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International Studies Program Peer Advisors

Welcome to the International Studies Program Peer Advisor Network!

Our peer advisors are juniors and seniors majoring in International Studies who act as a resource for current majors and prospective students alike. We also have alumni advisors who are recent International Studies graduates and who have embarked on a career path or graduate school.

Feel free to email any of the peer or alumni advisors for candid advice or questions about the International Studies Program, course suggestions, study abroad, research, internships, etc.

2013-2014 Peer Advisors

SAIS BA/MA Students | Sciences Po BA/MA Students | Juniors | Seniors | Alumni

SAIS BA/MA Students

Alex Shtarkman (

Second year SAIS BA/MA student and 2013 graduate of Johns Hopkins University Homewood

Undergraduate degree: Major in International Studies. Minors in Economics and Entrepreneurship and Management

Academic interests: International Finance, Investment Banking, International Law, and International Organizations

Future Career Path: Investment banking or law school (after SAIS) with the ultimate goal to work as a corporate lawyer.

Languages: Russian  (fluent) and Spanish (conversational)

Internship Experience: World Bank (financial investigative analyst), Zolio, Inc. (investment management intern)

Research Experience: Research Assistant for Professor Robert Freedman (3 years).

Extracurricular experience and activities:  Executive Vice President of SAIS Finance Club (Jan 2013-Present), President of the International Law Society at SAIS (Sept 2012-Present), Peer Advisor for JHU International Studies Department (Jan 2012-Present), Executive Committee Member on JHU Sports Council Budget Committee (Dec 2009-June 2012), Director of Soviet Committee--Johns Hopkins Model UN (2009-2010), and Taekwondo Black Belt (T. Kang Taekwondo--ITF style)

Eva Smith (

First year SAIS BA/MA student at the DC campus

Senior International Studies major with a minor in Economics at Homewood

Research Experience: PURA Award Recipient and Woodrow Wilson Fellow - Research on the history of the labor movement in Guatemala
Internship Experience: Robins Grant Recipient and Intern at U.S. Department of State (Consulate General Shenyang)
Extracurricular Activities: Women's Cross Country and Track, MSE Symposium (Chair), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Co-Leader)

Michael St. Germain (

First year SAIS BA/MA student

Senior International Studies Major

Internship Experience: TIME Inc., Ford Motor Company, and United States Senate Page Program

Study Abroad: Peking University (Summer 2011), Honduras (Intersession 2012) and U.S. Army cultural deployment to Xi’an, China (Summer 2012)

Extracurricular Activities: Student Government Association Executive Treasurer, Director of the Hopkins Partnership for Efficient Transportation, cadet in Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C)

Nikhil Gupta (

SAIS BA/MA candidate, Fall 2014 (Bologna campus)

International Studies and Economics double major

Academic Interests: Economic Development, Conflict Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Political and Economic Theory

Internships: Bureau of International Labor Affairs (research and policy development regarding global child labor policies); Office of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (intergovernmental outreach and management of public initiatives)

Extracurricular Activities: Foreign Affairs Symposium, Hindu Students Council, Hopkins Hareepa, Alumni Student Ambassador, Blue Key Society, Admissions Representative, Beta Theta Pi

Dennis Hong (

SAIS BA/MA Candidate, Fall 2014 (Nanjing campus)
International Studies and East Asian Studies double major, minors in Economics and Piano at Peabody
Academic Interests: International Economics, Management Consulting, China Studies, International Relations in Asia
Extracurricular Activities: Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, East Asian Forum & Review, Business in China Association, East Asian Studies Student Advisory Committee
Research: Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship - research on South Korean diplomacy and security strategy in Asia with a focus on its political and economic relations with China and the U.S. 
Internships: McKinsey & Company (Seoul Office, Summer 2013) - Charles Robins Alumni Internship Grant, U.S. Embassy Seoul (Political Section, Summer 2012) 
Ben Kupferberg (

SAIS BA/MA Candidate, Fall 2014 (DC campus)

