Class of 2016
Matt Bloise is a fifth-generation Coloradan. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied English, History and Philosophy, and interned for Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO 5). After graduation, he returned to Washington as a legislative reporter for the Congress, and would eventually become a freelance journalist. Matt moved to Southern California and wrote for a variety of publications, but focused his work on local government in Santa Barbara County. Deciding to change directions, he signed up for the Peace Corps and was delighted to receive an assignment in China. He spent two years teaching English at Chongqing University of Technology, in a sprawling metropolis in western China, learning to enjoy spicy food and trying to understand the Middle Kingdom. At Korbel he will be a Master's candidate in the Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration program, and hopes to work in the private sector upon graduation. His hobbies include literature, travel, hiking and microbrew root beer.
Originally from Longmont, Colorado, Morgan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with a dual degree in International Studies and Arabic and a minor in Spanish. While at OU, her research on the relationship between literature and activism was published by The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal, and she worked as both an editor and a contributor for the Arabic-language student publication al-Oklahomi. She also spent time in Brazil, where she studied urban anthropology in a Latin American context and completed an ethnography of consumerism across social classes in Rio de Janeiro. At Korbel, Morgan will pursue her MA in International Studies while exploring her research interests in human rights, conflict resolution, and gender studies.
A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Catherine graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a BA in International Studies, concentrating in politics, nation-states, and social movements. After graduation, she spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where she worked as an English teacher in a rural high school. During her service, Catherine collaborated on several projects designed to promote English education in rural schools and organized activities to engage local youth in environmental service. With her service completed, Catherine will pursue her MA in International Development at Korbel and explore her interests in human rights, education and global health.
Aleksandra is from St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with honors from the Smolny-Bard College double diploma program, earning a BA in International Relations, Political Science, and Human Rights. During her studies at Smolny, she volunteered as a Russian language teacher to migrant children and worked as a faculty assistant helping with publications on African conflict minerals. She also studied abroad with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City, where she interned with Seeds of Peace, a peacebuilding NGO. During her senior year, she wrote her thesis on conflict resolution and disaster diplomacy and co-authored a publication on the “New Silk Road” as part of the Stanford U.S.-Russia forum. At the Josef Korbel School, Aleksandra will be pursuing a master’s degree in International Studies with a concentration in conflict resolution and will work as a research assistant for the Project on Environment, Food, and Conflict at the Sié Center.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Ben is a MA candidate in International Studies. Ben graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in 2014, earning his BA in History and International Studies. During his time at Rhodes, Ben published independent archival research on the 1878 epidemic of yellow fever in Memphis. Additionally, he has worked as an intern in the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he researched transatlantic maritime cooperation and security. At Korbel, Ben will explore his research interests in the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, and social movements. As a Sié Fellow, Ben is a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research with Dr. Erica Chenoweth.
Sarah is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University, earning her BA in International Relations and Diplomacy, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Following graduation, Sarah served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. During her service, she ran after school programs for youth, organized several day and overnight camps, and taught aerobics classes at a local women's associations. She will now be pursuing her Master's degree in International Development.
Christine graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University with degrees in International Politics and Spanish. During her undergraduate career, she spent a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying Spanish and Latin American culture and politics and implemented programs in her role as student body president. She also published and presented research reports on Intervention in Libya and Sex-selective Abortion in India in her undergraduate academic journal. Christine has performed research on counter-terrorism at a policy institute in Israel and has contributed to Latin America regional programs as an intern at Vital Voices and as a project assistant at the National Democratic Institute. While pursuing her MA in International Security at the Korbel School, Christine plans to focus on conflict issues with particular emphasis on Latin America and the Middle East. As a Sié Fellow, Christine works as a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research with Dr. Erica Chenoweth.
Brandon is a MA candidate in International Studies. His research interests include terrorism, democratization and human security. A Colorado native, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in human & regional geography. Since then he has served throughout western Europe, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army. His hobbies include flying, cycling, and photography.
Molly is a MA candidate in International Development. She holds a BA with High Honors in political science, sociology, and anthropology from Swarthmore College. Molly has worked with a number of development nonprofits, including Limitless Horizons Ixil, a Guatemalan organization where she now serves on the Board of Directors. She has also worked as coordinator for a human rights advocacy project in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as with nonprofits in Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. Molly's research interests include community development and environmental issues, with an emphasis on project design and evaluation. A Maine native and lover of the Mountain West, Molly enjoys hiking, skiing, and ultimate frisbee. As a Sie Fellow, Molly is a research assistant for Korbel's NAVCO Data Project.
Andrew is a M.A. candidate in Global Finance, Trade & Economic Integration (GFTEI) with a geographic concentration in China and South East Asia. Originally from Maryland, Andrew earned his B.A. in 2011 from the College of William and Mary, where he studied international relations and economics. During his time at William and Mary, Andrew studied abroad in Beijing, China and volunteered with a Chinese organization advocating for people with disabilities. After graduation, he worked as a consultant for AidData in the Lao PDR and Uganda supporting the government-led implementation of development aid management tools to strengthen national aid effectiveness. In addition to studying for his M.A. he hopes to pursue research interests in non-traditional aid and microfinance. At Korbel, Andrew is a research assistant with the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. In his spare time he enjoys photography, playing volleyball, and watching Chelsea FC.
Emika was born in Kunming, China and has lived in Denmark, California, and Nebraska. She graduated from New York University 2012 with a Politics major and French minor. In 2010, she spent a semester in Paris, France, where she studied French history and politics at the Sorbonne. Upon graduation, she relocated to Shenzhen, China, where she worked for Peking University Graduate School’s School of Environment and Energy. There, she helped develop the International Safe Drinking Water Alliance, an international NGO jointly-affiliated with Peking University and the University of California, Davis. She returned stateside in 2014 to begin an internship with the University of Nebraska’s Food Security and Technology Department where she helped develop risk assessment models for pathogens in poultry and dairy products. At Korbel, Emika is an MA candidate in International Development. Her interests include global health affairs, environmental politics, contemporary politics of Asia and Africa, and political intrigue in King’s Landing.
