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Student Fellows

Rutvi Ajmera

Rutvi Ajmera holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. She currently works in Canadian immigration law and specializes in working with economic migrants and families. She hopes to continue working with immigrants, especially in the area of integration. She is mainly interested in how public policy shapes human experience and how state and non-state actors shape global events.

Alyssa Blank

Alyssa Blank holds an undergraduate degree from Concordia University, during which time she participated in a work study program for a women’s organization in the Peruvian Amazon and wrote constating documents for the Concordia Volunteer Abroad Project in Uganda. She also holds a master's degree from the University of Ottawa in International Development, where she focused her thesis work on conflict media directed to children. Alyssa has worked professionally in government relations, research, policy and communications. She is passionate about human rights, counter-radicalization, social engagement and finding innovative ways to address persistent issues. She is excited to serve as a MIGS Youth Fellow!

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Maxine Both

Maxine Both is a recent graduate from McGill University, holding a Joint-Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Development. She is passionate about the intersection between human rights, law, and international development, specifically the ability of minorities to self-organize for social change. The focus of her undergraduate thesis concerned Syrian refugee survival strategies in Lebanon and Turkey. A first generation German-Canadian, she spent a year studying abroad in Germany. She is a recent recipient of the Guy Drummond Fellowship, and will begin her Masters in Political Science at the Paris School of International Affairs in the fall before returning to complete her graduate studies at McGill University in 2019.


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Linnea Lönnberg

Linnea Lönnberg is an undergraduate student at the Department of Peace and Conflict at Uppsala University. Her main subject is Peace and Conflict Studies and she has during her education primarily focused on mass atrocities during armed conflict. Her bachelor thesis concerned the relationship between war and genocide and her interest lies within risk factors of mass atrocity and understanding group-level causes of genocide.

Andréa Febres-Gagné

Andréa Febres-Gagné is a recent graduate from McGill University with a major in Political Science and a double minor in Sociology and International Development. A Venezuelan-Canadian citizen, her areas of interests comprise institutionalized inequality, nationalism, civil conflicts and radicalization. She previously worked on projects related to the electoral representation of visible minorities and the prevention of violent radicalization, as well as writing articles on Venezuelan and Filipino politics. 

Mohammad Rostami

Mohammad Rostami is a graduate student in public policy and public administration at Concordia University. His areas of interest are East Asian security issues, with special attention to Chinese defence and foreign policy. To better understand China, he has visited the country, enrolling in Mandarin and Chinese culture classes at the Communication University of China. He is equally interested in the Persian Gulf region and its related security concerns.

Jennifer Serrat

Jennifer Serrat is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from IE Business School, in Madrid, Spain. Her thesis project focused on an ongoing human rights case with the Inter-American Human Right Court.

Her international vocation began in 2013 when she moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English. Her affinity for bringing together nations and cultures then took her to Australia and Spain.

Her interests lie in the benefits of diplomatic multicultural cooperation in addressing the issues facing international foreign policy and security, as well as working toward a more just world where equal treatment and fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are upheld.

Jennifer is a citizen of the United States, France, and Canada.

Ina Simon
Ina Simon

Ina is an MA candidate in Theological Studies at Concordia University. Her main research interests are discourse analysis and theories of the state; more specifically, she is interested in the role that images play in the creation and maintenance of ideology. She is currently writing her thesis on Thomas Hobbes’s political iconography. Ina also has a BA in Political Science with a minor in Human Geography. She is also interested in issues in development as well as the interplay of religion and violence within the context of the state.

Past Interns

Isabela Coleho

Greer Nicholson

Emily Enright

Silke Melbye-Hansen

Isabelle Tamoj

Lilian Leifert

Cedrick Mulcair

Chantalle Gonzalez Lopez

Marrisa Fortune

Riley Haley

Erin Storus

May White-Vimouth

Nathalie Hitimana

Zach Sementes

Zach Paikin

Arvin Eyunni

Adan Suazo

Lea Watrin now works for the All Parliamentary Group on the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity

Meaghan Shevell

Camila Gomez-Perales

Alejandra Espinosa

Adrien Orloowski

Aminka Belvitt

Randy Pinsky

Myriam Menard

Jonathan Rozen

Neekoo Collett

Sarah Wiley

Kaitlin Davella

Christoph Semken previously served as an Assistant for Information Technology and is currently completing his Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics at the University of Aberdeen. His latest publication "Tracking the Blue: Phone and Vehicle Location Systems for UN Peacekeeping" is available at

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