Research Fellows

Alexandra Byrne is a sophomore at William & Mary, with a prospective major in International Relations. Alexandra has deep interests in international law, gender equality, Middle Eastern politics, and cultural preservation. She has received national recognition for her journalism through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and recently interned at Gagosian Gallery.

Margot Cunningham is a senior at William & Mary, studying Anthropology and Marketing. Margot is the recipient of the College’s Honors Fellowship, Nathan Altshuler Award, Freeman Intern Fellowship award, and National Scholastic Silver Medal with Distinction for her writing portfolio. She studied abroad in Rwanda in summer 2019 and Thailand in fall 2019. Her interests include human rights, genocide prevention, prison reform, LGBTQ+ rights, and Southeast Asia.

Gabrielle DeBelen is a junior at William & Mary, majoring in Public Policy and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies. Gabrielle is a member of the 1693 Scholars Program – the College's most selective scholarship program. Her interests include law, human rights, criminal justice reform, and Southeast Asia.

Nathan Liu is a junior at William & Mary, majoring in International Relations. He is a recent Global Research Institute Summer Fellow, with service to Building Tomorrow – a non-profit organization serving underprivileged children in Uganda. Previously, Nathan was a 2019 Freeman Foundation Fellow, with service to the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. His interests include transitional justice, East Asian politics, and information warfare.

Daniel Posthumus is a first-year student at William & Mary, with prospective majors in Public Policy and Hispanic Studies. Daniel  is a member of the 1693 Scholars Program – the College's most selective scholarship program. He is interested in politics, both domestic and international, as well as civil rights and law.

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

Bilen Zerie is a sophomore at William & Mary, with a prospective major in International Relations. Bilen is a member of the prestigious James Monroe Scholars Program and a recipient of the William & Mary Scholar Award. Her interests include international development, human rights, and East African affairs. 

Nastaran Far is a senior at the University of Southern California, majoring in International Relations. Nastaran is the recipient of the prestigious Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellowship in Government Service, with recent service in US Senator Kamala Harris's Los Angeles Office. Her interests include human rights, women’s education, international law, and the Middle East.

Hailey Robertson is a senior at the University of Southern California, majoring in Global Health at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Hailey has served on the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health's Student Advisory Council. Her interests include disability rights and gender rights.

Alumnae

Nitya Labh is a junior at William & Mary, majoring in International Relations and Economics. Previously, Nitya worked as an NGO delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and continues to participate in human rights advocacy at the UN. Her interests include international security and law, economic development, and peace and conflict studies.

Johanna Weech is a 2020 graduate of William & Mary, with majors in International Relations and Hispanic Studies. In addition to her extensive research and teaching experience abroad, most recently in Guatemala and Bosnia & Herzegovina, Jo has served as a National Security Archive research intern, building a chronology of the 1976-83 Argentine military junta using recently declassified human rights cases.

 

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