Where are they now?
Jeff Achen (Summer 2004), a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nepal '02-'03), graduated from the University of North Dakota with a master's degree in Communication in 2005. From 2005 until 2009, Jeff served as an online editor and multimedia producer at a community newspaper group serving the southern suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota. Today Jeff is an Interactive Media Strategist with Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation pursuing his passion for nonprofit and philanthropic work. In addition to his role in the Foundations Marketing and Communication Department, Jeff also serves as the Interactive Media Strategist for GiveMN.org, a new charitable giving website that raised more than $14 million in one day in November 2009 for nonprofits across Minnesota. Jeff also owns his own photography and videography company. He lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota, with his wife Jennifer and daughter Kaitlyn.
David Martin Aliker (Fall 2010) has a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. David has also attained post graduate diplomas in Project Planning and Management and Human Resource Management from Gulu University and Uganda Management Institute respectively. He received a B.A. in Education from Makerere University. David is Program Manager of Echo Bravo (Head of Office) in northern Uganda, East Africa. Echo Bravo focuses on the intersection between Livelihood and Education with funding from the European Union, the Dutch Government through its Embassy and individual donors. David is also a founder of Partners and Volunteers Initiative Uganda-PVI Uganda (www.pviuganda.org) which provides a platform for international and local volunteers to change lives through by offering opportunities for service above self. Previously, David served as Project Coordinator, Education Officer and School teacher at BOSCO Uganda, Invisible Children and St.Lawrence Citizens High School respectively. David is a motivational speaker with the experience of speaking in thirteen States in the US and Canada. He is a former member of Pearl Harbour Toastmasters, San Diego, and a full time active Rotarian with Gulu Rotary Club. (Updated April 2013)
Meghan Auker Becker (Fall 2011) graduated from Swarthmore College in 2011 with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. After the IPJ internship, she developed and implemented a program to increase young women's empowerment in rural Mexico. After spending time working in Oregon, she will be moving to ItalyFall 2013 to earn her masters degree in Human and Rights and Democratization at the InterUniversity European Center. She plans to focus her studies on transitioning societies and alternative forms of justice. (Updated May 2013)
Hany Besada (Fall 2001) has published a new book entitled: Crafting an African Security Architecture: Addressing Regional Peace & Conflict in the 21st Century. Hany served for a number of years as the Senior Researcher working on the Weak and Fragile States research program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada.
Elisabetta Colabianchi (Fall 2008) is off to Mozambique in June 2011, where she will be serving with the Peace Corps. In 2009, Elisabetta graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish and minors in Peace & Justice Studies and Italian. Her theses focused on alternative energies and the promotion of global food security through sustainability. She then served with AmeriCorps as a member of the Anti-Hunger and Empowerment Corps, where she worked in low-income areas of New York City assisting hundreds of clients, manyof whom are refugees and recent immigrants, receive public benefits, job training assistance, nutrition guidance, and financial advice, while promoting self-sufficiency. Elisabetta earlier participated in a study abroad program with NYU’s Center for Global Affairs at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, where she heard from diplomats, UN officials and NGO affiliates on current global issues. (Updated June 2011)
Andrew Chua (Spring 2008) graduated in 2008 from the University of California, San Diego, with degrees in International Studies and Economics. During the fall semester 2007, he completed an internship at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, researching topics of public health policy in sub-Saharan Africa. In his research, Andrew focused on approaches to tackling the malaria epidemic in that regio, and on the need for adequate regulation of trade in prescription drugs. He has also worked at the office of the International Relations/Pacific Relations Graduate School at UCSD and interned at the San Diego office of marcus evans, an international business events and information company. Andrew has studied at the Universidad Del Belgrano in Argentina, and has volunteered at a number of agencies including National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC. In fall 2009 he started service with AmeriCorps, working at Tenacity, a non-profit serving youth through literacy, life-skills and tennis, and located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dawoon (Donna) Chung (Spring 2004) lives in New York City and works for the UN Global Compact. Simultaneously, she is finishing up her doctoral dissertation in peace studies from Bradford University. Donna received her master's degree from the University of San Diego's Graduate Program in Peace and Justice Studies in summer 2004. Subsequently, during the fall of 2004, she was selected to be a Writing Assistant for the Institute for Peace & Justice's Women PeaceMakers Program. Donna worked with Shreen Saroor from Sri Lanka, documenting her peacemaking story and writing a narrative published by the IPJ. During the summer of 2005, Donna worked with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Seoul, South Korea, for four months as an External Relations Intern, where she was involved in organizing a series of World Refugee Day events. Her research theme at Bradford has been the role of civil society in building conflict resolution capacity in politically transitional countries.
