Global / Transnational

Research Interest

Liam Mirise

Undergraduate Student
Philosophy
Global Studies

Liam Mirise is a fourth-year transfer student from Visalia, California pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Global Studies with a minor in Linguistics. His academic focus is broadly centered on development, globalization, and technology. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, he served for four years in the California Army National Guard. He currently works as a writing assistant for the Blum Center for Developing Economies, where he has been assisting with early stage research on the potential applications of distributed ledger technology in the national defense supply chain.

Tara Allegra Fermanto

Undergraduate Student
Political Economy
Business Administration

Tara Allegra is a senior majoring in Political Economy and Business Administration, with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Her research interest broadly includes human rights issues, democratization, and international development. Tara is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and Malay, and is currently studying French. Over the summer, Tara worked as a finance intern at The World Bank in Washington, DC. Currently, she is an economic research intern for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In her free time, she loves to paint, listen to music, and learn new languages!

Chelsea Cano

Undergraduate Student
Business Administration

Chelsea Cano is a senior from Los Banos, CA majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Management. Her research interests include the economic development of the 20th and 21st century, the Digital Revolution and Information Age, and international affairs. Chelsea is currently working with Professor Brad DeLong and assisting in writing the footnotes for his book, "Slouching Towards Utopia: The Economic History of the Long Twentieth Century." In her free time, Chelsea enjoys watching psychological horror films and gardening.

Olivia Nouriani

Undergraduate Student
Political Science
Mathematics
Arabic

Olivia Nouriani is a fifth-year student triple majoring in Political Science, Mathematics, and Arabic. She is interested in migration and diaspora studies and Middle Eastern politics, and has previously assisted research projects on Muslim-Jewish relations in the Middle East and the the transnational circulation of transgender rights in the Global South. On campus, she is involved in migrant and labor justice movements. She hopes to pursue a PhD in social science after graduating.

Xiaosang Huang

Undergraduate Student
Anthropology
Economics

Xiaosang is a junior student majoring in anthropology and economics, with a minor in political economy. Her interest fields of study are cultural heritage protection and economic development policies. Eager to promote mutual understanding and global empathy, she was a translation manager and a social media strategist for two NGOs. On her path toward graduation, she aspires to prepare herself ready to work for UNESCO developing policies promoting ethnodevelopments and cultural dimension of development in developing countries. In this fellowship program, Xiaosang will be assisting Prof...

Joanna Vasquez

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Joanna Vasquez is a junior from La Puente, California who is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science. Her research interests include labor law, immigration, public safety in Latin America, international relations, and foreign policy. Following her time at UC Berkeley, Vasquez hopes to work abroad as a teacher and ultimately go to law school to eventually become a labor law attorney and give back to her community.

Isabelle Valdes

Undergraduate Student
Political Science
Spanish

Isabelle Valdes is a junior at Cal double majoring in Political Science and Spanish and minoring in Data Science. Her academic interests broadly include postcolonial politics in Latin America, Andean history, indigenous politics, political theory, and quantitative methodology. She is an alum of the Pipeline Initiative in Political Science (PIPS) at UC Berkeley, and plans on pursuing a Ph.D in Political Science focused on Latin America in the future. In her free time, Isabelle is an avid reader and also enjoys cooking, going on hikes, and studying Romance languages.

Rana Nejad

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Rana Nejad is a student at UC Berkeley completing her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. Throughout her studies, she has focused mostly on the Middle East and North Africa region where she explores topics ranging from security and counterrorism to refugee rights and humanitarian development. Over the years, she has worked with nonprofits that advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as contributed to a number of international affairs publications. Moving forward, she hopes to further advocate for the human rights of...

Evie Michele Porter

Undergraduate Student
Global Studies
Political Science

Evie Portier is a Dual Degree student from the Netherlands who is interested in international security. She is also the founder of Eefje Tutoring, and the president of STAND (the Student led movement to end mass atrocities) at Berkeley.

Sofia Abramsky-Sze

Undergraduate Student
Psychology
Public Policy

Sofia Abramsky-Sze is a second-year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Policy. She is interested in the intersection of mental health and public policy, especially in relation to gender-based violence and international humanitarian aid. Her research interests concern community-wide trauma, the psychological consequences of forced migration, and systemic violence against women and children. In the past, Sofia has worked on legislative policy at the state and local level. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and work as a clinical psychologist. Outside of her...