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Name: Nicole Jao
Semesters with SPEC: 6
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About Nicole Jao

Nicole (Nikki) Jao is a junior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations Global Business with minors in Business Law and Computer and Digital Forensics. She serves as the Team Lead for the Powersharing project under the direction of Professor Graham. Her academic interests include conflict resolution, international justice, and cybersecurity. On campus, Nikki is involved in Marshall Case Team and Alpha Phi Omega, USC's co-ed community service fraternity. Nikki joined the lab in May 2017.

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Name: Nastaran Far
Semesters with SPEC: 4
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About Nastaran Far

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Name: Sarah Orsborn
Semesters with SPEC: 3

About Sarah Orsborn

Sarah Orsborn is a junior studying International Relations and the Global Economy with a minor in Earth Sciences. Her research interests include climate change and economic inequality. Outside of the lab, Sarah serves on the executive board of Environmental Core, is a member of the Climbing Team, and enjoys hiking and abstract photography. Sarah joined the SPEC Lab in May 2018.

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Name: Sonum Patel
Semesters with SPEC: 3
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About Sonum Patel

Sonum Patel is a junior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and the Global Economy with a minor in Business Finance on the Pre-Law track. Her research interests include foreign investment, international trade, business development, and international law. On campus, she is a WYSE mentor and philanthropy chair of Gamma Phi Beta. Sonum joined SPEC Lab January 2018 and is currently team lead on the Comparative Wealth Project.

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Name: Taylor Dufour
Semesters with SPEC: 5
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About Taylor Dufour

Taylor Dufour is a junior majoring in Economics/Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science. Her interests include the causes and effects of wealth distribution as well as the politics of immigration. On campus, Taylor is a member of Applied Statistics Club and the Undergraduate Economics Association. Last summer Taylor interned at JPMorgan Chase. Taylor joined SPEC lab in January 2017.

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Name: Isabelle Nazha
Semesters with SPEC: 4

About Isabelle Nazha

Isabelle Nazha is a junior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and French. She is currently a Team Lead for the Resource Curse Project. Her academic interests include human rights, international law, and conflict studies. Outside of the lab, Isabelle is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity, Unruh Associates, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and a correspondent for Glimpse from the Globe. She joined SPEC in Fall 2017 on the Arctic Book Project and she has since transitioned to the Resource Curse Project. After graduation, Isabelle plans to attend law school and pursue work in human rights.

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Name: Michelle Liu
Semesters with SPEC: 1

About Michelle Liu

Michelle Liu is a freshman studying Business Administration and Mathematics. Her interests include finance, data analytics, public policy, and global business. Outside of SPEC, she is a technology research analyst in Smart Woman Securities, a KXSC radio DJ, and an active member of Trojan Anime Culture. This past summer, she worked at UC Irvine as an economics research assistant, studying historical markets and corporate welfare. Michelle joined the Power-sharing SPEC Lab team in January 2019.

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Name: Annie Yang
Semesters with SPEC: 2
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About Annie Yang

Annie Yang is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Economics. Her research interests include political security, economic development, and conflict resolution. On campus, Annie is also involved in the Association of Innovative Marketing Consulting. She joined SPEC lab in August 2018.

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Name: Chandra Ingram
Semesters with SPEC: 3
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About Chandra Ingram

Chandra Ingram is a pre-law junior at the University of Southern California double majoring in International Relations and the Global Economy and Journalism. She is also a trustee scholar and 2018 Schaeffer fellow recipient. Her interests include human rights, international law, and economic development. She extensively researched modern child slavery and debt bondage in India for over eight years, which she implemented into her two novels, Freedom Child and Freedom Lost. On campus, Chandra is a mentor with Women and Youth Supporting Each Other and a member the international networking club, Expat Society. She also reports for Intersections South L.A. in the media center. Chandra joined the SPEC lab in August 2017.

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Name: Lolei Brenot
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Lolei Brenot

Loleï Brenot is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and French, with a minor in Applied Computer Security. Her interests include counter-terrorism and security studies. In the past, she has interned under the Department of Defense’s Combatting Terrorism Fellowship Program. Next summer, she will be interning for Congressman Jimmy Panetta on Capitol Hill. On campus, she is an editor for the Southern California International Review, a tour guide for the Admission Center, a member of Tri Delta sorority, and a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s professional foreign service fraternity.

