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ELIZABETH BAILEY  Editor-in-Chief

Elizabeth Bailey (she/her) is a second-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations department. She received her BA in Political Science from Mary Baldwin University in 2017, where she also minored in Economics and Religious Studies. Following graduation, she worked for three years as a Research Executive at ORB International, managing social-political survey research in countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She plans to pursue a PhD in Comparative Politics, and her research interests include the politics of East Asia, state (trans)formation, national identity, and political theory. When not working, Elizabeth enjoys reading science-fiction and mystery novels and hanging out with her Shih Tzu, Scout.

JENNIFER HEIMAN  Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer Heiman (she/her) is a second-year MA candidate in International Relations at NYU. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from New York University in Global Politics, Rights, and Development in 2021 as a part of NYU’s accelerated BA/MA program. Her academic interests concern US Foreign Policy and the Latin America region. As a journalist, Jennifer’s work has appeared in the Buenos Aires Times and the Council on Foreign Relations online. Outside of work and study, Jennifer loves to try out new baking recipes and cook meals with her friends.   

ROYA LOTFI Multimedia Officer/Managing Editor

Roya Lotfi (she/her) is a first year MA student in International Relations at NYU. She received a BS in Biology from Montclair State University but always had a fierce interest in domestic and international politics, and decided to follow her passion by transitioning into the IR field. Before starting at NYU, she worked in the field of video production and hopes to utilize those skills as JPI’s Multimedia Officer. Her long term career goal is to produce video content on the topics of current events and international relations at a media journalism organization. In her free time she likes to read and take long walks around Prospect Park.

LIANA ALMONY Social Media Officer

Liana Almony (she/her) is a first-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations department. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2019, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, and double minored in Global Studies and Digital Media Studies. She has extensive professional experience with media management in the nonprofit sector, and continues to utilize her communication skills to advocate for human rights and social justice on a global scale. In her spare time, Liana enjoys boxing, photography, and exploring the NYC restaurant scene.

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NSWANA SAMUKONGA Managing Editor

Nswana Samukonga (she/her) is a second year MA candidate in NYU’s International Relations department. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Lindenwood University. Her academic interests include Socio-economical conditions and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. She plans to pursue a PhD in political economy and work for the African Union one day. 

GRIFFIN ELLIOT Managing Editor

ELIZABETH JEFIMOVA Managing Editor

Elizabeth Jefimova (she/her) is a first-year student MA student candidate in NYU’s International Relations program with a concentration in International Law. She received one BA in History and another in Chemistry from Brooklyn College in 2019. Following graduation, she received an MA in Oral History from Columbia University, where most of her work centered on veterans. At NYU, she is looking to study the impact that the United States security assistance programs play in fragile state reformation, particularly in Syria. Her other research interests include examining the role that Russia plays in the Middle East. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys watching true crime documentaries and reading fantasy/adventure series similar to Game of Thrones. 

SRIJAN SHUKLA Managing Editor

Srijan Shukla is pursuing a Masters in International Relations at New York University. He studied Political Science and Economics at McGill University. He subsequently worked as a foreign affairs reporter for ThePrint.

BELLA CANALE Copy Editor

Bella Canale (she/her) is a first-year MA student in International Relations at NYU. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of South Carolina in 2021. Her academic interests include political violence, authoritarianism, fascism and violence against women. Outside of school and work, Bella loves listening to true crime podcasts and going to New York’s many art museums.

LESLIE PROSY Copy Editor

Leslie Prosy (she/her) is a second-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations department. She received her BA in Psychology from State University of New York Empire State College in 2015, where she also had an interest in Cultural Psychology. Following graduation, she worked for a private contractor in Germany assisting both the local governments, international organizations, and refugees during the European migrant crisis. She plans to pursue a PhD in Governance, with a focus in forced migration. In her free time she enjoys playing with her son, reading, running, and taking in new cultural experiences with her family.

