Second Years

Samuel Andriessen is originally from Austin, Texas. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Government, and earned his M.A. in Military Studies from American Military University. He has served as an officer in the Coast Guard for the past nine years while stationed on ships on the West Coast and overseas. His academic interests include military history, particularly the Spanish-American and Russo-Japanese wars. He also enjoys scuba diving and doing triathlons with his wife.

Pedro Arellano Garcia graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) with a bachelor's degree in International Relations. Prior to Georgetown, he spent three years as a screenwriter and news correspondent of the first television program in Mexico dedicated to the analysis of global affairs. During his graduate studies, he wants to continue his research about the diplomatic relationship between the United States and his country during the 1920s, with particular emphasis on the Cristero War and the complex affair between the Mexican Government and Wall Street.

Michael Battalia (MAGIC/MSFS) graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelors degree in International Relations.  He is interested in late 19th century Middle Eastern history and the devolution of the Ottoman Empire.  Prior to Georgetown, he spent seven years working as a strategy consultant in the Middle East, advising Arab government leaders on public policy issues.

Dylan Berg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from St. Cloud State University in 2015. His historical interests include the creation of modern nation-states in Europe, particularly Germany; Holocaust and collaboration in Lithuania during the Second World War; and the evolution of modern organized crime. After completion of the MAGIC program, Dylan plans to become a PhD candidate in pursuit of his goal of becoming an historian, professor and writer.

Adrian Michael Bushman graduated from the University of Utah in 2013 with an HBA in History before completing a Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis in May 2017 through University of Maryland, College Park.  In the intervening years, Adrian fought forest fires for the U.S. Forest Service and State of Utah throughout the Western U.S. and travelled extensively in Europe, gaining significant experience in emergency management and intercultural collaboration.   At Georgetown, Adrian seeks to critically evaluate various claims regarding the historical, ideological, and socio-political factors that contribute to jihadist terrorism.  Looking forward, he hopes to advance American and international efforts to curb this phenomenon through a sophisticated understanding of the MENA region, its peoples, and their respective histories.

Calla Cameron hails from Branford, Connecticut, and graduated in 2017 from Claremont McKenna College. Her academic interests include Latin American political and legal history, 20th century human rights conflicts, and transitional justice. She has worked with the nonprofit organizations Adopta Una Familia in Guayaquil, Ecuador for almost a decade.

Loren Galesi graduated from the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in Landscape architecture and is glad to be returning to academia to pursue her interest in culinary history. She plans to trace the pathways along which food commodities have been transferred around the globe and the attendant cultural impacts of their introductions.

Louisa Koebrich is an active duty officer in the U.S. Army. Her academic interests center on the U.S. civil war and minority narratives. Professionally, she intends to serve the Army until retirement, then pursue a second career in academia. Personally, she aspires to be a role model to her daughter, Amelie, age 6.

Susan Naramore graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a bachelor's degree in Theatre and Classical Archaeology/Ancient History. She is interested in Classicism in the early American Republic and in 15th century Florence. Her current research looks to compare how Cosimo de' Medici and Thomas Jefferson utilized classical themes. Other interests include cultural heritage preservation and the relationship between performing arts and history.

Taylor Prescott is a recent graduate of Fisk University, a small HBCU in Nashville, Tennessee. Hailing from Cleveland, Mississippi, he is interested in attaining his Ph.D in Global History with a focus on studying Imperialism from the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries and how it affects the state of the world today. He enjoys reading, researching his family history, being active with his fraternity Omega Psi Phi Inc., and creative writing.

Sarah Rosenthal graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with dual BA degrees in Russian Area Studies and Global Studies. During that time, she spent over two years in Russia and Europe, specifically studying the historic relationship between national security policies and LGBTQ lives. She has also had opportunities to work and volunteer for a variety of non profit organizations focused on the advancement of human rights, as well as with various community cultural institutions. The pursuit of interdisciplinary education, specifically as a means of advocacy and empowerment within local communities, has always been a priority among her many interests. This is primarily why she chose to begin her graduate study with the Department of History at Georgetown University, now pursing an MA degree in Global, International, and Comparative History. Further, she plans to pursue additional global development and volunteer projects following her graduation before beginning a PhD program.