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Name: Eric Lu
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Eric Lu

Eric Lu is a sophomore studying applied math. His interests include economic growth and welfare for society at large. On campus, Eric is involved in the Trojan Debate Squad. He joined the SPEC lab in spring 2019

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Name: Phuong Nhat Nguyen
Semesters with SPEC: 2

About Phuong Nhat Nguyen

Phuong Nhat Nguyen is a freshman double major in International Relations (Global Business) and Law, History, and Culture. She's interested in adding an Environmental Studies minor. Her interests include corporate social responsibility (CSR) as well as advocacy for minorities in academic and professional environments. On campus, Phuong is a part of the active competing team for Model UN, ranked #12 in North America. She is also an intern to the Consulate of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. She speaks English, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Chinese!

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Name: Kaitlyn King
Semesters with SPEC: 3
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About Kaitlyn King

Kaitlyn King is a sophomore at the University of Southern California majoring in International Relations with minors in Communication Policy and Law and in East Asian Languages and Cultures She is currently on the Near Crisis Team and her academic interests include security, diplomacy, and human rights. On campus, she volunteers with the Teaching International Relations Program and is part of Delta Phi Epsilon, the foreign service fraternity. She is also a member of the Korean American Student Association. Kaitlyn joined SPEC in January 2018.

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Name: Marie Zaragoza
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Marie Zaragoza

student
Name: Jake Bubman
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Jake Bubman

Jake Bubman is a junior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and the Global Economy with minors in Spanish and Songwriting. He is working as a research assistant on the Powersharing project under the direction of Professor Graham. His academic interests include global trade regimes, international finance, and media censorship in Latin American countries. On campus, Jake is the President of his a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals, and has been a part of USC's Model United Nations. Jake joined the SPEC lab in January 2019.

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Name: Bram Lim
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Bram Lim

Bram Lim is a Junior at the University of Southern California, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Applied Computer Security. His academic interest includes web cybersecurity, cryptography and software engineering.

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Name: Cindy Shi
Semesters with SPEC: 2

About Cindy Shi

Cindy Shi is a senior at the University of Southern California majoring in business administration and minoring in applied analytics. Cindy joined the SPEC lab in Fall of 2018 and is a member of the Comparative Wealth Team. Her interests include data science and investing. Outside of SPEC, Cindy is a core member in Chinese Student and Scholar Association and she enjoys drawing, playing ukulele and outdoor activities.

student
Name: Anna Lee
Semesters with SPEC: 2
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About Anna Lee

Anna Lee is a junior majoring in English with minors in Spanish and TESOL. Her interests include human rights and its legal ramifications, particularly within the lens of literature. Outside of SPEC, she is an intern at Kaya Press on USC and writes for various online platforms. Anna has joined SPEC fall 2018.

student
Name: Stephen Campbell
Semesters with SPEC: 3
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About Stephen Campbell

student
Name: Ziang Liu
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Ziang Liu

Ziang Liu is a sophomore studying Computer Science and Applied and Computational Mathematics, minoring in Economics. His interests include Machine Learning, Robotics, Data Science, Algorithms, Backend Development, and Consumer Behavior. Outside of the SPEC lab, he is a Course Producer for Computer Science Department and a research assistant for both the Interaction Lab and the Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory. Ziang joined the SPEC Lab in January 2019.

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Name: Ben Wu
Semesters with SPEC: 5
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About Ben Wu

Benjamin Wu is a senior at the University of Southern California with a double major in International Relations and English Literature. Though he has previously served as the team lead on the World Bank Human Rights team with PI Kelebogile Zvobgo, he is currently working on the Resource Curse team with Professor Megan Becker. His academic interests include international development and intrastate conflict with a focus on insurgency and conflict duration. He is currently writing an International Relations honors thesis on the topic of insurgency fragmentation and disintegration in civil war, advised also by Professor Megan Becker. In addition to his work in the SPEC Lab, he is a senior trumpet squad leader in the Trojan Marching Band and plays second trumpet in the USC Concert Band. Ben joined the SPEC Lab in January 2017.

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Name: Kayla Thiede
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Kayla Thiede

Kayla Thiede is a freshman at the University of Southern California studying International Relations with a minor in Economics. Her interests include economic development and human security. She joined SPEC Lab in January of 2019 as a member of the video production team. She is also a member of the SC competitive ballroom dance team.

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Name: Mia Speier
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Mia Speier

Mia Speier is a freshman at the University of Southern California pursuing a BA in International Relations and a BA in Journalism. Her interests include international development, European political issues and the intersection of media and foreign affairs. On campus, she is a tour guide for the USC Admission Center, a fellow at the Global Policy Institute and a News Editor of the Daily Trojan newspaper. Mia joined SPEC Lab in January 2019.

