Prior to joining ISS, Pallavi was a Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School and a Research Coordinator in the Department of Politics. She has a background in impact evaluation and has conducted research on governance, environment and development. She worked with the World Bank-Global Environment Facility's Evaluation Office for six years, assessing the design, performance, and impact of projects implemented in developing countries with a focus on climate change adaptation, conservation of biodiversity, and land degradation. She was also Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangolo, Cote d'Ivoire (1999-2001). Pallavi holds a B.S. from MIT and a M.P.A. from Princeton University.
Before joining ISS, Simon Engler was an editor at Foreign Affairs in New York, where he developed and commissioned essays on international politics and U.S. foreign policy. He has also worked for Foreign Policy magazine, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Association of American Geographers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in German studies and history from Brown University.
Before joining ISS Robert worked as an editor with Tunisia Live, a news outlet based in Tunis. At TL, he covered Tunisia's post-revolution transition including the passage of a new constitution, youth unemployment, and ongoing police violence. Robert graduated Princeton University with a degree in Near Eastern Studies. At Princeton, he studied Arabic, MENA history, politics and journalism and interned with ISS, Human Rights First and World Policy Journal. His thesis covered the influence of Palestinian solidarity activism in Egyptian political history and its impact on the 2011 revolution, involving fieldwork in Cairo. Robert has lived in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Hong Kong.
Rouba Beydoun holds an undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut (major in Political Studies, minor in Public Health), a Masters of Public Health from the American University of Beirut, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her thesis at LSE focused on the response of the State and the UN to the drought crisis in Iraq after 2003, and was based on qualitative research in Salaheddin Governorate in Iraq. Since 2005, she has worked for various UN agencies, mainly with UNHCR and UNDP, and focused on areas including human development, human rights, refugee law and humanitarian fieldwork. During her time with UNHCR, she was mainly responsible for interviewing and determining the status of refugees, most of who were from Arab countries.
Elizabeth Samios joined the ISS program in the summer of 2013 as the program manager. Prior to joining the ISS program, Elizabeth worked in product management at a pharmaceutical company, and more recently for the Admissions Office at Princeton University. She holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Duke University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Bacon served as the Associate Director from February 2011 through June 2013. Before coming to ISS, Laura served as a White House Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. During her graduate studies, Laura worked for Liberia’s Ministry of Gender and Development and Women’s Legislative Caucus as a Cultural Bridge Fellow and technical advisor. Laura’s interest in West Africa derives from her Peace Corps Volunteer experience in Niger (2002-2005), where she helped launch a community-run grain bank and served as the national coordinator of the Young Girls’ Scholarship Program. Laura served as a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, where she managed research projects and co-authored several works, including the National Leadership Index: A National Study of Confidence in Leadership and a chapter in Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change. Laura is currently working in London, where she serves as the Policy Principal of Investments at Omidyar Network, focusing on government transparency and accountability.
Rick Bennet was a research specialist from 2010-2012, after serving as a research associate in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of interest and research include counterinsurgency, security force assistance and the social foundations of warfare. He holds a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College London and a bachelor of arts from Yale University. He has worked with local NGOs in Bosnia-Herzegovina, interned with the government of the Czech Republic and conducted research trips to a variety of locations, including East Africa, the Philippines, and Colombia. He received his Ph.D. in war studies at King's College London in 2013.
Neil Fowler served as associate director of ISS from 2013 to 2014. He holds a masters degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining ISS, Neil worked as an adviser to the governments of Indonesia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. He also managed a UNDP program of reform in Vietnam. Prior to his career in the development sector, Neil was a management consultant with Accenture. Currently, Neil is working as a consultant on institutional and policy reform to governments of developing countries and fragile states.
Jonathan Friedman was a senior research specialist at ISS from 2010 to 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Before joining ISS, Jonathan interned with All Africa Global Media in Dakar, Senegal, with the United Nations Regional Center for Disarmament Affairs in Lome, Togo, and with American Jewish World Service in Mbale, Uganda. After ISS, Jonathan interned at both the Office of African Nations and the Office of International Monetary Policy in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is currently a masters degree student at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.
David Hausman completed a term with ISS as a Research Specialist. He joined ISS after working with the Berliner Zeitung, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He lived and worked in Kenya and South Africa after receiving his bachelor's degree from Harvard College. He is currently pursuing a joint J.D./Ph.D. in International Law at Stanford University.
Deepa Iyer served as a senior research specialist in 2010-2011. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in South Asian Studies, and a master of science degree in development economics from Oxford University. Before joining ISS, she held summer positions with an urban affairs NGO in India, the Center for Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania and with a hedge fund in London. She currently works with the Oliver Wyman Group in San Francisco. She is in the MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Rachel was a Research Specialist with ISS from 2012-2015. Before coming to ISS, Rachel worked as a reporter at the legal news website Main Justice in Washington, DC covering U.S. and international anti-corruption enforcement. She holds a bachelor's degree in politics with a certificate in African Studies from Princeton. She conducted independent research in Botswana and Somaliland on the role of traditional leaders in national politics. Her academic interests are in African politics, with a particular emphasis on post-conflict governance-building. She is currently an Associate with the management consulting firm Bennett Midland.
