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.
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.
Ella Smith is a sophomore studying Political Economy with a Concentration in Education. She is a heritage Russian speaker who hopes to further enhance her French. Passionate about international affairs and intrigued by her experiences backpacking in Europe, she hopes to live and work abroad after graduation. In addition to URAP, she enjoys being a kitchen manager in her co op, participating in Club Gymnastics, and staying engaged in local politics.
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.
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.