I grew up in a military family and am deeply grateful to have had the eye-opening opportunity to live overseas and experience other cultures. I obtained my B.A., majoring in English and German, from Hillsdale College in 2017. While at Hillsdale, I was involved in the International Club as secretary, foreign language coordinator and also served as the club’s essay-writing tutor for international students. I am interested in Just War Theory, national defense, conflict resolution and overseas U.S. military engagement. The MPIA program has proven invaluable in my professional development: professors brings something new and relevant to the table each time they lecture, they bring in practitioners, work with students on their interests in addition to the coursework, and always encourage scholarly discussion.
The MPIA program has changed the way I approach critical problem sets in my daily work as a National Security consultant. The academic theory with which students wrestle in the classroom both enlightens and enables, which has allowed me to think strategically and analyze geopolitical issues on a deeper level. The reading, writing, discussion, and interaction with professors of the highest caliber have all contributed greatly to daily successes both in the classroom and in the workplace.
Victoria earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech in 2016 double majoring in International Studies and Religion and Culture with a minor in Spanish while also focusing on sociology. She has been a full-time student in the MPIA program with research interests in global governance particularly regarding immigration and refugees.
Allison is originally from Utah. She currently works as a communications specialist supporting Customs and Border Protection. She previously worked as a contractor supporting the Department of Veteran Affairs. Allison graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and a Bachelor of Science in International Studies. While earning her undergraduate degrees, she had the opportunity to travel to more than fifteen countries. These experiences included teaching English in Japan, studying in Italy, traveling in India, and volunteering in Uganda and Mexico. Her research interests include global health issues, food security, and immigration.
Bukhari was born and raised in Darfur Region of Sudan. He graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affair. Before joining Virginia Tech, he worked for AmeriCorps for a year. Currently, he works for Amnesty International as a Field Representative and is an Arabic linguist for Ad Star. Bukhari’s is interested in the history of International negotiations and conflict resolution.
Amanda is currently researching international cooperation in the global health sector. During her career Amanda has worked in project management, program implementation, and operations for several small consulting firms. Her work has been in support of many federal offices primarily within the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Amanda received her B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University, majoring in International Relations (IR) and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy (PTCD).
Leah earned a B.A. in International Studies, magna cum laude, from American University in 2014 where she focused her studies on Central Europe. While at American University she studied abroad in Berlin and Prague. Leah is currently the Country Director for the United Kingdom and Ireland in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before joining the Department of Defense, she worked for the Senate Armed Services Committee as a Research Analyst and then a Professional Staff Member overseeing military readiness budgets. Prior to that she had various internships at European-focused think tanks in DC. Leah’s research interests include national security and the backsliding of democracy in Europe.