Adedeji Ademola – External Representative at Obafemi Awolowo University
Adedeji Ademola is a Doctoral student at the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His main research interests include international relations, security, governance and development issues in West Africa as well as civilian casualties, and counterinsurgency. He has served as Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria and was Staff Contributor for Face2FaceAfrica for many years where he pitched several research driven articles with a focus on trade and governance within the pan-African community. He is a Fellow of the Institut Francais de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA-Nigeria) and African Change makers fellow. He has authored and co-authored published biographical works and articles in local and international journals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Diplomatic Studies from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in International Relations both from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Mehak Burza – External Representative at Jamia University
Mehak Burza is a doctoral research scholar of Holocaust Studies in the Department of English, Jamia University (New Delhi, India). Her thesis title is Literary Representations of The Holocaust; An Assessment. Her primary interests include Holocaust/Genocide Studies, Gender Studies, Holocaust Trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). She has presented papers in international conferences in Texas and Gettysburg. Her creative works have been published in Trouvaille Review, Visual Verse and Galaxy International Multidisciplinary Research Journal. She also translates from Hindi/Urdu into English and her translations are published in Purple Ink Magazine, the online magazine of Brown University, Los Angeles. She is also associated with LLIDS Journal as a peer reviewer, CLRI journal as an editor for research papers and as a copy editor (part time) in Journal of International Women’s Studies. Apart from academics she is trained classical dancer, with Kathak being her forte.
Amy Ertan — External Representative at Royal Holloway
Amy Ertan is a PhD researcher within the Centre for Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. Amy previously studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, where she first developed an interest in international security. Amy was part of the winning team in Atlantic Council’s international relations / cyber security 9/12 competition, and was also awarded Cyber Security Student of the Year at the 2018 SC Media Awards. Her main research interests continue to focus on international relations and cyber-warfare, as well as emerging cyber security threats relating to artificial intelligence. You can follow her on Twitter: @AmyErtan.
Bryce Farabaugh — External Representative at University of Chicago
Bryce Farabaugh is a master’s student at the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations. Previously, Bryce was a research assistant with the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where he worked on a range of programs designed to develop the next generation of nuclear professionals. His research and analysis at PONI focused on emerging technologies and their implications for situational awareness and strategic stability. Bryce is currently a fellow with the N Square Innovators Network, an interdisciplinary group working to develop strategies for nuclear risk reduction. He also serves on a strategic advisory board for Foretell, a crowdsourced forecasting project exploring technology-security policy at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.
Prior to working at CSIS, Bryce held positions as a research intern at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a policy intern in the Defense and Foreign Policy Department at the Niskanen Center, and worked for several years at the United States Department of the Treasury. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Washington. You can follow him on Twitter @brycefarabaugh.
Carissa Goodwin – External Representative at University of St. Andrews
Carissa Goodwin received her MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence from the University of St. Andrews at the Centre for Terrorism and Political Violence and was awarded distinction. Her dissertation was a network analysis mapping far-right websites and analyzing how mainstream social media platforms are leveraged to direct to these more niche hate websites. While at St. Andrews, she’s been working as a consultant on a Facebook Phase Two Content Policy Research Grant, titled “Exploring the Internationalization of Extreme Right Public Spheres” with Dr. Dror Walter and Dr. Yannick Veilleux-Lepage. Previously, she worked on two U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative grants under Dr. Mia Bloom at Georgia State University. Her primary work at GSU focused on coding images, videos, and text collected from ISIS through the encrypted online platform, Telegram. Her research interests include emerging technologies, online extremism, disinformation, and political violence broadly. She holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Public Health from Emory University. You can follow her on Twitter @carissahgoodwin
George Loh – External Representative at The London School of Economics
George is a Masters’s student at the Department of Methodology at The London School of Economics (LSE). He received his double bachelors in Political Science and International Relations from The Australian National University, before furthering his studies at the LSE. His interests include examining the phenomenon of democratic backsliding across Southeast Asian states, and the study of the political systems of Southeast Asian states from a comparative perspective. Prior to the commencement of his graduate studies, George held roles in various research capacities, notably an internship stint at Control Risks’ Global Risks Analysis (GRA) team as well as AKE International’s, covering the broader Asia Pacific region.
Philip Mayne — External Representative at University of Hull
Philip is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Hull. He has a special interest in strategy, counterinsurgency, military ethics, military history, international security and relations. His thesis examines the relationship between military ethics and military effectiveness. Specifically, his work focuses on adherence to the Just War Tradition, and success in counterinsurgencies; through analysing the case studies of the Malayan Emergency, the Kenyan Emergency, the Algerian War and the Vietnam War.
Philip ran a second-year module in 2018; focusing on international security and defence policy at the University of Hull. This module focused on international security theory in general, then examined a number of security issues; from human security to nuclear security. The module also discussed defence policy broadly and also focused on the US and UK defence policies. Philip has contributed to the Huffington Post, and is an active member of the Hull University War Studies Research Group. Twitter: @phil_mayne
Andrew Scanlon – External Representative at University of Edinburgh
Andrew is a MSc candidate in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to postgraduate studies, he completed is B.A. in Political Science from the University of Dayton. During his undergraduate,
Andrew worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s office and in the United States House of Representatives. His areas of research interest includes blockchain and its use as a tool for diplomacy, the impacts of the conflict in the South China Sea on the current international order, and international political economy.
Anindita Shome – External Representative at University of Hyderabad
Anindita Shome is a Ph.D. Candidate at the UGC Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, India. Her research interests lie in the literary and socio-cultural aspects of the South Asian migration and diaspora from the pre-modern times to the contemporary era.
She takes a keen interest in the areas of Conflict Studies, Youth Studies, Digital Humanities, Environmental Studies, and Transnational Studies.
Sangay Tamang — External Representative at Indian Institute of Technology
Sangay Tamang is a PhD scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam. His doctoral thesis looks at the interaction of ecology and ethnicity in the eastern Himalayas where he focuses on the history of forest, wildlife and landscape in Darjeeling Himalayas. He has contributed articles to journals like Economic and Political Weekly, Sociological Bulletin, Indian Anthropologist, etc, and also short commentaries and op-ed in various online forums like The Third Pole, Raiot, Sikkim Express, Countercurrent, etc.