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EPGA Alumni Profiles

Leslie Butterfield:

SIS/MA'11

Concentration: Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Favorite Thing about EPGA: The sense of community and family we developed over the two years together, I also really enjoyed the class readings.

Current Employment: Self-employed, I teach mindfulness to children and adults via online video messaging. You can check out my website at www.mindfulnessonline.us and maybe sign up for a course!

Future Plans: I plan to keep growing my mindfulness teaching program. I’ll also be taking a yearlong course in mindfulness teacher training starting this spring.

Ines Cenatiempo:

SIS/MA'12

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Concentration: International Law & Human Rights/Social Justice

Favorite Thing about EPGA: The multidisciplinary format of the program, and the flexibility in adjusting my concentration to fit my needs.

Current Employment: Victim-Witness Coordinator for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut 

Bridget Cooney:

SIS/MA'16

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Concentration: Migration, Human Security, and Global Health 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: I immediately felt relaxed and at home on the AU campus. The program had an underlying value of social justice and a sense of collegiality, both of which were very important to me coming from a corporate background. 

Current Employment: Project Manager at American University 

Kevin Coughlin:

SIS/MA'14

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Headshot of Kevin Coughlin

Concentration: Peace and Conflict Resolution 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The program was one of the only applied ethics programs that allowed me to explore my interest in U.S. national security policies and international armed conflicts.

Current Employment: Grants and Projects Coordinator at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 

Caitlin Duffy:

SIS/MA'14

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Concentration: Human Rights and Social Responsibility 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: It was the perfect nexus of my interests and provided ample opportunity to tailor the degree. The program's focus on philosophy was different than any other peace and conflict resolution program I considered. 

Current Employment: Senior Associate for Learning and Engagement at The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 

I am happy to answer any questions or connect via dynamicduffy@gmail.com 

Marissa Escajeda

CAS/MA'13

Concentration: Human Rights, Gender and Social Justice 

Current Employment: Senior Advocate, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Future Plans: I just applied to some PhD programs so we'll see...

Amelia Frank-Vitale:

SIS/MA'11

Favorite Thing about EPGA: I really appreciated the flexibility of the program and the enthusiastic support of the faculty to adapt to and encourage my own research interests.

Current Employment: Fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs

Future Plans: I’ll be starting a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, fall 2014

Matt Fuller:

CAS/MA'11

Concentration: Peace and Conflict Resolution

Favorite Thing about EPGA: The people.

Current Employment: Research Consultant at Pew Trusts

Future Plans: Working abroad on Reconciliation issues

Daniel Gauthier:

SIS/MA'16

Concentration: Governance 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The focus on applied ethics. 

Current Employment: Consultant at the World Bank 


 

Tony L Gregg:

CAS/MA'15

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Concentration: Environmental Justice 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The program was ideal for combining my interests in the environment and ethics, and for preparing me to teach moral and ethical philosophy to the undergraduate cadets and future leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Current Employment: Instructor of Moral and Ethical Philosophy for The U.S. Coast Guard 

 

Alison Guzman:

SIS/MA'08

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Concentration: Human Rights and Social Justice 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: It allowed me to keep exploring global impacts caused by major international players, and my professors were amazing!

Current Employment: Program Director at MAPLE Microdevelopment; Consultant on indigenous cultural production and artisanry


Rachel Leigh Hall:

SIS/MA'16

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Concentration: Peace and Conflict Resolution 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The programs ability to combine my passions for International Relations and Ethics. 

Current Employment: Data Systems and Support Specialist at Planned Parenthood Action Fund 

Abdullah Kanneh:

SIS/MA'15

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Concentration: Global Governance and International Organizations

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The opportunity to get a deeper understanding of both human rights and philosophy. I really admire the level of flexibility in terms of general requirements and concentrations.

Current Employment: Program Associate, Middle East Department at Chemonics International  

 

Nick Logler:

SIS/MA'11

Concentration: Ethics of Development

Favorite Thing about EPGA: It’s interdisciplinary. There isn’t another advanced degree program in the country (that I am aware of) that attempts to connect the study of international affairs and global politics with philosophy and ethics.

