Boston University's Premiere Undergraduate Journal
2017-18 Editorial Board
Editor-in-Chief & REACT News Manager
Raina is a rising junior 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 Manager for the IR Review, covering issues like the illegal dancers of Iran and the destruction of world heritage sites by ISIS. She is also the Conference Operations Manager for the United Nations Association of Greater Boston 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 nonprofit 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 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.
Andre Gellerman is a Senior studying International Relations and Economics. Originally from Boston, Andre has travelled widely, particularly around Central and Eastern Europe. Andre recently returned from a semester abroad in Dresden, Germany, where he spent time learning the language, working at a think-tank, and researching his senior thesis on German-NATO relations. Andre grew up speaking Russian in a Russian-American family, and later learned German while living in Heidelberg. His hobbies include playing water polo for BU, weightlifting, and brewing beer at home.
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.
Victoria is a senior pursuing dual degrees in International Management at the Questrom School of Business and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies. Originally from San Diego, Victoria has spent the last two summers and her fall semester Junior year in Washington DC. There, she spent time both interning as an editor for a defense journal at National Defense University, and working for mass communications consulting firm APCO Worldwide, which gave her a great perspective on both the public and private communications sectors. At BU, she splits her time between The Boston University International Affairs Association with IRReview and the MUN Travel Team, and Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity, where she was a founder & president last Spring.
Clara Bezerra, an International Relations major, was born in Bahia, Brazil, and attended international school from the age of two. In this international context she came to be interested in understanding how cultural clashes within her immediate international community related to diplomatic issues in the field of international studies. Clara came to the university to broaden her horizons and pursue her studies in IR in the cosmopolitan context of Boston.
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.
Monika was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, so she is a mid-westerner at heart, although she'd definitely consider herself an urbanite. At BU, she studies Political Science with minors in Public Health and Statistics. She is a current senior and intends to pursue a profession in public health law, focusing on global health policy and crises. Along with other BUIAA positions with BarMUN and BosMUN, she is the Advocacy Director for Generation Citizen and an e-board member for Amnesty International at BU. Additionally, she has an on-campus job as a student manager for the Telefund program with Alumni Relations. She is an avid journalism junkie, and reads mostly non-fiction in her spare time, but she loves talking about books and exploring the city with every opportunity.
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.
Madeleine is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying International Relations and Latin American Studies. She has a special interest in environmental sustainability and community development. Additionally, with an interest in both IR and design, she serves as the layout coordinator for the publication. In her spare time, Madeleine enjoys exploring the city of Boston, taking photos, and pretending to have her life together.
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.
Kristen is a senior studying Mass Communications and International Relations with a focus on security studies. She has studied with BU around the world, both in London and more recently in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked at an NGO promoting minimum standards in human rights relief. This summer she spent a few months working for a nonprofit in DC working to promote bipartisanship on the hill with national security and foreign policy issues. As this is her last year at BU she is excited to finish up all her studies and to make the most of her time in 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.
Alexandra del Tufo
Alex is a sophomore studying International Relations with a minor in Journalism. She hopes to combine these skills as a future war or foreign correspondent. Since she was a kid her passion has lied in writing, the mystery always being "about what." Recently she discovered International Relations, specifically the Middle East and Africa, was the missing piece. Outside a pen and paper, Alex can be found abusing her semester T pass, drinking the (surprisingly good) green smoothies at fitrec, or laying on the dock by the esplanade.
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.
Alexander Pritzen is a Junior studying International Relations, with a focus on East Asia. Alex considers himself a polyglot in training after spending the summer studying Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia. When Alex has free time he loves reading, and is always up for a nice political debate.
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.
Cecilia de Almeida is a junior in CAS studying international relations and economics. Being born in Sao Paulo, Brazil she has always been interested in the role intergovernmental organizations plays in the field of foreign affairs as well as understanding how domestic policy is capable of affecting the dynamics between different countries. She has previously participated in sustainability conferences in Kenya and South Africa and is currently a blogger for the International Relations Review magazine, commenting on current global issues.
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 Tech Specialist
Jia is from CT and is a sophomore in CAS. She is majoring in international relations and minoring in environmental analysis & policy. In addition to her academic interests, she has always been passionate about story-telling through different mediums, especially photography and video. She hopes to travel and learn about other cultures to share their stories.
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!