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Alumni Spotlight

Jill Martin

"“I was awarded the Posse Scholarship to attend Brandeis during my senior year of high school,” says Martin. “I chose Brandeis because of the unique course offerings, brilliant professors and pledge towards social justice. As a graduate student, I chose Brandeis again because I knew that, if given the chance, I could also accomplish my dreams of being a global business owner and thought leader in digital media, globalization and subaltern studies."
--Jill Martin, M.A.'18
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Watch Sarah Mabry,MA'18 in the Global Studies program, deliver the graduate speech at Commencement

Current Students

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Entered Fall 2017

Brittany Finney:Originally from California, Brittany achieved her dual Bachelor of Arts Degree at Brandeis University in International and Global Studies and Anthropology. During that time, she travelled abroad to Alicante, Spain for an intensive Spanish-language program. She later interned for the International Institute of New England to provide employment services for refugees in the Boston area and later organized fundraiser events for the organization. As a Master’s student, she is currently focusing her studies on best practices of refugee integration in order to best help them achieve self-sufficiency.

Mark Khan:Mark grew up in the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana, before moving with his family to New York City. He attended Boston College where he participated in, and later led, a life-changing immersion trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. He participated in the Global Proficiency Program while at BC, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and psychology. Mark currently serves as an Associate Director of Admissions at Brandeis University’s International Business School while pursuing the Master’s in the Global Studies program. He enjoys seeing the world and usually has a bout of wanderlust at least once a year. He is very interested in studying brain drain, as well as educational attainment and post-secondary emigration from India and the Caribbean.

Hannah Locke: Hannah, Originally from Florida, Hannah has lived in Boston for the past four years and lived abroad for three years in Prague, Czech Republic and various parts of Italy after earning a TEFL certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Hannah graduated from Flagler College in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature with minors in Creative Writing and Art History. She has traveled to 30 different countries. Hannah is currently working at The Heller School at Brandeis University as an Assistant Director of Admissions while enrolled in the Global Studies program as a part-time student. She is interested in immigration, international education, and cultural exchanges between countries.

Sarah Mabry:is a Masters Candidate in the Global Studies program. Prior to attending Brandeis University, Sarah provided program leadership for a variety of nonprofit organizations, specializing in intercultural community outreach, writing grant applications, volunteer recruitment, and coordination of educational training events. She has spent time volunteering in community health projects in Guatemala and Honduras. Sarah graduated from Monmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, International Studies, and Business Administration. Sarah currently serves on the executive board of the Graduate Student Association, where she was recently elected Vice President. She also teaches English to international students as a Graduate English Tutor in the English Language Programs (ELP) at Brandeis University.


Entered Fall 2016

Fangchao Ji: Fangchao JI (JJ):having dual bachelor degrees of economics in Chinese Agricultural University and University of Colorado, Denver Campus with minor degree of International Studies. Working for J&J in Shanghai as a translator from 2015 to 2016. Now working on historical research project that focused on overseas Chinese history in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia.

Ruiyi Li: Ruiyi graduated from Henan Normal University in June, 2015 and started working for a nongovernmental organization,which aims to decrease education inequality between rural and urban areas in China. When she was a sophomore, she conducted an indecent project in a village located in central China , then she joined an academic development in Beijing. Benefits from all these projects, she is interested in exploring NGO’s role in solving social problems at Brandeis.

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.

Courtney Maurer: Originally from North Carolina, Courtney graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2015 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. During her time at UNCW, she studied abroad in Brazil and the U.S Virgin Islands. Courtney is currently working in the Brandeis Chemistry Department as an Academic Administrator while enrolled in the Global Studies program as a part time student. She is focusing on Transnational Security and Migration within the program.

Entered Fall 2014 or prior

Tamara Chung: Tamara Chung holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Economics and a Master’s in Applied Linguistic and Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University. She is interested in globalization, migration, and issues of identity.