Carolina Cometto (Summer 2003) graduated in 2006 from UCSD's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Her studies focused on International Development and Nonprofit Management. Since then she has been working at Winrock International, an international development NGO based in DC. As part of the New Business Unit, Carolina assists in preparing grant proposals in a variety of program areas including agriculture, the environment and civic empowerment and engagement.
Lucas Cometto (Summer 2007) graduated in 2008 with a master's degree from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Brooklyn and was recently hired as a Grants Coordinator at CancerCare, a national health non-profit organization located in New York.
Lara Cunanan (Spring 2004), served as the Internship Coordinator for the IPJ until beginning her M.A. in Post-war Recovery Studies at the University of York, UK. During her graduate studies, Lara conducted research into the long-term effects of displacement on Palestinian refugees in Jordan, and also completed an internship with GTZ in Uganda investigating the reintegration of ex-combatants. After graduating from the University of York, she returned to the United States to work for ICF Macro managing international research projects examining child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. In 2007, she married her husband, Andrew McMaster, and returned to the UK. She is currently based in Oxfordshire and is the Europe Programme Coordinator for Lattitude Global Volunteering, an international youth development charity.
Noor Diab (Fall 2010) graduated from USD in 2011 with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies, for which she wrote a thesis on "Healthcare and Food Access on the Gaza Strip." Bulding on her interest in the relationship between human rights and health care access in conflict areas, Noor interned with the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation in Summer 2011, volunteering in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. She returned to USD for a master's degree in nursing in Fall 2013 and would like to work with PCRF (Palestinian Children's Relief Fund), assisting in emergency surgeries for child burn victims.
Bree Del Sordo (Fall 2004) volunteered with the IPJ program, WorldLink ~ Connecting Youth to Global Affairs after her internship. She then spent several months with the International Rescue Committee, San Diego Chapter followed by two years as a Facilitator for Amnesty International’s Human Rights Education Service Corps at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Washington, DC. During this time, Bree also participated in Global Majority’s “Promoting Peace through Dialogue” conference and seminar held at the United Nations Leadership Institute in Amman, Jordan. Bree received her master’s degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2008 and a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Politics and Philosophy in 2004. Additionally, Bree spent a semester studying at Cambridge University, UK in 2003. Bree is currently the Mission Coordinator at Variety Children’s Lifeline and the Program Coordinator at Water for Life International, both international non-profit organizations based in San Diego, CA.
Hannah Evans (Fall 2009) graduated from the University of San Diego in 2010 with a B.A. in Spanish and Sociology and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Through USD she studied abroad in Mexico and Cuba and, after graduating, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica (‘10-‘12) as a TEFL teacher and youth development coordinator. Hannah is currently a youth case manager at Heartland Alliance in Chicago and runs an after-school program for refugee and immigrant youth. (Updated June 2013)
Shawna Fehrman (Spring 2009) graduated from USD that year with a double major in International Relations and English. She currently serving with the Peace Corps in Thailand, teaching in two local schools and working on community projects-- mostly involving youth development.
Cory Felder (Summer 2009) came back to the IPJ during the summer of 2010 after graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies. He spent the summer at IPJ helping Chris Groth - together with Cameron Khodabakshsh (Summer 2010) - to staff the World Link Program after Karla Alvarez's departure for Notre Dame. Cory has now been hired (as of November 2011) as a research assistant to former Middle East envoy Ambassador Dennis Ross at the Washington Institute. (Updated Nov. 2011)
Anna Gabriele (Spring 2003) graduated from the University of San Diego the same year with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities. In 2009, she received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. During law school, Ms. Gabriele, among other community and academic involvements, interned for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, and the City of San Diego, Office of the City Attorney. She is a member of The State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association.
