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Selene Campion

"The opportunity to complete the interdisciplinary Global Studies program before beginning my Ph.D. in Political Science helped me in numerous ways. I began the program with a single interest that I hoped to explore. By the middle of my first semester, the program had opened me up to academia's possibilities in such a way that I realized I wanted to pursue my Ph.D."
--Selene Campion, M.A.'15

“A Behavioral Model of ‘Homegrown’ Radicalization Trajectories,” (with Selene Campion, Nathan Needle, Giang Nguyen, and Rosanne Libretti), Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. In print: January 2016. Available now online in Open Access.

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Class of 2017-2018

Brittany Finney:Brittany is a development officer at Mazon, a Jewish advocacy organization in California and continues to volunteer with refugee support organizations. Thesis: Redefining Self-Sufficiency for Refugee Integration in the United States.

Fangchao Ji: JJ is a graduate student in History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Thesis: The Chinese Kongsis in West Borneo: the Rise of the Chinese in Global Trade in the Early and Mid-19th Century.

Ruiyi Li: After graduating, RuiYi entered the Ph.D. program in Sociology at the University of Southern California Thesis: The Marketization of Philanthropy and Charity in China: How Markets Shape the Landscape of Chinese Civil Society.

Sarah Mabry: After graduating from Brandeis, Sarah was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Madrid, Spain Thesis: Transculturalism in Chicano Literature, Visual Art, and Film.

Kim Maida: Kim is the founder of a non-profit providing water to indigenous peoples in Colombia Thesis: Extractivism & Indigenous Rights: A Case Study of the Wayuu People and their Struggle for Water.

Jordan Miller: Thesis: Terrorism on Trial: Exploring the ICC as a Means of Combating Terrorism.

Shinan Olivia Wang: Currently, Olivia is a graduate student in the International Education Program at Harvard University Thesis: Obstacles in the Process of Refugee Integration in Culturally and Politically Homogeneous Swedish and Danish Welfare States.

Class of 2016-2017

Kathryn Brody:Kathryn is a Research Analyst at LexPro Research, LLC, an investigative risk mitigation firm in Connecticut. Thesis: Minority Report: The Danger of Women in Islamic Terrorism and in ISIS.

Bethany Clark: Bethany is current a Marketing Assistant with Contemporaries, Inc., an Executive Assistant with Hollister Staffing, and an Administrative Assistant at the MIT Technology Licensing Office. Thesis: History and Peacebuilding: The Role of Authoritarianism and Colonialism in Serbia and Rwanda.

Weiai Fang: Weiai is enrolled in the Sociology Doctoral Program at the University of California. Thesis: The Outcast.

Wit Gan: Wit is currently a Market Associate with Expedia, Inc., in Bangkok, Thailand. Thesis: China: A Nation Shaped in Consumerism .

Keegan Remy-Miller: Keegan is an Emergency Management Specialist at FEMA focusing on database management, implementing various recovery programs, coordinating grants for cities, towns, and states, and preparing reports on the executions of recovery plans. Thesis: Sports in the Desert: How Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai are employing sports to make economic, political, and international gains.

Marinella Taoushiani: Since earning her Master’s in Global Studies, Marinella joined Critical Crop Top Media in Atlanta Georgia as their Development Director. Previously, she served as the Marketing Manager for Extremity Healthcare. Her greatest achievement thus far, however, is the birth of her daughter, Persephone Aura Isaksson. Thesis: Effects of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the EU: Nationalism on the Rise.

Misha Vilenchuk: Misha is an Operations Specialist at KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad in Chicago. He was previously the Interim Chairman for the American Union of Jewish Students (AMUJS). He was Co-founder and President of the Coalition Against Anti-Semitism in Europe (CAASE). Thesis: “My Brother’s Keeper”: American Jewish Youth and the Making of the Soviet Jewry Movement .

Class of 2016

Talal Ahmed: Talal graduated from Pakistan's prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences with a B.Sc. (hons.) in Economics & Politics in December 2013. While in Pakistan, he had an opportunity to engage with the UN-affiliated organization Interactive Research Development for a project related to Child Immunization in Pakistan. He has also been part of research based projects as an intern by USAID and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. While at Brandeis, he intends to explore the impact of globalization and modernity on the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Kathleen Hossack: After graduating from Brandeis’ Master’s in Global Studies program, Katie worked as an English Language Assistant at Lycée Jacques Callot, French Ministry of Education. Since returning to the U.S., she has worked as an International Support Specialist (French language) for TripAdvisor. Thesis: Duties of Virtue and Justice: Rethinking Responsibility in the Global Refugee Regime 

Samantha Mandigora: Originally from Zimbabwe, Samantha graduated from the University of Cape Town in South Africa with a degree in Organizational Psychology. Prior to enrolling at Brandeis, Samantha worked for the British Government in South Africa’s commercial section (UK Trade & Investment) as well as their International Development department (UKAID). The focus of her studies will be around the global environment and sustainability.

Ellen Sarkisian: After completing her Master's degree in Global Studies, Ellen served as a CSO Development Intern at the Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Armenia. She is currently working as an immigration paralegal for Fragomen, interfacing with corporate representatives, foreign nationals, and USCIS officers. Thesis: Russia: A Nation in Progress.

Shayna Straus: Since earning her Master’s in Global Studies, Shayna has worked for several global media agency brands within the Publicis Media. She is currently a Digital Media Planner at MODCo Media in New York City and has served as an interpreter in Chicago for Francophile individuals seeking asylum in the US. Thesis: Moroccan Migration to France: Historical Patterns and Effects on Assimilation.

Class of 2015

M. Jannat Akhter: M. Jannat was most recently a Researcher/Technical Recruiter at Matlen Silver, Information Technology Services, New Jersey. Thesis: Corruption, Democracy and Development in Bangladesh.

