Mariana Alcoforado, Student Research Assistant
Mariana was born and raised in Curitiba, Brazil. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University (New Orleans) in 2011, with a BA in International Relations, History and French. Mariana spent a semester abroad in Paris, France, where she had the opportunity to study International Relations and History at the Sorbonne. During her undergraduate program, she spent some time at The Hague, researching the International Court of Justice and in New York at the United Nations. Upon her return, she wrote an Honors Thesis on the effectiveness of the United Nations in humanitarian intervention. She also worked as an RA and collaborated on research on the subject of authoritarian regimes in Chile, Brazil and Argentina, on the consolidation of democracy in Latin America, and participatory budgets and government reform in Brazil. As a Sié fellow at Korbel, Mariana will be pursuing an MA in human rights and will also be working as a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research.
Ben Briese, Student Research Assistant
Ben is a MA candidate in International Security. He earned his BA from Saint John's University in Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude. After graduating, Ben volunteered abroad for a year through the Benedictine Volunteer Corps. He went on to complete internships with the U.N. Development Programme in Bosnia-Herzegovina and an international NGO in Jordan. Since 2011, Ben has held several positions with ACTED, an international humanitarian NGO, working in Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Syria.
Michael Buckley, Student Research Assistant
Michael is M.A. candidate in International Security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He earned his bachelor's degree in History, specifying in Russian/Soviet History, at the University of Connecticut. During his time at Uconn he studies abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he took courses in Russian language and culture. Michael also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan where he worked as an English teacher. In addition to his main job as a teacher, he also ran an English language library and coordinated summer camps for students. At Korbel, Michael remains deeply fascinated by Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Outside school he enjoys literature, film, spending time with friends, and practicing Muay Thai.
Aly Buff, Student Research Assistant
Aly is a MA candidate in International Security, pursuing a certificate in Homeland Security. In 2012 she earned her Bachelor's Degree from Florida State University, with a double major in International Affairs and Political Science, and a concentration in Geography. While attending FSU, Aly spent a semester in London studying political violence and ethnic conflict, inspiring her to pursue a Master's Degree. Her areas of interest include intelligence analysis, GIS, and homegrown terrorism. In the summer of 2011, Aly led a U.S. delegation to France for an international peace education program, where there were participants from over 15 nations. In her free time, Aly enjoys hiking, traveling, snowboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Kate Castenson, Student Research Assistant
Kate is a MA candidate in International International Human Rights with concentrations in international law and humanitarian assistance. She works as a research assistant for Professor Oliver Kaplan. Kate has spent the last three years in Washington, DC working at Human Rights Watch as the Coordinator of the Arms Division. She has traveled to Geneva and Oslo to support the division's advocacy work at international treaty meetings, and most recently she assisted with the launch of a civil society campaign to ban fully autonomous weapons. Prior to this, Kate graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College (CMC) with a degree in international relations and a focus on Latin America. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in CMC's Washington Semester and interned with the Washington Office on Latin America in their security studies program. She also spent a semester in Buenos Aires, where she studied human rights and interned with the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo – Línea Fundadora. After graduating from Korbel, Kate would like to conduct research and advocacy for a human rights nongovernmental organization or international organization.
Patrick J. Coveney, Student Research Assistant
Patrick is a MA candidate in International Security also pursuing a graduate certificate in Homeland Security. He attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in May 2012 with a BA in Political Science and Arabic. Much of his research has been focused on studies of terrorism in the Middle East and Europe and analyzing the evolving social dynamics of the European Union. At the Sié Center, Patrick is a research assistant on the Terrorism Network Project, co-led by Professor Erica Chenoweth. Through this position, he has conducted historical analyses of linkage networks fostered by the Irish Republican Army and the Ulster Defence Association. Outside of the classroom, Patrick spends most of his free time with his one-year-old Australian Shepherd-mix, Piper, hiking and exploring as many of Colorado's dog parks as possible.
Fletcher D. Cox, Research Fellow
Fletcher is a PhD student at the Korbel School of International Studies with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Political Economy. His current research interests include politics of development policy, domestic-international interactions in post-conflict reconstruction, and religion and social cohesion in deeply-divided societies. Fletcher has six years of professional experience managing relief, recovery, and economic development programs in Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, and Haiti. This work has included designing, implementing, and evaluating multi-sectoral programs, with representation and liaison experience with government bodies, U.N. agencies, international donors, military personnel, and NGOs in disaster and post-conflict settings. He has studied international affairs, politics, economics, and religion at William Jewell College (BA), Georgetown University, and Harvard University (MTS).
