Glimpse from the Globe’s writers produce regional and issue-based analysis and op-eds relevant to ongoing events throughout the world. Writers also produce a number of feature pieces, including editorials, policy papers, face off debates and multimedia work. Each staff writer is tasked with reporting on a unique region of the world. Have a pitch or story idea?
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Adam Fazal is currently a sophomore at USC majoring in International Relations and the Global Economy. His passions reside in global development and civil societies and the intersection between economics and community empowerment. Adam has spent much of his professional life working with nonprofits in areas related to community development and financial management, so don’t be surprised if you see him with a spreadsheet in front of him! He hopes to one day work at global institutions, such as the United Nations, to help revitalize communities worldwide.
I am a freshman studying international relations and global business. In my free time I enjoy learning languages and experiencing different cultures. I have been studying French for 12 years and Japanese for two. I am interested in exploring the effects of cultural philosophies on world politics and the global economy.
Aidan Gray is an undergraduate junior studying theatre. He grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He is interested primarily in labor rights and climate change policy. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies or playing with his dog Archie.
Aidan is a sophomore studying History and International Relations with a minor in Legal Studies. He is particularly interested in the power or, lack thereof, of international institutions and international law to address climate change. At USC, he is also involved in Model United Nations, the Thematic Option Writing Program, and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Additionally, Aidan has conducted research at the Chicago History Museum and plans to write a senior thesis in history.
Aiden Fullwood is a sophomore majoring in International Relations with minors in Korean Studies and Cultural Diplomacy from San Diego. Since March of 2021, Aiden has volunteered as an English tutor with Aurora NK, an organization dedicated to the education, legal support, and healthcare of North Korean refugees. She is especially interested in humanitarian and immigration issues across the globe, as well as U.S. relations with China and North Korea, and is eager to learn more through reporting on said topics with Glimpse. In the future, Aiden hopes to achieve fluency in Korean and Spanish and potentially work for the United Nations.
Alex Dorion is a senior double majoring in International Relations and Film and Television Production. Her experience of studying abroad at Trinity College’s Irish School of Ecumenics in Dublin gave her a passion for contemplating issues of human rights, civil liberties, national self-determination and conflict resolution. She is always on the lookout for ways in which the media shapes international affairs and aspires to produce film content for a government organization or intelligence agency someday. A native Angeleno who bizarrely hates hot weather, she enjoys writing, drawing, playing video games and going to museums in her spare time.
Xiao Alicia Liu is a sophomore currently majoring in Communication and minoring in International Relations. Alicia hails from China and attended high school in the United States, where she took French as her third language. At USC, Alicia is a staff writer at Daily Trojan and a member of the Trojan Debate Team. Her areas of interest include foreign policy, intercultural relations, and international organizations. She also hopes to combine her academic interests by studying media impacts on a global scale.
Alisha Soni is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies and NGOs & Social Change originally from Knoxville, TN. Alisha is passionate about environmental and social justice particularly in Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries. She is particularly interested in issues of sustainability and conservation as they relate to contemporary food systems, particularly in Latin America. Growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants has made Alisha fondly interested in various cultures and is passionate about making sustainable, culturally aware change in the organizing work that she does. In her free time, Alisha enjoys being outdoors, working out, and trying new foods.
Amy Argueta is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and Comparative Literature with a minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She is interested in women’s rights, immigration, soft power, and education in East Asia and Latin America. She is also interested in languages and is currently learning Korean and improving her Spanish. In her free time, she loves reading horror and sci-fi stories, listening to music, and running.
Anacristina Perry is a junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish and Legal Studies. Her specific interests include human rights and foreign policy in Latin America and the EU. She is also a part of Undergraduate Student Government as Assistant Director of the Latinx Student Assembly.
Andrea Chen is a junior majoring in Communication and minoring in Entrepreneurship through the USC Marshall School of Business. She is originally from North Carolina, but moved to Taiwan at age 10. She is interested in global economic and international affairs, and is interested in the intersection of politics and global current events. In her free time, she loves to dance, cook and watch movies.