International Studies Major with a minor in Economics

Internship Experience: Trilogy Capital LLC. (Winter Analyst), Alvarez & Marsal (Summer Analyst in the North American Commercial Restructuring group)

Extracurricular Activities: The Foreign Affairs Symposium (Executive Director), Johns Hopkins News-Letter (News Editor), Alpha Epsilon Pi (Treasurer)

Research: Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise; Research Assistant for Professor Steve Hanke - I have conducted research on the global economy and various currencies, focusing mainly on hyperinflation. I also interviewed the former Cypriot Central Bank Governor for an article on his perspective of the Euro Area Crisis

Kenko Ueyama (

SAIS BA/MA Candidate, Fall 2014 (DC campus)

International Studies and Economics double major

Extracurricular activities: Chair in the JHU Model UN Conference, Treasurer of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Momentum (speaker series), Alexander Hamilton Society (speaker series), Incentive Mentoring Program
Internships: English teacher at Guizhou Forerunner College in Guizhou China, External Affairs and Development Program at JHU Alumni Office, 5 other internships in Japan mainly related to consulting and finance.

Sciences Po BA/MA Students

Zoe Stanley-Lockman (

First year Sciences Po BA/MA student, studying International Security with concentrations in the Middle East and Diplomacy

Senior International Studies and French double major

Research experience: academic archival research, Model U.N. background guides, international treaties and conventions on disability, federal lobbying disclosures, PAC information, free trade agreements
Extracurricular experience: Admissions Representative, Alpha Kappa Psi, Model U.N., Ethics Board, French Club
Internship experience: No Limits Media (Executive Director), Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellow (placed at Worldwide Insight, LLC) 
Kangqiao Huang (
Sciences Po BA/MA candidate, Fall 2014
Junior International Studies major with a minor in Economics
Research: Co-authored comparative politics study research paper “Civil Society and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island dispute” is to be published on JHU East Asian Forum& Review Fall 2013
Internship experience: Intern at Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation, the ASEAN-China Centre,and United Nations Environment Programme China Office
Extracurricular Activies: Beijing 2008 Olympic Games-Beijing International Media Center (volunteer and interpreter),Shanghai 2010 World Expo (volunteer), JHU Business in China Association (President), JHU Eclectics Dance Group (dancer and choreographer), National Society of Collegiate Scholars (member)

Meredith Stock (

Sciences Po BA/MA candidate, Fall 2014

Junior International Studies major, German minor
Research experience: Telecontractor for Center for the Economic Analysis of Law (CEAL) - researched the affect of various laws on economic statistics; relevant research for programs at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (this included biographies of heads of state and other guests at the Council, in addition to research into potential speakers/programs); research into suitable and attainable jobs for refugees at World Relief; researching potential sponsors/donors, as well as securing and coordinating supplies for the team in Haiti for UNA-USA

Internship experience: Intern in the Programs Department at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Cultural Adjustment Intern at World Relief Chicago (refugee agency), United Nations Association (UNA-USA) Greater Chicago intern, Center for the Economic Analysis of Law (telecontractor)

Extracurricular experience: Study Consultant with the Office of Academic Support, member of Incentive Mentoring Program (IMP), member of Sigma Iota Rho (IS Honor Society), Risk Management Chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma, Fitness Monitor at Rec Center


Burcu Atay (

International Studies and Sociology double major pursuing the Global Social Change and Development track

Academic Interests: Sociological Research on Global social and political change, International Politics, Understanding war and peace relations and the social changes they cause 

Research: Research Intern with the Arrighi Research Center as part of the GSCD track

Extracurricular interests: Peer Ambassador for the admissions office, VIP International Orientation Ambassador for the OISSS, SOHOP Leadership Board, Vice President of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc, Business Manager of Ketzev (Jewish A Cappella group in JHU), News Anchor for JHU Today (Film Making Club), On-campus job at Levering as a Desk Manager, Publicity Manager for the Turkish Student Association, Chaser for the Quidditch Team

Languages: Turkish and French

Study Abroad: Paris, France (summer 2013)

Future Career Path: Graduate School in France, Belgium or Switzerland (on International Development or something related)

Becca Brinkley (

International Studies major

Academic interests: Latin American political and economic environments; domestic economic policy - regulations, compliance and impacts on business and finance; international economic policies and disputes; international business; Spanish language.

