Current Students

2020-2021 Year:

Joshua Allen- First Year

Education: B.A. in Political Science and Creative Writing, Minor in Gender Studies

Interests: Constitutional Design, Political Theory, Media Studies, Gender and Ethnicity Studies.

Languages: English

Saskia Bérengère Brain- First Year

Education: B.A. Political Science & International Relations, University of Kent (U.K.)

Interests: Government, Public Policy, Diplomacy, and International Relations

Languages: English, French

Janelle Clausen- First Year

Education: B.A. in Journalism, specialization in Public Policy and Public Affairs – Stony Brook University 

Interests: Democratization, democratic backsliding, electoral reform, civil liberties, and modern authoritarianism. 

Languages: English 

Rebecca Harris- First Year

Education: B.A. History and American Studies University of Sussex with a year abroad at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Interests:  Western Democracies, Public Policy and Democratic Backsliding

Languages: English

Wagner “Will” Rodrigues Horta- First Year

Education: Lake Forest College, B.A. in Politics, with a Legal Studies minor

Interests: Good governance, international aid, democratization

Languages: English and Portuguese

Savannah Jones– First Year

Education: Georgetown University, still completing my BA in Government with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

Interests: Human rights and women’s empowerment, democracy assistance, international relations

Languages: English

Alexander Mayer

Education: B.A. Political Science, Trinity College
M.A. Public Policy, Trinity College

Interests: Political Economy; Institutional Reform; State-Society Relations; Informal / Self-Governance; Political Violence; Latin America

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Nicholas “Coty” Novak- First Year

Education: B.A. in Politics, minors in Creative Writing and Chinese- New York University

Interests: Electoral reform, nonviolent movements, media development

Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, French

Paula Pecorella- First Year

Education: Stony Brook University – Major: Political Science | Minor: Journalism & Semester at Sea 

Interests: International politics – more specifically in the role and impact of social media and technology in developing countries. 

Languages: English

Taylor Williams– First Year

Education: B.A. Triple Major in History, Political Science and Gender Studies – Randolph-Macon College

Interests: Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations

Languages: English

2019-2020 Year:

Nicholas Albano – Second Year

Education: B.A. BYU-Idaho

Interests: Conflict and Democracy Relationship, Ethnic Conflict and Peace, Democratic Backsliding, Nonviolent Movements, Peacebuilding

Languages: English

Alexander Baker – Second Year

Education: B.A. Political Science & International Studies, University of Kentucky

Interests: Democracy Assistance, Populism in Europe, and Media Development

Languages: English, Spanish, German

Maeve Edwards – Second Year

Education: B.A. Political Science, Minor in Economics, Mary Baldwin University

Interests: Authority, Government, and Political Economy

Languages: English

Marianna Jardim – Second Year

Education: B.A. Social Communications — Journalism and Minor in International Politics, PUC-Rio

Interests: Electoral Systems, Democratization, Comparative Politics

Languages: English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, German

Augusto Ceasar Pedro Jo – Second Year

Education: B.A. Philosophy at Arrupe Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities – Harare
B.A. Theology at Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus ITCJ – Abidjan

Interests: African Politics and Governance

Languages: Portuguese, French, English

Ruby Karki – Second Year

Education: B.A. Farleigh Dickinson University

Interests: Civil Society engagement, Political Theory, Development, and the Philosophy of Classical Antiquity. 

Languages: English, Nepali, Hindi

Joe Laposata – Second Year

Education: B.A. Government, Minors in Theology and Performing Arts, Georgetown University

Interests: Electoral Fairness, Voting Systems, Democratic Backsliding

Languages:English, Latin

Bowen Qi – Second Year 

Education: B.A. Political Science, University of California Irvine

Interests: State Failure, Post conflict peace building, Rise of Populism & Populist constitutional reform

Languages: English, Chinese

Michael Bongani Reinders- Second Year

Education: B.A. Law, University of Pretoria, L.L.B. Honours in Political Science, University of Pretoria L.L.M., University of Pretoria

Interests: Southern African politics, Education policy Reformation, Social justice advocacy, Decolonization

Languages: English, Afrikaans

William Ritchey – Second Year

Education: B.A. Political Science & International Affairs, Minor in History, Certificate in LGBT and Gender Studies, Northern Illinois University

Interests: Conflict and Democracy Relationship, Ethnic Conflict and Peace, Democratic Backsliding, Nonviolent Movements, Peacebuilding

Languages: English, German

Isabella Wilkinson – Second Year

Education: BSc International Relations & History with Mandarin Chinese, London School of Economics

Interests: Local Governance, Political Development & State-Building

Languages: English, French, Mandarin Chinese

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