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Entered Fall 2013

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 is interested in focusing 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 plans to further explore her undergraduate research, concentrating on how globalization affects culture and life in developing countries, particularly as it relates to ideas surrounding gender.


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.


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 hopes to gain the resources to improve health care access and infrastructure for developing Caribbean countries like Haiti.


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 plans to continue traveling the world and studying the interaction of cultures and languages.


Entered Fall 2012

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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.


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.


Wanbo Li: Wanbo graduated from Fitchburg State University in May 2011 with a degree in Communications and Media. He is a member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association Honor Society, a member of National Communication Association and a CMM (Coordinated Management of Meanings) Associate at the CMM Institute. Before coming to Brandeis, he did an internship at Avid Technology and worked for Bose Corporation. He will be focusing his graduate work on Global Communications, Global Economy, Human Rights, and International Development.


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.


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 hopes to study in depth the consequences of microfinance, as well as current environmental issues facing global society.


Entered Fall 2011

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


Julia Mouk: Julia graduated from Brandeis University in 2011 with a degree in International and Global Studies and a minor in History. During her senior year, she also completed an internship with Jobs with Justice, assisting in their Global Justice division. She will be focusing her work on Global Health and International Development, particularly on the effects of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. She plans to use the tools she has acquired from Brandeis while working in an adolescent HIV clinic in Cape Town and an adult clinic in Soweto.


Charles Radin: Charlie is currently the Director of Global Communications and Operations at Brandeis. Before coming to work at Brandeis, he was a national and foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe (1974-2006). He was the Tokyo Bureau Chief in the mid-1990s and the Middle East Bureau Chief from 2001 to 2005. Charlie studied at the University of Missouri (Columbia) and graduated from the Boston University School of Communication with a degree in journalism and a minor in East Asian studies.