MA Students

Second Years

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.

Yuxuan Cai is originally from China and graduated from Peking University in 2019, where she received a bachelor’s degree in history. Her academic interests is based around the Ottoman Empire, specifically the Balkans under Ottoman rule and the Eastern Mediterranean world. Besides typical historical research, she also has passion for translating historical works. She gets inspired a lot for her studies from accompanying operas and ballets, as well as traveling. After MAGIC she plans to do a PhD in history.

Valerie Cervantes graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies, and from Catholic University with a master’s in Library and Information Science. For the past decade, she has worked at the Library of Congress in film preservation and congressional research. Her academic interests include the history of science and technology, with a focus on the political, educational, and cultural influences on the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the US and Europe from the early modern period to the present.

Casey Donahue (MAGIC/MSFS) graduated from Tulane University with bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics and History. His research interests include Arab tribalism, language taboos, migrant communities, and social media propaganda techniques. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Casey has worked as an English teacher in Konya, Turkey and New Orleans, Louisiana, and as a political risk analyst in Washington, DC.

Jiahui Guo is from Chengdu, China, and recently graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a B.S in Science Technology and International Affairs and a concentration in International Security. With fluency and experiences in full-stack development, hardware fundamentals, and data science, his on-going academic interests are on organizational and behavioral studies that encompass military history, information theory, and the history and theories of innovation systems.

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.

Matthew Kirkpatrick is from Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2019 he graduated from Lyon College with a degree in history. His academic interest centers on the early 20th century trans-Atlantic political economy during the interwar period. Personally, Matthew enjoys the outdoors, playing basketball and listening to 90s hip-hop.

Allie Martin is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a double major in History and International Relations and a minor in Modern Greek. Her research interests include modern American political history and the history of the Soviet Union, focusing on the end of the Cold War. She looks forward to further exploring these topics and how they are recorded in the public memory.

Emmanuel Mehr is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 2018. His primary research interest is in twentieth century eugenics movements. In particular, he is interested in how legislation regarding these issues has developed in the United States and globally. The international and comparative aspects of the MAGIC program were a key point of attraction in his choosing of Georgetown as the destination for his graduate studies as he aims to track the spread of eugenical notions in an international context. Currently working in the Office of Audience Engagement at the National Museum of American History, and on the eve of beginning his graduate studies, he is interested in pursuing a career in academia, museums, or a combination of the two.

Andrew Messick graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2019, with a BA in History. His academic and research interests focus on 19th and 20th century British imperial, technological and political development, as well as the Western use of naval forces as projections of power and as means of imperial expansion. His ultimate goal is to earn his PhD and become a professor and scholar of British history.

Victoria Oswald graduated from Clemson University with a BA in History and a BA in Secondary Education. After graduating in 2018, she accepted a teaching position in Greensboro, North Carolina where she spent a year teaching World History to high school students. She has a wide range of interests that focus primarily around religion’s role in shaping history and culture and is very excited to explore that in more depth at Georgetown.

Lianyu Shi is originally from Shanghai, China and graduated from New York University with a B.A in history in 2019. His research interest focuses on the global socialist movement during and after the Great War, particularly on the socialist institutions in rural areas around the world. In the future, he would like to pursue a PhD and become a history professor.

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.

Nathan Tashjy graduated from The University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in History and Minor in Education. Nathan plans to study the tactics and motives of deception used throughout World War II and the Cold War period. He also has interest in the development of culinary history, particularly that of France and Italy. After completion of the MAGIC program, Nathan plans to become a PhD candidate in pursuit of his goal of becoming an educator, historian and writer.

Sophia Zahner is from Essex, Maryland.  She attained a B.A. in History and International Studies from Towson University in 2019.  She is excited to continue her studies at Georgetown University this fall.  Sophia’s academic interests include Russia’s use of disinformation and the Russo-Afghan drug trade.

Yujin Zhou graduated from Samford University in 2019 with a B.S. in Mathematics. Originally from Changsha, China, he developed an interest in history of modern China and Asia. Yujin loves reading, writing and traveling. His ultimate goal is to obtain his PhD and become a history professor.

First Years (coming soon)