GPI Fellows

Who Are We?

Global Policy Institute fellows are a group of hard-working undergraduate students who are passionate about international relations and foreign affairs. Our fellows have studied and worked all over the world, including the Arctic, Rwanda, Belgium and Argentina, among other regions. Each fellow has a wide variety of interests that they are excited to share with the USC community. 

The team organizes programming and events for all USC students. The fellows also maintain, update and create content for the GPI website.

Student Leadership

Ashley Abadeer | Director

Ashley Abadeer is a senior studying International Relations and the Global Economy with a minor in Architecture at USC. Her specific interest in the field of international relations is ensuring water security and hopes to one day help establish clean water infrastructure through architectural design. Ashley has technical experience in AutoCad as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere. On campus, Ashley is the speaker’s director for TEDxUSC, a lead researcher in the SPEC lab whose work involved codifying power-sharing institutions and updating the existing literature, and is also a member of USC’s international relations co-ed professional fraternity, Delta Phi Epsilon. She is from Riverside, CA.

Mia Speier | Director

Mia Speier is a senior majoring in International Relations, minoring in Law and Public Policy and pursuing a master’s degree in Public Diplomacy. She joined GPI in Fall 2018 and is her fourth year serving as a director. On campus, Mia is the editor-in-chief of Glimpse from the Globe, an editor for the Southern California International Review, USC editor at Annenberg Media and former editor at the Daily Trojan. She is a campus tour guide with the USC Office of Admission, an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon and has been named a Warren Bennis Scholar and Schaeffer Fellow in Government Service. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Agency for Global Media, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Mia is passionate about Europe/Eurasia, press and media freedom and U.S. foreign policy. She is from Los Angeles, CA.

Kirian Mischke-Reeds | Director

Kirian Mischke-Reeds is a senior majoring in International Relations and the Global Economy with a minor in Environmental Studies and serves as Chief Editor for GPI. Growing up to a German-Spanish mother and an American father in the Bay Area inspired Kirian to study international issues, focusing particularly on European foreign policy and the global climate change regime. Last summer, he interned for Climate XChange, doing research on North Carolina’s environmental and climate policy. On campus, Kirian is a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity and is Associate Editor for Glimpse from the Globe, USC’s foreign affairs magazine.

Matt Slade | Editorial Lead

Matt Slade is a senior double majoring in International Relations and Chinese Language from Boulder, Colorado. At USC, he is involved with the Teaching International Relations Program which teaches local high school students complex IR issues, as well as the Civil Rights and Liberties Club where he serves on executive board. In May, Matt went to China to research changes in advertising and consumer culture as a result of globalization in a program through the East Asian Studies Center. Outside of USC, he has worked for several years on research projects for the Korean Negotiation Initiative based out of Boulder. Though he has many interests regarding international relations, within GPI Matt focuses on issues of global and national security, especially in relation to East Asia and cybersecurity. 

Delarai Sadeghitari | Editorial Lead

Delarai is a senior studying International Relations and Spanish from Orange County, California. In addition to GPI, she is a part of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other, an organization dedicated to teaching local middle school girls about important topics, like consent and mental health. Delarai is also a part of the action level coding team for the Near Crisis Project, a team dedicated to researching and coding the daily actions of near crises. Some of her primary interests in the field of international relations include human security, human rights, and the intersection of gender and international relations.

Marie Zaragoza | Program Lead

Marie Zaragoza is a junior pursuing a degree in International Relations with an emphasis on global economics and Arabic. On campus, she is a research assistant with the Security and Political Economy lab where she researches the influence of power sharing institutions in shaping various educational, economic and civil liberty outcomes and is the treasurer of the USC Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. Marie has also volunteered with the Teaching International Relations Program. This past summer, she studied immigration in Spain, working with NGOs and private sector actors to understand the dynamics between the public and private sector to achieve social change.

Elizabeth Shepherd | Program Lead

Elizabeth Shepherd is a Senior majoring in Intelligence and Cyber Operations from Los Angeles, California. Her interests include Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferation, Modern warfare, Cyberwar, Cyber Weapons, Information Security, and Cyber Forensics. She has academic experience in network security, pentesting, and cyber forensics and professional experience in cyber threat intelligence and as a cyber security analyst. She has been with the GPI since Spring 2019.

