Boston University's Premiere Undergraduate Journal
2017-18 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 junior 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.
Sonali is a Junior 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 freshman 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.
Natalie is a junior 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.
Layout Editor & REACT News Specialist
Just like Boston weather, Josee Matela’s academics revolve around two degrees. As a sophomore 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.
Rebecca is a rising junior 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.
Michael is a senior at Boston University with a major in International Relations, with a focus on Foreign Policy and Security Studies in Europe but is also highly interested in East Asia. A proud Texan, Michael has travelled fairly extensively and at this point has visited more cities in China than in the U.S. He only discovered his passion for international relations in his sophomore year of college though, when he realized his childhood passion for reading the news about international politics.
Rachel, a dual citizen of the UK and USA, is a junior 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 sophomore 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 freshman 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.
Desmond Molloy (SAR’19 SPH’20)is 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.
Academically, Christopher likes to write about Europe, economics, politics, international struggles, and the like. In his private life, he does his best to escape all of that. He loves music of all styles from rap to classical. He loves art, be it realist classical sculptures or Bob Ross landscapes. He finds that it is through all this that he can interpret what happens throughout the world. Christopher is currently located in Paris, France.
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.
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.
REACT News Team
REACT News Producer
Mairin is a Sophomore 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 freshman 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!