Ash Alguneh, a current freshman majoring in international relations, was born and raised in Houston, Texas for 14 years when his family made the move to Vancouver, Canada. Ash hopes to become an invested member of the podcast team at Glimpse From The Globe. His area of focus involve security issues of the Middle East, specifically looking at Iran-US relations, the Yemeni conflict, and overall Middle Eastern affairs. In his free time, Ash enjoys listening to house music, watching Netflix shows, and trying new food.
Barrett Fuller is a junior from Boise, Idaho. He is an International Relations (Global Business) major with minors in German Studies and Russian Area Studies. Barrett is particularly interested in Central and Eastern European affairs, education policy, and climate change. He is the president of American Sign Language Club, Recruitment Coordinator for Delta Phi Epsilon, Supervisor at the USC Bookstore, and a Teaching International Relations Program volunteer.
Bennett Rine is a senior studying International Relations. His specific interests are in the intersection of gender and global issues as well as human rights. At USC, he has volunteered with the Teaching International Relations Program, working with high school students in Los Angeles. Bennett is also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s international relations and foreign service professional fraternity, and is a fellow at USC Global Policy Institute.
Brigitte Rodriguez is a junior double majoring in Contemporary Latino & Latin American Studies and Political Science. She is from Los Angeles and passionate about how governments operate to shape people’s lives, which has driven her participation in research in both the Political Science department and the Gould School of Law. Brigitte works as a Student Ambassador in the USC Admission Center and, in the past, has interned with Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, the Family Violence Division of the LA District Attorney’s Office, and the Central American Resource Center. She enjoys podcasts, plants, and good urban planning.
Caitlyn McMahan is a sophomore at USC studying Environmental Science. She is passionate about climate issues, sustainability, and wildlife conservation. Raised in the Rocky Mountains, Caitlyn is an avid skier and hiker, and enjoys volunteering at community cleanups. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the natural world with her peers and hopes to inspire others to preserve the earth for future generations.
Molly Miller is a first-year student majoring in International Relations and the Global Economy. Molly is from Tempe, Arizona and has always been interested in how policy can shape interactions at the international level. Molly has had a strong focus on communications, qualifying twice to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament. Molly has also been involved in local politics, chairing an official commission of the City of Tempe. Molly is committed to encouraging active engagement with politics at all levels, local and international.
Chloe Ghaleb is a freshman candidate for a B.A. in Political economy. She is a member of the Southern California Moot Court and a contributor to the USC Economics Review. Chloe is a dual American-Lebanese citizen and is coming to USC as an international student; she hopes to apply her unique lived experiences to her analyses of a range of topics from economics to international relations and global affairs. She is excited to combine her intellectual interests with her passion for writing and journalism.
Claire Silverstein is a freshman double majoring in Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Law. She is particularly interested in environmental justice and how environmental issues, such as the climate change crisis, intersect with other global issues including access to high quality food and the fashion supply chain. She hopes to pursue a career in law, environmental consulting, or environmental policy and planning. On campus, Claire is a part of Los Angeles Community Impact consulting and the Trojan Consulting Group. In her free time, she loves to read memoirs and romance novels and spend time outdoors hiking or at the beach.
Daniel Kos is a sophomore studying International Relations with a minor in Latin American Studies from San Francisco, California. He is interested in politics and economics in Latin America, especially income inequality and the region’s trade relations with the United States and China. Daniel is a member of the USC Model UN team and is a Global Policy Institute (GPI) fellow. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and enjoys hiking in nature.
Daniel Perez is a junior double majoring in Urban Studies and Planning & Political Economy. He is from Ventura California, where he developed his passion for the environment. On campus, Daniel is also involved in urban planning research and Delta Phi Epsilon. He is particularly interested in sustainability, city planning, media, economic development, and US foreign relations policy.