Bryan Cramer, Student Research Assistant
Pursuing a Masters in International Studies with a concentration in security studies at Korbel, Bryan attended the University of Redlands and earned a BA in International Relations. Prior to Korbel, Bryan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. There he did a variety of projects including helping a local health center create a computerized patient database and training several HIV positive women how to build and grow their own sustainable vegetable gardens. In International Relations, Bryan is interested in diplomacy and its uses in security, international crises, and solving conflicts. Outside of school Bryan enjoys listening to music, reading, swimming, watching and following football (both US and European), travelling, and drinking a nice glass of pinot noir.
Daniel Davis, Student Research Assistant
Daniel Bruno Davis grew up in Washington DC, and earned a BS in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is a MA candidate in international studies. For the last five years, Daniel has been teaching English in different parts of China. He has taught hundreds of university students, classes ranging from oral English to European history. He spent one year living in a small town in Xinjiang, in the far West of China. There he taught English to Uyghur and Kazak students. Daniel is planning to further his knowledge of China and international relations while at Korbel. After graduating, he is hoping to continue his education and enter a career in academia.
Joel Day, Research Fellow
Pursuing a Ph.D. in International Studies, Joel is interested in religious violence and resistance movements, specifically how understandings of afterlife identity influence narratives of conflict and in-group/out-group dynamics. The dissertation project asks questions about how transcendental reality narratives influence the duration, intensity and termination rate of conflict. Joel has several of publications on these topics, including in the Journal of Strategic Security and the Ottowa Journal of International and Public Policy. He is also a three-time national college debate champion and a recipient of the National Security Act Scholarship. Outside of academia, Joel has worked with an international nonprofit, two California Assemblymembers, the County of San Diego, served as a foreign policy advisor to US Congressional campaigns, and was Iowa Operations Director for a US Presidential Campaign. Joel holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego, and a B.A. in Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University. Joel is married to Lauren Ries and lives in Englewood with cats, Pigeon and Derrida, and dog, Scout.
Student Research Assistant
Manal Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. She obtained her BA from Otterbein University in International Studies with a minor in Political Science. She is currently an MA candidate in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School with concentrations in International Security and Diplomacy and a regional emphasis in East Africa. Her research interests are in state failure, peace-building, as well as determining what factors led to secessionist movements, specifically in the case of the de-facto state of Somaliland.
Brittany Franck, Student Research Assistant
Brittany graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a dual degree in English and American Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Upon graduation she received the American Studies Department Academic Achievement Award. She subsequently moved to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar to teach English and pursue her research interest in environmental literature. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, where she trained primary school English teachers and worked to improve health care access and awareness for people with disabilities. At Korbel, Brittany will be pursuing an MA in International Development and a certificate in Global Health Affairs. She will also be working as a research assistant for the Project on Environment, Food and Conflict at the Sié Center.
Austin Gerber, Student Research Assistant
Austin Gerber is a first-year Master's student in the Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration program within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He plans to maintain concentrations in international security and the political economy of the European Union. Austin earned his B.S. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida with minors in Leadership, Business Administration, and Agricultural and Natural Resources Ethics and Policy. He was a three-time national champion member of the UF AAEA Quiz Bowl team and an Eagle Scout of Troop 484 out of Clearwater, Florida. Austin is interested in the influence of new governments on the global economy, the impacts of changes in domestic security on trade and development and political and financial reform impacts both domestically and internationally. As an undergraduate his research was published by the University of Florida's Honors Program and focused specifically on international trade patterns while looking at the impact of European Union tariffs on global wine trade. He studied abroad at the University of Paris Research Center in May, 2008 which focused on the food system and legislation of France. Also, he was able to study abroad in June, 2012 across Italy and focused on the impact of agriculture on the economy of both Italy and the European Union.
Ashley Greve, Student Research Assistant
A St. Louisan at heart, Ashley graduated with highest honors from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with her BA in Spanish Literature. She went on to serve two years in Peace Corps Ukraine, where she collaborated on a number of projects related to issues ranging from English-language education to civic engagement to gender and development. Her service abroad strengthened her interest in working internationally, and upon returning home Ashley moved to Denver to pursue a degree in international human rights. As a Korbel student, Ashley plans to focus her studies on contemporary slavery and human trafficking. She currently volunteers for the Denver area rape crisis hotline and works as a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research.
