Layla Amiri is a fourth-year majoring in English with a particular interest in British and Irish literature. She enjoys researching the relationships of influence between European history and politics with the literature being produced alongside these historic events. She looks forward to continuing her work with IES for her final semester at UC Berkeley.
Clara Artoni is a French and Italian third year exchange student from SciencesPo Paris where she studies Political Sciences with a major in Law. She is currently spending a year abroad at Berkeley where she is majoring in Environmental Economic and Management. Clara is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish and has started learning German. She is interested in international relations and development, topics on which she would like to focus during her Masters degree back in France. She joined the IES URAP program to share her interest about Europe and its role in International relations.
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.
Adela is a 2nd-year Mechanical Engineering major and intended German minor. Born and raised in Beijing, China, she has been living in Singapore for the recent 6 years. A frequent traveler to Europe, she has also studied abroad in Germany three times since 2013. She speaks Mandarin, English, and German, and hopes to pick up French during her time at Cal. This is her first semester with IES and she hopes to meet lots of fun people and get more exposure to European languages and culture.
Lindsay Longstreet is a third year political science major, and this is her first semester with IES. Aside from IES, she is a policy director for the ASUC and an active member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. This summer, she will be interning for General Atomics in the international strategic development department. Outside of her professional life, she loves to hike the Berkeley fire trails and explore good dessert places in San Francisco with friends.
Tatjana Merkel is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Originally from Russia, Tatjana grew up in Germany where she completed her studies prior to moving to the U.S. She is fluent in Russian, German, and English. In addition, Tatjana is working on her French as well as Spanish. In Summer 2017, she participated in the Study Abroad program in Chile where she studied the Development of Politics in Latin America. Tatjana will be an intern for the United Nations in Geneva this coming summer, and she is looking forward to spending her fall semester in Amman, Jordan. Her main areas of interest are diplomacy and conflict resolution.
Joachim Sutton is a third-year, majoring in anthropology and minoring in public policy. He is originally from Denmark and has always had a strong interest in anthropology, as his dad works in the field and has taken him across the world to see a vast amount of different people and cultures. Outside of school, he rows on the Cal Men's rowing team and competes for the Danish National team. After Cal, he wishes to pursue a Masters in Business and Organizational anthropology at the University of Copenhagen.
Annika Van Galder is a fourth year majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies, with a concentration in National Politics, International Institutions and World Order. She is minoring in the German language, and additionally speaks Spanish and Chinese. Annika has been with IES since Spring 2017, and has been the Editor in Chief since Fall 2017. She is currently working on her senior thesis, which focuses on artificial intelligence and civil rights.
Jianwen 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 first semester with the Institute.
Sharon Yang is a second-year majoring in Economics and Political Science, with an intended minor in French studies. With her Political Science major concentration in comparative politics, Sharon is very eager to examine the history and politics of Europe through a comparative lens. Sharon's primary objective in joining IES is to get to know more colleagues of common interest and to truly learn more about Europe.
Ziang Zhou is a fourth-year student majoring in Economics, French, and Political Science, with a minor in German, and he speaks fluent English, Mandarin, French and some German. Growing up in Switzerland, Ziang has a strong tie to Europe and developed an avid passion for European politics and policies both on a regional and international level. In Spring 2016, he participated in an exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris, where he focused on European politics and EU Competition law. Ziang has been a Research Assistant at the Institute since 2016 Fall. Outside of school, Ziang enjoys traveling around the world and cooking, among many other things.