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Former Student Staff

Sean Christensen is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 Candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on International Monetary Theory and Policy and International Political Economy. Before coming to The Fletcher School, he worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant at Brigham Young University while completing his bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and French Studies there. During a two-year break in his studies, he worked as a volunteer in several cities near Moscow, Russia primarily helping immigrants to Russia from several other countries who struggled economically. He continues to work on his proficiency in both French and Russian.
Akshobh Giridharadas received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2019 from The Fletcher School, where he focused on International Security Studies and Strategic Management and Consultancy. A journalist by profession, Akshobh was based out of Singapore as a reporter and producer with Channel News Asia, Singapore covering international business news. He writes on diverse topics such as geopolitics, business, tech, and sports. His previous endeavors include working at ESPN STAR and FOX television networks. He is a TEDx and Toastmasters public speaker.
Natasha Hill is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 candidate at The Fletcher School. Prior to attending Fletcher she worked as a math and science teacher in Budakeszi, Hungary. Natasha also worked at a non-profit teaching math to incarcerated men and women, preparing them for the GRE. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Peace & Justice Studies. She is interested in U.S.-Russian relations and political psychology.
Erica Johnston received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in 2021 at The Fletcher School, focusing on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. She is also interested in Russia and Eurasia and Gender Analysis. Before attending Fletcher, Erica worked at Nigro, Pettepit, and Lucas, LLP in Newburyport, Massachusetts as an administrative assistant in the estate planning and probate department. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and German Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During her time at UMass Amherst, she worked at the DEFA Film Library, where she handled sales, screenings, and upkeep of the library’s East German film collection. After college, she received served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a German secondary school in North-Rhine Westphalia. Erica also took introductory Russian courses in high school and college and looks to improve her language skills. She plans to join the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.
Anastasia Karimova received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2019 from The Fletcher School, where she focused on Human Security and Business for Social Impact. Before coming to The Fletcher School, she had worked with Transparency International Russia (TIR) in Moscow as a press officer and spokesperson. Anastasia also has eight years of experience in political and business journalism in Russia, and she stood for a municipal election in Moscow in 2008. She received her В.А. in Journalism from the Moscow State University and took part in the seminars at the Moscow School of Political Studies.
Kiana Kazemi received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 from The Fletcher School, where she concentrated on Development Economics and Conflict Resolution. Kiana is interested in the Middle East geopolitics, international development, civic engagement, and the role of entrepreneurship in solving today’s most pressing problems. Before joining Fletcher, she worked in the private and non-profit sectors in Iran. She holds a B.A. in Architecture.
Matt Kokkinos received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 from The Fletcher School, where he studied International Security and Russia and Eurasia. Before Fletcher, Matt worked at the European Public Law Organization in Athens, Greece, where he assisted on EU Twinning Projects research and planning. During the Fall 2019 semester, Matt completed an exchange with MGIMO University in Moscow. He received a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University in 2018.
Markian Kuzmowycz received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2019 from The Fletcher School, where he studied International Political Economy with a focus on Eastern Europe. In the summer of 2018, he interned at the New Europe Center in Kyiv, Ukraine. Previously he has worked in finance, economic development consulting, and e-commerce. Markian has served as an international election monitor for two Ukrainian national elections. His research interests include the Balkans, Ukraine, and the Caucasus, as well as frozen conflicts. He speaks Ukrainian and French and is studying Russian.
Michael Mandelkorn earned an M.A. in History from Tufts University in 2020. Michael is interested in examining Soviet influence in — and contemporary Russian ties to — South and Southeast Asia. Before coming to Tufts University, Michael worked with monastic communities in Myanmar as a VIA Global Community Fellow. He has ethnographic research experience in Buryatia and has completed coursework at Moscow State University. Michael received his B.A. in History and Russian from Carleton College, where he studied state- and nation-building projects in early Soviet Central Asia. In addition to English, he speaks Russian and Burmese.
Miina Matsuyama is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on U.S. foreign policy and global political economy. Before enrolling at Fletcher, Miina served as a foreign officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and dealt with a variety of issues concerning Japan-U.S relations, including presidential visit to Japan. Holding a B.A. in international regional studies focusing on Russia from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Miina is also interested in U.S.-Russian relations and their impact on East Asia. As a future diplomat, she is eager to acquire a wide range of knowledge not only in her field of interest.
