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Student Staff

Madeline Diorio is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2021 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 inter-cultural communications from Syracuse University. Additionally, Madeline studied the politics of reconciliation in Eastern Europe and its importance to today's geopolitical security.
Erica Johnston is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 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 & 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, 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 has also taken 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 after she graduates from Fletcher.
Bridget Norris is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 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.
Jade Rhoads is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2020 at The Fletcher School focusing 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 year-long deployments to Iraq (2006 and 2008). She also worked in Afghanistan as a defense contractor for several years. 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 will enter the U.S. Foreign Service as a Political Officer in Fall 2020. She speaks Russian, Spanish, and basic Arabic.
Garrett Robinson is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2021 at the Fletcher School with an academic 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 U.S., the EU, and NATO.
Samuel Rogers is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2021 at The Fletcher School focusing on human security, international organizations, and Eurasia 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 is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at a DC-based think tank, Turkish Heritage Organization.
Devang Shah is a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy candidate 2020 at the Fletcher School with special focus on International Communication and Negotiation. His penchant for exploring different mediums of storytelling led him to begin his career as journalist and documentary filmmaker for the Kashmir Observer. He then worked as 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 the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, he has taken a deep dive into international policies and innovative mediums to explore them. He spent the first half of his summer on a fellowship with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Ethiopia and the second half working for Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmakers at Transform Films in NYC. He is unveiled his latest project, which uses geospatial technology, music, and poetry to explain an important issues in the USA, on the stage on TEDx this March.