Student Fellows

Sabrina Pierre

Sabrina Pierre is a junior majoring in Health and Human Sciences, with a minor in Occupational Sciences and International Relations on the pre-med track. She is interested in the intersection of global/public health and global issues, human rights, child migrant conditions, and anti-racism movements/issues. She is a Keck P.R.E.P Scholar, a counselor and one of the advocacy and inclusion co-chairs for USC’s Troy Camp and part of the African Americans in Health e-board. She is also an intern for Keck Medicine of USC working in their Ambulatory Care Operations and Access Center.

Amanda Wilson

Amanda Wilson is a senior studying international relations and legal studies. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school and work in Washington, D.C. She was born and raised in Orange County, CA and considers herself a lifelong Trojan fan. Outside of the classroom, Amanda loves to spend time hiking with her dog, going to the beach, and doing hot yoga.

Benjamin Blum

Benjamin Blum is a junior studying International Relations from San Francisco, California. Ben’s interests lie in diplomacy, conflict studies and national identity. He has served as an intern at the US Department of State and works with the American Film Showcase, a government-funded public diplomacy initiative produced by USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He became passionate about international affairs after living in Japan for two years. Ben has completed research assistantships focused on international relations at USC and one day hopes to work in the foreign policy sphere.

Michael Murray

Michael Murray is a junior from Chicago, Illinois, studying International Relations. Within GPI, he focuses on poverty and human security related issues. Outside of GPI, Michael is involved in USC’s Security and Political Economy Lab, Society 53, and JEP. In the past, Michael has worked with the University of Chicago’s Chicago Project on Security and Threats, Arabic Club ‘SC, and the Levan Institute for Humanities. He looks forward to seeing USC’s international relations and policy related discourse grow through GPI.

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in International Relations from Nottingham, England. His specific interest in the field of international relations focuses on climate change and human security. Outside of GPI, Aaron is on the executive board for Troy Camp and is a member of the Trojan Knights. Last semester, Aaron participated in a Case Study on Modern Leadership course co-taught by Former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Lan Duong

Lan Duong is a junior majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Computer Programming and Spanish. She works with the Human Security team at the Global Policy Institute and is also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s international relations professional fraternity. Outside of school, Lan has been heavily involved in political campaigns, from her role as Outreach Director for a school board campaign in her hometown to her position as a full-time field organizer for Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign in Iowa. Lan has also spent time volunteering with CARECEN, a Los Angeles-based advocacy organization and resource center for Central American immigrants. This fall, Lan is working as a policy intern for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Sumaya Hussaini

Sumaya Hussaini is a junior pursuing a Master of Public Diplomacy, majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Relations. She is currently for Accountability Counsel, a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance for communities harmed by internationally financed projects. On campus, Sumaya serves as team lead for the Education, Conflict & Aid Allocation project for the Security and Political Economy Lab. She has previously interned for the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan and USC Center for the Political Future. Her areas of interest include foreign policy, sustainable development and human rights

Kavita Rai

Kavita Rai is served on Girl Up Campaign’s international youth consultant board advising the organization on communication and advocacy strategies. Building off of her activism, she lobbied on Capitol Hill with the ACLU and Girl Up for bills ranging from immigration reform to protecting girls abroad. She has been invited to speak on behalf of organizations including Los Angeles City Hall for the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights day and Girl Up for the Annual Global Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. She’s excited to continue her education and advocacy work as a student at University of Southern California

Si Yun Ee

Si Yun Ee is currently a junior at USC. Her interests lie in the intersection of wide-scale impact and explanations of political decisions and theories through International Relations, as well as the micro level of politics through cultural and diaspora influences through Global Studies. Through her commitment to her research and interests, her belief in both a strong work ethic and global self-immersion is prominent by her avid involvement as a student leader in various positions, in research and organizations that she partakes in. She is keen in furthering her interests in diplomacy, international regional stability and negotiation through obtaining further real-world experiences and learning opportunities to better herself as a global learner, thinker and professional.

