PhD Students and Candidates, 2021-22

Neha Ansari (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
MA, International Relations, University of Karachi
BA (Honors), International Relations, University of Karachi
Fields of Study: International Security; Geopolitics of Southwest Asia
Dissertation Title: From “God’s Wrath” to “Miracle Birds”: The Increasing Acceptance of U.S. Drone Strikes in FATA
neha.ansari@tufts.edu

Dipali Anumol (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
MSc, International Relations (Research), London School of Economics and Political Science
Integrated MA, Development Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Fields of Study: Gender and Intersectional Analysis; Human Security and Humanitarian Affairs
Dissertation Title: From Legal Reform to Social Change: Feminist Activism and Responses to Sexual Violence in India
dipali.anumol@tufts.edu

Frances Tilney Burke
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
MPhil, Latin American Studies, Oxford University
AB, History & Literature, Harvard University
Fields of Study: International Security; History of U.S. Foreign Relations
Dissertation Title: “Why We Went”: A History of the Decision to Invade Iraq in 2003
frances.burke@tufts.edu

Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi (he/him/his)
MIB, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
MBA, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines & Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
BA, Sociology and Public Administration, Osmania University
Fields of Study: International Business; Technology and International Affairs
Dissertation Title: As the Human Cloud Expands, Is Distance Shrinking? A Study of the Impact of Distance on Location Independent Digital Work
ravi.chaturvedi@tufts.edu

Nicholas E. Cicchinelli (he/him/his)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, International Relations and Russian Studies, Wheaton College, Massachusetts
Fields of Study: Gender and Intersectional Analysis; International Legal Studies
Dissertation Title: Illegible Identities, Institutional Protection Gaps, and Invisible Harms: Examining the Effects of U.S. Refugee Status Determination Processes on Protection Outcomes for Sexual and Gender Minority Refugees and Asylum-Seekers
nicholas.cicchinelli@tufts.edu

Zoltan Feher
MPA, Harvard University
JD, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest
MA, American Studies (American History), Eotvos Lorand University
MA, Political Science, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest (joint bachelor’s and master’s) 
Fields of Study: International Security; Political Systems and Theories
Dissertation Title: The Sources of American Conduct: U.S. Strategy, China’s Rise, and International Order
zoltan.feher@tufts.edu

Tarun Gopalakrishnan (he/him/his)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA/LLB (Honors), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India
Fields of Study: International Development and Environmental Policy; International Organizations 
tarun.gopalakrishnan@tufts.edu

Jeremy Gwinn (he/him/his)
MBA, University of North Carolina
BA, History, Pennsylvania State University
Fields of Study: International Security; Political Systems and Theories
Dissertation Title: By, With, and Through: Explaining Effectiveness in U.S. Unconventional Warfare
jeremy.gwinn@tufts.edu

Aruni Jayakody (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, English & International Relations, and LLB, Public International Law, University of Queensland
Fields of Study: International Human Rights Law; International Organizations
Dissertation Title: Commitments and Compliance: Impact of Cooperation with International Human Rights Institutions in Sri Lanka and Nepal
aruni.jayakody@tufts.edu

Marina Lazetic (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, Human Rights and Sociology, Bard College
Fields of Study: Human Security and Humanitarian Affairs; International Security
Dissertation Title: The Lines They Defend: Border Externalization and Anti-Immigration Movements on the U.S.-Mexico and EU-Serbia Borders
marina.lazetic@tufts.edu

Xiaodon L. Liang (he/him/his)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BSc, International Relations, London School of Economics
Fields of Study: International Security; Comparative and Regional Studies
Dissertation Title: Military Rule and Military Industry: Prerogatives and Interests

Alex McAuliff (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, Government; Global Studies, Colby College
Fields of Study: Gender and Intersectional Analysis; International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Dissertation Title: The Good Friday Agreement and the Limits of Inclusion: A Structural Rethinking of Peace Negotiations
alexandra.mcauliff@tufts.edu

Scott D. McDonald
MA, National Security Affairs, The Naval Postgraduate School
BA, International Affairs, The George Washington University
Fields of Study: Political Systems and Theories; International Security
Dissertation Title: The Potential of Hierarchy: The Role of Traditional Chinese Philosophy in Xi Jinping’s Foreign Policy
scott.mcdonald@tufts.edu

Aaron Melaas (he/him/his)
MA, Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
BSFS, International Politics, Georgetown University
Fields of Study: International Political Economy; Development Economics
Dissertation Title: Industry Associations as Intermediate Actors: How Selective Incentives Affect Firm Behavior
aaron.melaas@gmail.com

