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Alumni Spotlight

Aneil Tripathy

"I knew that I intended to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology but wanted to first have some academic space to learn from other fields of study. For me, the true value of anthropology is from interdisciplinary collaboration, and this program allowed me to do just that."
--Aneil Tripathy, M.A.'15

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.

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.


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.