Kyleanne Hunter, Student Research Assistant
Kyleanne is an MA candidate in International Security. She earned her BA from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Since graduation, she has worked for a tech start-up, a defense contractor, and spent over a decade as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving as an AH-1W Super Cobra attack pilot on multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. She spent the last 2.5 years as the Marine Corp's Liaison Officer to the House of Representatives. In addition to her liaison duties, she served as the military escort for several international Congressional Delegations for the chairman of the Armed Services, Rules and Veterans' Affairs Committees. At the Korbel School, she is a Research Assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. In addition to her studies, Kyleanne races road and cyclocross bikes for a domestic elite team based out of Golden, Colorado.
, Research Fellow
Kara Kingma is a PhD candidate in International Studies at Korbel. She graduated summa cum laude from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2010 with a B.A. in Government/International Affairs. She earned her M.A. in International Studies from Korbel in 2012, where her research focused on democratic transitions in states divided along racial, ethnic, and religious lines. Her studies also focused more generally on the Middle East, and she served as a member and cochair of the Middle East Discussion Group from 2010-2012. Kara remains interested in the consolidation of new democracies and levels of government effectiveness and citizen satisfaction in these new systems. She recently coauthored a journal article with Professor Devin Joshi in African and Asian Studies on levels of representation of women in Asian parliaments. Kara also serves as the PhD Representative on the Sie Center Governing Board at Korbel. Kara lives in Denver with her fiancé, Todd, and enjoys watching sports and spending time in the great outdoors.
Nicholas Lightfoot, Student Research Assistant
Nicholas is a MA candidate in International Administration. He grew up in rural Northumberland, England and earned his BA in International Relations at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, graduating with First Class Honours. A semester of this was spent studying in French at the Science Po. de Strasbourg, France. Over the past five years, Nicholas has interned for the East of England Brussels Office, Norwich Green Party, and L'Association Pour La Démocratie Européenne. He has worked in environmentally sensitive areas on the remote West Coast of New Zealand, in the French Alps, and voluntarily for the UK National Trust. It is his love of the Great Outdoors that fires Nicholas' passion for environmental challenges which affect international politics. Alongside studying for his MA, Nicholas will be a research assistant for the Project on Environment, Food and Conflict. Post-Korbel, he hopes to work towards strengthening the political and legal frameworks which govern our relationship with the environment.
Kristi Matsunaka, Student Research Assistant
Kristi is a M.A. candidate in International Security. She has a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Pepperdine University, where she also studied abroad for a year in Florence, Italy. Her undergraduate research focused on international law and the role of private security and military companies. She has worked for the Consul-General of Japan in Denver and as an English teacher for AEON Corporation in Okayama, Japan.
Christopher S. McGeady, Student Research Assistant
Christopher is an MA candidate in International Security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where his primary research interests are terrorism, counter-terrorism, and homeland security, with a regional focus on the Levant area of the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and Egypt). He earned his BA in Middle East Studies from Vanderbilt University, where he studied the region's history, politics, philosophies, and languages. While attending Vanderbilt he studied abroad at the University of St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland, where his primary focus was on international terrorism and the political economy of the Middle East. In his spare time Christopher enjoys good books, films, and TV shows, and is highly engaged in domestic political debate.
Diane Metzger, Student Research Assistant
Diane is an MA candidate in International Studies. In 2013 she graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a double major in International Studies and French, along with a minor in Asian Studies. While attending UNCA, Diane spent a semester in Angers, France studying the French language at l'Université catholique de l'Ouest. Her senior research in undergrad centered on French politics and language variations in former French colonies. Her areas of interest include linguistics, international politics and human rights. In her free time, Diane enjoys hiking, dancing, seeing live music and sampling local brews.
Graham Miller, Student Research Assistant
Graham graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond in 2009 with his BA in History. Since graduating, he has worked at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. as an analyst in the strategy and development group. During his time at National Geographic his responsibilities included strategic planning and corporate integration, as well as business development functions with domestic and international partners across various media ventures. At the Korbel School, Graham is pursuing an MA in International Security.
Daniel Moore, Student Research Assistant
Daniel is a M.A. candidate in International Security. He graduated with a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Since graduating, Daniel studied Arabic in the Middle East and North Africa, worked in the benefits department of an HR firm, and published several opinion pieces for a geopolitical publication and a English-speaking news periodical in North Africa. He is also a Researcher at Wikistrat, a geopolitical consulting firm.