Dariush Onsori is a senior majoring in International Relations Global Business and minoring in Computer Science. Especially as an Iranian-American, foreign affairs and the nuances that shape them have always fascinated him. Dariush has previously interned in the French Parliament. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors in nature as much as possible, exploring (and trying to make) music, and getting mad at my TV when the news is on!
Defne Aslan is a freshman majoring in International Relations. She was born in Ankara, Turkey and moved to Washington D.C. at age seven. On campus, she is the Communications Coordinator for Delta Phi Epsilon, a volunteer for the Teaching International Relations Program, and a photographer for Spec Magazine. She is passionate about human rights issues concerning refugees, immigrants, climate change and sustainability, and democracy. In her free time, she loves to dance, learn languages, and be in nature.
Eari Nakano is a sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in law and public policy. Over the summer, she interned with a Brooklyn city council candidate and helped out with a start-up business for entrepreneur women in Japan. After USC I hope to attend law school either in the US or Europe and would like to pursue an international law degree.
Emily Columbine is currently a Junior double majoring in French and Global Studies with a minor in Economics. She is especially interested in economic development, and the mechanisms and processes surrounding its implementation throughout the globe. Emily grew up in Southern California and is a big fan of the outdoors and anything beach related. She is also a member of USC’s Economic Review and SC Outfitters.
Eva Liu is a freshman majoring in International Relations and Global Economy. At USC, Eva is a staff writer for US-China Today and a member of the Trojan Consulting Club. She was born in China and moved to the Bay Area in sixth grade. Her research interests mainly focus on the relationship between the United States and China, foreign policy, and East Asian politics. In her free time, she likes to play guitar, write poetry, and play tennis.
Faith Hotchkiss is a junior at the University of Southern California pursuing a double major in International Relations (Global Business) and French. She is enthusiastic about the partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit sectors and their work towards global change. Specifically areas with regard to racial and gender equality, human rights, and climate change through the means of marketing and global communication.
Gerardo Aguilar is a sophomore studying Computer Science and Business administration with a minor in Web Technologies & Applications. Growing up in the predominantly Hispanic but ethnically diverse central valley, he expanded his awareness of central California through involvement in local government. He is now looking to expand his knowledge and understanding of Latin American history and culture with an emphasis on conflict resolution through the 19th and 20th centuries. Outside of class, you might see him chilling in the e-quad or sneaking onto the SGM rooftop
Giorgi Inaishvili is a second-semester freshman majoring in Communications at USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. He is from Georgia, and since his country is witnessing an ongoing Russian occupation, he is interested in observing the foreign relations of the Russian Federation and Eastern European countries in general. Giorgi has previously interned at the Administration of President of Georgia. Besides speaking English and Georgian, he is fluent in Russian.
Grant Addington is a sophomore from Fresno, California studying Aerospace Engineering. At USC, he is involved with the NROTC program, ultimate frisbee, and the Rocket Propulsion Lab. In his free time, he loves reading The Atlantic and The New Yorker, and going to concerts. He has always had a passion to write and learn about the world concurrently.
Hunter Black is a current freshman majoring in Journalism at Annenberg. Hunter is originally from San Mateo, California, near San Fransisco. He hopes to work with Glimpse from the Globe in order to gain experience writing articles focusing on international relations and foreign policy. Hunter seeks to hopefully pursue a career in public relations/image management after college!
Isobel Smith is a sophomore majoring in international relations. She is from New Zealand and is interested in the nation’s affairs as well as how they interact with the rest of the world. Outside of Glimpse she is involved in USC’s Model UN team, Delta Phi Epsilon, the university’s foreign service fraternity, and Make it 16 New Zealand. In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature and LA.
Jacob is currently a freshman at USC and is from Walla Walla, Washington. He is majoring in International Relations and the Global Economy, and plans to minor in Spanish. Jacob’s interest in IR and global affairs stems from his parents’ backgrounds in Chinese and Jewish cultures and traveling as a child. Some particular areas of interest for him are the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. In his spare time, he enjoys discussing all things sports, playing video games with friends, and long walks in the countryside with Coco, his basset hound.