Lisa May received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 from The Fletcher School, where she studied Human Security and International Information and Communication. Her regional focus was Russia and Eastern Europe. Before coming to The Fletcher School, she interned at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and worked as a social media and marketing manager for small and medium businesses. Lisa received her B.A. in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance from George Mason University. Additionally, she studied translation from Spanish and English into Ukrainian at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Bridget Norris received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in summer 2021 at The Fletcher School focusing on Security Studies with an emphasis on civil resistance and terrorism. Prior to attending Fletcher, Bridget served with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso where she taught English and coordinated community development projects with women and girls. More recently Bridget worked as a community organizer for an equitable housing nonprofit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She holds a BA in International Affairs from Marquette University. During her undergraduate career, Bridget studied the political economy and conflict transformation in various countries throughout Africa. Bridget is interested in exploring the Russian Government’s renewed focus on the continent of Africa as well as challenges to civil resistance movements throughout Africa, Eurasia, and Russia.
Meagan Reid received a Master of Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 from The Fletcher School, where she studied International Security and Humanitarian Assistance. Before coming to The Fletcher School, Meagan worked as a Global Security Analyst for Boston Scientific and interned with the Boston Police Intelligence Department. Meagan received her B.A. in International Relations and Political Science with concentrations in Russian Language and Culture from Northeastern University. She continues to work on her fluency in Russian and French.
Jade Rhoads received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 from The Fletcher School, where she focused on International Security Studies, Russia, and the Middle East. She is a Native American from the Tuscarora Nation and a member of the Deer Clan. Prior to Fletcher, she served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps with two yearlong deployments to Iraq (2006 and 2008). She also worked in Afghanistan as a defense contractor. Jade completed her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University. She dual majored in Russian language, literature, and culture and Geography, minored in Global Security Studies, and earned a certificate in Iroquois linguistics. Jade participated in the Critical Language Scholarship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she studied Russian at the American University of Central Asia. Jade is a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and entered the U.S. Foreign Service as a Political Officer in 2020. She speaks Russian, Spanish, and basic Arabic.
Garrett Robinson received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in spring 2021 at the Fletcher School with a focus on German foreign and security policy, crisis diplomacy, and conflict resolution. Prior to joining Fletcher, Garrett taught English at the Ikaros Professional School in Tbilisi as a part of the Georgian governmental initiative Teach and Learn with Georgia. Holding a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Redlands, Garrett also studied the relationship between Merkel’s Germany and Putin’s Russia and its implications for the United States, the EU, and NATO.
Samuel Rogers is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on human security, international organizations, and Eurasian studies. Before enrolling at Fletcher, Samuel served with the Peace Corps in North Macedonia, where he assisted with infrastructure and education-related development work. Samuel holds a B.A. in History and French and has served as a Non-Resident Fellow at a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, Turkish Heritage Organization.
Ani Sargsyan received an LL.M. degree in 2019 from The Fletcher School. Ani has а keen interest in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law. She holds a Master of Law in Political Science diploma from Tsinghua University, China. She received her В.А. in English Language and Literature in Ukraine. While studying in Beijing, Ani interned for seven months at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where she was responsible for regional news briefing. Previously Ani worked at different mass media outlets in Armenia. Since 2013, Ani has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.
Devang Shah received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 from The Fletcher School, where he focused on International Communication and Negotiation. His penchant for exploring different mediums of storytelling led him to begin his career as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for the Kashmir Observer. He then worked as a broadcast journalist in Ghana for a national media house called Metro TV. He is most proud of producing a first-of-its-kind report on the LGBTQ+ community of Ghana, which was broadcasted nationally. He has also served as a PMG Monitor for the Parliament of South Africa, Cape Town. In his time at Fletcher, he has taken a deep dive into international politics and innovative mediums to explore them. He conducted a fellowship with the International Rescue Committee in Ethiopia and later worked for Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmakers at Transform Films in New York City. His capstone project at Fletcher used geospatial technology, music, and poetry to explain important issues in the United States.