Elena Lesley worked as a Senior Research Specialist for ISS in 2014 researching national strategy development. Before coming to ISS, she completed a master's in Global Affairs at Rutgers University, where she served as a Raimondo Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and conducted research for her thesis on memorial sites in Rwanda and Cambodia with funding from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Prior to pursuing graduate study, she spent a combined two and a half years in Cambodia as a Fulbright Fellow and Henry Luce Scholar. During that time, she created a blog following the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, while writing for publications such as The Phnom Penh Post and the online version of Granta. She has also worked as a story editor at Tunisia Live and reporter at the St. Petersburg Times/Tampa Bay Times in Florida. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's in Political Science and is currently a PhD student in anthropology at Emory University.
Rushda Majeed served as a senior research specialist at ISS from 2010 to 2014, where she focused on civil service reforms and short-route accountability. Prior to joining ISS, Rushda was program director at the American Society for Muslim Advancement in New York City. In the past, Rushda has reported on women's rights in Syria, researched international conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and consulted on a law and development initiative in Southern Zambia. She holds a Master in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Eastern Kentucky University.
Itumeleng Makgetla spent 2009-10 as a Research Specialist with ISS. She holds a bachelor's from Harvard (2005) and masters from Oxford, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. Before joining ISS she worked with the Mail & Guardian in South Africa, served as a field producer with Forward Films Africa, and worked on a variety of research projects in Ghana and Pakistan. She speaks Chinese. A citizen of the United States and South Africa, she then spent time working with the South African government. Itumeleng is currently a doctoral student in the department of political science at Yale University.
Amy Mawson joined ISS as an elections administration research specialist in October 2009 and served as its associate director from July-December 2010. She has a master's degree in globalization and development and a bachelor's in economic and social studies from the University of Manchester, U.K. Prior to joining ISS, Amy spent two years working with the government of Burundi as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow in Bujumbura. She has also worked at the European Commission's delegation to the U.N. in New York and the European Parliament's Development Committee in Brussels. She is currently a project manager at Fireside Research.
Rohan Mukherjee worked as a Research Specialist at ISS from 2009-2010. He holds a bachelor's from Oxford and an MPA degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Before joining the ISS staff, he worked with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, with India’s National Knowledge Commission, and with the Clinton Foundation in Lesotho. He received second place in MIT’s Hidden Successes context. A citizen of India, he is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton and a Visiting Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo.
Michael Scharff served as a senior research specialist at ISS from 2010-2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in Politics from Princeton University. Before joining ISS, he worked in Cambodia for the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), an organization based at Georgetown University. Michael has also worked in Uganda at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global relief and development agency, and held internships at the White House and in the film industry in Hollywood, California. He serves on the advisory board of the Princeton in Africa program. Michael recently completed a masters of science degree in African Studies at the University of Oxford and is currently at the World Bank.
Daniel Scher served as associate director of the program from 2007-June 2010. A graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Scher's roots lie in South Africa. As associate director, he started the program's interview series, helped develop its website, and contributed several case studies. In 2013, he received his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School. He is currently an associate in the Banking and Finance practice of Mayer Brown LLP in New York.
Sam Dearden joins ISS from the US Agency of International Development (USAID) in Washington DC, where he worked programming emergency food aid to South Sudan, Sudan, and Chad. While at USAID, he also was the personal assistant to the Director of Policy at the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. He received his MPhil in Modern British History from Cambridge, where he studied pirate radio, Americanization, and the BBC. He received a BA in History from Brigham Young University in 2015, during which he spent two years doing volunteer work in Chile.
Maya Gainer, Research Affiliate
Maya Gainer served as a senior research specialist at ISS from 2014 to 2017, covering issues from land administration to judicial reform. Previously, she worked at the International Rescue Committee in Kenya, where she managed grants and conducted research and advocacy on refugee rights. Maya graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2019 with an M.A. in International Economics and International Development. At SAIS, she focused on governance and service delivery in developing countries. She spent the summer of 2018 interning at UN Women in Kenya, where she focused on women’s participation in politics and inclusion of women with disabilities. Maya also holds a B.A. in Politics with a certificate in African Studies from Princeton University.
George Gavrilis, PhD
Dr. George Gavrilis is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University working in the areas of international relations, foreign policy, higher education and oral history. He is also a specialist on the Middle East and Central Asia. He recently served as Executive Director of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, an NGO based in Washington, DC and Istanbul, Turkey. In 2008-09 he served as an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and worked with the United Nations on various policy initiatives on Central Asia and Afghanistan. He previously taught international relations and comparative politics in the Department of Government at the University of Texas-Austin, directed research for the CFR Oral History Project at Columbia University, and served as a National Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. He is author of The Dynamics of Interstate Boundaries (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and has published articles in Foreign Affairs and The New York Times on Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel and the West Bank.
Kim Bothi joined ISS with a background in resource management in developing nations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biosystems engineering from McGill University and a master of science in environmental engineering from Cornell University, in areas of environmental and renewable energy technologies. She earned her doctorate from the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, with a research focus on gender, participatory development and community-based water resource management in Mali. In addition to her studies, she led field work on food security and technology adoption among rural households participating in a market-based conservation program in Zambia. Prior to graduate studies, Kim worked in the Canadian oil and gas industry as an environmental consultant. Kim is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Sustainable Futures Research Laboratory in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University.