Jake Wasserstein is a senior double majoring in International Relations Global Business and Spanish. Hailing from Middlebury, Connecticut, Jake first became interested in International Relations through traveling and experiencing other cultures. His area of interest lies in the intersection of business and global business. Jake has experience researching at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels, Belgium and EA Capital Markets in New York.
Janna Lee is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Cinematic Arts. By living in both the USA and South Korea, Janna has seen and experienced the impact of foreign affairs in her daily life. On campus, she is a part of Marshall Entertainment Association and Film and TV Writers of USC. Her areas of interest include international relations, marketing, and film production, and in her free time, she enjoys watching movies, cooking online recipes, and playing basketball.
Joe Jocas is a junior majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Applied Analytics and Economics. On campus, he is a Research Assistant for the Security and Political Economy Lab where he studies the “resource curse,” the Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California International Review, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, and a Trip Lead with Peaks and Professors. His research interests consist of democracy, governance, election security, misinformation/disinformation, and emerging technologies with regional interests in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Joshua Hwang is an International Relations major at USC. He spent his childhood in Korea, New Zealand, and California—most recently, though, he attended boarding school in the Boston area. As a writer for Glimpse from the Globe, Joshua is interested in the American and Chinese presence in East Asia, Japanese and Korean foreign policy, and the legacy of colonialism found in modern Africa and Asia. In his free time, he likes to play basketball, watch movies, write fiction, and nap.
Lauren Nash is a junior majoring in Business Administration and minoring in International Relations. She is interested in the political and economic affairs of East Asia and the Middle East. On campus, Lauren is also involved in Los Angeles Community Impact and the Women’s Network. In her free time, Lauren loves to read, cook, and hike with friends.
Lynzee Louden is a political science major on a pre-law track. She has been a dancer her entire life and is on the USC Song Girl dance team. When she is not on the field cheering for the USC Trojans, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, and practicing ukulele.
Madeleine Nations is a senior majoring in Central European Studies with a minor in Cultural Diplomacy. She has grown up around the world and currently lives in Naples, Italy. Her degree focuses on the studies of Russia, Germany, and Poland. Madeleine’s interests in NATO, the European Union, and military alliances stem from her background in NROTC and growing up in a Navy family. On campus, she is involved with the Teaching International Relations Program and is a research assistant for the Center for Innovation on Veterans and Navy Families.
Mane Berikyan is a Deans Scholar freshman majoring in International Relations and minoring in Russian Area Studies on the pre-law track. Having lived in four different countries, she has always been fascinated by international relations and all that it entails. As an active member of the Armenian community, she currently serves as the Membership Director of the non-profit organization Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America, and is involved with several initiatives including the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, United Armenian Inter-Org, and the Paros Foundation. Mane organized fundraising efforts for humanitarian aid to Nagorno-Karabakh during the recent war, and explored her passion for advocacy through her role as founder and president of the United Nations Children’s Fund chapter at her high school. Her areas of interest include international human rights law, foreign affairs and national security as it pertains to the post-Soviet states and the Middle East.
Matthew Kuloszewski is a freshman from Scranton, Pennsylvania studying Political Science and Economics. He first became interested in the field of international relations through participating in Model UN back in high school, deepening his passions for policy and history along the way. Matthew is excited to learn more and write about economic development and empowerment with Glimpse from the Globe! In his free time, he likes to cook (and eat), hike, and explore southern California with his friends and family.
My name is Maya Gomes, and I am a freshman spring admit from New York city majoring in Journalism with minors in Sports Media Studies and International Relations. I have studied abroad twice in Spain and Italy, and I am particularly interested in the intersection of global athletics and cultural conflicts. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and sports, and I am a long time New York Giants fan.
