuwaiti Students, wherein he represents 16,000 Kuwaiti students to the US Government and to the embassy of Kuwait. Mohammad graduated with a B.A. in International Security and American Politics from San Diego State University and studied abroad at Tbilisi State University in Georgia. Mohammad also worked as an editor at the Kuwait News Agency in 2016.

Olivia Bee

In her studies, Olivia focuses on the role of religion and inter-religious dialogue in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Having studied in Amman, Jordan and spent significant time in Israel and Palestine, she has first-hand understanding of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. She has a wide breadth of experiences both in DC and abroad, which gave her strong foundations in fundraising, project management, and digital media strategy. Olivia hopes to use her skillset to work in advocacy and policy for an NGO that is faith-minded and focused on the Middle East.

Xianghui Yang

Xianghui Yang would like a career analyzing regional at a think-tank or international organization analyzing regional conflicts in North-East Asia. Xianghui graduated with a double major in Engineering and Law from China Foreign Affairs University. He is currently studying for Master's in Conflict Resolution with a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies. As part of his Master's, Xianghui also studied abroad in Israel, where he honed his abilities with conflict analysis and resolution. Before entering the Master's program, Xianghui interned at a state organ press of the Communist Party of China. Xianghui is a native speaker of Mandarin.

Nandita Palrecha

Nandita Palrecha is a second-year student in the M.A. program in Conflict Resolution. She is interested in peace and conflict processes in South Asia, as well as in elections monitoring, gender, and transitional justice across developing countries. She is a presently a Conflict Resolution Fellow in the Department of Government. As a recipient of the Summer Fellowship, she spent ten weeks in 2018 assisting Search for Common Ground, Nepal, in evaluation-related processes. She holds a B.A. in Economics (Honours) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India and an M.A. in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal University, India.

Mariana Nozela Prado

Mariana Nozela Prado is currently a second year student in the Conflict Resolution Program, in addition to pursuing a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies. She has worked as an intern at the Brazilian Embassy at Washington and at the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center, in addition to being a research assistant and a student facilitator at Bringing in the Bystander trainings at Georgetown. During her time at Georgetown, she has also partnered with Ecam, a socio-environmental NGO in Brazil, and worked with traditional populations and local communities in the Brazilian Amazon region. Her academic work focuses on gender, and environmental and land conflict in Brazil, especially their impact in marginalized communities through an environmental justice lens. Mariana is originally from Brazil and also holds a B.A.(Hons) in Political Science with a minor in English from Stetson University in Florida.

Saniya Seera

Saniya Seera is a second-year student in the M.A. Conflict Resolution Program. She graduated from American University with dual B.As in Psychology and International Studies. Following her undergraduate career, Saniya conducted program evaluations to help unearth sustainable solutions to improve the lives and experiences of vulnerable populations. Now as a graduate student, Saniya is passionate about advancing the use of technology and social entrepreneurship to uncover scalable solutions to some of today’s greatest social challenges, and to help vulnerable populations thrive in communities across the globe.   

CURRENT FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:

 

Aaron Dai

Aaron Dai graduated from Brandeis University with a double major in Politics and International and Global Studies, and a minor in Legal Studies. He is working toward a career in international affairs, and is especially focused on working at the United Nations or the US Department of State.  As an undergraduate, Aaron interned for a Houston-based immigration law firm, the National Consumers League, and for the Massachusetts State House. In addition, Aaron spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he studied Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict. Aaron wrote a senior thesis exploring the development of Chinese ethnic nationalism and focused on Han-minority relations. Aaron is fluent in English and Mandarin and proficient in French.

Nandita Palrecha

Nandita Palrecha is a second-year student in the M.A. program in Conflict Resolution. She is interested in peace and conflict processes in South Asia, as well as in elections monitoring, gender, and transitional justice across developing countries. She is a presently a Conflict Resolution Fellow in the Department of Government. As a recipient of the Summer Fellowship, she spent ten weeks in 2018 assisting Search for Common Ground, Nepal, in evaluation-related processes. She holds a B.A. in Economics (Honours) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India and an M.A. in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal University, India.

Katherine Meyer

Katherine Meyer recently graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Political Science and Religious Studies with a minor in French. While at Santa Clara, she gained experience in qualitative and quantitative research through a National Science Foundation research program and by working on a federally-funded research project on peacebuilding in Laos, Uganda, and Cambodia. She is trained in SPSS, Stata, and ArcGIS. Her conflict resolution interests are ethno-religious conflict, transitional justice, and African studies. For her career, she aims to combine her passion for research and ethno-religious conflict by performing research for organizations focused on peacebuilding in post-conflict societies with ethnic tension.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-meyer-799ba9aa/

Piper Janoe

Piper graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 where she majored in International Studies and Political Science. Afterwards, she worked as a vetting specialist for the Hillary Clinton campaign. She then served as the Director of Research at the Harry Walker Agency, one of the country’s leading speaker’s bureaus. Within the field of conflict resolution, Piper focuses on mass atrocities and genocide prevention, emergency response, and refugees and migrations, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She hopes to pursue a career with the federal government or with international NGO’s, working to develop and carry out responses to international humanitarian crises.

Jasmine Curtis

Jasmine is a first year graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program. Originally from London, UK, Jasmine completed her B.A. at the University of Cambridge in Theology and Religious Studies. During her time as an undergraduate she became interested in religious conflict, and this was further piqued by her internship at the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based think-tank that aims to counter religious extremism. Jasmine also became involved in Cambridge’s Learning Together program, which aimed to set up dialogue between inmates in a high security prison and Cambridge students. It was these two avenues that led to Jasmine’s decision to pursue Conflict Resolution.

Carolyn Ebersole

Carolyn Ebersole is passionate about bringing people together. Her studies of conflict resolution at Georgetown University and international relations at Syracuse University provided development for her vision to help reconcile people and communities. Following undergraduate studies, she worked in Washington D.C. facilitating events to bring people together from around the world to build relationships. She then lived near Beijing, China working as a Foreign Expert in TESOL and hosted events for cultural understanding and language development. Her studies focus on Asia and leveraging technology to foster peace.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynebersole/

Ayaka Oishi

Ayaka Oishi is an international student from Japan. She majored in International Politics at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo and studied abroad in the United States. After interning at a conflict prevention NGO, she worked as a consultant specializing in organizational change management and as a Millennial Chief Happiness Officer at IBM for five years. As a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, she is currently focusing on organizational dynamics of armed groups and use of technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, for conflict analysis. With her multidimensional background and a strong interest in conflict, technologies, and organizational politics, she is pursuing a career at an innovative enterprise or NGO to channel her professional, academic, and language skills towards making a positive social impact.

www.linkedin.com/in/ayakaoishi

Noah Clarke

My name is Noah Clarke and I am from Chester, Virginia. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and I am currently attending Georgetown University to obtain my Masters. While at the University of Richmond, I received a Bachelor of Arts through a double major in International Studies and PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law) and a double minor in Arabic and History. Currently, I am working to obtain a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown. My interests lie in politics and international security, having interned for Virginia Del. Lamont Bagby, Virginia's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Sen. Mark Warner, and the Hudson Institute in the past.