MA Students

Second Years

Eric Anderson (MAGIC) graduated from the University of Virginia. He is an active duty infantry officer in the Marine Corps. His academic interests center around great power competition in the Pacific region.

Nargis Azaryun (MAGIC)

Theodore Bergwerk (MAGIC)

Idan Chazan (MAGIC) is from Chicago, IL. Idan completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University, majoring in History and minoring in Arabic and Jewish Civilization. Idan’s academic focus is modern Middle East history, specifically Israeli immigration history. He intends to pursue a PhD.

Guanran Cui (MAGIC) is originally from Shanxi, China, and graduated from Shanghai Normal University. His academic interests include Inner Asian history, history of local societies, and Chinese religious history. His goal is to pursue a PhD degree.

Joshua Downes (MAGIC/MSFS) graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in History in 2013. For the last eight years he has served as a United States Army officer assigned to missions in the Indo-Pacific, most recently in Sri Lanka and Maldives. At Georgetown, he hopes to study the military history of South and East Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Molly Duggan (MAGIC) is originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Boston College with bachelor’s degrees in History and English in 2019. After graduation, she worked as Constituent Services Liaison to Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey. Her academic interests include early American history, women’s issues, and integrating literature into the study of history. After Georgetown, she hopes to work in the field of public history.

Katherine Evans (MAGIC/MSFS) is from London, UK and graduated from Durham University with a B.A. (Hons) in Politics. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Kit worked at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office where her experiences highlighted the need to bridge the gap between academic expertise and effective policy making to deliver holistic solutions in international affairs. This motivated Kit to pursue further education in both International Relations and Global History. Kit’s academic interests include the transnational history of food and the role that religion plays in protest and social movements.

Abbey Finn (MAGIC) has spent the past three years at Emerson College earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. As an aspiring international reporter and global affairs scholar, she has dedicated her undergraduate career to exploring not just the world of journalism but also the points at which international journalism intersects with world politics and postcolonial theory. Now part of Georgetown’s MAGIC program, she hopes to expand upon her understanding of world history, international relations, and the modernizing postcolonial discourse.

Halaina Halsted (MAGIC) graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a MA in History: Museum Studies and a Minor in Gender studies in 2019. During her time in Seattle, she worked at Roots Young Adult Shelter supervising volunteers. This has influenced her interest in studying American Urban History. Particularly the aspect of urban poverty and the community or city response to these persisting issues. She wants to develop an understanding of this topic through the cities of the Pacific Northwest.

Kendall Henry (MAGIC) graduated in 2019 from the University of San Diego with a degree in History and a minor in political science. She worked for a few years in education as a special education instructional aide before pursuing graduate education. Her academic interests focus on empire in Africa, decolonization, violence, and historical memory with a particular interest in the historiography of traumatic colonial events. She hopes to pursue her PhD following the completion of her Masters.

Josephine Kim (MAGIC) was born and raised in SoCal. Her time at Wellesley College [B.A. History, 2020], Dartmouth College, and in countless cities around the world eventually led her to become a MAGICian. After taking her first urban history course last year, Josephine began her research in the field of urban environmental history.

Shuhao Liang (MAGIC) graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in history. Originally from Beijing, China, he hopes to explore postwar Sino- Japanese relations and solutions for wartime issues such as forced laborers and comfort women.

Ansley Markwell (MAGIC) graduated magna cum laude from Troy University in 2017 with a dual bachelor’s degree in European History and Human Services with a minor in English. She published several academic articles, presented at multiple conferences, and was ultimately awarded best panelist for her paper “American Communism in the Early Twentieth Century: Participants or Outsiders?” at the Alabama regional conference of Phi Alpha Theta in 2017. From 2017-2021, she worked in higher education and political polling. Her academic interests include Eastern Europe in the early/mid-Cold War, specifically the aspects of race and gender in the sexual violence that accompanied the Allied occupation of Germany after World War II.

Mallory Marlin (MAGIC) graduated from Grove City College in 2012 with a bachelor’s in history and completed a master’s in American legal studies in 2019. She has been an Air Force officer for the last nine years, flying the E-3 Sentry. Her academic interests include early American history and intellectual history, particularly the ways in which religious, social and political ideals translate into reality. Following her time at Georgetown, Mallory will teach history at the United States Air Force Academy.

