Class of 2014
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John Bennett: John graduated from University of California, Riverside in June 2013 with a B.A. in Global Studies. As an undergraduate he was a member of the Model United Nations at UCR. For his undergraduate capstone paper, he researched and wrote about refugee populations in California. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a diverse population including large immigrant and transnational populations, he became interested in researching more about this topic. Through the Global Studies Master’s program at Brandeis, he focused on immigration and transnational populations; in particular, the different classifications of immigrants, the global importance of immigrants, and the rights of immigrants.
Laurel Benoit: Laurel graduated from Brandeis University in 2013 with degrees in Anthropology and African and Afro-American Studies. Before coming to Brandeis, she lived on the Caribbean island of Grenada, where her interest in global relationships and the process of globalization began. As an undergraduate, Laurel studied anthropological research methods and became interested in the social, cultural, and historical issues related to Africa and people of African descent. Through the Global Studies Master's program, she further explored her undergraduate research, concentrating on how globalization affects culture and life in developing countries, particularly as it relates to ideas surrounding gender.
Esther Jack: Esther graduated from the University of Jos in Nigeria in 2004 with a B.A. in English and Linguistics. She started teaching in a secondary school in 2005 and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Teachers Institute Kaduna in 2007. She continued to teach secondary students until July 2012 when she resigned from her job as a teacher to go back to the classroom for Brandeis' M.A. in Global Studies.
Claudiane Philippe: Claudiane graduated from Brandeis University in May 2013 with a B.A. in both Health, Science, Society and Policy and Anthropology. Her passion for Global Studies, particularly Global Health, stems from her long-standing interest in bettering health disparities in her parents' home country of Haiti. Claudiane is also passionate about increasing access to healthcare for low income families in the Boston area. Through this program, she gained the resources to improve health care access and infrastructure for developing Caribbean countries like Haiti.
Aneil Tripathy: Aneil graduated from Brandeis University in 2012 with a degree in Anthropology. He has always been interested in Global Studies, having family in the United States, India, and around the world. As an undergraduate, Aneil spent his junior year abroad at the London School of Economics, where he studied anthropology in the British system, ran a radio show relating to anthropological issues, and explored Europe during breaks. The summer before joining the Global Studies program, Aneil interned with the NGO Ekjut in Jharkhand, India. His time there alerted him to issues facing development initiatives as well as the Self Help Group movement in India. Through the Global Studies Master's program, Aneil studied in depth the consequences of microfinance, as well as current environmental issues facing global society.
Elizabeth Verrill: Elizabeth graduated from Manhattanville College in 2008 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Asian Studies. Elizabeth has had a passion for traveling and languages for most of her life, and is especially interested in the globalization of the English language – from its earliest utterance in ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, to its 21st century effects on developed and developing nations. After graduating, Elizabeth continues to traveling the world and study the interaction of cultures and languages.
Class of 2013
Samantha Bailey: Samantha graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 2012 with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology and minor in Religious Studies. Her interest in Global Studies took root during her study abroad in Morocco. Since then, she interned in Washington, D.C. with Migration and Refugee Services and in Shanghai, China with ChinaCast Education. Having completed her undergraduate thesis on the perceptions of Muslim women in the U.S., she has turned her interest towards the roles of women in developing countries. She plans to work in International Development, specifically on programs which empower women and children through education. Samantha's thesis was titled, "Sexuality, and Development in the Maghreb: Origins of Institutionalized Homophobia, and the Disruption of Development."
Sarah Becker: Sarah graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish. She spent six months interning at United Planet, a non-profit in Boston, before moving to Colombia to teach English. She is interested in Latin America, as well as culture and the effects of globalization on culture. Her thesis was on "The Effects of the Drug Cartels on Medellín and the Colombian State."
Adele Broberg: Adele graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2011 with a degree in Global Studies, French and Gender and Sexuality Studies. An active feminist, she served as House Coordinator for the Women's Resource Center at St. Lawrence University for a year and a half, and was Project Intern at the Massachusetts National Organization for Women. While studying abroad in India in 2009, she was drawn to the strong sense of community and solidarity among rural Indian women and hopes to further explore this region and its people. Her interests lie in women's and international development, specifically international community building through micro-loans to female entrepreneurs. Adele's thesis was titled,"Fanm Ayisyen Pap Kase Haitian Women Will Not Break: Humanitarian Post-Disaster Responses to Reproductive Health In Haiti."
Sasha Gerhardson: Sasha graduated from Clark University in 2010 with a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in International Relations at Salve Regina University. Currently, Sasha is working in the Communications department of Plan International USA, an international development agency that is based in Rhode Island. Her prior internships include a position as a Virtual Student Foreign Service e-intern with the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney, as well as summer internships with USAID, the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria. At Brandeis, Sasha is interested in studying how the forces of globalization affect the condition of human rights in developing countries.