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Name: Michael Murray
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Michael Murray

Michael Murray is a freshman from Chicago, Illinois, currently studying International Relations. On campus, he is involved in the Shaukat Initiative, Arabic Club 'SC, and Delta Phi Epsilon. Michael joined the SPEC Lab in January 2019.

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Name: John Kang
Semesters with SPEC: 0
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About John Kang

John Kang is a Junior studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He is from Dallas, Texas. His interests are in data science and software development. This past summer he did a mission trip to London for a month and then stayed in LA to explore what SoCal had to offer. In addition to SPEC lab, he is an active member in Alpha Gamma Omega and CRU.

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Name: Markus Sherman
Semesters with SPEC: 5
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About Markus Sherman

Markus Sherman is a Junior at the University of Southern California with a major in International Relations and Global Business with a minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures concentrated in Chinese. On campus, Markus is the captain of USC Trojan Bhangra, a competitive Indian folk-dance team. He is also a Program Coordinator for the USC Dornsife Center for Active Learning in International Studies. Markus’s interests include international development, and human rights law. Markus Joined the SPEC Lab in January, 2017.

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Name: Alicia Kuang
Semesters with SPEC: 2
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About Alicia Kuang

Alicia Kuang is currently a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Applied Analytics. Her academic interests include data visualization and big data. On campus, she is involved in the Applied Statistics Club, USC Consulting Club, and Trojan Investing Society. She joined the SPEC Lab in August 2018 and is currently a member of the IPE team.

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Name: Cameron Kostopoulos
Semesters with SPEC: 0
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About Cameron Kostopoulos

Cameron Kostopoulos is a sophomore at the University of Southern California studying Film & Television Production with a minor in Future Cinema. At the SPEC Lab, Cameron uses his skills in motion graphics editing to translate academic findings to a more general audience through consumable media. Outside of SPEC, he works to reevaluate the role of media in our postmodern society, as well as push the limits of video as a medium in a modern context.

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Name: Robert Scalia
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Robert Scalia

Robert Scalia is a freshman at the University of Southern California studying International Relations. His interests include human rights, security studies, and economic development. In addition to his work with the SPEC Lab, he is a member of the Trojan Club Wrestling team, the Prison Education Project, USC photography club, and Annenberg Radio News. Robert joined SPEC in January 2019.

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Name: Jack Schwartz
Semesters with SPEC: 3

About Jack Schwartz

Jack Schwartz is a Sophomore majoring in Economics with plans to pursue a progressive Masters in Public Policy. He started his time in SPEC on the Truth, Justice, and Reparation team but now works on the Trade Policy team. He is interested in urban policy, social justice, and international trade and development. On campus, he works as a Resident Assistant and has written for the Daily Trojan. He is a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and the USC Economics Association. Last summer, he worked in the Urban Institute's Housing Finance Policy Center. He joined the SPEC Lab in January 2018.

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Name: Sejin Kevin Suh
Semesters with SPEC: 3
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About Sejin Kevin Suh

Sejin Kevin Suh is a junior studying Business Administration and Information Technology. On campus, he is the Vice President of Professional Development at Ascend USC Chapter, a national business organization representing Pan-Asians around the world. His interests include consulting, accounting, technology, health care, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining SPEC, he worked at a procurement company as a Buyer serving Raytheon as the primary customer. During the Summer of 2019, he will be interning at an accounting/consulting firm as a Consultant. He joined SPEC and its Comparative Wealth Team in January 2018.

student
Name: Luke Greenwood
Semesters with SPEC: 0
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About Luke Greenwood

Luke Greenwood is a freshman majoring in Media Arts + Practice at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. His academic interests include visual culture studies, graphic design, and animation.

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Name: Anna Lipscomb
Semesters with SPEC: 3

About Anna Lipscomb

Anna Lipscomb is a senior studying International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Her interests include US-China relations, identity and nationalism, globalization, and security in the Asia Pacific. On campus, Anna is the Editor-In-Chief of the Southern California International Review, the Managing Editor of US-China Today, and an Undergraduate Fellow at the Korean Studies Institute. Anna joined SPEC in August 2018.

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Name: Madeline Zheng
Semesters with SPEC: 6
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About Madeline Zheng

Madeline Zheng is currently a senior majoring in Philosophy and Applied and Computational Mathematics. Her research interests include economic development and international trade policy. On campus, Madeline is involved in the Trojan Consulting Group and serves as a Dornsife Ambassador; she is also working on a thesis in moral philosophy. She joined the SPEC Lab in August 2016.