Extracurricular Activities: Greek life, Blue Key Society, JHU's Center for Talented Youth Spanish teaching assistant

Internships: This summer, I am working as a summer associate for Navigant Consulting, Inc. I am working for the Global Investigations and Compliance department, which works with companies with international engagements to help strengthen compliance programs and investigate money laundering and corruption cases. The department also works for the government (at various levels) with financial crime investigations, both domestic and foreign. In the summer of 2011, I worked as an intern for a non-profit law firm that represents minors in civil, criminal and custody proceedings.

Catherine Carulas (

International Studies major, possible double major in Spanish

Academic Interests: Security Studies

Languages: Spanish and German
Study Abroad: IES Abroad to Freiburg, Germany
Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Phi, Blue Key tour guide, Staff member for JHU Model UN 
Internships: Mayor Jackson of Cleveland (Summer 2010-2012), Summer 2013 in DC with The Abraham Group - an international strategic consulting firm for energy companies run by former US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. 
Research/Independent Study: After taking an Intersession course on the US Intelligence Community, I completed an independent study entitled: Iran and Hezbollah: Presence in Latin America and I am currently looking at publication possibilities. I will also continue to work with these professors while I am abroad through an internship with The Asymmetric Studies Institute.
Maria Garcia (
International Studies major, with minors in Economics and Latin American Studies

Academic interests: Latin America, Emerging Economies/Markets, and I've recently became interested in food politics 

Favorite courses: Macro Theory, Writing the U.S. Empire, The Revolution Experience of Latin America

Study abroad experience: Sciences Po Year Exchange Programme 2013-2014, English Track

Extracurricular activities: JHUMUNC, Blue Key Society, Habitat for Humanity, Tutorial Project

Work experience at Hopkins: JHU Athletic Student Training Assistant, JHU Press Marketing Intern, and Student Worker at the Office of Alumni Relations

Internships: Advocacy Intern for the United Nations Association of Tampa Bay

Hana Glasberg (

International Studies and East Asian Studies double major with a minor in Spanish for the Professions

Academic Interests: Academically, my passion is East Asia. I am currently preparing to study abroad the Fall 2013 semester at the Hopkins Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China, to intensively study the Chinese language and culture. I am also passionate about Latin America. This past intersession, I traveled to Havana, Cuba, with Professor Eduardo Gonzalez and 15 Hopkins students to focus on US-Cuban political tensions. Other academic interests include security studies, comparative politics, and the international economy.

Study Abroad: Intersession 2013 in Havana, Cuba, and Fall 2013 in Nanjing, China

Extracurricular Interests: Executive Board Member of the Habitat for Humanity- JHU Chapter; Crisis and Dais Staff on the JHUMUNC Security Council; Orientation Ambassador for JHU Orientation every August

Internship Experience: This summer, I interned at Greater Homewood Community Corporation, a nonprofit organization based in Baltimore and right across the street from the Homewood campus. I spent the summer working with community members in neighborhoods across north-central Baltimore.

