Volume 35 | 2023-2024
Justin is pursuing his Master in Public Affairs in International Relations at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Prior to SPIA, Justin worked as the Associate Director of Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, leading an editorial team responsible for creating World101—an expanding library of multimedia primers on international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Previously, he worked in Amman, Jordan, as a reporter, translator, and managing director at Syria Direct, an award-winning, nonprofit journalism organization, training Syrian and international reporters in professional, bilingual news gathering while covering the Syrian civil war. He is fluent in Arabic and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Global Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Justin’s professional interests lie primarily at the intersection of climate change, conflict prevention, and human rights.
Maya is originally from New Delhi, India. She graduated high school from the Mahindra United World College of India, and attended Middlebury College for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in International Politics and Economics. Since then, she's worked in economics and data-focused roles across the private and public sectors. Most recently, she was a Research Manager at Precision Development, a nonprofit that provides mobile phone-based, customized agricultural advisory to smallholder farmers. Through her work, she's developed an interest in behavioral science and evidence-based public program design and implementation, which is the area she hopes to work in following the MPA.
Raised in Northern Virginia and originally from Palestine, Omar is a first-year MPA student. He specializes in human rights, social justice, and religious and ethnic conflict prevention. His regional focus is in the Middle East and North Africa. He wrote his senior thesis on academic conceptualizations of the Islamic State. After graduating with a B.A. in Political & Social Thought and Economics from the University of Virginia, Omar worked as a data analyst at NGA in Washington, D.C., performing data analytics on a broad array of security-related issues. In his free time, Omar loves making pour-over coffee, supporting Liverpool FC, and playing volleyball with his friends.
Anna Blue is a first-year MPA student originally from Washington, D.C. Before arriving at Princeton, Anna worked in international crisis management for Meta for three years. Her other work experience includes serving at a think tank in Los Angeles and conducting research on digital government services in Estonia as a Fulbright Fellow. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, where she wrote an honors thesis on religious violence in Mexico. She loves Ethiopian food, scuba diving, and any time spent outside in the sun!
Michelle is a PhD student in Security Studies at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests focus primarily on the issues of limited resources and competition in the space sector and how those aspects affect the policies driving the operationalization and commercialization of space technologies. She is also interested in the intersections between space and cybersecurity. Prior to Princeton, she worked for the FBI in the New York Field Office after interning in the Cincinnati Field Office. Michelle holds a dual B.A. in English and Security & Intelligence with a minor in Japanese from The Ohio State University.