Magda Baranowska is a second year studying International Relations in the Joint Degree Programme. Currently on site at William & Mary, she also writes articles for the Tribe Attache and is involved with Amnesty International and IR Service Club Committee. As a Polish national, Magda has very keen interests in post-Soviet development , the state of Eastern Europe, and the political rhetoric of European governments. Despite her regional focus on Europe, Magda hopes to expand her interests into issues concerning human rights and political development.
Rachel Beattie is a Masters Student from Scotland studying International Security Studies at St Andrews. Following her joint undergraduate degree at the University in International Relations and Modern History, she has specialised into the field of Security Studies which drives her main focus within the Review.
Caelan is a first year student studying International Relations and Spanish. He is from Brownsville, Texas, a city directly on the U.S. – Mexican border. He grew up heavily involved in the immigration politics that accompany that area, and in 2014 worked with members of the National BAR Association to create his own film documenting the 2011 influx of children from Central America through Mexican and U.S. borders. He hopes to continue work in immigration law and the complex aspects of border culture and politics.
Sophie Elizabeth Black is a third year single-honours student studying International Relations. In addition to her other hobbies of cooking and reading, Sophie is passionate about issues of human rights, particularly in the Middle East and the Pacific. She is fluent in both English and German, and is currently learning Dutch. She hopes to one day work to support women’s education as the cornerstone of development in LEDCs.
Alexander Brunner is a first year studying International Relations at the University of Saint Andrews. On campus you can find him managing the IR Freshmen Class as first year president, or selling cupcakes outside the library for UNICEF. This summer he will be working for the AIG Japanese Exchange Program, High School Diplomats: traveling to New York City, D.C., and Princeton University with a group of 40 Japanese students. The goal of the program is to “Sieze the Wind”, or understand the cultural and personal ties between Japan and the U.S.. Outside of academics and work you can find him being splashed by the waves on Lake Lochlore as he rows along for the Saint Andrews Boat Club. He is also a die hard basketball fan (Go Wizards!) and hopes to learn about the growing fan base of Euroleague basketball during his time at Saint Andrews.
Luke is a third year from California who is currently studying at the College of William & Mary. He is double majoring in history and philosophy, with a particular emphasis on intellectual history. For the Review, he focuses geographically on Latin America and the Arctic and thematically on free speech and rule of law.
Jessica Craig is a fourth-year International Relations and Modern History student from Edinburgh. She is interested in peace and security, human rights and gender politics. Jessica is the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office student brand ambassador at St Andrews and recently returned from a year studying abroad at Queen’s University in Canada.
Constantin Eckner is a third-year PhD student in Modern History. His academic research interests centre on populism, political rhetoric, and migration policy. He is a fellow at the Human Security Centre, a London-based think tank with a focus on security and human rights policy, and has worked as a news agency and television journalist. His articles have been published in English, German, French, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese.
Grace Gressett is a second year pursuing a joint honours in International Relations and Management. She is interested in human rights and sustainable international development. She hopes to pursue a career with an NGO delivering sustainable solutions to improve the lives of those living in less developed areas. Outside of academics, she enjoys competing in show jumping competitions with her horse Karlos, running on the Fife Coastal Path, and traveling with friends.
Peter Hourston is a second year joint honours student in Economics and International Relations. He has a keen interest in science and technology issues, particularly focusing on climate change and global warming. He also looks the intersection of politics and economics, focusing on International Political Economy and international trade issues. Coming from Scotland, he has been greatly influenced by the Scottish independence and Brexit referenda and their continued consequences.
Hadley Menk is a second year studying Geography & Modern History from Vermont, USA. She is interested primarily in the intersection between science and politics, including such topics as healthcare, climate change, the Arctic, indigenous rights and land management. Having grown up not far from the U.S.-Canada border, she is also interested in the relationship between these two countries. She hopes to someday be able to influence policy that will make the world more sustainable and equal.
Nick Moro is a fourth-year student from Westport, CT in the United States. He is reading for a degree in Sustainable Development. His interests include international development, international aid and politics. He has completed internships in NGO and Consulting work and hopes to pursue a career in international development.
Andrew Perry is a second-year student who is pursuing a joint honors degree in International Relations and Philosophy. He is interested in Central and Southwest Asian affairs with a focus on terrorism. Andrew is also interested in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its potential consequences. Outside of school, he is a keen golfer and backpacker.
Blake Purchase is a postgraduate student currently pursuing an MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies. Blake read Politics with German at the University of Nottingham for his undergraduate degree, during which time he undertook a range of predominantly diplomatic placements, including with the Embassy of New Zealand in Berlin and the British Consulate-General in Düsseldorf. Blake hails from West Somerset and heads back as much as he can.
Marina Rivera is a third year student studying International Relations with a particular interest in Middle Eastern Politics. Marina grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her parents, brother and sister. Apart from her studies, Marina does work with charities and is a member of the hockey club in St. Andrews.
Gabrielle is a second-year student studying International Relations and Management at the University of St Andrews. Her research interests include human rights issues and the difficulties facing marginalized groups in the United States, where she is from. In her free time, she is learning Italian and is a member of the university’s shinty team.
Zoe is a third year student from Arlington, Virginia studying Modern History and Philosophy. Her interests include Middle Eastern, European and U.S politics. Interning for both Bluelight Strategies, Weiss Public Affairs and the Natural Resource Committee of the House of Representatives, Zoe has begun to dip her toes in the political waters surrounding her. Zoe’s experiences interning on Capitol Hill have prepared her to think critically and question the world around her.
Rahul Srivastava is 4th year student studying Economics, and plans to (hopefully) attend law school from next year. He is from India and lives in Atlanta. His interests include politics in India, China, and the US. In St. Andrews, he works for the Playfair Consultancy Group as well. In his dreams, he oscillates between being General Manager of the New England Patriots and the Prime Minister of India.
Cooper Stewart is a freshman at St Andrews University, where he is working towards a degree in International Relations with Middle East Studies.
Indira Von Gierke
Indira is a fourth-year Geography and Social Anthropology student from Germany. She is interested in post-colonial, feminist and post-structural theory. Indira likes to analyse international politics through their local, regional and national manifestations. She aspires to work in international politics in the fields of health or education.