Andrew Karns (

International Studies major with a concentration in Latin America and Romance Languages double major

Study Abroad: Sciences Po, Paris, France / Fall 2013

Languages: Spanish, French

Work Experience: Intern for the US Embassy in Mexico City, US Department of State (Summer 2013); Johns Hopins University Press, editor's assistant (Spring 2013)

Extracurricular Activities: Judiciary Committee (Student Government Association), Undergraduate Research Journal (Americas) editor, Admissions Office Multicultural programs

Abigail Sia (

International Studies major with planned double major in East Asian Studies and a minor in Economics

Academic interests: 21st-century issues (international development, sustainability), national security, 20th-century history, US-China relations

Study Abroad: Sciences Po Europe-Asia Programme at Le Havre, France (Fall 2013)

Extracurricular Activities: JHU Model United Nations Conference, community service co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Sigma Iota Rho, JHU Politik

Internship Experience: New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (Summer 2012), Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (Summer 2011), United States House of Representatives Page Program (Summer 2010)

Research Experience: Archival research assistant to Dr. Earle Havens, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts in MSE Special Collections; JHUMUNC background guides; legislative research


Miliana Budimirovic (

Senior International Studies major with minors in Economics and French Cultural Studies

Concentration: Gender and Development

Study abroad: Fall 2012 - Paris, France

Favorite JHU professors: Barbara Morgan (Economics), Rina Agarwala (Sociology), Tobie Meyer-Fong (History), Derek Schilling (French)

Extracurricular activities: Residential Life, A Place to Talk, JHU Model United Nations Conference

Languages: Serbo-Croatian, French, learning Chinese

Internship experience: international development, university alumni relations, journalism, federal consulting

Career plans: federal consulting, public policy or law school

Will Kimball (

Senior International Studies major with a minor in Spanish for the Professions

Work experience: Diplomatic and Consular Affairs Intern in the New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs under Mayor Bloomberg(Summer 2013); Translator for doctors on a medical mission trip to Honduras (Summer 2009); Course assistant for "Oral Presentations" class; swim coach (Summer 2012)

Extracurricular activities: Member of the Leadership Experiences Team in the Senior Leadership Consultants group on campus; Varsity swim team: recently named Scholar All American by the College Swim Coaches of America Association

Daniel Lasman (

International Studies major with minors in Economics and Spanish for the Professions

Study Abroad: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Hopkins Madrid)

Extracurricular Activities: JHU Mock Trial, Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference, Blue Key Society, Sigma Iota Rho, 4K for Cancer

Internships: Intern at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in the Child Protection Unit (Boston), Translator with Immigration Legal Services of the Esperanza Center (Baltimore) Career Goal: International trade, environmental or corporate law

Elizabeth Mauer (

International Studies major with minors in Entrepreneurship and Management and Spanish

Study Abroad: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Hopkins Madrid)

Extracurricular Activities: Phi Mu, Hopkins Blue Key Society (Executive Board)

Internships: Total Alignment Wealth Advisors, LLC (Summer 2013); State Department intern (Summer 2012); Save the Children (Summer 2011)

Dylan K. Moses (

International Studies major with minors in Economics and History

Relevant coursework: States, Regimes, and Governmentality, Global Governance, Capitalism and Ecology, The Worlds of Globalization, Theories of International Political Economy, Theories of Radical Political Economy (Independent Study)

Language: French

Academic Interests: Political Theory, International Relations Theory, Political Economy, Globalization, Power

Research Experience: For the spring 2012 semester, I began an independent study with Professor Floyd W. Hayes entitled "Theories of Radical Political Economy". In the study, Professor Hayes and I sought to elucidate the similarities and complexities of capitalism and racism through the scope of critical race theory and alternative economic theory.

I submitted the final research paper for this study to the Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society and am continuing my research work on radical political economy.

Currently I am working on a project for my senior thesis tentatively titled: “If You See Something, Say Something”: An Examination of Biopolitics, Security, and Neoliberal Governmentality after 9/11. 

Extracurricular Activities: Associate Director of The Foreign Affairs Symposium, JHU Politik, College Democrats, Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America, The Black Student Union, The Student Alumni Society, Hopkins Rugby Football Club, and President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity

Future Goals: I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in Political Science.

