MA Students


Elizabeth Abosch graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social and cultural history from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2015. She is interested in the cultural histories of ethnic and cultural minorities in Imperial Russia, in particular those ethnic and cultural minorities who found space to grow and evolve on the western frontier of the Russian Empire, along with those cultures who were incorporated into the fold or were displaced by Russian conquest.  After the MAGIC program, she hopes to begin my PhD and become a historian and educator.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 is planning on focusing on the history of the Middle East after WWI, including nationalism and state formation in the Levant. He enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
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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.
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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.
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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. She has since been working as a research analyst at the Education Advisory Board here in D.C. She is interested in U.S.-West German relations during the late 1960s and early 1970s, specifically how Nixon and Kissinger's detente was influenced and molded by Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik.
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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.
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Ryo Kawashima graduated in 2015 from Northwestern University where he majored in history and biological anthropology. He is originally from Japan, but spent most of his life growing up in Rochester, Minnesota. His research interests are in modern East Asia, particularly Japan during its imperial period. 
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Ryan Kitkowski is from Phoenix, Arizona, and received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Arizona. His academic interests are wide ranging though he specializes largely in East Asian, particularly Korean, history, with thematic emphasis on issues of resistance and empire. He is particularly passionate about education and hopes to continue on to a career in teaching, at the high school or community college level. His personal interests are also varied, but he has a particular passion for film.
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Preston Lann is originally from Midland, TX. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Texas Tech University.  His academic focus is environmental history, specifically the Pampas of Argentina, and southwest Afghanistan. He has an extensive global traveling background, especially in South America. He is a Marine veteran of Afghanistan, and currently a Captain in the US Marine Corps Reserves.
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Allan Moreno grew up in the suburbs of San Diego, California. He received his B.A. in History spring of 2015 at La Sierra University, a liberal arts institution of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Riverside, California. His academic frame of focus is currently on the comparative development of social democracy among the middle class in the United States. Apart from studying other periods of American history, his interests also include the philosophy of religion and poststructuralism.
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Nathan Schell is from McLean, Virginia. Beginning at Northern Virginia Community College in 2010, he transferred to George Mason University in 2013 and graduated in 2015. He is studying Medieval and Early Modern Europe with a concentration on chivalry, warfare and ecclesiastical relations, particularly the relationship between the Chivalric Orders and the Church.
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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.
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Christopher Seeling is originally from Corona, California and graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2014 with a triple major in History, Political Science, and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. His primary historical area of interest is the Middle East, particularly the Ottoman Empire, and the evolution of the relationship between the West and the Middle East, with secondary interests in linguistic and transregional history.
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Leigh Stephens received her BA from University of Florida in 2012 with a dual degree in History and Political Science. After working in Washington, DC for several years in the nonprofit sector, she joined the MAGIC program in 2015 and hopes to continue her studies into a doctorate program. Leigh’s area of study is Medieval and Early Modern Europe with a specific focus on France. She has conducted research on the Reformation and the French Wars of Religion and is interested more broadly in the intersection of religion and politics in French history.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Kyra Zemanick is a 2013 graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she earned her bachelor's degree in history and anthropology. She served as the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Ås, Norway, during the 2013-2014 academic year. Her research interests include nineteenth-century American history, particularly the Civil War, and women's history.
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