Arthur Boutellis worked as a researcher with ISS during the first half of 2008, focusing on police reform in post-conflict contexts, and conducted interviews in French and English in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Kosovo and Burundi as well as North America and Europe. He since returned to the field and has been working with United Nations Missions in Burundi, Chad and the Central African Republic and is currently in Haiti. He holds a masters in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. His work with the UN as well as with NGOs and think tanks has been primarily focused on post-conflict reconstruction, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, as well as DDR and security sector reform. Arthur is currently a non-resident adviser at the International Peace Institute.
Matt Devlin worked with ISS as a Research Specialist. He joined ISS with a bachelor's degree in history from Yale. Previously he had worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he coordinated the Council’s Religion and Foreign Policy initiative, and before joining the CFR he was Assistant Editor at the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo. He is currently completing a degree at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as well as pursuing a law degree at Yale Law School.
Romain Ferrali is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics studying the comparative political economy of development. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Middle Eastern studies from Sciences Po. After he received a joint Masters in Economics from Sciences Po, Ecole Polytechnique, and ENSAE, he completed an MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics. He then worked as a research assistant for Oxford University, at the Center for the Study of African Economies. His academic interests lie at the intersection of clientelism and corruption in developing, and mid-income countries.
Yanilda Gonzalez received her undergraduate degree in Politics and Latin American Studies from New York University in 2005. She entered Princeton in the fall of 2008 to begin work on a PhD in Politics and Social Policy. She has worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union, as well as a number of human rights and women's rights organizations in Argentina. Her research interests include state formation and state capacity, state-society relations, race and ethnicity, social movements, political participation, and citizenship. Her dissertation focuses on "participatory security," a type of police reform that establishes formal mechanisms for community participation in matters of security in Latin America.
Abdourahmane Idrissa is a Nigerien political scientist. Born and brought up in Niger, he studied Philosophy (Masters) and political science (Diplôme d’études approfondies) at the University of Dakar, in Senegal, before moving to the United States with a Fulbright to carry on his political science studies. He obtained a doctorate from the University of Florida in 2009. Postdoctoral work as a Global Leadership Fellow at Oxford and Princeton led him to develop an expertise in the political economy of West Africa, in addition to his earlier focus on African democratization, political Islam and political theory. Idrissa has published several papers in both English and French as book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, chiefly on Niger and the Sahelian region. He currently works on West African regionalism and Francophone (African) political philosophy. Idrissa has founded a Niamey, Niger-based training program in political economy and governance which focuses on the Sahel and West Africa region. He also teaches political science courses at the University of Niamey.
Gabriel Kuris, Research Affiliate
Gabriel Kuris served as a senior research specialist for ISS from 2011 to 2014, focused on anti-corruption and elections. Previously, he worked to promote human rights and legal reforms in the Philippines, Cambodia, and the Solomon Islands. He also practiced corporate law in London and New York and interned in several US government offices. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. Currently, Gabriel is the deputy director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School. After ISS, Gabriel served as the deputy director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School. He continues to contribute case studies to ISS on an occasional basis.
Benjamin Naimark-Rowse holds a M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. with honors in international studies from the University of Chicago. Previously he served as a Program Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative managing human rights-based criminal justice reform projects in new democracies including Georgia, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and South Africa. Later he co-directed Darfurian Voices, the first public opinion survey of Darfurian refugees on issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation. Darfurian Voices entailed undertaking 1,872 interviews with refugees in all twelve camps in eastern Chad, in-depth interviews with 280 tribal, civil society, and rebel leaders, and over 100 video testimonials. He has conducted qualitative political analysis of the Egyptian Revolution including two field research missions during the summer of 2011. He served as an electoral observer with The Carter Center and is the founding director of the Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Fellowship. He has advised NGOs on United Nations reform, transitional justice issues, and democratic transitions.
Jorge de los Santos
Jorge de los Santos has significant experience with U.S.-Latin American issues and has worked with governments, companies and universities in these efforts. Prior to coming to Princeton, he was Special Advisor to the President of Arizona State University and served as that university’s founding Director of Pan American Initiatives. Previously in New York City, he was Director for Strategy and Business Development at Columbia University's Digital Knowledge Ventures. He worked for heads of government in the United States and Mexico in several capacities and served as Secretary and Board Member of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and as a representative to the United States Border Governor’s Conference. He received a B.A. in Economics from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and a Master’s degree in public administration and public policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York City. He was previously a John C. Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association; a MacArthur, Ford and Hewlett Fellow in the Social Sciences; and a board member of the Bi-National Sustainability Laboratory. He is the co-founder of two companies, Predictive Technologies, a developer of web-based platforms that facilitate data analysis and visualization; and Skyblue International, a technology and investment advisory company.
Judith Welling is a lawyer who has specialized in human rights, democracy, governance and rule of law development. She holds a juris doctor degree from Indiana University's Michael Maurer School of Law and a masters degree in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before her year at Princeton, Judith worked within the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC. There she served as a founding program officer on an initiative to support human rights defenders at heightened risk of political persecution. Before this, Judith was a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Center for International Law at Cambridge University, where she conducted research on the benefits of developing international indicators for economic, social and cultural rights. She has held other positions concerned with human rights and rule of law development.
