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Student Fellows

John Lemieux Student Fellows

New John Lemieux Student Fellows in October 2023

Youth Fellows


Michaela de Toldi

Michaela de Toldi is an undergraduate student in Political Sciences with a Minor in Law and Society at Concordia University. Her academic interests surround international relations, genocides, conflicts entrenched in religious beliefs, and human rights.

During her expatriations in her childhood, namely in Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, Michaela witnessed many human rights violations especially toward ethnic minorities exploited for their manpower and cheap labour. These constant human rights violations pushed her to realize that she wanted to work in a field that could have an impact, in which meaningful actions had to take place through partnerships and cooperation to challenge the status quo and bring about change.

She wishes to further her studies by doing a master’s degree at Science Po Paris in International Security. She will be joining MIGS as a Human Rights Officer for the next months and assist in planning, outreaching, organizing conferences and drafting external communications.


Katerina Sviderska

Katerina Sviderska is a master’s student in Political Science at Université de Montréal. She holds a bachelor’s in International Studies from the same university, as well as a certificate in Social Science from SciencesPo Paris. Her academic interests surround the issues of political violence, nationalism and propaganda. Under the supervision of Magdalena Dembinska, Katerina is currently writing her thesis, which analyses the factors motivating Russian soldiers to commit war atrocities against Ukrainian civilians. She also works for the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at University of Ottawa.



Jack Zimakas

Jack Zimakas is an undergraduate student in Honours Political Science at McGill University. An editor at the McGill-based Contemporary Review of Genocide and Political Violence, he strives to identify and better understand knowledge gaps in the study of international political economy. He has written articles as a student intern for Canadian Geographic, assisted the Arab Studies Institute's Knowledge Production Project (KPP) database for Middle East research, and peer-reviewed for multiple McGill-based IR journals. Jack looks to further assist in human rights advocacy where marginalized communities subsist in the face of state violence.


Past Interns

Elora Bussière-Ladouceur (John Lemieux Student Fellow 2022-23)

Mohawib Hassan Doualeh (John Lemieux Student Fellow 2022-23)

Joshua "Jay" Sallos-Carter (John Lemieux Student Fellow 2022-23)

Nadia Trudel (John Lemieux Student Fellow 2021-22)

Logan Bates ( (John Lemieux Student Fellow 2021-22)

George Tsagaroulis (John Lemieux Student Fellow 2021-22)

Clementine Blateau

Levon Mouradian

Sooraya Peerally

Karen Rubbo

Antoine Tremblay

Thelma Guerrin

Patrick Groeneveld-Meijer

Helena Lang

Fatou C.D. Ndiaye

Haley Moore

Caroline Feldner

Alexandrine Royer

Duncan Cooper

Rutvi Ajmera 

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 

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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