Felicia Gomez (Fall 2011) graduated from the University of San Diego in May 2012 with a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish and a minor in Peace and Justice Studie. She has gone on to pursue her M.A. in International Educational Development with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is specifically interested in the relationship between education and migration, as well as the role of community organizing. She is currently interning at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and is a graduate assistant with the Bilingual and Bicultural Education Department at Teachers College. (Updated April 2011)
Breyn Hibbs (Spring 2009) received a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies in 2010 with a specialization in Human Rights. She spent the summer as an intern with the Child and Women Empowerment Society in Pokhara, Nepal. Breyn also worked as the Graduate Assistant in USD's Women's Center, through which she had the opportunity to present at the International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference in November 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Chelsea Hanson (Summer 2002) spent a semester of study in Prague after her internship and another semester in Kenya. Chelsea interned during Summer 2003 for the Central Asia Institute (www.ikat.org), a grassroots organization located in Bozeman, MT., which builds schools in northern Pakistan and the rural mountain regions of Central Asia. Central Asia Institute is the only organization in the area permitted to build secular schools for Muslim children and one of its goals is to increase female enrollment in the schools.
Jael Jordan (Summer 2002), who graduated from USD in May 2004 with a M.A. in International Relations and a JD, served an internship with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland and currently works in the legal department of the US Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance. Jael has recently accepted a position as an Intelligence Analyst with an undisclosed federal agency and is awaiting her training class start date. Jael also volunteers through her church as a liaison to the Christian Women's Leadership Development Program (CWLDP), a program that is part of Heartfelt International Ministries andthat educates and empowers women to become effective leaders. Currently she is working with groups of women to create ministries that promote Domestic Violence Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness, that provide local teens with Mentors, and that provide local parolees and recovering addicts and alcoholics with employment and career training.
Katie Kilcline (Summer 2008) attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis for a Masters in Social Work. Katie's concentration is in trauma mental health, with a focus on international populations. She will graduate in August 2011 and is hoping to find a job that will allow her to continue working with war trauma and cross-cultural mental health. Katie graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in International Peace Studies. From 2006 - 2008 she worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, through Jesuit Volunteers International, as a project assistant at the Godavari Alumni Association, where she organized volunteer training, fundraisers, and health awareness programs through the social service unit at a pediatric hospital. Before that, she spent the year after graduation working in Chicago with AmeriCorps, working as a case manager at the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture and living in an intentional community, Amate House. Katie first became acquainted with the IPJ through its volunteer program. (Updated June 2011)
Brian Israel (Summer 2004) graduated from Berkeley Law in May 2009, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. In the Spring of 2009, Brian worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees at the State Department and joined the State Department as an attorney following graduation.
Maya Lau (Summer 2006) is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kolda, Senegal. She is keeping a record of her experiences on her blog at http://mayaenroute.wordpress.com.
Jared Leiderman (Summer 2004) graduated from Swarthmore College in 2005. He subsequently supported economic development in Ohio and conflict management efforts at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, with local communities in Northern Uganda, and with non-profits and Parliament in Jordan. He has taught workshops on negotiation and communication for many businesses, non-profits, and universities including Harvard, Northwestern, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Jared received graduate degrees in 2010 from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he received a George Foundation Fellowship in Public Leadership and a Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. He currently is the Director of Finance and Administration for Juma Ventures, a national non-profit that helps youth successfully complete a four-year college degree through academic support, employment, and matched savings. Jared lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. (Updated April 2013)
Andi Lovano (Spring 2008) graduated from the University of San Diego in 2008 with degrees in Sociology and History. She then served as a volunteer for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Sacramento, California. During her time as a volunteer, Andi worked at Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit organization offering survival services to the homeless population. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Public Policy from UCLA, where she is concentrating on social policy, specifically issues of poverty, housing and homelessness. She is also interning with the City of West Hollywood, Social Services Division. (Updated June 2011)
Vanessa Lucas (Fall 2003) graduated from the University of San Diego in December 2003 with joint J.D. and M.B.A. degrees. While attending USD she was actively involved in mediation training, the Human Rights Education Programs, and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program “AIDS Team.” After graduation, she moved to the East Coast to pursue her various interests. In the spring of 2006, Vanessa represented the National Lawyers Guild on a visit to the Philippines, organized by the GABRIELA Network and co-sponsored by the Vanguard Foundation, to investigate “the prosecution, the extrajudicial killings, the targeting of women leaders, and the Philippine and the U.S. Government’s role in these human rights violations."