Pauline Moore, Research Fellow
Pauline Moore is a Ph.D. candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She completed her M.A. in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis at the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). She holds a B.A. in International Studies and Russian from Middlebury College. Pauline's research interests include political violence and terrorism, in particular the reasons behind the use of violent and nonviolent forms of political contestation in civil wars. Pauline joined Consultancy Africa Intelligence's Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor publication in 2012, where she has published several articles on conflict in North and West Africa. Prior to this, she spent seven years working in the field of international development in Africa and Latin America. As a carbon markets specialist at Conservation International, Pauline managed sustainable land-use and conservation initiatives in countries such as Peru, Colombia, Madagascar, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also spent four years as a consultant in a clean energy development firm based in the U.S., focusing primarily on the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Mali and Morocco. In addition to English and her native French, Pauline also speaks Russian, Spanish and Italian. She is married to Isaac Moore, and they live in Denver with their daughter Sophia.
Catherine Orsborn, Program Associate, Religion and Social-Cohesion in Conflict-Affected Countries Project
Catherine is a PhD student in Religion and Social Change in the Joint Doctoral Program between the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Her research interests lie in the intersections between religious identities, conflict and peace-building, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern and Islamic contexts. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Catherine has spent time studying and working in Cairo, Egypt, and Kampala, Uganda. Catherine works with first-year students in the Social Justice LIving and Learning Community here at DU, teaching courses on social justice issues and engaging undergraduate students with justice work in the Denver area. She earned a BA in Philosophy from Asbury College in 2006, and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Denver in 2009.
Jonathan Pinckney, Student Research Assistant
Jonathan Pinckney is an MA candidate in International Studies. Jonathan received his BA in International Affairs from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, graduating summa cum laude with special honors. Jonathan has lived and worked in Egypt and India, where he helped establish the Bestsemester India Studies Program. He also serves on a volunteer basis as the Director of Operations of BIRDS International, an NGO working to address issues of rural poverty in South India. His primary research interests are civil resistance, contentious politics, and political transitions, with regional focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. Upon completion of his MA degree, Jonathan plans to earn his doctorate.
Alex Porter, Student Research Assistant
Alex is pursuing an M.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration with concentrations in international financial architecture and international political economy. He recently interned in the International Monetary Policy Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where he worked on IMF program assessment, exchange rate and reserve adequacy evaluations, and G-20 summit preparations. He currently is a program/research assistant at the Center for the Study of Europe and the World at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Alex graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.
Sabrina Ragaller, Student Research Assistant
Sabrina graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in international affairs and economics. She spent her undergraduate years completing internships with the Carl Vinson Institute of Local Government, the Center for International Trade and Security, and with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. After graduation, she moved to Colorado Springs to participate in El Pomar Foundation's two-year leadership development program. Her work at the private grant-making foundation has included hosting international delegations in Colorado and organizing debates between local political candidates. At the Korbel School, Sabrina is pursuing a master's degree in international studies and exploring her research interests in civil-military relations and international trade.
Peter Rocco, Program Associate, Sié Center
Peter is a MA candidate in International Human Rights. A Brooklyn native, he most recently worked in Washington, D.C. as a researcher at CQ Roll Call, a media company focused on U.S. politics and policy, where his work focused on homeland security, defense and foreign policy. He previously served as a legislative assistant for Congressman Michael E. McMahon (D-N.Y.), a former member of the Foreign Affairs committee. He also worked as an associate at Edison Research, exclusive exit pollster of the U.S. presidential election for major domestic media outlets. He is a 2007 graduate of Bowdoin College. At Korbel, Peter plans to focus on human trafficking and related issues in the former Soviet Union and Europe.
Kristina Ryan, Student Research Assistant
Kristina is a MA candidate in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration with a focus on International Security and Political Risk Analysis. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied International Affairs and Anthropology. Her interests are currently in civil war studies, specifically how economic and trade relations affect the intensity and duration of conflict. Additionally, her regional interests lie in Africa, as well as Europe. Kristina will spend the next academic term with the Global Security and Development program in Washington D.C. and she hopes to someday work in the intelligence sector.
Brian Sara, Student Research Assistant
Brian is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration at the Josef Korbel School. His interests include U.S. trade policy, comparative political economy and political violence. During the summer of 2013, Brian will serve as an International Trade Intern at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to his time at Korbel, Brian worked as a consultant for a technology company and interned with a multinational corporate advisory firm. Brian is a native of Wisconsin and holds an Honors B.S. in Business Administration and Anthropology from Marquette University.
