Rebecca Andrews graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with degrees in History and International Affairs. After 5 years in defense contracting, she is excited to return to the academic world to pursue her interest in cultural and ethnic history and the development of regional identity. She is always glad when history pairs well with her love of food and music.
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 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.
Colleen Baxley is originally from Laurel, Maryland and received her BA from Merrimack College in History and Spanish. She is interested in studying Latin American history, with a particular focus on the ways in which governing bodies control the populace.
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.
Ricardo Carmona is originally from the Baja California/California border. A University of San Diego alumnus, he decided to the join the Georgetown MAGIC program for its emphasis on the global context of history. He is interested in studying the history of the northern provinces of colonial New Spain.
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.
Justin Dalrymple is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated from California State University, East Bay with a degree in Political Science. He focuses on Middle East history post-WWI. His research focus is on state formation and state building in Transjordan. He enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, spending time with friends and family, and exploring Washington, DC.
Natalie Donnell graduated from the Auburn University Honors College with a bachelors degree in History and French. She spent a semester studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, and more recently lived in Lille, in northern France, working as an English teaching assistant. She plans to focus her research on the social and intellectual history of Early Modern France.
Kathryn Durkin is originally from Chicago, IL and graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor's degree in history and English. She has since been living in Denver, CO, where she earned a master's in Education and spent the past six years teaching history at an all-girls Jesuit high school. She is most interested in Early Modern European history and gender studies.
Thana El-Sallabi started the MAGIC program as a senior in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. She is originally from Libya but grew up in Espoo, Finland and Palo Alto, California. She is interested in Middle Eastern History, specifically the cultural and political histories of tribes in dictatorships.
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.
Haley Gfeller is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in History and Political Science in 2014. After working as a research analyst at the Education Advisory Board here in D.C, Haley came to Georgetown to study U.S. diplomatic and cultural history in the 20th century. Her master's thesis seeks to investigate the training and orientation of U.S. soldiers moving into occupied West Germany and occupied Japan following World War II in comparative perspective. She hopes to teach high school history upon graduation.
Michael Hunter is from the dry desert of eastern Washington state and a graduate of Gonzaga University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. He's lived in a variety of places within the U.S. and abroad over a twelve year military career and enjoys learning local customs and traditions. His academic interests are primarily within the broad areas of national security, strategy and defense history. His personal interests are playing with and reading to his children, home improvement projects, and especially engaging in good conversation with his wife.
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 intends to study the impact that Classicism had on the Enlightenment and 18th century society. Her other interests include the relationship between the performing arts and interpreting history in the present day.
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 degrees in Russian and Global Studies. From the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Volga Delta, the pursuit of interdisciplinary education as empowerment in local communities is primary among her many research interests, which is why she chose to study history at Georgetown. Following the MAGIC program, she plans to pursue additional global development projects 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.
Collin Schnakenberg hopes to study Tudor/Stuart British history. He is originally from Missouri, and graduated with a B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University. He plans to continue his education after MAGIC and hopefully teach at the collegiate level. He also enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
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 insections of the Abrahamic faiths in everyday life.
Xiao "Susan" Sun is interested in looking at the history of late imperial and republican China - in particular, the political and intellectual history of the era. Her penchant in history emerged from her previous academic trainings, which include international politics (with a particular focus on Asia) and political philosophy. After MAGIC, she hopes to embark on a doctoral study of history and a career as a professional historian.
Merve Tahiroglu was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied Political Science and Theater at Duke University before moving to DC to work at a foreign policy think tank. She is particularly interested in Ottoman and Middle Eastern history with a focus on nationalism.
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.
Zaara Wakeel is from India. She completed her Bachelors in History at the University of Delhi, New Delhi. She is interested in studying socio-cultural history. After completing the MAGIC program, she plans to pursue her PhD and become an educator.
Betsy Williams graduated from Indiana University with a double major in History and English, having a deep infatuation with both disciplines. Her primary area of interest lies presently in the ethical questions and lasting ramifications of 18th and 19th century British colonial expansion. Future plans consist of earning a PhD, with the eventual goal of becoming a Professor of History. Personally, Betsy is a big fan of running, traveling, enjoying the great outdoors, and drinking entirely too much coffee.