Aeisha Lima: Aeisha graduated with a B.A. in both Health: Science, Society, and Policy and African and Afro-American Studies from Brandeis University in May 2012. Her passion for Global Studies, in particular Global Health, stems from the family that she has all over the world. She has a particularly strong interest in Cape Verde, where much of her family still resides. She hopes to help improve the poor health infrastructures in Cape Verde. Her thesis was on "Making Tourism a Viable Economic Solution for Cape Verde."
Phaedra Mangan: Phaedra graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her passion for global studies began. After graduating, she lived in Málaga, Spain, where she taught as a North American Language and Culture Assistant. Upon her return, she interned with the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Phaedra's travels developed her strong interest in globalization and its influence on culture, specifically the effects seen in Hispanic regions. She plans to apply her education and experience to an international organization which diplomatically promotes social, economic, and cultural development.
Chelsea Norman: Chelsea received a B.A. in Global Studies from Middle Tennessee State University with minors in French and Health Education. Her study abroad and service learning experiences in Tanzania, France, and Senegal sparked her interest in international relations and African health systems. Chelsea’s research background began during her time in the McNair Scholars Program and continued throughout her stint with the Peace Corps. Her research focused on the relationship between Charismatic Christianity and health policy in Africa. Chelsea is interested in health systems in West Africa, approaches to sustainable international development, and the role of religion in determining health policies. Chelsea's thesis was titled, "Utilizing Incentives for Global Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services Uptake: Altruistic or a Euphemism for Population Control?"
Sheryl Seller: Sheryl graduated from Brandeis University in May 2011 with degrees in International and Global Studies and Hispanic studies, with minors in Business and Economics. As an undergraduate, her studies focused on global development, Spanish language and literature, and global marketing. She interned at the Waltham Recycling and Energy Efficiency Department, volunteered in English as a Second Language classes, and did marketing research for a high-end fitness club in Boston. Her focus in the Global Studies Program was in immigration, especially in the area along the Mexican/U.S. border and how this immigration effects political, social, and economic development in Latin America and the United States. She would like to apply her knowledge to international business development. Her thesis was titled, "Mexican and Cuban Immigration to the United States: 1980-1994, A Comparison."
Abigail Steinberg: Abigail graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University in 2012 with a degree in International and Global Studies and a minor in Social Justice and Social Policy. She has worked in international development and social impact ventures. Her interest in global studies has led her to intern in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for Digital Divide Data, a social enterprise aimed at poverty alleviation. She has interned in Cape Town, South Africa for a Global Social Stock Exchange (GSIX), in London, England for a Member of Parliament, and in San Carlos, Costa Rica for the Amuraci Women’s Project. While living in the mountains of Dharamshala, India, she taught English to monks and nuns. She plans to work in international sustainable development. Abigail's thesis was on "The Kingdom of Cambodia: An Isolated Nation Transformed by Globalization."
David Young: David graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 2011 with a B.A. in history and minor in Political Science. Between graduating from Loyola and entering the Global Studies program, David interned in his congressman’s office in Washington, D.C. and worked on the campaign to legalize same sex marriage in his home state of Maine. His interest in Global Studies stems from his mission work in Honduras and keeping up with current events in the Middle East. He is interested in Latin American and Middle Eastern cultures.
Class of 2012
Coco Bassey: Coco graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010, with a double degree in International Diplomatic Studies and German. She recently completed a marketing internship with the German American Chamber of Commerce before beginning her studies at Brandeis, and she currently works in PR/Communications with the Brandeis International Business School. Her interests lie in global media and relations, and she plans to carry on her research and professional experience in international business communications. Coco's thesis was on "Understanding Nation Branding: A “New Nationalism” in Germany."
Modupe Durojaiye: Modupe graduated from Bennett College in North Carolina, with a B.S. degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Economics. While at Bennett, she participated in Type I diabetes & reproductive aging research internships at Williams College and Princeton University respectively. She also interned at Morgan Stanley’s Sales and Trading division, in London, UK. Modupe started her graduate studies in Molecular and Cell Biology here at Brandeis, but is currently focusing on developing her passion in the field of Global Studies/Global Health. Modupe, who was born in Nigeria, is interested in how health systems and policies work around the globe. She hopes to have a clearer understanding of how to improve the health systems in low income countries. Her thesis was titled, "Religious and Gender Dimension of HIV/AIDS Risk Among Women in Nigeria."
Andrew Mandel: Andrew graduated from Brandeis in the spring of 2011, where he studied International and Global Studies, Environmental Studies, and History. His main interest in global studies is the effect that globalization has on culture, with specific foci on Japan and Latin America. Andrew spent a summer doing AmeriCorps work with immigrants in Waltham, and hopes to spend several years traveling. Andrew's thesis was titled, "The Effects of Japanese Culture and History on the Adoption of Quality Control Techniques."
