Undergraduate Research Fellows

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Alexandra Byrne is a senior majoring in International Relations and French & Francophone Studies. She is interested in international justice, human rights, and cultural preservation. Alexandra writes for The Flat Hat, W&M's student newspaper, and was recently a Freeman Internship Fellow in Mongolia. Previously, she interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Daniel Posthumus is a junior majoring in Public Policy. He is a member of the 1693 Scholars Program – the College's most selective scholarship program. Daniel is interested in politics, both domestic and international, as well as civil rights and law. He recently interned for the Comisión por la Memoria in La Plata, Argentina, supporting the memorial sites and investigations team.

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Hannah Ray is a sophomore intending to major in International Relations and Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. She writes for The Flat Hat, W&M's student newspaper and previously interned for the Europe & Eurasia Civic Space project at AidData. Her research interests include human rights, the media, and Eastern European affairs.

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Alyson Reynolds is a junior studying International Relations and Latin American Studies. She is also a member of the prestigious James Monroe Scholars Program, for which she has conducted research on gender-based violence in Guatemala and human rights reporting in Ukraine. Her interests include transitional justice, international law, human rights, and migration.

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Zoha Siddiqui is a senior majoring in International Relations and Hispanic Studies. She is a member of the 1693 Scholars Program – the College's most selective scholarship program. Zoha is also co-founder and co-director of HER, a non-profit that builds libraries for underfunded girls' schools in the Global South. Her interests include transitional justice, law, and human rights.

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Elijah Tsai is a sophomore studying International Relations and History. He is a member of the prestigious James Monroe Scholars Program and the Global Research Institute's Global Scholars Program. His interests include historic and contemporary human rights issues and global decolonization projects.

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Chabeli Yumang is a sophomore intending to major in International Relations. She has interned with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of East Asian/Pacific Affairs. Her interests include East and Southeast Asia, GIS, climate change, and environmental justice.

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Bilen Zerie is a senior majoring in International Relations. She is a member of the prestigious James Monroe Scholars Program and the William & Mary Scholars Program. Her interests include international development, human rights, and East African affairs. 

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows

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Margot Cunningham is a 2021 graduate of William & Mary, with degrees in Anthropology and Marketing. Margot was a College Honors Fellows, Nathan Altshuler Awardee, and Freeman Internship Fellow. She studied abroad in Rwanda and Thailand in 2019. Her interests include human rights, genocide prevention, prison reform, LGBTQ+ rights, and Southeast Asia. She supports digital communications for IJL, the Journal of Human Rights, and #POCAlsoKnowStuff.

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Nastaran Far is a 2021 graduate of the University of Southern California, with a degree in International Relations. Nastaran was a recipient of the prestigious Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellowship in Government Service and served in then-U.S. Senator Kamala Harris's Los Angeles Office. Her research interests include human rights, women's education, international law, and the Middle East.

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Hailey Robertson is a 2021 graduate of the University of Southern California, with a degree in Global Health from the Keck School of Medicine. Hailey served on the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health's Student Advisory Council. Her research interests include disability rights and gender rights.

Alumni

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Sally Calengor is a senior at William & Mary, majoring in International Relations. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, and recently gave a TEDx Talk on body image and the media. Her research interests include women and children's advocacy, humanitarian outreach, and Middle Eastern affairs.

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Gabrielle DeBelen is a 2022 graduate of William & Mary, with degrees in Public Policy and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies. She was a member of the 1693 Scholars Program, the College's most selective scholarship program. Her interests include law, human rights, and Southeast Asia. After graduation, Gabby placed at Capital One as an Associate Legal Specialist for Litigation.

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Nitya Labh is a 2022 graduate of William & Mary, with degrees in International Relations and Economics. Previously, she was an NGO delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Her interests include international security, law, development, and peace and conflict. After graduation, Nitya placed at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a James C. Gaither Fellow.

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Nathan Liu is a 2022 graduate of William & Mary, with a degree in International Relations, and a former James Monroe Scholar. Previously, he interned with the Partnership for Public Service, helping to make the federal civil service more innovative. His interests include transitional justice and East Asian politics. After graduation, Nathan placed at Booz Allen Hamilton  as a Strategy Consultant.

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Johanna Weech is a 2020 graduate of William & Mary, with degrees in International Relations and Hispanic Studies. Previously, she served as a National Security Archive research intern, building a chronology of the 1976-83 Argentine military junta using recently declassified human rights cases. After graduation, Jo placed at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. as an International Trade Paralegal.