Andrew Ross is from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor’s in History and Economics at Butler University. He is interested in studying the Atomic Age – particularly how the advent of nuclear capability reshaped the interactions of states with one another and with their own citizens. He hopes to eventually receive his PhD and begin a career in global policy. Andrew enjoys cooking, Big East basketball, and NPR.

Witawin Siripoonsap is from Thailand, and graduated from Bard College in 2016.  He has a wide range of interests but his focus is mainly United States, which he will be required to teach after graduation, but also some Latin America as well as Europe. His senior thesis at Bard was on the Second World War, as a sequel to the Great War and a prelude to the Cold War.  Witawin has some background in science, particularly physics and technology, and plans to research the effect of the existence of nuclear technology on the modern world.

Sarah Slingluff graduated from Boston University with Bachelor's Degrees in Social Studies Education and History.  In 2012, she completed her Master's Degree in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University.  She is interested in the story told in the art and architecture of the Umayyad Dynasty in al- Andalus. Her focus is the workings of the "convivencia" and the intersections of the Abrahamic faiths in everyday life.

Jonathan van Harmelen is a recent graduate from Pomona College with a BA in History and French. He has worked as a research intern at the National Museum of American History since 2015, specifically working for curators on an exhibition about Japanese-American incarceration. His interests include the history of the incarceration camps, immigration history, and diplomatic history.

Betsy Williams graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with a double major in History and English. She currently studies 19th-century American imperialism, with particular interests in Native American history – settler relations, and the history of American education. Personally, Betsy enjoys traveling, the great outdoors, running, and Hoosier basketball.

First Years

Roger Atwood has a history degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MIPP from Johns Hopkins University/SAIS. He is a journalist, author of a book on the illicit antiquities trade entitled Stealing History, and a contributing editor at Archaeology Magazine. He is interested in modern Latin American history, especially Central America and Peru.

Benjamin Brazzel (BA/MAGIC) is originally from El Dorado Hills, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He began the MAGIC program his senior year at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His primary interests include the intersection between military and religious history in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the history of relations between Muslim and Christian communities in these regions.

Haris Chaudhry graduated from American University in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in religious studies. His area of focus is late medieval to early modern South Asia with an interest in Sufism, the Mughal Empire, syncretic and heterodox religious practices, social deviance, and Indo-Persianate culture.

Matthew Colletta graduated from Haverford College with a bachelor's degree in History. His historical interests cover European history in the 19th century, with a particular focus on nationalism and imperialism in Germany and Great Britain. Looking forward, he hopes to research the causes of the deteriorating European order in the lead-up to the Great War, with an eye towards trade and economics.

Jared Davis graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history focused primarily on US history. Jared is thrilled to be returning to pursue his passion of studying international history after nearly a decade as an investment banker in New York City, advising businesses on cross-border and domestic M&A matters; he is also eager to be broadening his scholastic endeavors to engage in research that is more global in scope. Jared intends to study postwar transatlantic migration patterns and the intermingling and transmission of cultures in the Americas.

Fangchao Ji (J.J.) is originally from China. He graduated from Chinese Agricultural University in Beijing in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Before joining Georgetown, he received an MA degree in Global Studies from Brandeis University in 2018. His major research field is East Asia, particularly the interaction of European (British and Dutch) colonialism and overseas Chinese during the post-modern period. After MAGIC, he plans to pursue a history Ph.D. and become a history professor in the future.