Jill Morrissey: Jill is a graduate of Tufts University where she majored in International Relations, History, and German Language and Literature. She spent a year abroad at the Universität Tübingen in Germany and two years working as an English Teaching Assistant at the Pädigogische Hochschule Kärnten in Klagenfurt, Austria. Jill is interested in the effects of globalization on cultures as well as ethnic and racial conflicts. Her thesis was titled, "The Republic of Austria: A State Without a Nation."
Patrick Nicholson: Patrick graduated from Brandeis University in May 2011 with degrees in Health, Science, Society and Policy and American Studies. As an undergraduate, Patrick interned as a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research and also participated on the Varsity Baseball Team. He is interested in the field of global health with a particular interest in healthcare inequalities. Patrick's thesis was titled, "A Call for Reform: The Impact of Universal Healthcare and Economic Development on Inequalities in Japan."
Emanuel Moss: Emanuel graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Anthropology. He has also studied GIS at Penn State University and International Development and Social Change at Clark University. He has worked in environmental consulting as an Archaeologist and GIS Analyst and has also worked professionally as a photographer, tour manager, and live sound engineer. Most recently, he completed a research project in the Republic of Macedonia on sustainable tourism development. Having traveled extensively both domestically and internationally, he is interested in the global dimensions of heritage, sustainable tourism, and international development.
Adrienne Roach: Adrienne graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on World Politics. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in the UK, served as the Vice President of the campus chapter of Amnesty International, and served as the Inter-Governmental Relations Director of the Student Senate. After graduation, she worked on a number of political and issue related campaigns. She most recently served as former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold’s Deputy Field Director and served as the Principal Executive Assistant for the Milwaukee County Executive. While working in politics, she continued her education by studying Arabic and has a strong interest in gender issues and the Middle East. At Brandeis, she studied international institutions and politics, U.S. foreign policy, and human rights, with a thesis titled, "Understanding Political Party Change: Why More Conservative Female and Ethnic Minority Candidates Were Successful in the 2010 British General Election."
Class of 2011
Henry Barkley: Henry was a Philosophy and Anthropology student at Brandeis. Within Philosophy, he tended to favor Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology (Theory of Knowledge). As a student of Anthropology, he enjoyed courses dealing with the development of ancient human civilizations and the evaluation of their cultural and religious values that dictated each society's rise and fall. He liked the course on Human Origins and another course on aesthetics and cross-cultural communications and breaching cross-cultural barriers. Henry's thesis was on "Liminal Experts."
Andrea Cohen: Andrea graduated from the University of Hartford in 2010 with a B.A. in Politics and Government and an almost-second major in international relations. She is interested in international human rights with a main focus on Africa. She admires the good work of NGOs like Enough Project and Save Darfur. She wrote her thesis on "National Identity and Post-Colonial Development: Dictatorial Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of South Africa."
Jessica Fernandes: Jessica graduated from Brandeis University in 2010 with a degree in Health: Science, Society and Policy and minors in International and Global Studies and Legal Studies. She worked with NGOs in Brazil and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, exploring the role of international organizations in policy implementation. She will further her studies in global health and development policy, with an emphasis on human rights. Jessica's thesis was titled, "The Brazilian Political Economy of Health: Implications for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights."
Jaclyn Garcia: Jaclyn graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in both International Security and Conflict Resolution and Religious Studies. She studied in Sweden for four months, interned with the Citizen Diplomacy Council of San Diego and works with refugees from Burma through the Jewish Family Services Refugee Resettlement Program. Her interests are in human rights and the developing world. She wrote her thesis on, "The Future of South Sudanese Women: Restructuring Customary Law in South Sudan."
Tahl Mayer: Tahl graduated from Brandeis University in 2010 with a major in Art History and a minor in Classical Studies. He studied Arabic at Middlebury College’s summer language program, and worked in subsequent summers as the bilingual assistant for the Brandeis University-Middlebury School of Hebrew. He studied abroad in Greece and has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and parts of the Middle East. Tahl hopes to further his interests in the cultural dimensions of globalization. Tahl's thesis was on, "Football as an Arena of Arab Ethno-national Identities: The case of Modern Israel."
Brianne Jennings: Brianne graduated from Alma College with a B.A. in History. She was an active member of Alma's nationally recognized Model U.N. team where she represented multiple countries in the General Assembly Plenary in New York City. She was also an invited participant at the Student Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference in Washington D.C.. Through these conferences she researched a wide variety of global issues ranging from alternative energy and disarmament to refugees. Her thesis was titled, "Assessing Multilateral Fuel Arrangements (MFAs): Addressing Global Security and Global Supply of Nuclear Fuel."
