MA Students

Second Years

Nargis Azaryun (MAGIC)

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.

Shea Megale (MAGIC/MSFS) 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.

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.

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.