Rachel Johnson graduated from Hamilton College in 2013 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in Government, where her research focused on the U.S. military. After graduating, Rachel completed a teaching fellowship at the Collegiate School (Richmond, VA) and then moved to DC to continue teaching history at the Field School. Her academic interests focus on military history and conflict resolution. After graduating from the MAGIC program, Rachel hopes to continue working on conflict resolution before eventually heading back to the classroom to teach history.

Daniel Keifer is an alumnus of Penn State University and a former U.S. Fulbright research fellow to Bulgaria. His academic background is rooted primarily in Russian and Eastern European history and culture, having researched the development of both Russian and Bulgarian organized crime traditions.  He is interested in the role of communist-era labor camps as sites of "anti-reformation" that fostered criminal networks as a means of survival, as well as communist-era athletic programs and post-socialist transitions.

Rebeckah McGoodwin is from Eagle, Colorado and graduated from Whitworth University with a bachelor's degree in History and a minor in Spanish Language.  She is eager to return to academic study and hopes to explore the history of colonialism and immigration in the Americas.  Her interests include ideas and expressions of identity in migrant communities as they relate to religion, race, gender, and culture.  As one who appreciates dance, cooking, literature, and music, she is perennially curious about the ways that culinary traditions, storytelling, and popular culture have played a role in this context.

Alec Medine is originally from New Hampshire and is a recent graduate from Saint Michael’s College where he studied History and Political Science. His interests primarily focus on the topic of Austria and Germany during the Interwar Era, anti-Fascist resistance before and during World War II, and democratic deterioration in the twentieth century and the present. He hopes to continue studying authoritarian social movements and how dictatorships emerge from such movements.

Philip Murray is originally from Washington State and graduated from Montana State University in 2010 with a degree in Anthropology and minors in History and Military Studies. He served as an active duty Army Officer for the last eight years and has been around the world multiple times for training and operations. Academically, his interest is 19th- and 20th-century Chinese history, with an emphasis on the military institutions of the late Qing Dynasty and early Chinese Republic.

Erena Nakashima is originally from Japan and graduated from Chuo University in Tokyo. During an exchange program with East Tennessee State University, Erina was inspired to study African-American history. Her academic interest centers around how African American history is displayed in museums, including national museums and other institutions that African-Americans established themselves.

John Pollard graduated with a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. For the past four years he worked as a high school history teacher in Illinois. He is primarily interested in the history of social movements and protest, with a particular focus on how those topics interact with the idea of performance.

Morgan Robinson graduated from Spelman College in 2017 with a BA in History, concentrating in United States and African American History. Her academic interests include Black property owners in the 19 th century, the Black Power movements of the 20 th century, and the history of the Black Bourgeoisie. Morgan hopes to one day obtain her PhD and become a History or African American Studies professor. In her spare time, the Atlanta, GA native loves to try new foods, watch historical films, and catch up on her always-growing book list.

Patrick Simon is originally from Zionsville, Indiana and enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in 2010 while attending the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a BA in History and commissioned in the Army Reserves in 2013.  He began working as a DoD intelligence analyst in Northern Virginia two years later and received an MA in Military History from Norwich University in 2017.  His academic interests include military history and theory, U.S.-Latin American relations, and domestic Latin American political and economic concerns with an emphasis on DTOs, maras, and illicit TNCs.  After the MAGIC program, Patrick hopes to become a Ph.D. candidate and pursue his passion for teaching and writing in academia.

Abigail Sweetman graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2018 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in History. Originally from Ketchikan, Alaska, she has particular interests in rural/urban social dichotomies. Her research at Georgetown will focus on gender relations in modern China.

Rachel Uryan recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History. Her area of interest is the American Civil War and slavery. She loves to travel, read, and ski. Rachel plans on joining the Department of State after completing the MAGIC program.

Maria Zyla is originally from Poland, but grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor's degree in History, concentrating in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language and Art. She is interested in studying international imperialism, specifically focusing on the role of imperialism in building national identity within US-Cuba relations and USSR-Ukraine relations. Maria's ultimate goal is to become a university professor and historian.