Boston University's Premiere Undergraduate Journal
2018-19 Editorial Board
Raina is a senior at Boston University studying International Relations with a specialization in Security Studies in the Middle East and North Africa. She began as a Staff Writer and later REACT News co-founder for the IR Review, covering issues like the illegal dancers of Iran and the destruction of world heritage sites by ISIS. She is also a Business Development Specialist for BOARD International and has previously worked for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Rt Hon David Lammy MP in Westminster, and the former Attorney General of New South Wales in Australia. She is the co-founder of the organization Global Ambassadors and REACT News, and the author of Young Adult Fiction novel "The Voice of Thunder." She has had the honor of speaking at the United Nations several times and has been recognized for her work by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Zonta International, Claes Nobel, and more. She is currently conducting research on urban refugees in Istanbul, Turkey and Amman, Jordan. She hopes to someday work in human rights law, and loves getting lost in cities, forests, or a good book.
Editor-in-Chief & REACT News Anchor
Gowtham Asokan is a Junior studying Economics and Political Science. Being brought up in Turkey in an Indian background gave Gowtham a strong association to both countries. His hobbies include: Chess, Reading, and talking long walks by the Esplanade. He hopes to work on Economic policy regarding developmental economics in aiding lesser developed regions.
Morgan Cope is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying International Relations with a concentration in International Economics, Business, and Politics. She truly realized her passion for exploring different cultures and lifestyles when she spent a summer living with a family in Dublin, Ireland and hopes to live abroad again someday soon! She loves meeting new people and hearing their experiences and stories. In her free time, Morgan enjoys singing along to throwback songs with her friends and adventuring around Boston to find delicious food.
Christopher, studies International Business, Economics and Politics with a focus in European Studies. As he transitions into his senior year at BU, his prime areas of focus are on the effects of the Brain Drain on the Balkans and the development of the international trade system. He plays saxophone and a little guitar, speaks French and English, and would like to read more Marx.
Sonali is a senior at the Questrom School of Business pursuing a concentration in finance with interests in law, economics and domestic and foreign policy. She is open-minded and curious and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of global affairs through her work with the IR Review. During her free time Sonali likes to read good books, meditate, cook delicious recipes, listen to music, and run.
Samantha Dorning is a sophomore at Boston University studying Political Science and International Relations with an intended concentration in Africa and the Middle East. She is from Chicago, Illinois where she lives with her parents, sister, and beloved dog and attended Providence Catholic High School. As a member of the Boston University community, she is involved in the Boston University International Affairs Association, the BU Pre-Law society, and the BU Women’s Club Hockey Team. Her passions include American politics and constitutional deliberation, the effect of American and Western policy on pre-modern nations, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa is currently a sophomore in CAS/Pardee studying International Relations with concentrations in Asia and International Systems & World Order. She is from Aurora, Colorado where she was born and raised. Within the BU community, she is the Co-Event Coordinator for Association Francophone de BU (French Club) and the Internal Public Relations Chair for BU Vietnamese Student Association. She is also a part of the International Affairs Association, in which she has staffed the BarMUN and BosMUN conferences. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, playing the violin, and trying new foods.
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Soo Min is from Cupertino, CA but originally from South Korea. Her interest in journalism grew as she wrote and edited for her school newspaper for four years during high school. In her free time, she loves watching Netflix and traveling. Some of her favorite places that she has visited this year include France and Hong Kong. She also loves finding and eating at good restaurants.
Alex is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics & Mathematics with a minor in International Relations. Originally from Ridgewood, NJ, he loves to study the intersection of economics and politics in global history, and his dream job is to work at the Fed someday. Outside of school, he can be found playing soccer, trying to stay up to date on the latest rappers, and searching for the best Mexican food around.
Natalie is a senior in the college of communication. She is half Irish and half Chinese, and was born in London, but grew up in Singapore. She has being doing photography since she was a sophomore in high school and worked as a photography assistant for a year and half to a Singapore-based photography and videography company. She has a bulldog puppy whom she adores more than anything, she has recently gotten into food photography and healthy cooking, and her dream job would be a combination between traveling and something food related.
Rebecca is a senior in CAS, majoring in International Relations and Economics. IShe is m minoring in Journalism in COM, with a focus on Magazine Journalism. She was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Her favorite food of all time is pasta, which is probably due to the fact she is half Italian. She is also a museum enthusiast who loves some company to explore new expositions around Boston.
Layout Editor & REACT News Specialist
Just like Boston weather, Josee Matela’s academics revolve around two degrees. As a junior pursuing a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in International Relations, Josee has her sights set on sharing stories from all over the globe. She’s ecstatic to continue with the IR Review as a layout editor and producer for React News. Beyond BUIAA, she spends her time producing BUTV10’s The Wire, interning for Boston’s NPR news station WBUR 90.9, and dancing to songs in grocery store aisles.
Julia is a sophomore studying International Relations with a minor in Journalism. Besides serving as Marketing Director, she is the CIO for BosMUN XVIII, an active member of the travel team, and the Campus Grant Coordinator for Students for Reproductive Justice at BU. She also works at My Life My Choice, an anti-human trafficking organization based in Boston. When not in school, you can find her dabbling in writing, photography, and podcasting, or binge watching Veronica Mars.
