2020-2021 Student Fellows

Tim Bynion is a PhD student in Political Science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, majoring in American Government and International Relations.  He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Towson University.  His research interests include the domestic sources of American foreign policy, specifically issues of public opinion and national identity. 

Jordan Cohen is a Ph.D. Candidate in political science at George Mason University. He is a coauthor on the Cato Institute’s annual Arms Sales Risk Index and has published in a wide variety of outlets, including: Strategic Studies Quarterly, the Journal of the Middle East and Africa, NBC News, Defense One, The Hill, and The National Interest.

Dylan Crawford is a full-time graduate student in the International Security Master’s Program. Prior to his graduate studies Dylan was an undergraduate student at GMU majoring in Government & International Politics. His academic interests include terrorism, deterrence, and the respective contemporary regional issues facing East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Dylan’s passion for international security stems from a childhood abroad as the son of a Foreign Service Officer, where he was able to experience living in Australia, Niger, and Zimbabwe while travelling extensively. After graduation Dylan hopes to pursue a career with the government, either as a civil servant or a government contractor.

Christine German is a PhD student in political science at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Her work focuses on ideological extremism and its impact on political behavior, gender and extremism, and US and MENA politics. Prior to starting her PhD, Christine spent more than a decade working in international development in the Middle East and North Africa focused on gender and human rights, democracy and governance, and countering extremism.

Jonathan Hoffman is a political science PhD student at George Mason University’s SCHAR School of Policy and Government. He holds an M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies and a B.A. in Global Affairs. His work has been featured in Middle East Policy, the Cornell International Affairs Review, The Cipher Brief, and other platforms. His research focuses on Middle East geopolitics and political Islam. 

Courtney Kayser is a doctoral candidate in political science at George Mason University. She has a Master’s in political science with a concentration in international security and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelors in both political science and philosophy. Additionally, she has a certificate in Russian and East European Studies. Her research focuses on civil wars, group formation, and nationalist and ethnic conflicts.

Yihyun Andrea Kwon is a junior studying B.A. Global Affairs with concentrations in Human Security and Global Governance at George Mason University for the . She is also minoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Her current research interests lies in the interconnection of international security policies and human security in the East Asian region, South Korean soft power and diplomacy, and refugee/displaced persons policymaking. 

Kevin McKenna is a graduate student in the International Security Master’s program at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His research interests are centered around the nexus between cybersecurity, national security, and diplomacy.

Connor Monie is a second-year graduate student in the international security program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics with a concentration in international relations from George Mason University. His research interests include alliance formation and management dynamics as well as the US-Japan alliance more specifically. After graduation, he hopes to enroll in a PhD program studying political science.

Beatriz Pascual-Macias is a graduate student in the International Security MA program at George Mason University. She is also a reporter based in Washington, D.C., focused on foreign policy, energy, and security. She works at EFE, the leading international news-wire service in Spanish, covering the State Department. Beatriz is a member of Women in International Security (WIIS).

Joe Petrucelli is a PhD candidate in political science at the Schar School of Policy and Government and a senior program analyst with the Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the United States Naval Academy and has two master’s degrees, one in national security affairs from American Military University and one in military history from the George Washington University. He previously served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and is currently a naval reserve officer specializing in Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare. Joe’s research interests include U.S. foreign policy, strategic stability, and force posture. His current research focuses on deterrence in the second nuclear age.

Jennifer Swint is a first year International Security master’s student with a concentration in Intelligence at the Schar School of Policy and Government. She holds a BA in Government and International Politics. She is currently a pathways intern at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Information Resource Management. Her research interests are in strategic stability focusing on the Middle East/North Africa and Baltic Regions.

Kimberly Talley is a first year full-time International Security M.A. student with two B.A. degrees in Political Science and Geography from Virginia Tech. Her research interests broadly include East Asian studies, Eastern European studies and studying international perception of US actions. Her future goals include working as a public servant for the US federal government, teaching future generations and/or pursuing a PhD in Political Science. 

Caroline Wesson is a third year PhD student studying Political Science at George Mason University where she is a President’s Scholar and a graduate research assistant. She also holds a bachelor’s and master’s in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Caroline is currently working on research related to the intersection of culture, technology, and economic development. In the security realm Caroline produces research on national innovation systems, strategic trade, and emerging technology. Caroline was a research intern with Center of Strategic and International Studies in 2019 and worked on their China Power Project. In the summer of 2020 Caroline was a Summer Associate at RAND working on issues related to the international scientific research community and security. Caroline also serves as the Managing Editor for the Arts and International Affairs journal.

Noah Zoroya is a full-time graduate student in international security. His primary research interest is great power competition. He graduated with a BA in history from the University of Mary Washington in 2018 and received his certificate of French language and culture from Aix-Marseille University in 2020. In his free time Noah enjoys mixology and playing with his dog, Pig.