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Global Politics Fellows

AnneMarie Speers

Annie is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a senior, and her research interests include
populism, democratic backsliding, right-wing extremism, and anti-minority hate crimes.

Anna Nakaya

Anna is a senior in the Political Science major from Dallas, Texas. Her primary research interests focus on cultural customs and their effects on underrepresented groups, especially women. Anna loves debate and board games.

Julia Chatterley

Julia is from Fairbanks, Alaska. She is a senior, and is interested in researching conflict and the costs of war. She has an extreme fear of people in full body costumes.

Shari Franke

Shari is a junior from Springville, UT. She enjoys researching democracy, and is working specifically on opposition coalitions and transitions from authoritarian regimes.

Isabella Felin

Isabella is a Finnish-American senior majoring in Political Science with minors in Global Women's Studies, Business, and Sociology. Raised in Oxford, England, her passion lies in
studying racial and gender inequality both nationally and internationally.

Grant Mitchell

Grant Mitchell is a 4th-year undergrad researching comparative politics. His research centers on the regime change, populism, and party politics. His recent work focuses on the role of populists and political parties in cases of democratic backsliding, with special emphasis on Latin America.

Emma Dart

Emma is a junior from Orange County, California. She is an honors student studying International Relations and minoring in business. She has research interests in the cross-section of gender and national security as well as conflict termination and recurrence. When not doing research, Emma enjoys photography, weightlifting, and true crime podcasts.

Jonathan Harman

Jonathan is a senior from Sterling, Virginia. He is a political science major with a minor in Chinese. Jonathan has lived in both China and Taiwan and enjoys researching comparative politics and current events related to the region. He has research experience in the defense industrial base and military recruitment. Currently, Jonathan is researching the effect of media on military recruitment rates.

Katelyn Gale

Katelyn is a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona majoring in International Relations and minoring in Mathematics. Her research interests include populism, economic development, and human rights. Katelyn’s GPL project focuses on the international consequences of populism on free trade. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, and play the bagpipes.

Margarita Haro

Margarita is a junior in the Psychology major and minoring in International Strategy and Diplomacy. She is from Garden Grove, California and enjoys playing soccer. Margarita's research interests are in intergroup and minority group conflicts and dynamics.

Sam Yeboah

Samuel is a senior majoring in International Relations. He is from Kumasi, Ghana. His research focuses on ingroup ethnic threats and political cooperation among different ethnicities. In his spare time, he loves to play soccer and watch anime.  

Savannah Leavitt

Savannah's mobile upbringing in a State Department family sparked her interest in the Middle East early on in her life. She is now a junior studying Middle Eastern Studies & Arabic with a particular interest in relations between citizenry and government in an Islamic context. Her GPL project is geared toward exploring statebuilding by Islamist militia groups in the Middle East.

Vanessa Tuttle

Vanessa is a senior at BYU from Colorado Springs, CO, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Family Studies. Her current research focuses on perceptions of female political leadership as informed by societal and religious norms. She loves yoga, her plants, and meal-prepping but deciding to eat out anyways.

Abby Child

Abby is a junior from Bountiful, Utah majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Development. Her work with Professor Quinn Mecham focuses on minority and majority group behaviors changing political contexts. In her spare time, Abby loves spending time in nature and visiting museums.