Daniel Kos

Daniel Kos is a freshman studying International Relations with a minor in Latin American Studies from San Francisco, California. He is interested in politics and economics in Latin America, especially income inequality and the region’s trade relations with the United States and China. Daniel is a member of the USC Model UN team and is a Junior Correspondent for Glimpse of the Globe. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and enjoys hiking in nature.

Kate Curry

Kate Curry is a senior pursuing a master’s degree in Public Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She is particularly interested in sustainable development driven by community empowerment. On campus, Kate is involved in Delta Phi Epsilon and the Near Crisis Project Africa research team. She also works for the American Language Institute, where she tutors and mentors international teaching assistants. Kate has volunteered with the Teaching International Relations Program and the Joint Educational Project and is passionate about education equity and access. Through various study abroad opportunities, Kate has worked, studied, and volunteered in France, Hong Kong, Russia, and India. This fall, Kate is interning for the LA Mayor’s Office of International Affairs.

Bennett Rine

Bennett Rine is a senior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations. His specific interests are in the intersection of gender and global issues as well as human rights. At USC, he has volunteered with the Teaching International Relations Program, working with high school students in Los Angeles. Bennett is also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s international relations and foreign service professional fraternity. Within the Global Policy Institute, he focuses on issues of poverty and human security.

Diana Cantini

Diana is a sophomore studying International Relations from Seattle. She is interested in Eastern European history and culture, especially the rule of law. Diana is a member of the USC mock trial team and is interested in attending law school in the future. She speaks Russian and enjoys lifting. 

Sangeeta Kishore

Sangeeta Kishore is a junior majoring in International Relations (Global Business) and French on a pre-law track. On campus, Sangeeta is a Managing Editor for Glimpse from the Globe, a researcher for Near Crisis Project, and was a 2021 Schaeffer Fellow in Government Service. This past summer, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and now currently works for the U.S. Department of Defense. Sangeeta is interested in law, international development, global conflict, and security studies. She is from Princeton, NJ. 

Lee Schlosser

Lee Schlosser is a Sophomore double-majoring in International Relations and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Lee’s main interests are conflict in the Middle East and educational inequality around the world. Outside of GPI, Lee serves as the Vice President of the Trojan Democrats, the Programming Director of the California College Democrats, an intern for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and is a Trojan Scholar Society Mentor. Lee hopes to attend law school after completing his undergraduate education at USC.

Mane Berikyan

Mané Berikyan is a Deans Scholar freshman majoring in International Relations and minoring in Russian Area Studies on the pre-law track from Los Angeles, CA. On campus, Mané is a junior writer for Glimpse From the Globe, a student worker at the Institute of Armenian Studies, and is involved in the Society for Women in Law, Trojan Review, and Armenian Students Association. As an active member of the Armenian community, she currently serves as the Membership Director for the non-profit organization Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America and social media coordinator for United Armenian Inter-Org. Her areas of interest include international human rights law, foreign affairs and national security as it pertains to the post-Soviet states and the Middle East.

Darcy Bond

Darcy is a junior majoring in International Relations and Global Business. Her specific interests lie in migration, rights for asylum seekers, and global conflict resolution. She has served as an international trade intern for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service. She has also held full-time volunteer positions for UISCE, a non-profit dedicated to peacebuilding in Northern Ireland, and Care4Calais, a charity that supports refugees in northern France. On-campus, she is a member of the USC Sailing Team and Delta Phi Epsilon, a foreign service professional fraternity.

Aidan McHugh

Aidan McHugh is a freshman studying International Relations and Art History from Pennsylvania. He is particularly interested in understanding cultures through their art by examining how political, social, and economic agendas, and frustrations, are expressed in artworks. Aidan has experience with Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and has a particular interest in East Asia. He is a member of the Trojan Poker Club and works as a research assistant in USC’s history department. Outside of the classroom he enjoys being in nature, reading a good book, and exploring new kinds of music.

Zareen Shaikh

Zareen Shaikh is a freshman studying International Relations from Sacramento, California. She is interested in global issues, specifically East Asian security and politics. Zareen is also studying Japanese and on campus is involved in the APIDA first-year experience as well as various APASS services. With GPI, she hopes to expand her knowledge regarding international relations as well as educate her peers on global issues. 