Emma graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego with an honors degree in International Relations and minors in Mathematics and Spanish in 2012. As an undergrad, she discovered a passion for forced displacement issues and published an honors thesis that looked at social movements fighting for autonomy in oppressed populations. Since graduating, her freelance position as Policy and Research Coordinator at ADRS, an economic modeling consultant, has allowed her to travel the world and work for organizations such as Equal Education, a non-profit education advocacy group in South Africa, and the Unit of Attention and Reparation to Victims, in Medellín, Colombia. At Korbel, Emma plans to pursue a concentration in International Human Rights and to focus her studies on refugees’ rights and forced displacement.
Kaleb is a MA candidate in International Security. He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Kaleb received a commission as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army and served in Afghanistan. Kaleb’s research interests include terrorism, insurgencies, and the dynamics of state interaction with contentious political organizations.
Christine is a MA candidate in International Development. She graduated cum laude from Tufts University in 2011 with dual degrees in International Relations and Spanish. Following her graduation, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, working on projects ranging from English teacher training to sports therapy for the disabled. She completed her service in 2013 and moved to Honduras where she began working as a Program Associate for Global Brigades. In this role, she worked with the Public Health, Water, Architecture and Microfinance Programs. She soon developed a passion for microfinance and business development as a means of promoting gender equality and reducing poverty. She plans to deepen her knowledge of the nexus between inclusion and economic development while at the Korbel School before pursuing a career in this field.
Aaron is a MA candidate in International Development. He was raised in Wisconsin and earned a BA in English: Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where he graduated with highest honors. He cites a summer of building hiking trails with the Student Conservation Association in Utah’s Manti-La Sal National Forest as the catalyst for his desire to experience the world, a desire which ultimately led to him studying abroad in Paris, working on a goat farm in Southern France, and serving in Peace Corps. In Peace Corps, Aaron was placed in Guinea’s Fouta Djallon region, where he was partnered with a small gardening cooperative. There he discovered an interest in food security, a subject he hopes to explore at Korbel.
Originally from Boston, Andrew earned his BA from Oberlin College, graduating in 2011 with departmental high honors in Politics, a minor in French, and a concentration in International Studies. Prior to attending the Korbel School, he worked at CRDF Global, a non-profit in Arlington, Virginia that focuses on nonproliferation and international science issues, and is an implementer for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Threat Reduction programs. He also previously interned at the Institute for Science and International Security, a nonproliferation and arms control think tank in Washington, D.C. Andrew’s fields of interest include international relations theory, international security, and nuclear nonproliferation and arms control. He is a candidate for the MA in International Security at Korbel.
A native of Rome, GA, Patrick graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in Spanish. While a student, Patrick completed internships in rural regions of Guatemala, Kenya, and Uganda. After graduating he spent a year with Athens PBJs, a nonprofit that brings together people - no matter age, skin color, bank account size - to experience and be transformed by friendship. Shortly thereafter, Patrick joined the Atlanta Mission where he has led partner integration into a new best practices service model, leveraging external expertise towards clearly defined client outcomes. At the Korbel School, Patrick will pursue a master's degree in international studies while exploring development in post-conflict societies. In his free time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife Anna and dog Tucker. He also enjoys a good coffee shop, Braves baseball, and running.
Trishna was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. She graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts) in 2010 where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Gender Studies. After graduation, she worked for a year as a volunteer English teacher at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. She then returned to Kathmandu, where she joined an English language weekly called Nepali Times as a reporter and editor. She wrote editorials and op-ed pieces on the country’s elections, post-war reconciliation process, and women in politics. Trishna has also worked as a media fellow for PANOS South Asia and travelled across Nepal studying the accomplishments and limitations of the country’s transitional justice mechanism. The project culminated in a book chapter which examines the gendered narratives of Nepal’s decade long conflict by looking at biographies and diaries of women. At Korbel, Trishna is pursuing a Master’s in International Studies and exploring her research interests in post-conflict societies and the gendered implications of violence.
Originally from Las Vegas, NM, Adam Ratzlaff holds a BA from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he triple majored in International Relations, Economics and Latin American studies. Before attending Tulane, Adam spent a year living in Minas Gerais Brazil as a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student. Prior to pursuing an MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies as a Sié Fellow, he conducted political and economic analysis of Latin America for several groups including the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank, Southern Pulse Correspondents and the Commitment to Equity Project. His work has been featured on VoxEU.org and in Hemispheres: The Tufts University Journal of International Affairs. Adam's interests include US-Latin American foreign policy, Pan-American cooperation and economic and social development in Latin America.
Natalie is a MA candidate in International Human Rights. Born and raised just outside of Boston, she has all the defining characteristics of a Massachusetts native, including extreme emotional attachments to professional sports teams and serious candlepin bowling skills. She graduated cum laude from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and worked at The Boston Globe before beginning an AmeriCorps year of service with a program for middle-school students in Boston. After finishing AmeriCorps, she moved to Bogotá, Colombia, to spend a year as a volunteer English teacher with WorldTeach. She ended up staying for 2.5 more years, working with a USAID-funded development project, a human rights NGO focused on US policy in Latin America, as a freelance journalist and, most recently, as the editor of a website covering news in Latin America. She is interested in exploring the relationship between advocacy, communications and human rights in Latin America, and is perpetually counting down the days until she can go back to Colombia.