Selene Campion: Selene is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Fellow in Comparative Politics at Boston College. Selene previously served as a Research Associate for the Western Jihadism Project at Brandeis University, as well as a Researcher for the Euro-Islam Research Network at Harvard University. Thesis: Islamist Extremist Inspired Radicalization in France: Analyzing Recruitment Methods in Mosques, Prisons, and Online.

Laura Ernst: After earning her Master’s in Global Studies, Laura joined the Atlanta, GA Meals on Wheels as their Director of Grants and Institutional Giving. Thesis: The Predicament Perpetuated: How Progress Toward Democracy and Gender Equality in the Arab World is Held Hostage by the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Stephen Ernst: After earning his Master’s in Global Studies, Stephen served as a consultant with the National Monuments Foundation and Action Engineering Inc. He currently is a Business Intelligence and Market Research Consultant in Atlanta, GA. Thesis: The Paradox of High-Skilled Migration: Is the Brain Drain the Best Antidote to the Brain Drain?.

Wanbo Li: Thesis: Study Abroad Waves and China’s Development.

Samantha Minshull: Samantha currently works as an Appraisal and Auction Services Assistant at Skinner Auction House in Massachusetts. Thesis: An Examination of the Effects of New Media on the Non-Contiguous Geographic Dispersion of Contentious Collective Action.

Marisa Saraci: Marisa erves as a Program Assistant at the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Albania. She previously worked with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). Thesis: Leveraging Albanian Remittances for Economic Growth and Development

Class of 2014

John Bennett: John is a Senior Human Resources Specialist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Thesis: The Importance of and Dependence on Immigrants: A Comparative Look at Dubai and Silicon Valley.

Laurel Benoit: Laurel is a Research Project and Field Assistant/Interviewer at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, NJ. Thesis: Glocal Tourism: Conflicts of Development in Grenada.

Dianna Cincotta: Dianna graduated from Brandeis in May 2011 with a degree in American Studies and has a strong interest in Communication and Media.

Alyssa Irizarry: Alyssa graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in International Business and a concentration in Marketing in 2008. During her time at Northeastern, she spent a year living and working in Madrid, Spain and later spent a year traveling in Australia and Southeast Asia. She currently works in the Office of Administration and Student Services for Brandeis International Business School. The focus of her studies will be in the global environment and sustainability.

Esther Jack: Esther is a Ph.D. candidate and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Thesis: The African Union's Involvement in Conflict Resolution in Some ECOWAS Countries.

Claudiane Philippe: Claudiane is a Public and Global Health Professional currently working as a Data and Analytics Consultant for Optum Life Sciences. She previousy worked as a program coordinator for the Boston Public Health Commission. Thesis: HIV/AIDS in Haiti: How Cultural Sensitivity Can Combat The Epidemic.

Aneil Tripathy:Aneil is a Ph.D. candidate in Economic Anthropology at Brandeis University. He is also Executive Associate and Assistant to CEO for Climate Bonds Initiative and a Visiting Researcher at the Cass Business School in London, UK. Thesis: Red Finance: The Substantive Nature of Shanghai's Finance Industry.

Elizabeth Verrill: Elizabeth is a Client Services Specialist at Apex Technologies in Rhode Island. Thesis: The Kveeni of Northern Norway: From National Minority to Indigenous People.

Class of 2013

Samantha Bailey: Assistant Director of the Wellesley Fund and Durant Society Officer at Wellesley College. Thesis: Sexuality, and Development in the Maghreb: Origins of Institutionalized Homophobia, and the Disruption of Development."

Sarah Becker:Sarah works as a Student Mentor for Educa Más in Bogotá, Colombia and as the Custom & Faculty Led Program Coordinator for CEA Study Abroad in Phoenix, AZ. Thesis: The Effects of the Drug Cartels on Medellín and the Colombian State"

Adele Broberg: Adele is a Program Analyst 2 (End HIV Oregon) for the Oregon Health Authority. Thesis: Fanm Ayisyen Pap Kase Haitian Women Will Not Break: Humanitarian Post-Disaster Responses to Reproductive Health In Haiti "

Sasha Gerhardson: Sasha is the Senior Manager for International Partnerships at the Washington Center. Thesis: Evaluating the Global Climate Change Regime: A Croatian Case Study.

Aeisha Lima: Aeisha is a Recruiter at Google. Thesis: Making Tourism a viable economic solution for Cape Verde."

Phaedra Mangan: Phaedra has worked at EDCO Collaboroative for over three years, as an Enlace Comunitario as well as a Family & Youth Services Coordinator in the Massachusetts Migrant Education Program. Thesis: The Multifaceted Origin of Separatist Sentiment in Catalonia: The Interdependence of Culture, Economy, and Politics.

Chelsea Norman: Chelsea is an Independent Contractor for Political Campaigns in the 2018 election cycle. Thesis: Utilizing Incentives for Global Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services Uptake: Altruistic or a Euphemism for Population Control?

Sheryl Seller: Sheryl is the Assistant Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at the Heller School, where she focuses on youth philanthropy and refugee resettlement. Thesis: Mexican and Cuban Immigration to the United States: 1980-1994, A Comparison."

Abigail Steinberg: Abigail is the Project Manager of the Financial Inclusion on Business Runways (FIBR) project, and an Associate at Bankable Frontier Associates. Thesis: The Kingdom of Cambodia: An Isolated Nation Transformed by Globalization.

David Young: David is a Consultant for the Social and Human Sciences Unit of UNESCO in Bangkok, Thailand. Thesis: Religious Fundamentalism in the United States and Egypt: A Comparative Analysis, 1870-1980.

 

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. 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." Read more about how Elnor is using his MA as the Norwegian Diplomat to Israel.

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."