Heather Reisner (

International Studies major with minors in Economics and Entrepreneurship & Management

Concentration: China

Academic Interests: International Business and Finance, East Asia, Government

Study Abroad: Intersession 2013 in Guilin, China

Languages: Mandarin Chinese (advanced), French (basic)

Internship Experience: Bank of New York Mellon, Council on Foreign Relations, Secure Exchange Solutions LLC, Enjoy Shanghai Magazine

Extracurricular activities: Sigma Iota Rho (President), East Asian Studies Forum Review (President), Alpha Phi

Gauri Wagle (

International Studies major

Academic interests: religion and anthropology. I hope to pursue a career in academia, hopefully in the realm of anthro-political inquiry.

Extracurricular activities: board member of Hindu Students Council, writer for the Newsletter, Sorority member

Research: projects with Dean David (continuing) and Prof Hanchard during the course of the 2012-2013 school year

Internships: intern at the JHU Interfaith center, summer intern at The American Interest, writer/contributor for Walter Russell Mead's blog anything else: Senior thesis with Bill Connolly. taking French classes.

Ari Weiss (

Senior International Studies Major

Concentration:  Middle East

Study Abroad: Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel (Spring 2013)

Language: Arabic

Internship Experience: Foundation for Defense of Democracies (Summer 2013), The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace (Spring 2013), AIPAC (Summer 2012)

Extracurricular Activities: Jewish Students Association (President, May 2013- Present), Hopkins American Partnership for Israel (Founder/President, October 2011-December 2012), Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

International Studies Alumni Advisors

The alumni advisors are recent International Studies graduates, who are now beginning their careers or continuing on to graduate school. In addition to providing advice about their experience with the International Studies Program, they can also answer questions about future careers, graduate school, networking and so forth. Please do not hesitate to email them at any time!

Ashley Choi (

2013 graduate in International Studies/Pre-Med. 

Working in Seattle, Washington with Teach for America in secondary science education.

Academic interests: Politics in health institutions, national security and its impact on human resources, political theories
Research experience: Research assistant to Radiation Oncology Department of National Cancer Institute and Advanced Drug and Gene Delivery Group at Johns Hopkins.
Extracurricular activities: JHU Model United Nations Conference, International Service Learning, Shepherd's Clinic, Freshmen Orientation
Career Interests: Social Policy, Medicine, International Development

Alli Doll (

2013 graduate in International Studies with a minor in French Cultural Studies

Working for Deloitte Consulting as a Federal Human Capital Analyst

Concentration: African Studies

Internship experience: Research intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Cultural Affairs intern in the US Embassy in Paris for US Department of State

Extracurricular activities: Phi Mu, volunteering with kids in Baltimore through various organizations: Tutorial Project, PSA Mentoring, academic internship with the Juvenile Justice Center, working at the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Joanna Gawlik (

2013 graduate in International Studies with a minor in Economics.

Working as an Investment Banking Legal Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Internship experience: Sustainability Intern, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

Languages: French (school), Polish (fluent)

Extracurricular Activities: Student Government Association (executive treasurer), Students for Environmental Action (president), Alpha Phi Sorority, JHU Pre-Law Society.

Jacob Wildfire (

December 2012 graduate in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Global Environmental Change.

Working in Floyd County, Kentucky as a 2013 Teach For America Corps Member teaching 9th grade English.

Academic interests: Global environmental policy and international sustainable development
Study Abroad: JHU in Madrid Program, Fall 2011
Internship experience: Sustainability Consultant at the JHU Office of Sustainability, International Visitors Program Intern at the World Trade Center Institute
Extracurricular interests: President of the Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club; Executive officer of the Alumni Student Ambassador Program; Event planner for the Hopkins Organization for Programming; Senior Leadership Consultant; Chair in the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference.

Mo-Yu Mandy Zhou (

2013 graduate in International Studies with a minor in Philosophy.

Working at Acumen, LLC, a healthcare research and consulting firm.

Research experience: Research with Prof. Fohlin in the Economics Department.

Extracurricular activities at Hopkins: JHUMUNC (Model UN Conference), Health Leads (volunteering), News-Letter staff writer, Dean's Office assistant


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