Class of 2015
Mariana graduated with an MA in International Human Rights and Certificates in Humanitarian Assistance and International Law. Over the course of her studies, Mariana focused on refugees/IDPs, international humanitarian law, and civilian protection during conflict. At Korbel, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Erica Chenoweth, contributing to the Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) Data Project and researching campaigns in Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Pakistan. She also interned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Maputo, Mozambique, where she assisted the Protection Unit with programs for urban refugees. Before coming to Korbel, Mariana graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University (New Orleans) in 2011 with a BA in International Relations, History and French. Mariana plans to work in conflict-affected regions with a UN agency or international organization in the protection sector.
Ben graduated with a MA in International Security. While at Korbel, Ben worked on the Private Security Monitor research project and received a Rosenthal Fellowship to work with Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA). He earned his BA from Saint John's University in Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude. After his undergraduate education, Ben volunteered abroad for a year through the Benedictine Volunteer Corps. He went on to complete internships with the UN 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. Ben will be working as a National Graduate Fellow with the Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence at the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Kate graduated with an MA in International Human Rights. At Korbel, she worked as a research assistant for Professor Oliver Kaplan on civilian protection issues. She also participated in the Geneva Program, interned with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and served as a research associate with Korbel’s Human Trafficking Center. Before coming to Korbel, Kate worked for Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C. as the Coordinator of the Arms Division. She 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. Kate plans to conduct research and advocacy for a human rights nongovernmental organization or international organization.
Daniel grew up in Washington, D.C., and earned a BS in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison. While at Korbel, Daniel worked with Dr. Erica Chenoweth on a variety of research projects. Prior to attending Korbel, Daniel taught English in different parts of China for five years. He spent one year living in a small town in Xinjiang, in the far west of China, where he taught English to Uyghur and Kazak students. Daniel is now pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Virginia.
Brittany graduated with an MA in International Development and a certificate in Global Health Affairs. During her time at Korbel, Brittany worked as a research assistant for the Project on Environment, Food and Conflict at the Sié Center. Previously, she 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. She will be working towards her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology at the University of Arizona.
Ashley Greve graduated with an MA degree in International Studies with a concentration in Management and Administration. Previously, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with her B.A. in Spanish Literature. She went on to serve two years in Peace Corps Ukraine, where she collaborated with IOM and local NGOs on counter-trafficking efforts. While at Korbel, Ashley served as Associate Director of Advocacy at The Human Trafficking Center at DU for two years and did policy analysis as an intern at the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance. Additionally, she interned in the development office for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, where she now works as a Development Data Analyst.
Nicholas graduated with an MA 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. At Korbel, he had the opportunity to work for two inspirational researchers, including designing and conducting a research project in East Africa, and to work with two Colorado-based non-profit organizations.
Sabrina graduated with an MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration. While at Korbel, she also explored her research interests in defense policy and political economy and completed two internships with the Colorado Department of Transportation and defense contractor Rockwell Collins. Prior to Korbel, she 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 receiving her BA, 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 included hosting international delegations in Colorado and organizing debates between local political candidates. Sabrina is now participating in the National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C.
Peter Rocco graduated with an MA in International Studies with concentrations in statistics, comparative politics, and intelligence. While at Korbel, he worked with the Human Trafficking Center. A Brooklyn native, he has also 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-NY), 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 graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with BA degrees in German and Sociology.