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E Street Beat Contributors

Alison Chatfield (Newburyport, Massachusetts) is a junior in the Elliott School majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development Studies.  She is also pursuing a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology.  She has been abroad for the year, studying at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey in the fall and is a current student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Caitlin Daw (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an International Affairs major at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Originally from Philadelphia, she is a member of the Class of 2012. She plans to concentrate in International Economics and European/Eurasian Studies. At GW she works in the Marvin Center, writes for The Hatchet, and gives tours to prospective students and their families through the STAR program. She worked with the Student Activities Center this past summer volunteering as a guide for the freshmen pre-semester co-curricular program Experience D.C.

Bram de Roos (Beerze, The Netherlands) was born and raised in the picturesque Dutch town of Beerze before going to university in Leiden.  Now a resident of Washington, D.C., Bram is an M.A. International Trade and Investment Policy student, focusing on International Business.  He is also the chairman of Students in Free Enterprise GWU.

Brian Engel (Burnt Hills, New York) is a rising senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science. Around GW, he is a member of the GW Cheer Team, a Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and he spent last summer as a member of the 2008 Colonial Cabinet. This past year, he interned for the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in their Commercial Office working on various economic research projects, and has spent the summer in Amman, Jordon, studying at the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic.

Elizabeth Gerke (Scarsdale, New York) is a sophomore majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Contemporary Cultures and Societies.  She is also pursuing a second major in Philosophy-Public Affairs and a minor in Applied Ethics.

Sailee Gupte is an Elliott School senior majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin America and a minor in Spanish. She studied abroad in Argentina where she realized her passion for promoting Latin American issues. She will remain in D.C. after graduation and hopes to continue her studies in law school.

Hayley Haldeman is a senior in the Elliott School, double concentrating in Europe and Conflict & Security and double minoring in History and Art History.  She will be attending the University of Virginia Law School in Fall 2009 to study International Law.

Patrick Hanley is a graduating International Affairs major in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He was also a member of the inaugural Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars, for which he completed a project titled: “Winds of Change: A Study of Contemporary Nationalism and European Politics.”

Sohail Hasnain (Littleton, Colorado) is an undergraduate Elliott School senior majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development studies. After graduation, he plans to stay in the Washington D.C. metro area and aims to work in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Abby Hogan (Manchester, New Hampshire) is a junior in the Elliott School double majoring in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. She is currently in Cairo on a grant from Elliott School’s Institute for Middle Eastern Studies and will be studying at the American University in Cairo this fall.

Ursula Jonsson (Burke, Virginia) is a graduating senior majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict and Security. She is heading to law school in Fall 2010 and hopes to spend the year in-between traveling and volunteering.

Hussain Nadim (Lahore, Pakistan) is an international student from Pakistan majoring in International Affairs at the Elliott School. He is concentrating in the Middle East and South Asia regions. He is currently spending a Junior Year Abroad (JYA) at Pembroke College, Oxford. Hussain is also the student liaison to the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C. He plans to pursue graduate study at Oxford University after graduation and work in the government of Pakistan.

Jessica Pfleiderer (Bloomington, Minnesota) is graduating from the Elliott School of International Affairs with an M.A. in International Affairs and a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy. She is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and will enter the Foreign Service in August.

Emily Primack (Claremont, California) is a sophomore in the Elliott School with a major in International Affairs and a concentration in International Development. She is currently abroad teaching English with Learning Enterprises in La Palma, Panama.

William Schrieber (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs, majoring in International Affairs and concentrating in Europe and Eurasian Studies. In the summer of 2009, he taught students in Poland through Learning Enterprises and has also taught in D.C. with the AnBryce Institute.

Jenny Schuch (Ferndale, Washington) is a senior in the Elliott School, majoring in International Affairs and double concentrating in Asia and Conflict & Security.  She is currently interning at the U.S. State Department and plans to conduct a fellowship with Volunteers in Asia while working for an NGO in Indonesia after graduation.

Alex Shoucair (Tampa Bay, Florida) is a junior majoring in International Affairs and Asian Studies.  He has studied abroad in Beijing, China, and hopes to continue studying East Asian relations in graduate school.

Christina Sin (New York City, New York) is a senior in the Elliott School, double majoring in International Affairs and Women’s Studies and double minoring in Geography and History.  Christina hopes to continue to live in the Washington, D.C. area after graduation and work for a University.

Leah Spelman (Seattle, Washington) is a senior in the Elliott School, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in the Middle East.  She studied abroad in Egypt and Argentina and hopes to pursue further studies abroad after graduation, preferably through a Fulbright Fellowship to Jordan.

Collin Stevenson (Lake Tapps, Washington) is a graduating cross-country athlete with a degree in International Affairs and will be commissioning into the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant, where he will be work in Intelligence. He is deferring his military commitment to accept the Presidential Administrative Fellowship and will be studying at the Elliott School for a Masters of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in Middle East Studies.

Bobak Tavangar (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a junior in the Elliott School of International Affairs, majoring in International Affairs with concentrations in International Economics and East Asia. In addition to being passionate about world unity and the Baha’i Faith, Bobak’s Persian heritage, American upbringing, and obsession with the People’s Republic of China lend him a unique perspective on what is unfolding around us. Duck and dumplings are currently on the menu as Bobak is in the midst of spending a full year in Beijing, China studying Mandarin and working for a Chinese environmental NGO.

Thao Anh Tran (Washington, D.C.) is a recent graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs, where she double majored in International Affairs (with concentrations in International Politics and Asia) and Asian Studies. In 2007, she studied abroad in Hangzhou and Beijing, China and is currently on a Fulbright grant in Yanji, China conducting research on the role of the ethnic Korean community in facilitating Sino-North Korean relations. Upon her return to the U.S., Thao Anh will pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Grant Tudor (San Diego, California) is a senior majoring in International Affairs concentrating in International Development and International Economics and minoring in Political Science. He’s studied in both Argentina and Kenya and works passionately in the field of social entrepreneurship.

Aaron Wodin-Schwartz (Heath, Massachusetts) is graduating from the Elliott School of International Affairs with an M.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. He has worked for the past two years as the program assistant for the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, and is finalizing his plans as a class of 2009 Presidential Management Fellow finalist.

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