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GGPS Student Profiles

Meet our current graduate students and explore their diverse backgrounds and their unique experiences. Discover what they are currently doing in the program and what they plan to do in the future.

Lauren Reese

Lauren Reese

What led you to the GGPS program?

Of all the professional international affairs programs I considered, I selected the GGPS program because it seemed to best balance the need to equip students with the tools necessary to meaningfully contribute to the policy community while also empowering them to question existing paradigms and global trends. After studying peace studies at Georgetown University and working in government relations for an international defense company, I sought a program that would allow me to explore these seemingly dichotomous fields and that encouraged interdisciplinary study. Further, I was attracted to American University's GGPS program because of the diversity of its students and the inclusive community created by the program's faculty and staff.

What have you been doing since coming to the program?

I've been steeped in the SIS community! In addition to being a GGPS student, I serve as the Program Coordinator for the Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs Master's Program. In this role, I collaborate with programs, student organizations, and faculty members of SIS to organize events that explore various aspects of foreign policy with a focus on morality, peacebuilding, and social justice. Recently, I helped coordinate a series of events for Human Rights Week which will culminate in an open mic night at an artist and activist collective in D.C. I'm also organizing documentary film screenings on the intersections of environmentalism, justice, & religion in South Asia. I'm always looking for ways to connect my passions for international policy and the liberal arts!

Do you have any plans for the upcoming semesters?

One of the reasons I applied to SIS was to take part in a short-term summer study abroad program. I'm hoping to return to Asia this summer to study human security in Malaysia and Indonesia and, ideally, couple this opportunity with an internship abroad. Also, I plan to apply to internships at the State Department, the United States Institute of Peace, and other related departments and organizations.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I intend on applying to the Presidential Management Fellowship and the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship as stepping stones to a career in public service and foreign policy.

Josh Rogers

Joshua Rogers GGPS

What led you to the GGPS program?

As an undergraduate student, I had a great professor, who received her M.A. from American University’s School of International Service, and she encouraged me to apply to the school. I also knew that I wanted to be in a city and a university where I would make the best connections and be able to learn about international affairs in a place, where it is actually happening. When searching through the programs offered around Washington, DC, GGPS stuck out to me as a program that encompassed the most important parts of international affairs and would allow me to shape my emphasis on my academic and professional interests.

What have you been doing since coming to the program?

Since starting at SIS, I have been focusing on schoolwork, applying for jobs and internships, and trying to take advantage of everything Washington, DC has to offer. When I am not reading for class, I enjoy all of the food, arts and sports that this great city has. I have already had opportunities to network with people in the top of my field and get to know some of them personally through the SIS alumni mentorship program. I have become involved with the Global Politics Student Association (GPSA), as well as prepare to direct the international Model United Nations conferences in Atlanta and New York.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I am trying to stay open to different possibilities after graduation, but I know I want to establish a career either in governmental or non-governmental humanitarian organizations that would allow me travel with a purpose. Hopefully I will take what I will have learned throughout the GGPS program and use it to better our world.

Erin Greenwalt

Erin Greenwalt GGPS

What led you to the GGPS program?

I chose the Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) Program, because academically, I am very interested in human security. I love that within the School of International Service I can pick and choose the classes I am most interested in to develop my understanding of the subject better.

What have you been doing since coming to the program?

Since starting graduate school in GGPS, I have found that the professors in the program are always available. During this academic semester, I have talked to a few of them (they basically have an open door policy) to see how I can narrow down my area of study to and what classes would be most profitable for me to advance my academic goals. Professor Dan Schneider has already really helped me and has steered me toward really great books that have broadened my perspective on security and corruption.

 

Do you have any plans for the upcoming semesters?

This summer I am hoping to study aboard, maybe by taking advantage of the SIS practica programs. I think the practica that SIS provides are very valuable in that they not only allow students to gaim experience living abroad, but also add to students’ professional resume by demonstrating our experience to work abroad!

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

Currently, I am still deciding on what I want to do after graduation. There is a strong possibility that I will get my PhD. On the other hand, the Washington, DC area has really prominent think-tanks that I would love to experience working in. Being from the Midwest, DC is remarkable and new to me, in that I have the opportunity to work with think-tanks or have the breadth of policy jobs that were previously not as attainable to me.