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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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Class of 2018-19

Haliana Burhans: Haliana just recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Brandeis University in May 2018. She was a double major in International and Global Studies and French and Francophone Studies. Haliana had the opportunity to study abroad in the south of France during the spring of her Junior year which heightened her eagerness to travel in the future. As an undergrad at Brandeis, Haliana competed on the Women's Soccer Team and the Track and Field Team and still loves to be involved in athletics in any way she can. She currently works for the Western Jihadism Project at Brandeis as a Senior Research Assistant and Coding Supervisor. Working for this research lab has helped to spark her interest in Islamist extremism as well as the Islamic religion and Muslim culture in general.

Alex Haupt: Alexander Haupt, of Cumberland Rhode Island, graduated from Brandeis in May of 2017 having majored in History, Classics, and Theatre. While an undergraduate he spent a year studying in London. His historical interests range from antiquity to modernity, with particular focus on the empires of the Middle East. As a M.A. student he will be researching the institution of monarchy in the Arab world and its changing forms in the face of regional agitation for regime change and democratization. Presently he is also serving as a Teaching Fellow in the International and Global Studies Department.

Killian Jampierre: Killian was born in Brookline, MA and was raised in Southwestern Connecticut. She earned her undergraduate from Fairfield University with a double major in International studies and Communications and a minor in Islamic World Studies. Graduating at the age of 20 in 2018, Killian was able to complete her undergraduate in three years before joining the Brandeis’s community. Today she studies in our Global Studies program, perusing a concentration in Transnational Security and Migration. This path will help her in her research of refugees and human security as well as build a basis for a future in similar fields. While conducting research for her master’s thesis at Brandeis, Killian is working as a Teaching Assistant as she applies for her PhD.

Zach Phil Schwartz: Zach is from Glen Head, New York, on the north shore of Long Island. He graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University in 2018, with a degree in International & Global Studies, Anthropology, and Italian Studies. He is passionate about international justice and conflict resolution and spent part of his junior year studying the field in The Hague. While there, he briefly served as an intern/consultant to the communications office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. As a M.A. student, he will be researching international law in an era of widespread anti-globalism and alternative solutions for legal problems that international law cannot completely solve. He is also serving as the Assistant Director of the International & Global Studies Program, the undergraduate arm of Global Studies, mainly coordinating the program’s media and events.

Isaac Yglesias: Isaac was born in Brooklyn and then grew up in Western Massachusetts. At 19, he earned his Associate in Arts degree from Holyoke Community College and transferred to Brandeis University. While getting his Bachelor of Arts degree in International and Global Studies from Brandeis, Isaac studied abroad in Cuba. After his Spring 2018 undergraduate graduation, Isaac knew that the Brandeis Graduate Program in Global Studies would offer him the perfect opportunity to build his Cuban research into future work. He is interested in transnational migration and entrepreneurial reforms promulgated by the Cuban state. While he researches the intersectionalities of migration policy and small business development in Cuba in the Brandeis Graduate Program in Global Studies, Isaac is working as an Assistant Paralegal and Translator for The Right to Immigration Institute and as a Teaching Fellow at Brandeis.

Entered Fall 2017

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.


Entered Fall 2016

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.