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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 is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2020 at The Fletcher School studying Human Security and International Information and Communication. Her regional focus is 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.
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.

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