Student Staff

Karl Afrikian is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on geopolitical risk in the post-Soviet space. Before Fletcher, Karl served in Peace Corps Ukraine as a Community Development Volunteer working in organizational development and HIV programming and policy making for LGBT individuals and people who inject drugs (PWIDs). Prior to that, he worked on the trades team at Brown Brothers Harriman for two years in Boston as a senior mutual fund accountant. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Russian Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South. He spent a semester at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. He later returned there to intern at PINK Armenia working to support LGBT equality in Armenia while also observing for human rights violations at the Electric Yerevan protests. Karl speaks English, Russian, Spanish, and intermediate Ukrainian.
Madeline Diorio is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 Candidate at The Fletcher School focusing on Human Security and International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution. Her regional focus is Russia and Eastern Europe. Before enrolling at Fletcher, Madeline served with the Peace Corps in Ukraine where she worked on youth development and HIV programming. Madeline holds a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in intercultural communications from Syracuse University. Additionally, Madeline studied the politics of contemporary reconciliation in Eastern Europe and its importance to geopolitics and regional security.
Abbey Doyno is a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 dual degree Candidate at The Fletcher School and Harvard Law School. Prior to attending Fletcher, Abbey was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Morocco, worked for Oxfam America's impact litigation division, and worked for Anderson and Kreiger LLP. She hopes to work in international law after graduation. Abbey earned her B.Sc. in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.
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.
Maxim Kondratenko is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on International Security Studies and Russia and Eurasia. Before attending Fletcher, he worked as a program assistant for Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy, supporting the development of civil society in the former Soviet Union. He also worked at the U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) program at Eurasia Foundation, developing collaborative initiatives between Russia- and U.S.-based nonprofit organizations. Maxim holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, with concentrations in International Security and Russian. While at Tufts, he completed a senior capstone project analyzing the events of the Russian annexation of Crimea through the lens of long-term historic, cultural, and political trends in Russia and its "near abroad." He was also a member of the 2014-2015 EPIIC Colloquium, a yearlong program of the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership devoted to conducting in-depth study of "Russia in the XXI Century" and organizing an international symposium on the subject. Maxim speaks fluent Russian, as well as French and basic Spanish.
Allison Larmann is a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy focusing on International Organizations, International Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution. Allison has a B.S. in International Studies concentrating on Diplomacy, Security, and Governance from Indiana University. She was also awarded a Fulbright grant co-teaching English at a secondary school in the state of Pahang in Malaysia. In her previous position before Fletcher, Allison was a Program Coordinator for the Fulbright Program in Malaysia. Her research background has focused on the regions of Southeast Asia, Turkey, and Southeastern Europe.
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.