Amir Masliyah (Fall 2002) is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. He is currently posted to the Consular Section at Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador. After his internship at the IPJ, Amir worked as an Economic Analyst at the San Diego Association of Governments where he helped publish a report related to transportation and binational border issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. He then served as the Director of Operations at ACCION Southern California, a non-profit organization that provides credit and training to groups who have historically faced barriers to obtaining business financing, such as women and minorities. Amir holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.
Carolyn McMahon (Summer 2007) is studying for a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, focusing on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Development Economics. During the summer of 2010 she traveled in India. She is currently working in Boston at ACCION, the internationally renowned microfinance organization. For her M.A. thesis, she is conducting research on savings groups and peacebuilding, to look more closely at the peace implications of the savings side of microfinance. In May 2008, Carolyn graduated from the University of California at Berkeleywith a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and minors in French and History of Art. Shen then worked for a time at JAMS (a firm specializing in conflict resolution through mediation and arbitration) in commercial Alternative Dispute Resolution. (Updated June 2011)
Sanaz Meshkinpour (Summer 2005) was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the United States with her parents and older sister when she was five years old. Meshkinpour grew up in Orange Country, Cal., and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied political science with a focus in international relations and the Middle East. She interned at the IPJ during summer 2005. After graduation, she worked for three years as a communications coordinator for a human rights organization in San Francisco. This experience allowed her to travel to the Middle East to learn about major changes in the region. Meshkinpour debated between pursuing public policy and journalism, but a radio internship in Berkeley, Cal., quickly cemented her love for broadcast journalism. She soon found that capturing someone’s voice, telling a personal experience was both powerful and intimate. Meshkinpour is currently at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, concentrating in broadcast journalism. She hopes to focus on cultural and political issues in immigrant communities. Her goal is to become a well-rounded journalist and to, one day, make audio and video documentaries. Meshkinpour currently writes about Iran and the Iranian Diaspora for Tehran Bureau, a project of PBS Frontline/World.
Alana Miller (Summer 2008) recenty graduated from Smith College with a major in Latin American Studies, minor in Environmental Science, and accepted a two year fellowship with US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), organizing on social issues, such as public transportation and making higher education more affordable.
Sarah Montgomery (Summer 2010) graduated from UCSD with a double-major in Political Science (international relations) and Cognitive Science (neuroscience) in June of 2012. Sarah is studying abroad for a semester at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where she will be studying both human rights and the neuroscience of social behavior. Her main goals in her semester abroad are to work in a brain-imaging lab and to further understand the limitations of human rights legislation from a different country’s perspective. Sarah sits on UCSD’s judicial board, which is responsible for adjudication during study-body elections and other proceedings. She remains active with Amnesty International and other clubs. She co-founded a club called WAVEAIDS, an organization dedicated to fighting pediatric AIDS in South Africa by using surf culture and global health. (Updated June 2011)
Clint Morrison (Spring 2010) started Harvard Law School in August 2011. He worked at a public strategies and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. for over a year. (Updated June 2011)
Amol Nadkarni graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he is majored in history with a minor in conflict analysis and resolution. He was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has worked as a tennis assistant, teaching children tennis skills at the McLean Racquet and Health Club. Amol's area of geographic interest is the Middle East, in particular the Arab-Israeli conflict. He will be entering the George Mason Master's Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fall 2013. (Updated April 2013)
Eoin O'Sullivan (Fall 2005) is currently working as a sub-editor for The Irish Examiner, one of Ireland's leading newspapers. He also serves as the foreign desk editor from time to time.