Current Employment: Technical Director and Lead Instructor at FabNewport

Future Plans: PhD program, potentially PhD/JD dual program.

Tatenda Makanza:

CAS/MA'16

Concentration: Local Governance and Financial Institutions 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The diversity of the classes. The program allows you to take electives in which you can focus on other issues and you can study in other departments. 

Future Plans: Working in both the non-profit and private sectors on international development issues such as governance. 

Abigail Maravalli:

SIS/MA'12

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Concentration: Middle Eastern Politics and Gender 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: EPGA was one of the only programs I found that reconciled international relations with ethics in a thoughtful way.

Current Employment: Project Manager at Elefint Design 

Please reach out anytime - I love to connect with alum! abigail.maravalli@gmail.com

 

Matt Mead:

SIS/MA'15

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Concentration: International Peace and Conflict Resolution 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The program allowed me to pursue my passion for international and domestic social justice issues in a formal classroom setting.

Current Employment: International Security and Operations Coordinator at The American Red Cross 

Rebecca Novick:

SIS/MA'12

Concentration: Business and Peace

Favorite Thing about EPGA: Working as Human Rights Fellow with Professor Mertus

Current Employment: Grants and Contracts Specialist at Alliant International University

Future Plans: Continue to work in grants and contracts/research administration, but mostly enjoy sunny San Diego!

Celia Garcia Perez

SIS/MA'12

Concentration: Gender, Human Rights, and Immigration 

Current Employment: Operations Manager at BASICS ABA Therapy

Favorite Thing About EPGA: I chose EPGA because I wanted to take my focus for local community activism to an international level, concentrating on human rights, gender, and immigration. I am currently an operations manager for a small, woman owned company and have over 10 years of experience in tribal government consultation, case management, and research and development.

Deeksha Rao:

CAS/MA'16

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Concentration: Public Health 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The program had a good focus on my specific interest of child and maternal healthcare, children's mental health, and nutrition in conflict zones. 

Future Plans: Increase awareness nationally and internationally of the hardships that children face health-wise both physically as well as psychologically in conflict zones. 

Jennifer Reid-Burrell:

SIS/MA'13

Concentration: Gender and Human Right

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The program allowed me to combine my passion for human rights and social justice with my interest in moral philosophy.

Current Employment: Analyst at the University of Toronto, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy 

Adam Renner:

SIS/MA'16

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Concentration: International Political Economy/ Social Contract Theory 

Current Employment: Independent Researcher focusing primarily on economic and political theory

Future Plans: My side research since 2010 has been an ongoing project aiming to identify the means to successfully transition to a meritocratic form of leadership with a socialist economy.



Michael A. Repas:

CAS/MA'11

Concentration: Ethics of Development Work 

Favorite Thing about EPGA: The way people’s eyes light up with envy and interest at the carefully-tailored nature of my master’s education from AU to my exact interests and passions.

Current Employment: Sales Operations Specialist at McMaster-Carr Supply Company and small business owner of Repairs by Repas

Future Plans: Masters of Management at Harvard 

Luciana Storelli-Castro:

CAS/MA'12

Concentration: Transitional justice and reconciliation

Favorite Thing about EPGA: The interdisciplinary nature of the program, the faculty, and studying in Washington D.C.

Current Employment: Ph.D. student in political theory at George Washington University, Washington DC.

Future Plans: Doctorate studies in political theory with the eventual aim of becoming a scholar-activist.

Daniel Tutt:

SIS/MA '10

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Concentration: Human Rights and Social Justice 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The program combined philosophy and ethics in practical ways to my filmmaking and interfaith activism work.

Current Employment: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Marymount University; Film Producer and Director of Programs at Unity Productions Foundation 

Peter Valente:

SIS/MA'16

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Headshot of Peter Valente

Concentration: Peace and Conflict Resolution 

Favorite Thing About EPGA: The balance between theory and practice. The program not only provides training in policy analysis and research, but grounds these processes in ethical values.

Future Plans: To work on international security policy

 

Tara Sun Vanacore:

CAS/MA'13

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Concentration: Human Rights and Social Justice 

Current Employment: Writer and Communications Specialist at CET Academic Programs