Molly McCall is a sophomore from Tacoma, Washington studying Political Science and Applied Mathematics. She is interested in foreign policy and negotiation and their intersections with the global political climate, specifically concentrated in the Middle East. As a math major, she is also passionate about gender equality in STEM education abroad. She is also involved in Phi Alpha Delta, USC’s pre-law fraternity. Outside of school, Molly enjoys snowboarding, yoga, and traveling.
Oliver Swack is a sophomore at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and is currently pursuing a degree in International Relations and the Global Economy. Oliver is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and loves hiking and backpacking. On a good weekend, you can usually find him catching some sun at the beach and even surfing some waves. He has an immense curiosity in foreign cultures and philosophy, and he hopes to touch upon these topics in his writing, specifically within East Asia and the Middle East.
Paulina Garmute is a freshman majoring in International Relations. She is particularly interested in health studies and public policy. On campus, she is also involved in Mock Trial and DPE. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new foods, taste-testing coffee, baking cookies, and going on spontaneous road trips with her friends.
Rhondaya Fishburne is a senior studying International Relations. Rhondaya has interned for Congresswoman Carolyn B. Malony. She previously was an editor for the Social Justice Review through the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, conducted research with an associate professor in the School of International Relations, and was a counselor for the university’s first student-led High School Leadership Conference. While interested in various fields of international affairs, she seeks to highlight social movements across the globe, as well as issues of climate and human rights, and U.S.-Africa policy.
Rodrigo Conesa is a sophomore currently majoring in Economics. He is originally from Mexico City, and his interests include economic development in Latin America and Mexico and U.S. foreign policy in the region.
Rudra Saigal (he/they) is a freshman from Indore, India, majoring in Political Science. Rudra is deeply passionate about political, socio-economic, and human rights issues, particularly in South Asia. Growin up in central India and having closely observed Indian politics, public administration and justice at the grass-roots levels, Rudra is fondly interested in writing about the state of Indian democracy, society and economy. In addition to serving as the Junior Writer at Glimpse from the Globe, Rudra is involved with SC Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Initiative) and Unruh Associates on campus. He is also the Co-Director of Trojan Scholar Socitey’s Academic and Professional Committee and the Advocacy Director of the Queer and Ally Student Assembly (QuASA). In his free time, Rudra enjoys reading poetry and fiction, watching Bollywood movies and hanging out with his friends.
Samuel Sommerer is a junior majoring in Computer Science. He’s interested in technology and cyber warfare as they relate to geopolitics, as well as the impact international criminal organizations have on nation states. At USC, he is also VP of Projects for CAIS++, USC’s undergraduate AI organization, and conducts natural language processing research at the INK lab. Previously, he was an editor at the USC Illumin magazine.
Samantha Chapman is a freshman from Hawaii double majoring in International Relations and Writing for Screen and Television. Her interest lies in exploring human connections, whether that be through storytelling or navigating international dynamics. Samantha also loves learning languages, but is trying to mainly stick to French until she’s fluent before taking others up too seriously. She loves skiing and hiking (but is no expert), watching soccer, and driving with the windows down in her free time.
Sam Tvrdik is a current USC sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Applied Analytics. Sam is from a very small town outside of Rochester, NY named Honeoye Falls. He is extremely passionate about the environment and climate policy on a global scale with a concentrated interest in marine policy. In his free time, Sam enjoys traveling and staying active in any way he can.
Sarah Kim is a junior double majoring in Law, History, and Culture and East Asian Languages and Cultures. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved all around the United States before residing currently in Los Angeles. Sarah is passionate about the way law and history intersect to shape society. She hopes to apply her lived experiences and cross-cultural knowledge to her analyses of global issues. Outside of Glimpse, she is involved in Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) and SC Climbing.
Saulius Galvanauskas is a Junior from Ann Arbor, Michigan studying International Relations
with a minor in History. His interests include foreign policy and international security. As a
Lithuanian-American dual citizen, he is specifically interested in affairs within Central and
Eastern Europe. Outside of school, his hobbies include piano, video games, and baseball.
