International Scholars Program
Current International Scholars

Academic Year 2014-15

 

Seniors

ALISHA ANDERSON

ALISHA ANDERSON

Majors: Finance/Political Science

Research Interests: International political economy, development economics, and Latin America

Current Research: How elites shape mass opinion across international issues

Adviser: Alexandra Guisinger

aander20@nd.edu


DOUGLAS BARNARD

DOUGLAS BARNARD

Major: Peace Studies/Theology

Minor: International Development Studies

Research Interests: Christianity pertaining to the Charismatic Movement in East Africa

Current Research: Pentecostal evangelism in East Africa

Adviser: Paul Kollman

dbarnard@nd.edu


DEANDRA CADET

DEANDRA CADET

Major: Political Science

Minor: Peace Studies

Research Interests: International human rights, genocide, and development

Current Research: State security institutions and political vioence

Adviser: Ernesto Verdeja

dcadet@nd.edu


LIANA CRAMER

LIANA CRAMER

Major: International Economics/Psychology

Minor: International Development Studies

Research Interests: Economic development, global health, child development

Current Research: The impact of increased access to information on citizenship in rural Islamic Africa

Adviser: Jaimie Bleck

Abroad: Dakar, Senegal – Fall 2014

lcramer@nd.edu


BRENNA GAUTAM

BRENNA GAUTAM

Major: History/Peace Studies

Research Interests: Education and commemorative history in the Balkans, nuclear disarmament, Middle Eastern border relations

Adviser: Larissa Fast

bgautam@nd.edu

 


CHRISTINA GUTIERREZ

CHRISTINA GUTIERREZ

Major: French/Italian/Political Science

Research Interests: Sustainable agriculture, food nutrition and public health issues, food systems including food maldistribution

Current Research: Student learning at the university level, including motivation, interest, priorities, and learning styles

Adviser: Susan Blum

cgutier6@nd.edu


REBECCA JEGIER

REBECCA JEGIER

Major: Psychology/Spanish

Minor: Education, Schooling, and Society

Research Interests: Latin American culture, education

Current Research: Tango as a national symbol of Argentina and Uruguay

rjegier@nd.edu


SARAH JUNG

SARAH JUNG

Major: Arabic/Political Science

Minor: Peace Studies

Research Interests: Middle East foreign policy, international law

Current Research: Islamic law states and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods in dispute resolution; Islamic law states, international law and international courts

Adviser: Emilia Powell

yjung@nd.edu


ALEXANDER KROEGER

ALEXANDER KROEGER

Major: Economics/Finance

Research Interests: Immigration and healthcare economics

Adviser: Joseph Kaboski

akroege1@nd.edu

 


MATTHEW LAWTON

MATTHEW LAWTON

Major: Accountancy

Research Interests: International finance, international trade, and microfinance

Adviser: Guillermo Trejo

mlawton1@nd.edu

 


SEAN LONG

SEAN LONG

Major: International Economics/Political Science

Minor: Hesburgh Program in Public Service

Research Interests: Elementary and secondary education in developing countries, international development strategies of NGOs

Current Research: Collaborating on an article examining innovative pedagogies for teaching international development in higher education

Adviser: Steve Reifenberg

slong4@nd.edu


EMILY MEDIATE

EMILY MEDIATE

Major: Africana Studies/Pre-Health Studies

Minor: International Development Studies

Research Interests: Integration of foreign aid into African healthcare systems

Current Research: Variable analysis of USAID HIV/AIDS campaigns in Ghana

Adviser: Terence McDonnell

emediate@nd.edu


NICHOLAS MUENCH

NICHOLAS MUENCH

Major: Arabic/Program of Liberal Studies

Research Interests: Immigration in Spain and North Africa

Adviser: Robert Fishman

nmuench@nd.edu

 


ALEXIS PALA

ALEXIS PALÁ

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Theology

Current Research: The opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities in Spain and in Chile as well as societies perception and exclusion of this population; education system comparison domestically and internationally

Adviser: Susan Blum

apala@nd.edu


ANNIE SESCLEIFER

ANNIE SESCLEIFER

Major: Biological Sciences/Spanish

Minor: Catholic Social Tradition/International Development Studies

Research Interests: Global health development, specifically the healthcare provisions afforded to the public in developing nations

Adviser: Edwin Michael

asesclei@nd.edu


YIREN SHEN

YIREN SHEN

Major: Mathematics/Medieval Studies

Research Interests: European and East Asian studies

Current Research: Varieties of democracy

Adviser: Michael Coppedge

yshen2@nd.edu


ANDREW WEILER

ANDREW WEILER

Major: Economics

Minor: AL/SC Honors Program/Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Research Interests: International trade, food policy, and agriculture

Current Research: Trade relationships between countries and the world

Adviser: Jeffrey Bergstrand

aweiler@nd.edu


WENQI WU

WENQI WU

Major: Economics/History

Research Interests: Comparative history between China and other civilizations; nationalism and identity

Current Research: War and conflicts in Chinese history

Adviser: Victoria Tin-bor Hui

wwu2@nd.edu

Juniors

ALEXANDER ARNOLD

ALEXANDER ARNOLD

Major: Program of Liberal Studies

Research Interests: Chinese and Western philosophies, languages, histories, and religions

Current Research: China’s soft power initiatives in Africa, Europe, and the United States

Adviser: Lionel Jensen

Abroad: Beijing, China – Fall 2014

aarnold4@nd.edu


EVELYN BAUMAN

EVELYN BAUMAN

Major: International Economics

Research Interests: Education systems in developing countries, globalization and development in Africa, and gender inequalities around the world

Current Research: Youth education, unemployment, and political participation in light of Sierra Leone’s general election in November 2012

