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Jane Burke


This is Jane’s second year on the SIS Graduate Student Council. In 2013 she served as the International Development Senator and pursued the position of President in order to redirect funds towards professional development, alumni engagement and community service oriented activities. Jane hopes to end the 2015 Spring semester with a big push for student engagement to help ensure that the incoming GSC President has a strong foundation to build on improvements the team has made this year. Please email Jane with any and all concerns, questions and comments!

Abdullah Kanneh
Vice President


Abdullah is a second year Masters student in the SIS-Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs program. Abdullah was born and raised in Liberia. He completed his undergraduate study in New York City where he lived for the past eight years. Abdullah just returned from a summer abroad study working in Cape Town, South Africa on a Governance and Democracy project; after which he had the opportunity to visit his home country, Liberia.

BilQis Aidara
GSC Treasurer


M.A. Candidate 2016, US Foreign Policy & Diplomacy

Daniel Ginsburg
GSC Secretary


As Secretary, of the GSC, Daniel will continue to pursue and encourage practices that include transparency and strategic planning for the good of the graduate student body. Moreover, Daniel hopes to transform the GSC into a focal point of communication, event-planning and student representation. He feels that we can undertake simple fundamental changes today to achieve long-lasting drastic improvements for tomorrow.

Alexsandra Canedo
International Peace and Conflict Resolution Senator


Alexsandra is a first year graduate student and originally from Southern California. When she is not doing school related activities, Alexsandra like to work out, eat, hike, and hang out with family and friends.

Asrah Mohammed
Senator Global Governance and Politics


Asrah is a second-year graduate student in GGPS. She is originally from Kingston, Jamaica, and completed her undergraduate degree in Philadelphia. She now lives in D.C. with her needy cat Gatsby. Asrah spends her free time (and okay, sometimes her not-free time) researching upcoming Pixar films, volunteering for animal rescues and baking.

Hanna Dielman
Senator Comparative Regional Studies


Hanna is concentrating on Latin America. She is particularly interested in the issues of inequality and education. In her free time, Hanna enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and baking new things. Hanna continues to work to contribute to building venues to strengthen the graduate student community, and welcomes any ideas or comments you have.

Mindy Duong
Senator U.S. Foreign Policy


Mindy is a San Francisco Bay Area native who received her undergraduate degree in international relations from University of the Pacific. Currently, she is in the U.S. Foreign Policy program concentrating on East Asia.

Laura Neff
Senator International Development


Laura is a second year focusing on children and education, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa. Laura got her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in gender studies, focusing on education for girls. After undergrad, she spent time backpacking through Europe and Southeast Asia, doing volunteering work in Africa, and working in Costa Rica. She works in the AU Career Center and as a Grantmaking intern at The Global Fund for Children. She is also the Co-Social Chair on the IDPSA.

Danny Goldman
Senator Masters of International Service


Danny Goldman is originally from the Washington, D.C. area but more recently from China where he spent seven years living and working. Danny is at the tail end of his master program where he has been focusing on China and Southeast Asia.

Gabriella Neusner
Senator Global Environmental Politics


Gabriella is a first-year master’s student in the Global Environmental Policy program. She received her BA from University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and Diaspora Transnational Studies. She is interested in the politics of development on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. She is from New London, CT, and enjoys biking and cooking.