Andy Paul (Fall 2011) Andy graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011 with a degree in anthropology, a minor in geography and a certificate in peace and conflict studies where he focused on the contemporary Pacific, specifically Melanesia and the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Since being an IPJ intern, he traveled to Nepal where he volunteered at the Chhahari Youth Hostel orphanage, consulted with Youth Foundation Nepal, and investigated the reintegration of Maoist combatants into Nepali society. He has also taught ESL courses and to Iraqi refugees at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego and studied early childhood education programs in Israel, specifically for Arab Israelis. He will join the M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies cohort in Fall 2013.
Beth Rogers-Witte (Spring 2002) has worked for International Relief and Development, working in Aceh, Indonesia after the 2005 tsunami; for Mercy Corps where she was Deputy Program Manager in Southern Sudan; and for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Washington, DC. Beth is now living in San Francisco, having moved there from Washington, D.C. after completing an MPH in Global Health and an M.A. in International Development. She is working as a grantwriter for Global Exchange and recently got married.
Maryam Rokhideh (Summer 2010) graduating with honors from the University of California Irvine and completed her Master's in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, UK. During her masters program, she conducted field research in Rwanda on the interface between grassroots reconciliation and the national reconciliation and unity policy. In 2011, Maryam worked with Women in Warzones and Living Ubuntu on war trauma and sexual/gender based violence in Central and East Africa. She also voluntered in Seoul, South Korea teaching English. Maryam is currently working with International Alert in their Uganda field office leading the Great Lakes Region Women's Economic Empowerment Project. She also does consultancy work and has documented and edited reports on community activism and women’s rights issues in the Horn of Africa.
Abigail Ruane (Summer 2003) graduated in May 2010 with a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) School of International Relations (B.A., Psychology, Cornell University, 2002; M.A., International Relations, USC, 2006). Her dissertation develops a constructivist approach to pursuing more inclusive interest and behavior, illustrated using historical negotiations over women's human rights in the United Nations. She is also working on a book with Patrick Jamies using Tolkien's Lord of the Rings to teach International Relations. In August 2010, the Peace Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA), announced that Abigail's essay, “Pursuing Inclusive Interests, Both Deep and Wide: Women’s Human Rights and the United Nations,” had won the 2010 Kenneth Boulding Award competition. Abigail will be recognized as the competition winner at the 2011 ISA conference in Montreal. She is currently living in New York City and is married to Alex Ruane; they have one child.
Victor Salcido (Fall 2005) is Deputy Legislative Counsel for the Nevada State legislature. After graduating from USD in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and History, he went to law school at the University of Arizona and graduating in 2009. Salcido clerked for a district court judge in Reno practiced in the private sector for several years before taking the position with the legislature in 2012. (Updated April 2013)
Heidi Serochi (Spring 2001) graduated from the University of San Diego in 2001. She then worked at an international children's camp in England, and later at Pacific Intercultural Exchange in San Diego overseeing the placement and counseling of high school aged foreign exchange students throughout the U.S. After leaving Pacific Intercultural Exchange, Heidi worked as a program manager and event manager at the MIT Center for International Studies, then at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) as Conference Coordinator. She went back to UCSD recently to complete an M.A. in International Relations and was a Project Manager at IGCC until April 2013. (Updated April 2013)
Marilyn Shapley (Fall 2006) is pursuing a M.A. in International Relations and Economics with a concentration in Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). While studying, she spent a year in Italy, worked as a research assistant to Professor John Harpe, and interned for the 3P Human Security Project at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked in the Office of Representative Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) as a Legislative Assistant handling a portfolio of issues that included foreign affairs, appropriations, education, labor, women’s issues, and telecommunications. She graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from UC San Diego’s Sixth College in 2006. As an undergraduate, she spent a year in Cairo, where she was active in the International Model United Nations. (Updated July 2013)
Alissa Skog (Fall 2007) graduated from USD in 2008 with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Immediately after gradudation, she spent 3-months volunteering for an HIV organization in Gulu, Uganda. For the past three years, Alissa has been living in Washington, D.C., working in the Crisis Mitigation & Recovery sector of Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). She has supported programs in conflict and transitioning countries including Tunisia and Libya. In October 2011, Alissa accepted a position as Program Officer for East and Horn of Africa at Freedom House, in Washington, D.C. (Updated June 2011)
Hilary Stauffer (Spring 2004) earned her J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law in May 2005, where she was a Comments Editor for the San Diego International Law Journal. While in San Diego, Hilary interned at Casa Cornelia Law Center, assisting with the asylum applications of San Diego's refugee population. Upon graduation, Hilary was granted a Fellowship at International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Geneva, an NGO that focuses on criminal justice legal reform in developing countries. In 2006, she was recruited to be the Adviser for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva, where she worked closely with other diplomats in various U.N. forums. In 2009, Hilary worked in Monrovia, Liberia with the Transnational Law Institute to help reform the Liberian judicial sector, where she designed a project to relieve prison overcrowding. She also worked as a research attorney with Reprieve, a legal charity in London that represents detainees in Guantánamo Bay. Hilary has relocated to Singapore to open IBJ’s Justice Training Center, a regional hub for IBJ’s operations in Southeast Asia.