Michael Woldemariam worked with ISS as a research specialist while pursuing his Ph.D. in the Department of Politics at Princeton. In 2010-2011, Woldemariam conducted research in South Africa and Somaliland for ISS. His dissertation and book project, titled “Why Rebels Collide: Factionalism and Fragmentation in African Insurgencies” investigates a common feature of civil wars: the fragmentation of rebel organizations into mutually exclusive, competing groups. The project is based on a comprehensive analysis of Ethiopia’s civil wars and original data on patterns of rebel fragmentation across post-colonial Africa. He is now is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University.
Roberto Pitea worked with ISS as a research affiliate while pursuing the Master of Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. Prior to Princeton, he worked for the International Organization for Migration in Cairo coordinating a community-based health program for migrants in Cairo first, and then working on issues of labor migration and research in Africa and the Middle East. Roberto holds a degree in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University in Milan and has worked as a summer associate with the Milan City Government, focusing on smart city strategies and economic development policies. Roberto is currently working in Kuwait as the assistant manager of the Government and Public Sector of Ernst & Young.
Andrew Schalkwyk holds a bachelor's in history from Harvard College. Before starting at ISS he worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa's Political Monitoring and Information Services and spent summers at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India and the South African Human Rights Commission. At ISS he was responsible for the development of the civil service reform line of research and traveled to East Africa, South East Asia, the Caucuses and South Asia. He left ISS to pursue a J.D. at Yale Law School and is currently a clerk for the Honorable Michael W. Fitzgerald of California, in addition to working as an associate at WilmerHale.
Natalie Wenkers holds a degree in Political Sciences and History from University of Münster and is currently a Master candidate for International Public Management at Sciences Po Paris with concentrations in Diplomacy and Middle Eastern Studies. During her undergraduate studies she participated in the Washington Semester Program at Amercian University, Washington DC focusing on Conflict Resolution in the Middle East. She has previously worked for the German parliament, the Chair of Comparative Politics at University of Münster and the political department of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York.
Khady Thiam is a Senegalese and an aspirant citizen of the world. She lived and studied in Senegal until August 2011 when she moved to Paris to pursue higher education at Sciences Po. She holds a Bachelor from the Sciences Po Europe-Africa Programme with a concentration on African studies. In 2013-2014, she attended a two-semester exchange programme at the University of Stirling’s (Scotland) School of Education. She is currently taking her Master’s in International Public Management at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po). Her concentrations are Diplomacy and Project Management. Khady nurtures a special interest for education and culture. Khady is working with ISS on a case study about the Ministry of Public Policy Evaluation in Benin.
Laura Skoet is pursuing a Master’s degree at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po. Prior to her studies at Sciences Po, she graduated from the University of Copenhagen with a bachelor degree in philosophy, which she complemented with courses in international politics and economics at the Copenhagen Business School, the London School of Economics and a semester at Columbia University in New York. She is currently interning at the United Nations Environment Programme office in Paris, working on sustainable public procurement.
Stefanie Chan is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Public Management at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, with degree concentrations in Environment and International Energy. Prior to Sciences Po, she graduated cum laude from the Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Laws, and was thereafter called to the Singapore Bar in 2012. She practised law as an associate in the domains of commercial litigation and intellectual property before moving to Paris in 2013, where she undertook intensive French language studies at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne for a year in preparation for her Master's programme. Her current areas of interest are corporate social responsibility, environment/energy and international public management. She is presently interning at the French office of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Lou Perpes is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Public Management at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, with degree concentrations in Environment and Human Rights. Prior to Sciences Po, she followed a dual degree, graduating from Pierre and Marie Curie University with a Bachelor of Life Sciences and from Sciences Po with a Bachelor of Human Sciences. She has worked at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and is currently within the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Highly interested in sustainable development challenges, she took part in Make it work, an innovative simulation of the COP21.
David Paterson is a health and environmental scientist by training from Montreal, Canada, but works primarily in public policy development and implementation. At I.S.S., he serves as a consultant researcher for the Ebola case-line series. In the past, he worked for the Government of Canada’s public health agency on policy development though the analysis of the political economy and epidemiology of health inequalities; supported environmental protection through legal and policy reform initiatives with several NGOs; assisted with a tuberculosis transmission dynamics research project with Partners in Health in Lima, Peru; and collaborated on health and conservation programs in rural Uganda. David holds a baccalaureate degree from McGill University, and studied public policy and environmental sciences in graduate school at the University of Toronto. He speaks Spanish and French, and is learning Latin and Estonian. email@example.com
Before coming to ISS, Jordan Schneider was a researcher at the Eurasia Group covering US domestic and foreign policy. He has also interned in the White House, at the World Economic Forum, and the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations. Jordan has a BA in History from Yale University, where he wrote his thesis on the origins of the United Nations.
Arpita is an international development practitioner with over five years of experience in research and program management. Before moving to Princeton, Arpita worked as a Research Associate for the University of East Anglia, where her work focused on understanding the development traps in India's nutrition-delivery mechanisms. In the past, she has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Sussex and the Indian Institute of Managemen Ahmedabad, and as a Program Coordinator for the Hyderabad chapter of India Literacy Project. Arpita received her Masters in Development Studies from Institute of Development Studies, UK. Her post-graduate thesis focused on assessing the performance motivation of community health workers in India.
