ANGELY MONTILLA  Editor-in-Chief

Angely Montilla is a second-year graduate student in the International Relations department with a concentration in Latin America and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She has experience working with civil society organizations, in family court, as a research assistant and as a published writer.  Her research interests focus on understanding the experiences of diasporic communities in the United States, migration policy and the intersection of religion and global affairs. 

EMMY FREEDMAN  Deputy Editor-in-Chief 

Emmy Freedman is a second-year student in the GloJo program, studying international relations and journalism. She graduated from James Madison University in 2017, and spent two years working at an NBC news affiliate in Charlottesville, Va. She focuses on the intersection of music and politics, and her thesis explores the role of hip-hop in American diplomacy.

Web Team

JUSTINE CRETEUR  Managing Editor

Justine Creteur is currently enrolled in the MA International Relations program at NYU, with a concentration in international law. She is from Brussels, Belgium, and has lived in NYC the past three years while attending NYU as an undergrad, studying journalism and politics. Her research interest is transitional justice and the ways in which reconciliation processes intersect with social and cultural norms. 

JENNIFER HEIMAN  Managing Editor 

Jennifer Heiman is a first-year master’s student studying international relations. She is also a part of the B.A./M.A. program at NYU, finishing up her final year of undergraduate studies with a major in global liberal studies with a concentration in politics, rights and development. Her primary interests surround the Latin American region and international human rights.

TAYLOR JENNINGS  Managing Editor

Taylor Jennings is a second-year master’s student in the Global Journalism and Joint Program Studies at the Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism. In addition to studying journalism, Taylor is studying international relations with a focus on resource management and global politics. For her thesis, Taylor is writing about US-Mexico transboundary water management. In addition to JPI, Taylor also writes for the Latin American News Dispatch and its daily Today In Latin America newsletter. When Taylor’s not reading good journalism, she’s trying to write it herself. After graduation, she hopes to continue her journalism beat of politics in Washington D.C., and if that doesn’t work out, she plans to move to Alaska and work for a local radio station in the vast wilderness up north. For the time being, she’ll continue to enjoy great writing and coffee at her local Brooklyn spots.


Nswana graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. While at Lindenwood, Nswana was a Virtual Student Federal Service Intern for the USAID; specifically, the USAU (USAID Mission to the African Union). Nswana is currently an international relations master’s student with a concentration in international politics and business. She is particularly interested in the development of African economies and the socio-economical conditions of Black communities around the world in general. Nswana is interested in continuing her research by pursuing a PhD.


Elizabeth McIntosh is a second-year master’s student in the Graduate School of Arts and Science majoring in international relations with a focus on the juncture between international law and immigration law. She graduated from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May 2017 with a concentration in international human rights in immigration law. Elizabeth has  worked at a boutique SoHo immigration law firm as a senior litigation paralegal and a relief  from detention specialist for almost four years. Elizabeth has expertise in the intricacies of  immigration law in the U.S., specifically, removal from detention, cancelation of removal,  deportation proceedings and other specialized subsets of immigration law. Elizabeth has spent multiple years working as an immigration law scholar, researching and preparing arguments that  support her research for almost half a decade. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys perusing Prospect Park with her pit bull “Loso Gummy” and uploading content onto her fashion blog. 


Kristen Varganova is a first year master’s student in the international relations department with a concentration in international law. Kristen has experience working on Capitol Hill as well as within the humanitarian and counterterrorism realm. Kristen graduated with a BA in international relations and Russian language, literature and culture from Syracuse University in December 2020. Her research interests focus on gender-based violence and human rights violations around the globe. 


Journal Team

ELIZABETH BAILEY  Managing Editor 

Elizabeth Bailey is a first-year MA student studying international relations. Her primary research interests center around East Asian studies, state (trans)formation and nationalism.  

EMMA (KYOUNGSEO) HONG  Managing Editor

Emma (Kyoungseo) Hong is a second-year master’s student studying international relations and politics at New York University. Her research interests include political economy with a regional focus in the Asia-Pacific, international trade and international institutions. She is currently working on her master’s thesis examining the global governance norms and the American-led liberal international order within the framework of the US-Chinese rivalry.

SAARTHAK MADAN  Managing Editor

Saarthak Madan is a first year master’s student currently enrolled in the MA International Relations program at NYU. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2019, where he gained valuable research experience in the biological sciences. Saarthak is primarily interested in the politics and economics of climate change. As an intern with an NGO, he wrote articles stressing the difficulty of poverty reduction on a warming planet.  

ELISA RON  Copy Editor

Elisa Ron is a first-year master’s student in international relations at NYU and a board member for the International Relations and Politics Association (IRPA). She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dallas in 2019 with a double Bachelor’s in Economics and Politics, and interned for the Liberal Democrat Party in London and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. Her regional focuses are in Latin America and Europe/Eurasia and her areas of interest include international economics, immigration/refugees, political violence, human rights and totalitarianism.


Daniel was born in Washington, D.C. His undergraduate research focused on post-incarceration barriers to employment in Worcester, MA. He also holds an MA in Security and Diplomacy Studies from Tel Aviv University where he authored a graduate thesis on jihadism in three unique state environments. In addition to his studies at NYU, Daniel interns at a boutique political consulting firm and tutors elementary school-aged students. Daniel is a fluent Hebrew speaker and his interests include indoor gardening, cooking and long-distance running. 


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