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Current Sié Fellows

Class of 2015

Mariana Alcoforado

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

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.

Kate Castenson

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.

Daniel Davis

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.

Brittany Franck

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 a 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.

Ashley Greve

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.

Nicholas Lightfoot

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.

Sabrina Ragaller

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 will pursue a master's degree in international studies while exploring her research interests in civil-military relations and international trade.

Peter Rocco

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.

Class of 2016

Matthew Bloise

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. 

Morgan Brokob

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.

Catherine Clarke

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 Egorova 

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.

Benjamin Evans

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 Friend

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 Myers

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 Parrish

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 Robbins

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 Scott

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.