Rina Amiri, a native of Afghanistan, brings over seventeen years of experience advising and working with governments, the United Nations and nonprofit organizations. Currently she is an independent analyst and a senior research associate at the Institute for Successful Societies. Prior to joining ISS, Ms. Amiri served a two-year appointment as a member of the United Nation’s Mediation Standby Team. Before that, she served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. She also served as the Director of the Soros Foundation's Afghanistan and Regional Policy Initiative. At Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School, Ms. Amiri oversaw research and training programs for policy makers and grassroots activists from over twenty countries. Ms. Amiri has worked in conflict and post-conflict countries facing democratic transition and post-conflict recovery in Central and South Asia, East and West Africa, Western Europe and the Middle East.
Vera Bersudskaya has an interest in policy implementation and government accountability in service delivery, particularly in low-resource post-conflict societies. She has worked in Burundi on improving civil society’s local governance programs at ActionAid and assessing peace consolidation for the UN political mission. She has also developed capacity around monitoring and evaluation of peace-building and governance projects in Kyrgyzstan and assessed accountability on Right to Education in Indian public primary education. Prior to working in the field, she supported women’s rights groups and sexual and reproductive rights initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and former Soviet Union at Family Care International, Global Fund for Women, and New Field Foundation. She had also focused on addressing inequities in secondary and higher education in the US through policy research and designing equity-like college financing mechanisms. Vera holds a B.A. from University of California Berkeley and a M.P.A. from Princeton University; she is fluent in French and Russian, proficient in Spanish, and a beginner in Kirundi.
Joan Ricart-Huguet is a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton. Prior to starting his PhD, he obtained an MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (link is external)from Columbia University as a recipient of la Caixa Graduate Fellowship(link is external). He also holds a BA in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and spent his year abroad the the University of California, Berkeley. He has interned at the World Bank in Poverty Reduction and Economic Management and at the United Nations Association-USA. His academic interests include the origins of political elites, the causes and consequences of colonial investments, the role of culture in shaping identity and socioeconomic outcomes as well as empirical methods, with a focus on developing countries.
Daniel Tavana is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He was previously a Research Associate at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). Before joining POMED, Daniel worked in Cairo, Egypt, as a consultant for members of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly. He has worked on security and governance issues for a variety of government agencies, including the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury. Daniel has master’s degrees from Cambridge University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he worked at the Belfer Center and co-founded the Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. Daniel’s research focuses on the relationship between foreign assistance and democratization in the Middle East. He speaks Farsi, and his articles on the Middle East have been published by Global Public Square at CNN, the Atlantic Council, and the Carnegie Endowment.
Peace A. Medie is a Research Fellow in the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana and an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow. Her research centers on the dynamics of violence during and after conflicts and the steps that state and non-state actors take to address this violence. Her research has been supported by grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Political Science Association. Her work has been published in African Affairs, International Studies Review, and Politics & Gender and has won several awards, including the 2012-2013 African Affairs African Author Prize. She is completing work on a book that examines how international actors have influenced police implementation of gender-based violence norms in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.
Tini Tran is an international development practitioner and veteran foreign correspondent. She recently received her MPP from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and has a BA in government and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a journalist for 18 years, working at U.S. newspapers including The Los Angeles Times before moving overseas to work for The Associated Press in Asia and the Middle East. She got her first overseas posting in 1999, when she moved to Hanoi as the first Vietnamese American allowed to join the foreign press corps there. She served as the AP Vietnam Bureau Chief from 2001-2006 and also reported extensively across the region, as well as conflict zones in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. She spent a year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2006-2007, before moving to Beijing, where she covered the economic and political rise of China. Five years ago, she left journalism to move into the nonprofit development sector. She then served as program advisor at The Asia Foundation’s China office in Beijing, where she oversaw programs on environmental protection, disaster management, and regional cooperation, as well as media and communications strategy.
Richard Balme is professor of political science at Sciences Po, and a fellow at the Centre for European Studies. He is scientific councilor of the Master in International Public Management in the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), and director of the executive master in "Politiques et Management du développement - Potentiel Afrique." He teaches public policy analysis and comparative politics at Sciences Po and also teaches at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Among his recent publications are: European Governance and Democracy: Power and Protest in the European Union, (with D. Chabanet, Rowman and Littlefield 2008) and Europe-Asia Relations: Building Multilateralisms, (with B. Bridges, Palgrave, 2008). His current research is focused on comparative environmental and climate governance.
Graeme Blair is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics studying the comparative political economy of development. He conducted research in South Africa focusing on opposition politics after Apartheid, and is currently working on a project explaining dominant party politics in Africa. Before coming to Princeton, Graeme worked as an econometrics analyst at an economic consulting firm in Philadelphia, and as an analyst for a survey research firm during the 2006 American elections. Graeme was recently accepted to serve as a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Experiments in Governance and Politics Earth Institute.
Bill Steiden, Editor, Research Affiliate
Bill Steiden is the former nation/world editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Newspapers. He holds a master's degree in public management from Georgia State University's Andrew Young School for Policy Studies. A resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he tries to grow tomatoes between snowstorms and trips to fascinating locales.