Galina Abashina: Galina graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and double minor in Spanish and European Studies. She also completed an International Relations Certificate while attending the University. She frequently travels overseas which has sparked her interest in studying foreign policy and diplomatic relations between United States and Russia. Galina's thesis was titled, "Impact of Political Culture on U.S-Russian Relations in the Beginning of the 21st Century."
Ophir Degany: Ophir graduated from Ithaca College in 2006 with a B.A. in English. He spent five years working in finance and as an emergency medical technician. In 2008, he lived and worked in Israel, studying Hebrew and volunteering on a communal farm. He is interested in global governance and economy, particularly with regard to the Middle East.
Elnor Gasanov: Elnor graduated from the University of Oslo in June 2010 with a major in political science and a minor in economics. He is interested in global governance and trade, with particular interest in economic incentives between countries when making policies. He studied international organizations at the University of Vienna and has been active in a human rights organization in Oslo. His interest in global governance is a result of having lived in Austria, Azerbaijan, Norway and Russia. He speaks Norwegian, Russian, German and Azert. Elnor's thesis was titled, "National Distinctiveness as a Predicting Factor of Multinational Corporations’ Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility."
Class of 2010
Ashley Borja: Ashley graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a degree in International Relations with a focus on Latin American and Environmental Development. She is interested in global health, and spent some time with the Masai in Tanzania in 2007. She has also been to Morocco, Peru, Colombia, Italy, and Spain. Ashley's thesis was on "Medical Pluralism in Peru--Traditional Medicine in Peruvian Society."
John Clark: John graduated from Brandeis in 2009 with a major in IGS and minors in Politics and Economics. He had internships with J.P. Morgan and Merrill-Lynch. He has general interests in global governance and sustainable development, with a particular interest in Ireland. John's thesis was titled, "The Rise of the State, The Demise of The Nation."
Rebecca Gil: Rebecca graduated with a degree in international relations from Goucher College in Baltimore. She has also studied at Haifa University in Israel and at the University of Leeds in the U.K.. A native of Massachusetts, she held a summer internship with State Representative Ehrlich in 2008. While completing her coursework in Global Studies, Rebecca developed a strong interest in communication and media, especially in relation to Israel and the Middle East. Her thesis was on "The New Global Terrorist Threat: A Case of Pakistani Identity and Global Jihad."
Shelani Homer Vanniasinkam: Shelani graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2008 with a degree in political science and a double minor in Asian studies and English. Shelani was born in Sri Lanka and came with her parents to Arizona to continue her education. While a university student, she was active in community service and was especially involved in the Multicultural Student Center on campus. At Brandeis, she explored international development and human rights; her thesis was on "Gender Violence in Kashmir."
Nina Kanakarajavelu: Nina graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. degree in biology. She attended the Tropical Ecology Summer Program of the Universidad Nacional of Costa Rica. While in college, Nina was active in Amnesty International, and she continued this work in the Boston area as a legal intern for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project. Nina wrote her thesis on "Legacy of Repression: Violence against Women in Post-Conflict Guatemala."
Young-seok Kim: Yeoungseok graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, with a degree in international relations and a minor concentration in sociology. A native of South Korea, Yeoungseok served in the military before coming to the United States for college. He has also traveled in Cambodia and India. He plans to continue his study of economic development and poverty alleviation. His thesis was titled, "Social Foundation of Luxury Good Obsession in South Korea."
Sarah Knight: Sarah studied at Arizona State University and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in psychology. A course on global issues pertaining to sustainable development was the source of her interest in human rights, foreign aid, and the global environment. Her thesis was on "Debt Bondage Slavery in Contemporary India: Sociopolitical Factors and Possibilities of Change."
Anna Liao: Anna graduated from Brandeis in 2009 with majors in economics and politics, and minors in East Asian studies and International & Global Studies. She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, proficient in Latin, and is learning Japanese. As a graduate student, she continued her interest in global and regional governance. Anna wrote her thesis on "Urban Land Tenure in the People's Republic of China."
Justin Phalichanh: Justin received a B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008, with a major in general science and minor in global studies. He participated in a summer seminar on media issues at King's College, London. During college he was active in Habitat for Humanity and Health Occupations Students of America, and volunteered at a children's hospital in Nashville. Justin is a native speaker of Lao. He hopes that his graduate work in Global Studies has prepared him for his ultimate goal of going to medical school. Justin's thesis was titled, "The Peace Corps: An Altruistic or Imperialistic Enterprise."
Kayne Ryan: Kayne graduated from Brandeis in 2009 with a major in International & Global Studies (specialization in global economy), and minors in business, Spanish, and legal studies. He studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. He worked as an intern in the insurance and financial services division of the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts. As a graduate student, he continued his study of how companies and countries collaborate in the global market. His thesis was on "Cosmopolitan Competition: The International Migration of Professional Footballers."