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Name: Conor Yuen
Semesters with SPEC: 4
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About Conor Yuen

Conor is a junior currently studying Economics and International Relations and the Global Economy. He joined the SPEC lab in the Fall of 2017 as a member of South China Sea Power Projection project, and is currently a member of the Facebook team. His areas of specialty include situational analysis, literature synthesis, and digital marketing. Outside of the lab, he is an executive board member of Chaotic 3 competitive hip hop dance team and an active member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.

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Name: Srividya Dasaraju
Semesters with SPEC: 5
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About Srividya Dasaraju

Srividya Dasaraju is a sophomore majoring in International Relations. Her academic interests include security and terrorism studies, international law, and the politics of climate change. On campus, she is on the Trojan Policy Debate Team, a delegate for USG’s Advocacy Council, member of Phi Alpha Delta, and Campus Events co-coordinator for SCIA. Last summer she worked for Senator Schumer in DC. Srividya joined the SPEC Lab in January 2017.

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Name: Amanda Scott
Semesters with SPEC: 5
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About Amanda Scott

Amanda Scott is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and Spanish. On campus, Amanda is involved in SC Outfitters, Peaks and Professors, Photography Club and Applied Stats Club. Amanda joined the SPEC lab in January 2017.

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Name: Angela Wang
Semesters with SPEC: 4
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About Angela Wang

Angela Wang is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California majoring International Relations and the Global Economy, with a minor in Culture, Media, and Entertainment. Her research interests include nuclear nonproliferation, international trade, and economic development in East Asia. In addition to working with the SPEC Lab, she is also an Undergraduate Fellow in the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching and a reporter for the Daily Trojan. Angela joined the SPEC Lab in May 2017.

student
Name: Austin Macleod
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Austin Macleod

Austin MacLeod is a senior studying International Relations, with a minor in Human Security And Geospatial Intelligence at the University of Southern California. His interests include maritime military conflict, the future of the US-China relationship, aviation and the impact of the intelligence field on policy. On campus, he is involved in Water Polo, Naval ROTC and various political groups, and enjoys hiking. He will be graduating and commissioning in May of 2019 as a Student Naval Aviator (Pilot) for the United States Navy.

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Name: Madison Seeley
Semesters with SPEC: 5
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About Madison Seeley

Madison Seeley is a junior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and Global Business while working towards a Master's in Public Diplomacy. Her primary interests include international security and the economics of climate change. In addition to her work with the SPEC Lab, she is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, Trojan Marketing Group, the Korean Studies Institute, and Model United Nations. Madison joined SPEC in January 2017.

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Name: Jenna Mazza
Semesters with SPEC: 1

About Jenna Mazza

Jenna is a junior studying International Relations and Spanish. On campus, Jenna is involved with the Global Women’s Narratives Project, the international relations publication Glimpse from the Globe, and the Teaching International Relations Program. Jenna also has professional experience researching nonproliferation and has spent her summers studying immigration in Spain and human security in the Arctic, all of which furthered her interest in international human rights. She also spent her semester abroad interning in Scottish Parliament, where she studied the gender wage gap in Scotland. Her research interests include security studies, European foreign policy, and social justice issues. Jenna joined the SPEC lab in Fall 2018.

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Name: Ashley Abadeer
Semesters with SPEC: 1
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About Ashley Abadeer

Ashley Abadeer is a freshman at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and the Global economy with a minor in Human Rights. In the SPEC lab, she is one of the research assistants for the Powersharing team headed by Professor Graham and Alix Ziff. Ashley has been on the team and in the lab since August 2018. Her areas of interest are water security, sustainable development, and genocide prevention. Outside of SPEC, Ashley is involved in TEDxUSC as an organizer and Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s co-ed foreign service fraternity.

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Name: Clara Parkus
Semesters with SPEC: 2

About Clara Parkus

I am a junior double-majoring in International Relations and Global Business, and Economics. I joined the Arctic team in the SPEC Lab in August 2018. My main research interests are conflict resolution, economic development, and environmental resources. I spent last summer interning at a commercial real estate special servicer company in New York, and I am currently studying abroad in Paris at Sciences Po, studying international relations and economics especially pertaining to the European Union. Outside of SPEC, I serve on the E-board of Swim Club and am an active member of USC Photography Club.

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Name: Shir Attias
Semesters with SPEC: 4
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About Shir Attias

Shir Attias is an International Relations and Political Economy double major at USC. Her research interests include gender in international relations, US Middle East foreign policy, Security Studies, and the intersections of domestic and foreign policy. In Spring 2019, Shir studied in the War Studies program at King’s College London. Looking ahead to summer 2019, Shir looks forward to interning for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spending her second summer in D.C. Shir joined SPEC in January 2018.

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