Logan Coleman is a senior in the Politics department pursuing a certificate in Latin American studies. Upon graduation, she will enter the Masters in Public Affairs program at the Woodrow Wilson School as a Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) recipient. Logan’s areas of interest include civilian violence, organized crime and governance in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. On campus, she served as co-director of the Princeton DREAM Team: a group dedicated to immigrant rights and immigration reform. She spent the spring of her junior year studying abroad in Havana, Cuba. During her summers, Logan conducted independent field research in Guatemala and El Salvador in 2012 and 2013, and interned at the Central America office of the State Department in 2014 amidst the surge of unaccompanied minors to the U.S. border.
Andrea Gallego Rodriguez
Andrea Gallego Rodriguez is a junior from Mexico, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs and getting a certificate in Latin American Studies. She is particularly interested in economic development in Latin America. On campus, Andrea has been Director of Membership & Recruitment and an Analyst for Princeton Business Volunteers. Additionally, she has been involved with Engineers Without Borders as the Director of Community Development. Andrea just joined Innovation for Successful Societies and is excited to contribute to its mission.
Harriet Kiwanuka is a senior in the Politics Department with a concentration in Comparative Politics, and this is her third year working at ISS. She is also Pre-Medicine, and has worked as a research trainee in the Center for Reconstructive and Restorative Surgery Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital for the past 3 summers. She is very interested in democracy and governance in developing countries and post-authoritarian regimes, with a particular interest in African politics.
Jeremy Rotblat is a member of Princeton’s class of 2017 from Cherry Hill, New Jersey concentrating in the Department of Near Eastern Studies with plans of obtaining certificates in Persian and Arabic Language and Culture as well as African Studies. His interest in international development primarily began after his participation in Princeton’s Bridge Year Program, in which he spent 9 months living and volunteering in Senegal. He is deeply interested in the intersection of politics and religion in Africa, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. Having recently spent summers in Jordan and Tajikistan, he avidly enjoys studying Arabic and Persian in addition to French. He is excited to be interning at ISS and hopes to learn more about the issues of governance reform and state stability.
Lauren Coleman worked with ISS while an undergraduate at Princeton and is from Nashville, Tennessee. She was a concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursued certificates in French and African-American Studies. An avid traveler, she spent her Spring 2013 semester abroad in Menton, France, where she studied Middle Eastern Politics and Arabic language. Lauren is currently teaching in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as part of the Teach for America program.
Caroline Davidsen worked with ISS as an undergraduate in the Politics department. Originally from Washington, D.C., she has had a global focus after a semester abroad studying in Madrid and two summer internships for international organizations: one with an NGO in Santiago, Chile and the other with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe located in Copenhagen, Denmark. After graduating from Princeton in 2014, she is now teaching elementary school in New York City as part of Teach For America.
Ayenat Mersie Ejigu graduated from Princeton in 2012 as a Politics concentrator with a certificate in African Studies. In addition to working with ISS, Ayenat also spent time on development projects during her summers. In 2010, she worked as the assistant to the special adviser to the department of rural economy and agriculture at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She simultaneously interned with the World Food Programme’s base in Ethiopia. Since graduation, Ayenat has been working in Nairobi, Kenya as a research analyst for Gro Intelligence.
Leora Friedman graduated from Princeton in 2014 as a Politics concentrator. Her undergraduate research focused on the World Health Organization’s effectiveness in combating infectious diseases and the association between child malnutrition and ethnic diversity in Africa. Outside of her classes, Leora sang for Princeton’s premiere Jewish a cappella group, Koleinu, is a founding member of the university’s Student Anti-Violence Effort, and runs Music is Medicine ( www.musicismed.org ), a national nonprofit that harnesses the power of music to make a difference in the lives of seriously-ill children.
Jacqueline Gufford is a New Jersey native and sophomore at Princeton University intending to major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. Her academic interests include foreign relations, policy and international development, particularly in Latin America. At Princeton, writes for the Daily Princetonian and works as a content editor for American Foreign Policy magazine.
Iara Guzman interned for the ISS program in the fall of 2013 and graduated from Princeton as a Politics concentrator in 2014. Her academic interests revolve around developmental issues in Latin America and Africa. In the past she has interned with multiple international and local NGOs such as Save the Children. A passionate traveler, she studied abroad in Havana, Cuba where she researched cultural policy. She is currently an analyst at Endeavor Mexico.
Sameen Haroon graduated from Princeton University in 2014 as a public policy student at the Woodrow Wilson School. She spent multiple summers as an undergraduate working at non-profit organizations, including her experience at ISS. While at Princeton, she was actively involved in her undergrad community as a Residential College Advisor, International Student Orientation Leader, and member of the Princeton Debate Panel. She continues to pursue her interest in international affairs and human rights through volunteer opportunities.
Verena Jung graduated Princeton University in 2014 having studied public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. Her undergraduate research focused on public sector finance management and debt restructuring in the Eurozone. She spent the summer after freshman year in Beijing learning Chinese, and her sophomore fall in Barcelona, Spain studying Spanish. Outside of school, Verena played rugby on the women's rugby team at Princeton University. Currently, Verena is working as a financial analyst for Mercury Capital Advisors in New York City.
Suchita Mandavilli interned with ISS from 2012 to 2014 while pursuing her bachelor of arts in Political Philosophy at Princeton. During her time at Princeton, she worked as a managing editor for the American Foreign Policy Magazine as well as blogged for Foreign Policy magazine’s Democracy Lab. Currently, Suchita is working as a Project 55 Fellow for the Princeton Alumnicorps. She is also a Communications Associate for EveryoneOn, a nonprofit in Washington DC.
