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ROYA LOTFI Editor-in-Chief

Roya Lotfi (she/her) is a second-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 to widen JPI’s multimedia content. 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 Central Park.

LIANA ALMONY Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Liana Almony (she/her) is a second-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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Elizabeth Jefimova (she/her) is a second-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. 

MELISSA SUKNIQI Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Melissa Sukniqi (she/her) is a second-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.

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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.

Manpriya Singh Managing Editor

Manpriya Singh (she/her) is a second-year graduate student in International Relations. She is a French native from Paris and received her BSc in Economics and Management from Ecole des Sciences de la Gestion à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM), in Montreal, Canada. She is currently interning at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and is the International Relations Committee Chair and Envoy for the GSAS Student Council. Her predictions on the most important political, economic, geopolitical, and social global risks for 2022, in conjunction with Wikistrat, will be published on the World Economic Forum. Her primary interests concern the democracy crisis phenomenon, diplomacy, and policy. In her free time, she loves watching crime/mystery shows and has an interest in performing arts. 


Bella (she/they) is a second-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations program. She earned her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of South Carolina, where she focused her work on genocide and political extremism. They currently serve as an intern at the United Nations within UNICEF, and have previously spent time working with the Anne Frank House. Their academic interests center around terrorism and fascism, as well as theories of violence. In her free time, she enjoys reading books on American politics and theory, as well as working as a community organizer in New York City and New Jersey.


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 (she/her) is a second-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.


Victoria Genna-Schmidt (she/her) is a second-year MA candidate in International Relations at NYU. She graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, concentrating in Security and Middle East Studies. She previously worked in the private due diligence sector and has interned with the Boston Police Department and the Woman’s Health and Family Planning center in Rabat, Morocco. Her academic interests concern US national security policy and intelligence studies. Outside of work and school, Vic can be found exploring NYC or on the couch watching the latest true crime documentary.

SOPHIE SLADE Managing Editor

Sophie Slade (she/her) is a second-year MA student in NYU’s International Relations department. She is a part of NYU’s Accelerated BA/MA Program and graduated from NYU in 2022 with a BA in International Relations and Spanish, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.  Sophie worked for three years as an event reporter and editor for IR Insider, NYU’s undergraduate news journal for international affairs, and this is her second semester working for JPI as a Managing Editor. Her academic interests include international development, humanitarian aid and interventionism, peacebuilding, and human rights advocacy. Upon graduation, she intends to find work for non-profit organizations in bottom-up operation management within underdeveloped/conflict zones. In her spare time, Sophie can be found exploring NYC’s vast latin dance scene.


Anastasia Boulos (she/her) is a second-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 (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.


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.