Jared Miller (he/him/his)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, International Relations, College of William and Mary
Fields of Study: Comparative and Regional Studies; Human Security and Humanitarian Affairs
Dissertation Title: Transforming Systemic Corruption: The Role of Peacebuilding in Strengthening Accountable Governance
jared.miller@tufts.edu

Ben Naimark-Rowse (he/him/his)
MPA, Princeton School for Public and International Affairs
BA with honors, International Studies, University of Chicago
Fields of Study: International Security; Comparative and Regional Studies
Dissertation Title: Bridging Relationships in Pro-Democracy Social Movements
benjamin.naimarkrowse@tufts.edu

Diana Park (she/her/hers)
MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
MA, Cybersecurity Technology, University of Maryland Global Campus
BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Fields of Study: International Security; Pacific Asia
Dissertation Title: Cyber and U.S. Alliance Dynamics in Northeast Asia
dayea.park@tufts.edu

Megan Zella Rounseville (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, Economics, Denison University
Fields of Study: Development Economics; Econometric Impact Evaluation
Dissertation Title: Encouraging Behavior Change for Improved Well-being: Three Field Experiments
megan.rounseville@tufts.edu

Gary J. Sampson (he/him/his)
MSS, Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University
MSSI, College of Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University
BS, Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Fields of Study: International Security; Comparative and Regional Studies
Dissertation Title: “Arming to Threaten the Peace”: Enduring PRC-DPRK Ties, and Why North Korea Became the First “Axis of Evil” State with the Bomb
gary.sampson@tufts.edu

Lydia Sizer (she/her/hers)
MA, International Economics, Conflict Management, Middle East Studies, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
BA, International Relations, Brown University
Fields of Study: International Security, Global Governance and International Organizations
Dissertation Title: Power and Responsibility: How Organizations Decide Whether to Send Personnel to Dangerous Places
lydia.sizer@tufts.edu

Frank Sobchak (he/him/his)
MA, Arab Studies, Georgetown University
BS, Military History, U.S. Military Academy West Point
Fields of Study: International Security; Human Security and Humanitarian Affairs
Dissertation Title: Lost in Translation? Assessing the Importance of Language Skills and Cultural Awareness in Special Forces Advisory Efforts
frank.sobchak@tufts.edu

Kinsey Spears (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
AB, Arabic, The University of Georgia
Fields of Study: Gender and Intersectional Analysis; International Security
Dissertation Title: Women, Peace and Security in the United States Army: Roadblocks and Entry Points for Implementation

Bethany Tietjen (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, International Studies and German Studies, American University
Fields of Study: International Development and Environmental Policy; Human Security and Humanitarian Affairs
bethany.tietjen@tufts.edu

Antti Toivanen (he/him/his)
MA, University of Turku
MSS, University of Helsinki
Fields of Study: Human Security and Humanitarian Affairs; Comparative and Regional Studies
Dissertation Title: Safe Havens, Indifferent Hosts, Independent Decision Makers: A Comparative Study on the Role of the Cities and the Civil Society During the European Refugee Crisis 2015-2017
antti.toivanen@tufts.edu

Stefan Tschauko (he/him/his)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (with an exchange semester at Sciences Po)
MS, International Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business (with an exchange with Koç University)
Diplom-Ingenieur (FH), Information Management, FH JOANNEUM, University of Applied Sciences
Fields of Study: International Communication and Brand Management; Global Governance and International Organizations
Dissertation Title: Branding and Brand Management in International Organizations – Manifestations, Influence Factors, and the Role in Influencing Performance: The Case of the United Nations System
stefan.tschauko@tufts.edu

Timothy Urban
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
MA, USAF Command and Staff College
BA, English, U.S. Naval Academy
Fields of Study: International Security; Global Governance and International Organizations
Dissertation Title: Between Outlaws and the State: Assessing the Impact of Criminal Enterprise and U.S. Security Cooperation on Military Professionalism in Latin America, 2000 to 2020
timothy.urban@tufts.edu

Andrea M. Walther-Puri (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, International Relations, Tufts University
Fields of Study: International Security; African Studies
Dissertation Title: Measuring the Effectiveness of U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance in the Sahel
andrea.walther@tufts.edu

Ryan Young (he/him/his)
MBA, The Kelley School, Indiana University
BS, Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Fields of Study: International Security; International Legal Studies
Dissertation Title: Civil-AI Relations: Understanding Opportunity & Risk in AI-Enhanced Governance
ryan.young@tufts.edu

Julie Zollmann (she/her/hers)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
BA, International Relations & Anthropology, Eckerd College
Fields of Study: International Development and Environmental Policy; African Studies
Dissertation Title: Are New Jobs Good Jobs? Investigating the Impact of Platform-Mediated Livelihoods on Workers in Nairobi
julie.zollmann@tufts.edu