Drew McDonald is an undergraduate student in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is pursuing a certificate in African Studies. Drew's broad academic interests are in conflict, institutions, and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Brian Reilly graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2014. His interests are in public service and international relations, particularly security, intelligence, and diplomacy. Originally from McLean, Virginia, Brian spent a year working at a sustainable development NGO in Peru through the Princeton Bridge Year Program. Since then he has studied public policy, history, French, Spanish, and Latin American studies at Princeton. In spring of senior year, Brian Reilly was selected as his class’s Young Alumni Trustee. He is currently working in Nicaragua with the organization Comunidad Connect through the Princeton in Latin America fellowship.
Lina Saud is a senior in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies and a concentration in development. With a fervent interest in public policy and global development, she has worked as an intern for Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12), and as a writer for a global poverty NGO. She has spent time during the past few summers in the Middle East and returned in August 2014 to conduct research for her senior thesis.
Sam Scott graduated from Princeton in 2012, concentrating in the Politics Department. While at Princeton, he studied abroad both at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, as well as Bogazici University in Turkey. During his summers, he interned with the Potawatomi Nation’s Tribal Government, the Institute for the Study of War, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue as a Project 55 Fellow. Scott is currently pursuing his master of environmental studies at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing specifically on environmental policy.
Durva Trivedi is a junior from Naperville, Illinois. She is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School with a focus on Communications Policy and Media Influence. Durva is also pursuing certificates in South Asian Studies and Statistics and Machine Learning. In the summer of 2014, she worked as a research and advocacy intern for AWARE, a women's rights advocacy NGO in Singapore, where she became interested in international human rights and government oversight work. On campus, she is a senior news writer for the Daily Princetonian and continues to take journalism coursework. She is new to ISS, and is looking forward to learning more about governance in developing countries and reform implementation.
Caroline Jones is a member of the class of 2018, with an intended concentration in the Woodrow Wilson School and certificate in Latin American Studies. Her passion is international relations, particularly with regard to how development issues contribute to international security concerns. She has previously worked on several political campaigns, including those of former Princeton professor Rush Holt. On campus, she is a member of the Princeton University Figure Skating team, and plays violin with the Sinfonia orchestra.
Kishan Bhatt is a rising junior in the Woodrow Wilson School pursuing certificates in Global Health Policy and American Studies. He is interested in international affairs as well as social and political determinants of health. On campus, Kishan serves as a Class Senator on the Undergraduate Student Government, gives campus tours as an Orange Key tour guide, and sings baritone in the Nassoons, an all-male a cappella group. Last summer, Kishan participated in the Princeton in Spain language program and is excited to contribute to Innovations for Successful Societies this summer.
Emily Chen is a member of Princeton's Class of 2018 interested in studying in the Politics Department or the Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in East Asian Studies. On campus, she is a member of the Princeton Model UN Team, a Japan Editor for the Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Secretary of the Asian American Students Association. In addition to issues of democracy and governance, she is particularly interested in the role of international institutions in conflict resolution.
Miranda Bolef is a sophomore from San Luis Obispo, California, tentatively planning to major in Politics, with certificates in Statistics and African Studies. Over the 2012-2013 academic year, Miranda spent nine months in Senegal through Princeton’s Bridge Year Program, where she taught English at the YMCA of Dakar and studied Senegalese Sufism. The year sparked an interest in development issues, an area she is excited to explore at ISS. Miranda is active in the theater community on campus and recently enjoyed improving her French on an intensive summer language program in southern France. Miranda is thrilled to contribute to ISS’ work and to learn more about reform implementation around the world.
Ryan Dukeman is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with minors in French Language & Culture and American Studies. His principle academic interests include constitutional law, American foreign policy, congressional politics, and international institutions. Ryan is currently the Director of Program for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, where he manages all events and programming for the nation's oldest collegiate political union. Additionally, he is a member of the Model United Nations Team, an editor of the Princeton Undergraduate Law Review, and a columnist for the Daily Princetonian.
Tobi Jegede is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School from Maryland. Her main academic interests include criminal justice reform, international development, and education policy. Throughout her undergraduate career, Tobi has had the opportunity to intern with Ashinaga Uganda, a non-governmental organization focused on providing access to higher education for students across sub-Saharan Africa, and with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. On campus, Tobi is a co-chair for the Mental Health Initiative and a member of the Princeton Perspective Project. Tobi is interested in furthering her knowledge of innovative policy solutions to various development issues while interning at ISS.
Jean Lee is from Vancouver, Canada, and is a prospective Economics major pursuing certificates in Spanish and Finance. On campus, she is the co-principal violinist of the Princeton University Sinfonia Orchestra and co-leads the Projects Board of the Undergraduate Student Government. Last summer, Jean spent a month in Toledo, Spain, to study Spanish through PIS, then did a service internship for Princeton in Asia, teaching English to students at a Teacher’s College in one of the most underdeveloped regions of Hunan, China. Her main interests include development economics in Asia, and education and health policy.
Julia Jansen, a Tampa, Florida native, will be concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is also planning to pursue certificates in Spanish Language and Dance. Julia dances and directs Princeton University Ballet and serves as an EU Program Undergraduate Fellow on campus. She worked for the Democratic National Convention Committee last summer which deepened her interest in both domestic and international politics. Julia is looking forward to learning more about international policy and reform while interning at ISS, and is excited to contribute to the overall mission of ISS.