ELISA RON Copy Editor

Elisa Ron (she/her or they/them) is a second-year MA student of International Relations at NYU. She received her double Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Dallas in 2019. As an undergraduate, she interned for the Liberal Democrat Party in London and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. Her main regional focuses are in Latin America and Europe/Eurasia. Some of her other research interests include international economics, global risk, extremism, and totalitarianism’s relationship to political violence/revolution. After NYU, she plans to pursue a PhD in International Relations and then pursue a career in academia, journalism, think-tanks, or consulting.

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NEAL CALDWELL Managing Editor

Neal Caldwell (he/him) is a second-year MA candidate in NYU’s International Relations program. He received a BA in Philosophy from Duquesne University in 2013. He has worked in the United States Senate, for a Manhattan based social media marketing tech startup, and on government contracts at a DC conflict resolution and consulting firm. His academic interests include security studies, US foreign policy, the Middle East, East Asia, and legacies of the Cold War. He plans to pursue a PhD in political science upon graduation. Outside of work, Neal enjoys backcountry skiing, multi-day river expeditions, and reading mystery novels. 

MAHRUKH CHAUDHRY Managing Editor

Mahrukh Chaudhry (she/her) is a first-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations department. She received her triple major in English, Political Science, and History from Christ University, India in 2019. Following graduation, she pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Arts from Ashoka University, India in 2020. Mahrukh has previously done research under the Dean of Indian Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, India, in 2018. She has also worked with the UN Global Compact Network India to research the impact of pandemic on marginalized workers in the global apparel industry. She plans to pursue a PhD in Identity and Conflict with regional emphasis on South Asia. In her own time, Mahrukh enjoys hiking, reading historical fiction, and watching crime documentaries.

SOPHIE SLADE Managing Editor

Sophie Slade (she/her) is an undergraduate senior at NYU pursuing a BA in International Relations and Spanish with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is also an MA candidate in International Relations through NYU’s Accelerated BA/MA Program. Sophie has worked for three years as an event reporter and section editor for IR Insider, NYU’s undergraduate news journal for international affairs. Her academic interests include bottom-up peacebuilding efforts and cross-border migration. Upon graduation, she intends to find work for beginner non-profit organizations in operation management within underdeveloped areas. In her spare time, Sophie can be found exploring New York City’s latin dance scene or attempting to find the city’s best Indian food joint.

ANASTASIA BOULOS Copy Editor

Anastasia Boulos (she/her) is a first-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations department with a concentration in international law. She received her BA degree from Boston University in 2021, where she majored in International Relations, with a concentration in regional politics and cultural anthropology in the Middle East and North Africa. Anastasia additionally minored in public relations as an undergraduate student. Anastasia’s work experiences come from internships throughout undergrad, working with non-profit organizations, a law firm, and the Massachusetts Department of Education. She continues to participate in academic leadership roles. Her continued interest in her field of study focuses on international law, forced migration, and immigration crisis specifically in the Middle East and North Africa region. When not working, Anastasia enjoys listening to good music, visiting art museums, and spending quality time with friends and family. 

ESTRELLA CHOCRON Copy Editor

Estrella Chocron (she/they) is an international student from Switzerland. She is in her second year of the MA program in International Relations, with a concentration in International Politics and Business. Prior to NYU, Estrella studied in France and obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Law. As part of her undergraduate studies, she spent a year in Australia as an exchange student, focusing on human rights law. Her academic interests are transitional justice, human rights, and conflict resolution. In her free time, Estrella enjoys playing with her dog, watching Doctor Who, and playing guitar.

MELISSA SUKNIQI Copy Editor

Melissa Sukniqi (she/her) is a first-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations department. She received her BA in Jurisprudence from Montclair State University in 2017, where she also minored in Political Science and Sociology. Following graduation, she worked for several years as a paralegal assisting claimants in filing with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Program. Her academic interests primarily concern US Foreign Policy. Outside of school, Melissa enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with her Shih Tzu, Tobi.

JUSTINE CRETEUR Copy Editor

Justine Creteur is a second-year MA student in the 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 interests are transitional justice and the ways in which reconciliation processes intersect with social and cultural norms.

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