Eve Devillers is a junior in the Dual Degree Program between Sciences Po and UC Berkeley. She is majoring in Global Studies, with a focus on Asia. Born of French and American parents but having grown up in China, she is fluent in French, English and Chinese. She is very interested in European politics and would like to pursue a career in international diplomacy in the future, specializing in relations between the US, the EU and China.
Maddi Erdall was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to Minneapolis, she spent time living in Germany and Spain with her family growing up. She is majoring in Environmental Science, German, and Hispanic Languages and Linguistics and is interested in studying international poverty alleviation and environmental/social welfare after her time at Cal. Currently, she plays on the Cal Quidditch team as well as the Cal Women's Club Soccer team.
Melina Kompella is a second year majoring in Economics and Political Science. She speaks fluent English, Greek, French, and Spanish, and is also studying Italian, Portuguese, and German. She is part Greek, and her childhood trips to Greece inspired her interest in Europe, specifically the Greek sovereign debt crisis. Now, she’s interested more broadly in the economic and political roles of the Southern European countries in the European Union, and hopes to develop this interest while working with IES.
Sophia Kownatzki is a fourth year Peace and Conflict Studies major with a minor in German. Her interests focus on Europe’s role in the field of globalization and development, along with international diplomacy and peacekeeping. She is currently working on her senior thesis, exploring the agency of municipal governments on refugee distribution within the German federal Länder system. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, cooking and embroidery.
Victoria Le Berder is a senior in the Sciences Po / UC Berkeley Dual Degree Program, majoring in Gender & Women’s Studies, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Victoria was born in Switzerland and grew up in France, and is interested in French theory, cultural representations, cinema, and politics.
Carla Palassian is a senior majoring in Political Economy and minoring in German. Her hometown is Los Angeles, California, and she speaks English, Armenian, and German. Having spent last semester studying abroad in Berlin, Germany, she had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and gain a stronger interest in the region. She intends on learning more about US-EU relations and to find her niche as an apprentice with IES.
Alison Spencer is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in English and history. She studied abroad in Madrid in Spring 2018. Alison speaks Spanish and is learning Portuguese. She is interested in the economics of the EU, international trade, global urban development, and diplomacy.
Lillie Vogt is a senior majoring in Political Science. Her interests focus on Eastern European politics as well as German language. Her recent trip to Poland, paired with her Swiss heritage, sparked her interest in Europe. Next semester she will be studying abroad in Berlin to conclude her undergraduate degree.
Jianwen Xu is a fourth-year majoring in Political Economy, Political Science and German Studies. Born and raised in Shenzhen, China, she speaks Mandarin, English and German. This is her second semester with the Institute.
Julia Zimring is a senior majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her concentration is in Human Rights and Migration, and she has an interest in international law. She is also minoring in French and had the opportunity to study abroad at Sciences Po in Paris. This is her third semester with the Institute.