Shashwat Singh is a sophomore from Tulsa, Oklahoma in Dornsife double majoring in International Relations and the Global Economy and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. His primary interests in International Relations are global trade, economics, and international institutions. Outside of academics, he love to read, listen to music, bike, play/watch sports (almost any sport imaginable), and go to the beach.
Sophia Lyman is currently a freshman here at USC and is majoring in International Relations, with a minor in Pre-Law: Human Rights. She has always been writing from a young age, whether that was writing journal entries of her daily life in Argentina and Orange County, or song lyrics inspired by her international travels with family. She continued developing her writing skills, and eventually wrote and published a book on Amazon, Leo’s Adventures, that went in hand with her nonprofit, the Emergency Preparedness Program. Sophia decided to join Glimpse from the Globe because she wanted to use her abilities to help promote the issues people are facing in other parts of the world, and encourage others to find ways they can help.
Stefanie is a Junior majoring in Public Policy Analysis and minoring in Economics and Applied Analytics. She is from the Chicagoland area and first came to California at the beginning of college. She is involved in other organization such as the Roosevelt Network and Novus Think Tank. She is currently interning for the Kelli Rhodes Campaign in Colorado as a Policy Analyst Intern.
Sydney Crowley is a sophomore currently double majoring in International Relations and Russian. She was born and raised in the Boston area. Her specific areas of interest include human rights, foreign policy, public diplomacy, and climate change. Being an Azorean-American, she also finds particular interest in the rights of ethnic minority groups, reducing poverty in island nations and states, and sustainable agriculture.
Thomas Drzik is a junior majoring in Intelligence and Cyber Operations and minoring in legal studies. He is especially interested in national security issues, geopolitics, and emerging threats in cyber security. In the past, he has worked on political campaigns at both the state and national level and participated in Model Congress. At USC, Tom is the Director of Recruitment for the USC triathlon club and an active member of Phi Alpha Delta, a professional pre-law fraternity.
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Tori Ely is a senior majoring in International Relations and Spanish. With a particular interest in defense and security, her research and writing focuses on nuclear proliferation efforts. Outside of class she spends her time advocating for sustainability and works with organizations to utilize renewable energy sources. Upon completing her undergrad in the spring, she will be staying at USC to complete a masters in Public Diplomacy. She aspires to work for the United Nations postgrad.
Valeria is a rising senior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Documentary and Cultural Diplomacy. She was born and raised in Mexico City in a multicultural environment which -alongside travel experiences- has sparked her interest for foreign affairs reporting.
She has written for Glimpse since her sophomore year and is currently an Associate Editor. She has worked in radio news production for Annenberg Media, serving as Radio Executive Producer.
Being from Mexico one of her regional interests is focused on Latin America. Besides breaking events, she also passionately writes about human rights, development, and conflict stories from around the world.
My name is Mohammed Zain Shafi Khan I go by Zain and my friends here at Usc call me MZ! Previously, I interned at freedom firm, A non-profit that works on rescue and restoration operations for minors sold into prostitution. Currently I am a research intern for the LA county 5th district supervisor’s office where I am tasked along with my team to find facilities that can house the mentally ill population of the soon to be demolished Mens Central Jail. I am passionate about human rights especially in countries/regions with no regard for life in conflict driven zones such as Syria, Afghanisthan, South America and the Middle East. I love to closely follow US politics and its relations with other countries. I strongly believe that today’s world is more divided and complex despite the globalisation that is taking over and causing interconnectedness. However, I believe that there is hope and good in some parts of the world which is why we all have an inherent need to do our part. In my free time I love to cook, dance, try new foods, spend time with friends, family and binge watch tv series( my weakness are sitcoms and political thrillers).
Zigi is a freshman from Minneapolis, Minnesota studying International Relations with a minor in Psychology and Law. Her passions are U.S. relations with North Korea and China as well as Eastern European affairs. She is a U.S. Youth Ambassador to Brazil and she interned for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.