Mark Goldstein, a Boston, Massachusetts native, will be concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is also planning to pursue certificates in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Mark plays on the Princeton University men's rugby team and serves as one of the leaders of the Habitat for Humanity chapter on campus. He worked for the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University last summer which deepened his interest in global health as well as development. Mark is looking forward to learning more about global health and development while interning at ISS, and is excited to contribute to the Ebola case series and the overall mission of ISS.
Gabriella Taylor is a Junior in the history department at Princeton University, Gabriella is from San Francisco, California. Her general interests are African American culture in post-slavery America. On campus, she is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, a member of the Scholars Institute Fellows Program, and a student leader in the Office of Religious Life. This summer, she also interned at StoryCorps, an oral history project dedicated to preserving and sharing people’s stories. Gabriella hopes to pursue a PhD in history.
Originally from Arequipa, Peru, Jorge Silva is a senior in the economics department at Princeton University pursuing certificates in political economy and African studies. Jorge studied abroad last spring at Bocconi University in Milan and took summer courses in India and Namibia through the Global Seminars program. His interest for international development has taken him to volunteer at educational NGOs in Peru, Tanzania and Malaysia and to intern for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. On campus, Jorge has been the co-president of the International Students Association and a board member of the Princeton Development Lab.
Ruby Shao is a member of the class of 2017 from Plainsboro, New Jersey. She is majoring in Philosophy with certificates in French Language and Culture along with Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Ruby seeks to discover the ethical principles that should guide laws and policies in a world of conflicting interests, limited resources, and human error. On campus, she reports news as a senior writer for The Daily Princetonian and advocates for more compassionate criminal justice processes through Students for Prison Education and Reform. Having interned at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and the Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville, as well as having studied in England, France, and Canada, she embraces cross-cultural perspectives on how governments can equip their citizens to flourish.
Alison Herman is a member of the class of 2019 from Cleveland, Ohio. She plans to pursue a concentration in English with certificates in Spanish and Neuroscience. Alison serves as the director of advocacy for Princeton's END7 chapter, a group dedicated to ending seven neglected tropical diseases globally. A member of the Princeton Journal of Bioethics and the mental health board on campus, she is interested in the way values and beliefs get articulated in policy decisions. The opportunity to learn more about the complexities of health policy from ongoing ISS cases on the 2014 Ebola outbreak particularly excites her.
Blaykyi Kenyah (Princeton University ’19) is a student from Ghana, concentrating in Politics with certificates in Political Economy, African Studies and Statistics and Machine Learning. He is particularly interested in development politics, and how governments and institutional capacity influence development in various societies. On campus, he tutors fellow students in Microeconomics, undertakes research with faculty in the Politics department, and leads a project connecting underserved high school students with freshmen from Princeton University for college guidance.
Natalya is an undergraduate at Princeton (class of 2019) from Karachi, Pakistan. She is concentrating in the Politics department with certificates in Quantitative & Analytical Political Science, Statistics & Machine Learning, Political Economy, and Humanistic Studies. Natalya is involved with the Princeton Perspective Project and the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice on campus. She is also an R Programming and Quantitative Social Science tutor to undergraduate students. Her research interests include political behavior, the comparative political economy of development, and state capacity, with regional focus on South Asia.
Brian Lee is a senior in the Politics Department at Princeton University. He is from the Bay Area in California. He is concentrating in International Relations within the Politics Department, with some of his specific interests being human rights and conflict resolution. On campus, Brian was a member of the Club Swim team, a member of the Whig-Clio society, and a contributor to the American Foreign Policy magazine. He has been a research assistant with the Bobst Center since October 2014. For the past summers while at Princeton, Brian worked for an NGO (Centro de la Nina Trabajadora) whose mission is to help working families in Quito, Ecuador through Princeton’s IIP program; interned with English and Creativity in Paris, France, a Princeton PIF program whose mission is to give kids a hope in education through the teaching of English and other arts; and this past summer, interned with a San Joaquin County judge, Judge Roger Ross, at the Superior Court of California. He calls his summer experiences some of the best moments of his entire Princeton experience so far, since these experiences having contributed much to driving his mindset toward service on behalf of society. Brian has professional working proficiency in French and Spanish. After graduation, Brian hopes to go into law school before taking up some path in public service.
Carlos Giron is a junior at Princeton pursuing a concentration in Near Eastern Studies as well as certificates in Computer Science, Translation, and Arabic. He is from Takoma Park, MD.
Caleb Visser is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Politics of International Relations with certificates in African and Latin American Studies. Caleb is the Company Commander of the Princeton Army ROTC Program, responsible for training and developing Princeton's cadets. He has served as a student government executive, Residential College Advisor at Wilson College and organizer of Vote100, a campus civic engagement initiative. Caleb has cultivated his interest in community development as a Sigmund Scholar and through research on international development and US foreign policy. He has interned for Tostan International while a Novogratz Bridge Year Scholar in Dakar, Senegal and Veterans Campaign in Washington D.C. as well as researched with the Theory, Research and International Policy Project at the College of William and Mary's Global Research Institute. Caleb is from Williamsburg, Virginia.