Former Student Staff

Sean Christensen is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2021 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.
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 worked as the Student Administrative Assistant of the Russia and Eurasia Program. She received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 at The Fletcher School, concentrating in 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 his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 at The Fletcher School where he studied International Security Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies. 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 semester with MGIMO University in Moscow. He received a BS in Political Science and a BA 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 is an M.A. Candidate 2020 in History at Tufts University. 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.
Lisa May received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2020 at 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 the concentration in Global Governance from George Mason University. Additionally, she studied translation from Spanish and English into Ukrainian at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Meagan Reid is a Master of Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2020 at The Fletcher School studying 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.
Ani Sargsyan received an LLM 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.