Carly is a junior studying International Relations and Film & Television. She is originally from Los Angeles, California and she is am thrilled to work on the IR Review, as it enables her to combine her passion for media and design with her passion for international affairs. On campus, Carly is involved in Delta Phi Epsilon, a professional fraternity with a focus on foreign service, and the BU International Affairs Association, with whom she is currently serving as the Chief Internal Affairs Office of the 11th Boston Area Model United Nations Conference. In her free time, Carly loves good films, road trips, and breakfast pastries.
Rachel, a dual citizen of the UK and USA, is a senior in the College of Engineering studying Biomedicial Engineering with a focus in Nanotechnology. She is a 2017 Goldwater scholar and her research interests involve utilizing foundational synthetic biology to engineer solutions to a variety of human problems, particularly in medicine. She is passionate about communicating science and scientific research in a way that is both appealing and informative to the public, bringing her to the IR Review. She is a volunteer with BU STEM Pathways, Vice President of BUs uWISE club, and an active committee chair in BU Model United Nations conferences. She enjoys exercising, visiting museums, and adventures.
Samira is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in International Relations. She is originally from Kuwait and speaks Arabic fluently. Her areas interest in International Relations include gender equality efforts in developing countries and Middle Eastern conflict resolution. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music, read, bake, and practice yoga and pilates.
Yoni is a sophomore from Maryland in the College of Arts and Sciences studying International Relations. His academic interests include the Middle East, terrorism, and immigration policy. His goal is to work as a foreign correspondent for a newspaper. In his free time, he enjoys reading, swimming, and watching basketball.
Tal Dickstein is a Senior at Boston Universory pursuing a bachelor's degrees in economic and international relations and a master's degree in economics. He enjoys listening to music, solving puzzles, and completing job apps (send help).
Book Reviews Writer
Adia is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Pardee School of Global Studies, where she is majoring in International Relations and double minoring in History and French. Though she holds an American passport, she is also a proud Canadian hailing from Toronto and Montreal (Really cool, eh?). She developed her passion for writing in the 6th grade and has since published three poems in local and national anthologies. When Adia is not at BUIAA, she is involved as an Activities Consultant for the Student Activities Office and is also an ASDB Coordinator at the Admissions Office. In her spare time, she likes to play soccer, learn about different countries and cultures, binge watch Netflix, eat “Trini food” and listen to music of all genres. She is really excited to be a part of the IRR team this year and to be granted the privilege of writing meaningful pieces and inspiring engaging conversations.
Desmond is a senior and a Health Sciences major, Economics minor and Master of Public Health candidate. He is especially interested in the connections between urban environments and health outcomes, and the field of social business.
Kaylin is from a city called Orange which is in Orange County, California. She used to play soccer and run track and still enjoys playing sports or working out. She also loves going to new food places or fun coffee shops with friends, but most of all, she loves the beach and traveling. This summer, she was able to go on a spontaneous trip to Santorini and Florence with her brother. She is a junior this year.
Sabine is a freshman in the College of General Studies hoping to pursue a degree in English and Political Science. Her academic interests include creative writing, political science, and history. Having grown up in a Haitian household, her interests in her own cultural background and the world around her have inspired an interest in international relations. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, watching the Food Network, and crying over dogs and emotional video games.
Kavya is a junior studying International Relations and Political Science. Kavya's academic interests include security studies, toxic masculinity in global conflict, studying marginalized communities, European politics, and ranting about the inefficiencies of coalition governments. When she is not doing all of the above (maybe 2% of the time), Kavya can tell you about her upbringing across India, the UK, and the US, and quote The Office with concerning fluency.
REACT News Team
REACT News Producer
Mairin is a junior pursuing a Dual Degree in Political Science and Film and Television Production. After graduation, she hopes to use her Production background to work in Political Communications. She plans to dedicate her career to Women's rights and political activism through media. For now, she enjoys working with kids, hiking, and eating Mexican food.
REACT News Anchor
Maneesha is a coordination-challenged, unintentionally loud foodie from Penang, Malaysia who decided to become an English major and has a low-key obsession with Orange Is The New Black.
REACT News Anchor
Elisabeth (whose friends call her Elle) is from the Bay Area in California. She also lived in Switzerland and Florida, is a computer engineering major, and loves to swim, go to animal shelters, and paint. She wants to be an environmental lawyer when she grows up, or potentially work for the ACLU as a prosecutor.
REACT News Anchor
Eliot is a sophomore from West Roxbury (a suburb of Boston) and graduated from Boston Latin School. He rowed and swam competitively throughout high school while also participating in clubs from JSA to Model UN. He seeks to pursue a double-major of Economics and International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences, as he is very interested in both politics and diplomacy. Some of his favorite TV shows are Mad Men, The Office, Friends, and Suits!
REACT News Anchor
Noah is a sophomore in the Kilachand Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in International Relations with a focus on Foreign Policy and Security Studies and Economics. Besides the IR Review, he is an active member of BUIAA as a member of the Model UN Travel Team while also playing baseball at BU. As a Greater Boston native, it is safe to describe him as a Boston sports fanatic, and he manages to find time to watch games in between episodes of TV show binge-watching.
REACT News Tech Specialist
Andy was born in China but spent four years completing high school in Canada. He is interested in film, and is excited to be part of something wonderful as a videographer.