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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy


Student Programs

Current Sié Fellows

Class of 2021

Anushka Bose

Anushka is an MA candidate in International Security at Korbel, and she recently graduated from Purdue University, where she studied Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, along with minors in Sociology and Communication. During her time at Purdue, she interned at the Institute of Global Security and Defense Innovation, an interdisciplinary startup dedicated to promoting research and development in defense technology and capability in the United States. In addition to her coursework and relevant experience, Anushka cites her international upbringing as an instrumental force in driving her to the field of international security. Growing up as an Indian national and an expatriate and as a Third Culture Kid in Dhahran, a multicultural city in Saudi Arabia, Anushka was exposed to an arena of international affairs. She lived in Saudi Arabia during key events in history, such as the Arab Spring, the war in Syria, the rise of extremist groups, and the ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. This experience allowed her to have a new vantage point to understand international conflict, and inspired her to learn more about geopolitical challenges that arise from economic turmoil, political destabilization, and extremist ideologies. Anushka is also passionate about writing and has published articles on college and international newspapers, as well as on various blogs. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, photography, learning languages, and prioritizing health and fitness.

Giulia Bova

Giulia is excited to join Korbel as an MA candidate in International Development with a certificate of Global Health Affairs. She was born in Italy and grew up outside of Chicago prior to moving to Montreal, Canada to complete her Bachelor's in International Development Studies at McGill University. After her undergraduate studies, she moved to Boston, where she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a literacy non-profit. She then taught World History and ELA at charter schools in Boston, while also completing a Master's in Teaching. Giulia is a recently returned Peace Corps Rwanda volunteer (2016-2018). During her Peace Corps service, she taught English to secondary students and worked on public health projects related to malaria and sexual and reproductive health. After her Peace Corps service, Giulia worked at Guild Education at a Student Success Advisor. She is also a co-founder of The Now Exchange, a women's health organization aimed at increasing access to reproductive health services and knowledge for women working in the Read-Made Garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh.

Zachary Lien

Born and raised in Idaho, Zach earned degrees in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Idaho in 2018. An avid researcher and reader, he has dedicated most of his research to the role of religion in human rights, revolution, and international relations. Specifically, Zach focused on the human rights violations perpetuated by apostasy and blasphemy laws as well as the consequences those laws inflict on the lives of apostates. Zach continued this research as a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow at the Library of Congress, as a Rangel Scholar at Howard University, as an undergraduate student studying abroad in Israel, and as a presenter at the Wheatley Conference for Religion and World Affairs. At Korbel, he plans to continue studying the nexus of religion and human rights by pursuing an MA in International Studies with a certificate in Religion and International Affairs. Zach also enjoys movie marathons, pub trivia, and eSports.

Daniel Rinner

Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Daniel is an MA student in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration. In 2019 he earned a bachelor's in economics and international studies with a minor in mathematics from the University of Denver. As an undergraduate, Daniel conducted research on human-wildlife conflict mitigation in Kenya and wrote his thesis on the implications of the 2008 financial crisis for U.S. immigrants' remittance. Additional experiences include work in peer education for gender-based violence prevention and an internship with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's Denver office. Daniel eventually hopes to produce research that improves development policy through a career in academia.

Savannah Wallace

Originally from rural Western New York, Savannah graduated from American University in 2016 with a BA in International Studies. As an undergraduate, she completed internships with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom, and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26). She also studied abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China. Following graduation, she started working at the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. Savannah primarily planned cultural events, created and implemented administrative policies, designed a communications plan, and coded qualitative data. She also learned more about the conduct of American diplomacy and hopes to join the U.S. Foreign Service. Savannah is pursuing an MA in International Studies at Korbel and enjoys reading, traveling, and graphic design.

 Class of 2022

Michelle Carrere Seizer

Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Michelle is pursuing an MA degree in International Studies with a specialization in human mobility and intercultural relations. After finishing her bachelor's degree in Social Communications, Michelle found her dream career working with immigrants and refugees with the Uruguayan government's Syrian Refugee Resettlement program and, later on, coordinating the area of migration and intercultural education in the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture. Michelle has always had a passion for experiencing the world's diversity and building bridges among different viewpoints, a passion that she strived to channel through her various personal, volunteer, and professional activities. Michelle enjoys music, books, walks in nature, beer and conversations with friends, writing, and a dark sense of humor.

Janet Hernandez

Janet, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, is pursuing a MA in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance certificate. Janet earned a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish with a translator's certificate from Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver. She was the first student in MSU Denver history to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. Janet used her Fulbright Scholarship to teach English for three years in South Korea. Janet aspires to improve educational opportunities for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Melissa Roggero

Originally from Florida, Melissa is pursuing a MA in International Development at Korbel and will explore her interests in education and humanitarian assistance. Melissa received her bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs and French from the University of Virginia. As a dual citizen of Brazil and the United States, Melissa has a love of languages and international relations. Before coming to Korbel, Melissa spent a Semester at Sea, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Georgia, worked on the leadership team for GLOW (Girls Leading our World), and was a Participant Recruiter for the FLEX program with American Councils for International Education. Melissa is excited to bolster her previous experience through her studies at Korbel to ultimately find ways to overcome obstacles within the intersection of education and sustainable development.

Jina Seo

Jina Seo is a MA student in International Security. Jina earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Diplomacy with a minor in Economics. She has dedicated more than ten years to researching North Korean nuclear issues in South Korea. Her research focuses on how North Korea's nuclear capabilities are reflected in its tactics and has widened into predicting North Korea's strategy by studying its security decision-making processes. Her interests also include authoritarianism, regime security, and failed states.

Sheila Van de Graaph

Sheila is pursuing a MA in International Development. Sheila currently holds a master's degree in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi; a bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Gender, and African Studies; a postgraduate diploma in project management; a certificate in monitoring and evaluation; and a certificate in effective leadership. Sheila has over 11 years of experience in initiating, managing, and developing programs in the spheres of education, gender and development, youth empowerment, and leadership and development. Sheila is an alumna of the USA-Mandela Washington Fellowship. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of the nationally registered youth organization, Youth and Success Association (YASA) in Kenya, which currently has over 14,000 youth in the network.