Saurav Thapa (Summer 2007) completed the first year of a M.A. in Law and Diplomacy degree at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. He is currently interning at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University for their Conflict Prevention and Multilateral Diplomacy program. He came to the IPJ from Nepal by way of Amherst College, having previously worked in Nepal as a journalist and as an intern at the United Nations Development Programme.
Elise Vaughan (Summer 2007) graduated in 2008 from the University of San Diego with degrees in International Relations and Economics. She currently works as a Research Associate for the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. (Updated April 2013)
Diana Vlasova (Spring 2003) graduated from USD in 2005 with a B.A. in International Relations with a Business Minor. After working for a time as a Legal Assistant in the Law Offices of James L. Pocrass, in Beverly Hills, she enrolled in Whittier Law School and graduated in May 2009. She is currently living in Encino, working as an attorney for Landegger, Baron, Lavenant and Ingber. This law firm focuses on Employment and Labor Law and Workers' Compensation.
Alex Wais (Summer 2012) is a junior at Tufts University with a focus on Economic Development. Alex studied abroad in Madrid January 2013 and returnied to the IPJ in Summer 2013 to assist with ProfessorTopher McDougal's research on avarietyof topics related to Economic Development. (Updated June 2013)
Alexandra (Ali) Wolters graduated from USD in 2009 with a major in Political Science and minor in Peace & Justice Studies and Sociology. She completed a semester of study in Uganda in the fall of 2007, through the Uganda Development Studies program of the School for International Training in Bratteleboro, Vermont. Ali then returned to Uganda in the summer of 2008, where she worked in maternity ward of a hospital in Gulu, northern Uganda. Her summertime travels also took her to Uganda's capital, Kampala, and briefly to the city of Goma on the Congolese border with Rwanda. Ali has worked as an office assistant at Invisible Children, has volunteered at the Southern Sudanese Community Center, and attended the Lobby Days for Northern Uganda event in Washington, D.C. In 2010 Ali entered the Peace Corps with an assignment to Mozambique where she taught11th and 12th grade English to 150 15- to-25-year-old students in a rural school using the Mozambican National Curriculum. She will be entering USD's Master's Program in Peace and Justice Studies Fall 2013. (Updated April 2013)
Paige Wopschall (Summer 2010) graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2011with a B.S. in Social Sciences and a minor in International Relations. After she graduated, Paige served as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at the Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo where she created a legal clinic for victims of domestic violence. For the past two years, she supervised the legal department and led education programs that focused on preventing intimate partner violence within the community. She is a state certified Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor. Paige was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will be moving to Bulgaria in August 2013 where she will be an English Teaching Assistant. (Updated June 2013)
Alex Wowra (Spring 2012) graduated from San Diego State University Spring 2011 with a B.A. in International Security and Conflict Resolution. He went on to intern for the Citizens Climate Lobby in Coronado, California. In 2012-2013 he pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Global Media Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he was also a part-time writer for the Melbourne Mustangs Ice Hockey Club's home games. He will be entering the University of Southern California's Anneberg School of Communications and Journalism Fall 2013 to pursue a Master's degree. (Updated May 2013)