Madison Mauro is a senior double majoring in International Studies and Economics, with a focus in the global economy and international development. She's originally from Lebanon, Maine. Since she has been in DC, she has interned with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree as well as with Vital Voices Global Partnership on their Economic Entrepreneurship and Empowerment team, the NGO Global Deaf Muslim, and the Tax Foundation. While she is interested in the general field of economics, she is also interested in studying economic development, its modalities of thought, and its applications.
Rob Sanford is a senior international relations student from Houston, Texas, with minors in Spanish and political science. His interest in politics and foreign policy has led him to intern with the Perry Center on Hemispheric Defense Studies, the Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar, and the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs. Rob spent his spring 2019 semester in Amman, Jordan, an experience that greatly influences his writing for The World Mind.
Nick is a senior majoring in International Studies, minoring in Economics and Spanish. While he is primarily concerned with the history of US foreign policy and economic policy, he is indiscriminately interested in bold, humanity-affirming ideas—especially those expressed through dissenting voices. Most recently, he has worked for the Berkshire Immigrant Center, a NGO providing affordable legal and education services to immigrants and refugees living in Western Massachusetts.
Mya Zemlock is a senior in the School of International Service majoring in International Studies with a minor in Russian Language. She is also pursuing a Russian Language Translation Certificate through the College of Arts and Sciences. Although she is originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has come to consider Washington, DC to be home. Her passion for Eurasian politics and cybersecurity has led her to intern with the Eurasia Center and write for the European Column of The World Mind. She is currently studying abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Saint Petersburg State University.
Daniel is a senior from Easton, MA majoring in International Studies and Russian Studies. Daniel first developed an interest in international studies while living in Sarajevo, Bosnia on a YES abroad scholarship through the U.S. State Department while he was in high school. Since then, Daniel's interest in Eastern Europe and Central Asia has only grown and lead him to spend a summer studying in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and his junior year in St. Petersburg, Russia. During his time at AU, Daniel has interned at American Councils for International Education, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, The Center for Advanced Defense Studies, and The Department of Defense. In addition, Daniel is a managing editor of Clocks and Clouds-American University's Undergraduate Research Journal.
A.J. Manuzzi is a junior pursuing a double major in International Studies and Political Science. His academic interests include foreign policy, civil and human rights, climate policy, and nuclear weapons. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, he has interned with the Hoosier Environmental Council and is currently interning in the D.C. office of Rep. Andre Carson. A.J. writes for The World Mind’s Foreign Policy and Global Security column. When he’s not writing here, he is the Editor-in-Chief of The American Agora and playing pick-up basketball.
Milica Bojovic was born in Zajecar, Serbia. She has written for The World Mind’s Europe column since Spring 2019. Milica is an award- winning debater and poetry competitor. She has also been involved in World Chicago organization and international exchange programs. Her other interests include jazz ballet and belly dancing. Obviously, a great passion of hers are travelling and intercultural exchange. While at AU, she has been involved with Model G20 and AmeriMUNC, and has zealously participated in AU’s Community Service-Learning Program.
Anna Janson is a Freshman in the School of Public Affairs, originally from Silicon Valley. Anna joined The World Mind in spring 2019. She spent the fall semester as a research intern at EMILY’s List and is currently pursuing a Political Science degree.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Anastasia is a freshman pursuing a degree in International Studies. Her areas of interest include global comparative governance, global inequality and development, and foreign policy. This coming summer she will be participating in an alternative break to Tamil Nadu, India to study educational inequality within the caste system.
Reed is a staff writer for the Political Theory column of the World Mind. Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, Reed studies CLEG at American University and is a member of the Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars program. His interests include current events, politics, technology, and philosophy.
Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Ben Ramos is a junior in the School of International Service. He joined The World Mind in the summer of 2019 as a staff writer for the human rights column. His work primarily focuses on conflict resolution and transformation in Europe, and on freedoms of speech and of the press around the world. He has interned with the Education department at the Newseum, where he has also been a volunteer tour guide since 2016.
Prerita Govil is a freshman double majoring in Political Science and Literature at the School of Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she credits her involvement with the nationally-recognized We the People program and YMCA’s Youth & Government as the catalysts towards her passions for civic education and social justice. By writing for the Government column and well as issues hindering foreign policy, she seeks to explore the different aspects of our diverse world in an attempt to understand the greater essence of humanity.
Rohit Ram is a sophomore International Relations and Political Science dual major writing for the Political Theory column. Originally an Indian citizen from the UAE, Rohit is now a proud American eager to promote the ideals and values of his new home. Along with putting his former senatorial intern experience to use, Rohit hopes to tie his passion for history into his work to explore how the great philosophers and political theorists of the past can help the American people examine the events of today to forge a better tomorrow.
Michaila Peters is a double major in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Philosophy. She is also a Community Based Research Scholar, a scholar of Leadership and Ethical Development, and a member of the School of Public Affairs Honors Program. She has extensive experience in research with a focus on political communication reform. She has worked on the Hill, within the nonprofit sector, and for organizations such as AU's Project on Civil Discourse and Civics in the Capitol. She plans to continue this work with the pursuit of a Ph.D. in political theory after AU, using analysis of historical and contemporary communication trends to understand the mechanics of political psychology development, the formation of identities and ideologies, and the influence of these constructions on political engagement. Michaila writes for the Political Theory column.
Anjali Singh is a freshman majoring in Political Science in the School of Public Affairs and minoring in Arabic. Coming from Philadelphia has given her a foundation of American history and a love for the Eagles, and this love of history has translated into a newfound passion for interfaith dialogue, specifically in the Middle East and South Asia. She hopes to focus on issues regarding dialogue and foreign policy by writing for the Government column, as well as expand her knowledge to the world around her.
Will Brown is a first-year student in the School of International Service pursuing a BA in International Studies with planned focuses in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution and Global Inequality and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was on the debate team in high school and was an opinion writer for the school's newspaper. He is currently a Staff Writer for the Africa column.
Ingrid Fontes is a sophomore majoring in International Studies and minoring in Political Science. She grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where her parents live, but is originally from Orlando, Florida. Her background pushed her to become interested in matters relating to Latin America, and she currently writes for the Human Rights column.