Yasarcan Bozkurt

Yaşarcan Bozkurt is a sophomore double majoring in Economics and International Relations and minoring in Managerial Consulting. He was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. Throughout his life, he has been educated in American schools located in Istanbul, until he got accepted to USC. Outside of the classroom, he  is interested in Middle Eastern politics, European integration, and the functions of cryptocurrency. 

Allison Walsh

Allison Walsh is a Communications major and a Cinematic Arts minor. She is a junior pre-law student with aspirations to work as a human rights lawyer. She is particularly interested in international law, and hopes to one day work to ensure equal access to health care for all, with particular interest in improving women’s health care. She has interned in the past for the United Nations on a team dedicated to covering the events of the 14th annual Conference on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and is also a member of the programming committee for her pre-law co-educational fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. She is from Columbus, Ohio.

Vincent Hultsch

Vincent Hultsch is a freshman at the Dornsife College majoring in International Relations: Global Economy. His interests lie at the intersection of geopolitics and the global market space. He is from Mulhouse, France but grew up in the United States. He first became impassioned in the field growing up in a multicultural home that emphasized the links between traditions of each culture. Vincent also honed his skills in academic research through years of public forum debate and being a researcher in medical studies in both the US and Germany. Outside of international relations, he enjoys hiking, playing piano, and engaging with foreign languages. 

Eva Hartman

Eva Hartman is a sophomore at USC studying International Relations and Global Heath. She has done extensive research on international health issues including malaria prevention and COVID-19 misinformation as an intern for Ray United, and worked in collaboration with the US Peace Corps and United States embassy in Uganda. Journal abstracts she has co-authored have been selected for presentation at Asian-Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conferences. She is also a researcher for the Near Crisis Project at USC. Eva is interested in the intersection between African Affairs and the future of United States security. 

Emily Lieberman

Emily Lieberman is a Junior studying Political Science with a minor in Dance. On campus, Emily is a research assistant with the Security and Political Economy Lab where she serves as the Team Lead of the Development, Education, and Equity Team, and an associate editor at Glimpse from the Globe. She also serves as a mentor in APASS PEER and is a member of the USC Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. Her research interests include global health, foreign policy, international development, and environmental sustainability. This past summer, Emily worked in the California Department of Justice as a Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellow in Government Service.

Lukas Makikalli

Lukas Makikalli is a sophomore studying International Relations and Global Business with a minor in Real Estate Development. Growing up in Colorado as a dual-citizen of the United States and Finland, he has grown up appreciating the outdoors. His interests focus on the intersection between global climate politics and business, and how environmental policies are interrelated with the actions and practices of large corporations. At USC, he is involved in the Environmental Student Assembly, the Trojan Real Estate Association, and The Sustainability Project, a student-run organization that works on projects with local businesses supporting sustainable business practices.

Liam Rinehart

Liam Rinehart is a sophomore studying International Relations and the Global Economy with a minor in Business Finance. Within GPI, Liam focuses on debt regimes and global markets. Outside of GPI, Liam works with USC’s chapter of College Democrats of America and serves as the chief of staff at College Democrats of California as well.

Emily Morris

Emily Morris is a junior majoring in International Relations and Creative Writing and minoring in Spanish. On campus, Emily works as the Academic Development Coordinator of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s International Relations professional fraternity, an associate editor for Glimpse from the Globe, and an editor for the Southern California International Review. Emily’s interests within international affairs focus on Latin America, human rights movements, and climate change.

Ifeayin Eziamaka “Ezi” Ogbuli

Ifeayin Eziamaka “Ezi” Ogbuli is a senior studying Global Studies and pursuing a Progressive Master’s Degree in Public Health. She is interested in the intersection of health and human rights where she would like to focus on issues related to immigration and refugee crises as well as sexual violence on the African continent. Ezi currently serves as a Cultural Ambassador at the Center for Black Culture and Student Affair,  the Advocacy Chair for the Black Student Assembly, and as an Advocacy Liason for the Undergraduate Student Government. After graduation, Ezi hopes to attend law school in pursuit of a global health law degree.