Satgin Hamrah is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Tufts University. She has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Her research includes work on the Middle East and South Asia, where she focuses on Islamism, sectarianism, identity, transnational conflict and networks, as well as state and non-state conflict and violence.
Lilly Blumenthal is a senior at Tufts University majoring in international relations with concentrations in both security studies and middle eastern studies. In addition to supporting the Iran Iraq War Project, Lilly works as a human rights policy intern at the UN Foundation. Previously, she interned at the Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy. Additionally, Lilly conducted independent quantitative and qualitative research on citizens’ attitudes towards democratic and non-democratic regimes in conjunction with resource dependency. Moving forward, she hopes to pursue a career in foreign policy concentrating on the Middle Eastern region.
Alex Eliasen is a recent graduate of Tufts University with a major in International Relations and minors in English and Chinese. In addition to supporting the Iran Iraq War Project, Alex has worked in the Office of Governor Charlie Baker as an intern. He has invested much of his time researching the human rights crises in Myanmar, ASEAN's Human Rights Commission and spent a semester studying abroad in Beijing. In the future, Alex hopes to improve his Chinese language skills and pursue a career in human rights policy and international security.
Sam Ward is a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. She enjoys doing research on the Middle East and China. In the future, Sam would like to pursue a career in foreign policy and diplomacy.
Ezgi Zeren is a first-year student at Tufts University double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. She is interested in physics, math, and learning about different cultures. She enjoys participating in research and contributing to projects with social impact.
Ben LaFond is a master’s student at Tufts University studying Conservation Medicine. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology/Neuroscience from New College of Florida. He is interested in the one-health approach to conservation, with his primary research investigating how amphibian decline may impact human health. Additionally, he is interested in developing geospatial models to answer these complicated one-health issues.