Shea Megale (MAGIC) graduated cum laude from the University of Virginia in 2021. An adventurer at heart, Shea’s interest in history originates from the desire to more deeply connect with the lives and stories of our brothers and sisters everywhere. Jesuit style! When not studying history, Shea is an author published by St. Martin’s Press and a lover of dogs, astronomy, music, and the woods.

Sarah Myers (MAGIC) is originally from Frederick, MD. She graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. After graduating in 2020 she worked as an admissions counselor at Presbyterian College. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a PhD and become a professor of African history.

Nicholas Nunez (MAGIC)

Margaret Shaw (MAGIC) grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, is a published author and artist, and recently visited her 24th country. At her core, Maggie is a passionate learner and educator who wishes to guide the future citizens of our nation through education designed to develop cultural empathy, to encouraged analytical thinking in everyday life, and to foster a true love for both history and learning that her students can carry with them for a lifetime of personal growth.

Elizabeth Siwica (MAGIC) is from Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 2019. In the following year, she served abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, teaching English to middle school students. Her academic and research interests include French and British colonization, particularly in West Africa and India.

Devinie Lye-Ukwattage (MAGIC) is originally from Sri Lanka. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (The Universities at Shady Grove) with a BA in History and double minors in Political Science and Public History. Her research interests focus on political and socioeconomic outcomes of the development of science and technology. At Georgetown, Devinie hopes to examine the history of the nuclear age and it’s implications on politics, policy and diplomacy.

Krystel Von Kumberg (MAGIC) graduated from Durham University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in International Relations and graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Art’s in the Security Studies Program in 2020. Her research focuses on North America, Europe and Russia. Her research interests include the history of counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and far-right and Islamist extremism. She plans on pursuing a PhD.

Julia Walsh (MAGIC)

Sijian Wang (MAGIC)

Ruhao Wen (MAGIC) is from Shenzhen, China, and lived in Massachusetts for several years before college. She graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in French. Ruhao would like to concentrate on interactions between East Asia and the other parts of the world, with a focus on popular culture and visual and material culture that she believes have both recorded the impact of globalization and been greatly influenced by the interconnected world themselves.

Glenn Williamson (MAGIC) graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (1983) and the University of Chicago (MBA 1986). He currently serves as Faculty Director for Georgetown’s Masters in Real Estate program. Glenn has worked in real estate development in Russia, Poland and Bulgaria as well the US. His academic interests revolve around questions of national identity and borders, with a primarily focus on Europe and the Middle East.

Ziheng Yin (MAGIC)

Haoqian Yu (MAGIC) is from Shenyang, China and recently graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts. His primary historical interests are the imperialism, racism and diplomacy among Manchuria from 1900 to 1945. Upon completing his MA, he plans on pursuing a PhD and aspires to an academic career. Outside of history, he enjoys film, basketball, and video games.

Zhanhao Zhang (MAGIC) is originally from Xi’an, China, and graduated from the University of Washington-Seattle with a Bachelor’s Degree in history. His academic interests focus on early and mid-20th-century youth culture in mainland China and Taiwan. Moreover, he is obsessed with the influence of foreign culture and Chinese state’s political socialization on the experience of young generations.

First Years

Bryan Checo (MAGIC) is from Hawthorne, New Jersey and attended Bard College for his freshman year before transferring to Montclair State University where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History. His academic interests include Medieval/Renaissance Europe, the Protestant Reformation, and Western military history. Bryan hopes to research how the Protestant Reformation affected Europe culturally, religiously, and politically.

Jason Roeder (MAGIC) grew up in southern California and graduated from Chapman University with a BA in Film Studies and a double minor in English and Holocaust History. After several years in the workforce, Jason is eager to join the MAGIC family, his devotion to history stemming from honoring his family’s Judeo-Ukrainian heritage and sharing stories forgotten by time through his writing. Jason’s research interests include the contrasts between West and East German acknowledgment of their Nazi pasts and the ramifications of postwar border shifts on Germany, Poland, and Ukraine. An explorer at heart with a passion for traveling and learning foreign languages, his goal is to earn his PhD and become a historian for 20th/21st Century Central and Eastern Europe.

Zhenhao (Oscar) Yu is from Zhejiang, China. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in History in Spring 2022. Oscar studies the history of science, focusing on the tradition of bencao (the study of nature) in pre-modern East Asia. Besides his historical project, Oscar wishes to hone his reading skills in Japanese.