Current Students

2019-2020 Year:

Hannah Akuiyibo – Third Year

Education: 

B.A. in Political Science, Bob Jones University

Interests: 

African Politics, U.S.-Africa Policy, Subnational Democratization, Elections, and Public-Private Partnerships

Languages:

English, German, Swahili

Nicholas Albano – First Year

Education:

B.A. BYU-Idaho

Interests:

Languages:

English

Henry Atem – Second Year

Education:

M.A. Electoral Policy and Administration, School of Advanced Studies, Pisa – Italy

Graduate Certificate, Election Administration, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota 

Interests:

Strengthening the integrity of election administration

Languages:

English, French

Alexander Baker – First Year

Education:

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

Interests:

Democracy Assistance, Populism in Europe, and Media Development

Languages:

English, Spanish, German

Chris Comer – Third Year

Education:

B.A. Political Science and Entrepreneurship, Miami University

Interests:

Southeast Asia, Civic Education, Social Entrepreneurship

Languages:

English, Indonesian

William Condon – Second Year

Education:

B.A. Political Science, Sonoma State University, USMC The Basic School, USMC Ground Supply Officer Course, USMC Marine Corps Advisor Course

Interests:

Latin America, Corruption, Military Support for Democratic Institutions  

Languages:

English, Spanish

Maeve Edwards – First Year

Education:

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

Interests:

Authority, Government, and Political Economy

Languages:

English

Asma Ghribi – Third Year 

Education:

Faculté des Lettres, des Arts et des Humanités- Manouba University

Interests:

Democratic transitions, Human rights and religious freedom in the Middle East and North Africa region

Languages:

Arabic, French, English, Farsi

Yuchu He – Second Year

Education:

B.A. Government and International Relations, BNU-HKBU United International College

Interests:

Asia and the Middle East; Democratization; Foreign Policy; Public Opinion and Civil Society 

Language:

English, Chinese

Joe Cho-Han Hsiung – Second Year

Education:

B.A. Political Science, National ChengChi University

Interests:

East Asian politics, Cross-strait relations, Democratization, Political parties 

Languages: 

Chinese, English, Japanese 

Matison Hearn-Desautels – Second Year

Education:

B.A. Political Science & International Studies, Bryn Mawr College  

Interests:

Middle East and African politics, States and Human Rights 

Languages:

English, French, Arabic

Marianna Jardim – First Year

Education:

Interests:

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

Electoral Systems, Democratization, Comparative Politics

Languages:

English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, German

Augusto Ceasar Pedro Jo – First 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 – First Year

Education:

B.A. Farleigh Dickinson University

Interests:

Languages:

English, Nepali

Joe Laposata – First Year

Education:

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

Interests:

Electoral Fairness, Voting Systems, Democratic Backsliding

Languages:

English, Latin

Grayson Lewis – Third Year

Education:

B.A. Political Science, Certificate in History, Minor in War and Society, Virginia Tech

Interests:

US National Security Process, Disinformation, Political Parties

Languages:

English, French, Latin

Ben Lynch – Third Year

Education: 

B.A. Philosophy & Political Science, concentration in International Relations, Rice University

Interests:

Technology and Governance, Democratic Transitions, Post-Conflict and Failed States, Political Theory

Languages:

English, Spanish, Sesotho

Hashim Pasha – Second Year

Education:

B.A. International Relations & Arabic, Tufts University

Interests:

Diplomacy, Negotiation, Anti-Corruption, Elections, South Asia, Middle East

Languages:

English, Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Hindi, Bahasa Malay

James Placius

James Placius – Second Year

Education:

B.A. In International Politics, Penn State University

Interests:

International Security, U.S. foreign and defense policy, Democracy and Post-conflict reconstruction policies

Languages:

French, English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.

Bowen Qi – First 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- First 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 – First 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

Habiba Shebita – Second Year

Education:

B.A. Political Science & Middle Eastern Studies, Minor in International Relations, Rutgers University 

Interests:

Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, Transitional Governments, Democratization, and Human Rights 

Languages: 

English, Arabic 

Isabella Wilkinson – First 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