Adviser: Catherine Bolten

ebauman@nd.edu


SHANNON BUGOS

SHANNON BUGOS

Major: English/Peace Studies

Research Interests: International human rights, mass atrocity and genocide, nonviolent action, conflict transformation, development in post-conflict societies

Current Research: The causes of mass political violence and genocide

Adviser: Ernesto Verdeja

sbugos@nd.edu  


GIULIANA CAROZZA

GIULIANA CAROZZA

Major: International Economics/Mathematics

Minor: AL/SC Honors Program

Research Interests: Economics, education, international development

Current Research: Entrepreneurial and self-financing motives and their impact on savings behavior in developing nations

Adviser: Joseph Kaboski

gcarozza@nd.edu  


STEPHEN CRAY

STEPHEN CRAY

Major: Economics/Finance/Mathematics

Research Interests: Global economic ties and international financial markets

Current Research: International trade agreements

Adviser: Jeffrey Bergstrand

scray@nd.edu  


NORA EDER

NORA EDER

Major: Anthropology/Spanish

Research Interests: Latin American/Iberian cultural diversity, globalization of language, linguistic imperialism and language death

Adviser: Joseph Wiltberger

Abroad: Santiago, Chile – Fall 2014

neder@nd.edu


LAURAN FEIST

LAURAN FEIST

Major: Political Science

Research Interests: The Catholic Church in Latin America, human rights issues, race, gender, and migration

Current Research: Representation of undocumented migration in the Hispanic Caribbean, analysis of Latino literature

Adviser: Marisel Moreno

lfeist@nd.edu


MICHAEL FLIOTSOS

MICHAEL FLIOTSOS

Major: Science-Business

Minor: Mediterranean Middle East Studies

Current Research: The cost-effectiveness of integrated vector management techniques used for the reduction of malaria in developing countries

Adviser: Edwin Michael

mfliotso@nd.edu


BRIDGET GALASSINI

BRIDGET GALASSINI

Major: International Economics/Peace Studies

Minor: Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy

Research Interests: Climate change, public policy, economic improvement in developing countries, human rights, education

Current Research: Climate change politics and adaptation

Adviser: Debra Javeline

Abroad: Santiago, Chile – Fall 2014

bgalassi@nd.edu


CAROLINA GUTIERREZ

CAROLINA GUTIERREZ

Major: Finance

Research Interests: International economics, microfinance, growth and development

Current Research: Entrepreneurial and self-financing motives, and their impact on savings behavior in developing nations

Adviser: Joseph Kaboski

cgutier7@nd.edu


MAGDALENA GUZMAN

MAGDALENA GUZMAN

Major: Economics/Political Science

Minor: International Development Studies/Business-Economics

Research Interests: Democracy, corruption, and organized crime in Latin America

Current Research: Criminal organizations and their political preferences in Mexico

Adviser: Guillermo Trejo

mguzman@nd.edu  


BRIGHT GYAMFI

BRIGHT GYAMFI

Major: History/Political Science

Minor: Africana Studies/Business Economics

Adviser: Jaimie Bleck

Abroad: London, England – Fall 2014

bgyamfi@nd.edu


CONNOR HAYES

CONNOR HAYES

Major: Political Science/Peace Studies

Minor: AL/SC Honors Program

Adviser: Sean McGraw

chayes5@nd.edu


JINGTING KANG

JINGTING KANG

Major: IT Management/Sociology

Minor: Actuarial Science

Research Interest: Cross-cultural comparisons, international development, education

Current Research: Comparative education

Adviser: Susan Blum

jkang5@nd.edu


ALEXANDRIA KRISTENSEN CABRERA

ALEXANDRIA KRISTENSEN CABRERA

Major: Science Preprofessional Studies

Minor: International Development Studies

Research Interests: Healthcare systems, preventative healthcare, education

Current Research: Role of mentors in medical school education

Adviser: Vania Smith-Oka

Abroad: London, England – Fall 2014

akristen@nd.edu  


SHAWN LEE

SHAWN LEE

Major: Political Science

Minor: European Studies

Research Interests: Intergovernmental Organizations, Human Development

Current Research: A Schumpeterian Notion of Implementing ICT Education in Rural Namibia to Curb Dropout Rates

Adviser: Roger Alford

slee36@nd.edu


KELLY MCGEE

KELLY MCGEE

Major: Arabic/Political Science

Research Interests: Counterterrorism and the Middle East

Current Research: The resurgence of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates since 2007 in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen

Adviser: George Lopez

kmcgee6@nd.edu


GERALDINE MUKUMBI

GERALDINE MUKUMBI

Major: English/Finance

Minor: Africana Studies

Research Interests: Education, literature and vernacular languages in Southern Africa

Current Research: The 19th Century British South African Company

Adviser: Paul Ocobock

gmukumbi@nd.edu


JOEL OSTDIEK

JOEL OSTDIEK

Major: Economics/Film, Television, and Theatre

Minor: AL/SC Honors Program

Research Interests: Economic development, justification for arts education, transmission of messages through media

Current Research: The efficacy of America’s attempts at cultural diplomacy

Adviser: Terence McDonnell

jostdiek@nd.edu  


RALPH PRICE

RALPH PRICE

Major: Economics/Finance

Research Interests: Monetary policy, the effects of international monetary organizations on developing countries

Current Research: Gravity modeling, International trade

Adviser: Wyatt Brooks

rprice2@nd.edu


ANDREW SCRUGGS

ANDREW SCRUGGS

Major: English/International Economics

Research Interests: Cultural and political change, Haitian literature and how it reflects political and cultural realities

Adviser: Karen Richman

ascruggs@nd.edu