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.
Erica Johnston is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 Candidate 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 after she graduates from Fletcher.
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.
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.
Bridget Norris is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 Candidate 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.
Garrett Robinson is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2021 Candidate 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 2021 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.
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.