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Entered Fall 2014

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.


M. Jannat Akhter: Jannat graduated in 2014 with B.A. degree from Indiana University in Political Science and Global and International Studies and a minor in Philosophy and Religious Studies. She has lived in the United States, England and Bangladesh and has gained an appreciation for world affairs through her experiences in each country. Jannat has interned for NGOs such as Action Aid Bangladesh (AAB) and AIESEC for women's rights and equality and educating local underprivileged children. She was also part of the Asian Student Union at her previous university and volunteered for Gleaners Food Bank in Indiana. Her interests lie in Asian and Western politics, international relations and development. Jannat’s goal is to work for an international institution involved in either foreign policy or emancipation of women and children, socially and educationally.


Selene Campion: Selene graduated from Brandeis University in 2014 with degrees in International and Global Studies and French and Francophone Studies. She previously studied and worked in France where she completed an internship at a homeless shelter, prompting her interest in social policy and immigration in Europe. Her studies will focus on Islam in the West, particularly in France.


Laura Ernst: Laura holds a B.A. in Modern Intellectual History from the University of Georgia. Since university, she has accumulated an array of life experiences -- through helping to start an NGO outreach in New Delhi’s red-light district, traveling in India, Pakistan, and other parts of Asia, being shunned by her fundamentalist family, and teaching schoolchildren in South Korea -- which have not only made her a more interesting dinner guest, but have, in various ways, inspired her to pursue a global studies M.A. At Brandeis, she is studying how social and cultural factors shape development and globalization, with particular attention to the issue of Islamic fundamentalism in global society. After graduating, Laura plans to pursue a career in journalism or NGO advocacy work.


Stephen Ernst: Stephen graduated from Judson University in 2005 with a B.A. in media studies. His interest in global studies is the culmination of living and working in South America, Europe, South Asia, and East Asia. Stephen is studying how the ever intensifying phenomenon of globalization -- and the development it's bringing to many countries -- both impacts and is impacted by culture and ideology. After graduating, he plans to join the work of businesses, governments, and nonprofits that are reducing net poverty and human suffering in developing countries.


Kathleen Hossack: Katie holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego where she specialized in History and French Literature. Her research interests include immigration, integration, and national/religious identity issues.


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.


Samantha Minshull: Samantha studied History and Fine Arts at Widener University, graduating with a B.A. in 2013. She spent a gap year traveling and completing 1,800 community service hours with AmeriCorps NCCC before attending Brandeis' Global Studies program. Growing up and as an undergraduate, she became fascinated with the European cultural experience and now studies the millennial cultural and political identity of the Europe Union member states. She hopes to work across the pond in the future and continue her study of languages, politics, and culture.


Marisa Saraci: Marisa graduated from Brandeis University in 2014 with a major in International Global Studies and a minor in Economics and Anthropology. She is originally from Albania and spends every summer there - that is the origination of her interest in Global Studies. Marisa is focused on topics such as globalization, migration, and economic growth/ development.


Entered prior to Fall 2014

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.


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.


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.