Lindsey Shaw, Student Research Assistant
Lindsey is pursuing a Masters degree in International Security at the Josef Korbel School with the hope of one day having a career in homeland security or counterterrorism. Prior to arriving in Denver, Lindsey spent two years in Washington, DC working for the International Republican Institute (IRI) on the Arab Women's Leadership Institute and Gulf programs. Through her position at IRI, she was able to travel to Jordan and Indonesia to assist in conducting capacity building trainings for Arab women leaders. Lindsey obtained her Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) with a double major in International Studies, with a concentration in Security and Intelligence, and Arabic. During her time at OSU, Lindsey had the opportunity to spend a summer studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo. In her free time Lindsey loves to explore new places, try new foods and drinks, cook, dance, watch films and hang out with her cat Laila.
Ariana Shockley, Student Research Assistant
Ariana is a MA Candidate in International Security. In May of 2012, she earned her BA in Political Science from Iowa State University. During her undergraduate studies, Ariana studied abroad in Valencia, Spain, developing a geographic focus on European and Mediterranean states. Within the International Security program, Ariana is developing concentrations in Diplomacy and the Arms Trade, specifically Small Arms and Light Weapons and topical interests in crisis negotiation and American foreign policy. Her independent research includes an analysis of international weapons trade and state participation in regional security organizations. In her free time, Ariana enjoys reading, traveling, music, cooking, and practicing Krav Maga.
Nicole Stauch, Student Research Assistant
Nicole is a MA candidate in International Security pursing a Certificate in Homeland Security. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in German. In 2011, Nicole completed a semester in International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy at the School of International Training in Geneva, Switzerland. Nicole possesses many language skills such as Spanish and German. Her fields of interest are civil-military relations, terrorism and U.S. national security. Nicole is an avid runner and also enjoys cooking and reading.
Mark Tallman, Research Fellow
Mark Tallman is a PhD Candidate in International Studies specializing in international politics and political theory, with a concentration on international security and homeland security studies. Mark's research focuses on the impacts of technology and strategic innovation on the dynamics of terrorism, transnational organized crime, and other strategically deviant violent non-state actors (VNSAs). Mark has earned a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. with distinction in Global Politics from Illinois State University, where he also supported the development of an international non-profit microfinance organization that refurbished public schools in rural Peru, and also worked in IT administration. Mark also earned an M.A. in International Studies with a security concentration at the Josef Korbel School before commencing PhD study. Mark teaches homeland security and political science through Colorado State University's Center for the Study of Homeland Security, is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, and is certified and experienced in public sector emergency management as well as private sector security and business continuity consulting, which he undertakes through the Center for International Security Policy Research, a Denver-based security and emergency management consulting firm. Mark lives with his wife Kate and a small menagerie of animals in the mountains outside of Denver, and enjoys music, martial arts, and the outdoors.
Ying Hui Tng, Student Research Assistant
Ying Hui is from Singapore. Her upbringing there has inspired her to seek a career in journalism and become an advocate for freedom of the press. She earned her BA in Political Science at the National University of Singapore, and while a student also worked as an independent journalist for The Online Citizen, the most popular alternative news website in Singapore. After graduation, she worked at CNBC for almost a year. Ying Hui has also written for Al Jazeera and Asian Correspondent, reporting on sensitive issues such as human rights in China and Singapore. At the Korbel School, she will be earning her Master's degree in International Studies.
Melissa Trebil, Student Research Assistant
Melissa is a MA candidate in International Security with a concentration in terrorist groups in the Middle East. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a dual-concentration in International Security in the Middle East and Arabic. While attending the University of Michigan she was a member of the Arabic Flagship program and served as a research assistant in the Political Science, History, and Economics departments. She has also served as a research intern at the National Security Archive, Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis, AKE Intelligence, and The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to arriving at the Korbel School she worked for PRIME Research in Ann Arbor, MI, as a media analyst and morning news brief editor-in-chief. She spent the summer of 2013 attending Middlebury's Summer Arabic Program, where she wrote a weekly newspaper column tracking al-Qaeda developments.
Jihyeon is a PhD student in the International Studies at the University of Denver. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of political economy and global governance. She examines how the various institutions and actors in government-business relations comprise and shape the current global order on one hand, and how they are affected by the global system on the other. Her studies thus far have focused on the economic development model of China, China's role in shaping new geopolitics through their increase of FDI in North Korea, and the effect of private security on the role of the state. Jihyeon received her BA and MA in Political Science from Ewha Womans University, South Korea, where she was awarded the Korea Research Foundation Fellowship. Prior to joining the University of Denver, she spent two years in the East Asian Studies Master's Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her professional experience includes a research assistantship at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Korea as well as a research position at Northeast Asian History Foundation.