Previous Contributors

Our 2015-2016 Contributors

Shadi Garman was Editor-in-Chief of The New Context for 2015-2016. Shadi was born in Iran, raised in the greater Seattle area, and is now happily residing in Harlem. Shadi studies media and culture at The New School’s GPIA program. She is also a portrait and lifestyle photographer.  Her work experience focuses on social media, her hobbies include traveling and watching Netflix marathons. Connect with Shadi on Instagram here.

Ardra Manasi is pursuing her Master’s in International Affairs at the New School. Previously, she completed her Master’s in Development Studies from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India. She has worked with “AID India” (an educational NGO based in Tamil Nadu, India), with UN Women on a consultation project and currently works for India China Institute (ICI) at the New School. She is also currently involved with a research project on ‘Innovation Ecosystem’ at the Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) within the UN Secretariat. Apart from this, Ardra holds poetry and dance close to heart and she is a published poet and a trained dancer. On Twitter, she is @ArdraManasi.

Nick Speer worked as a logistician in the US Air Force and was deployed to the Middle East, before coming to the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs.  Nick’s current studies focus on governance and rights; his undergraduate studies in history led to an interest in political economy and geopolitics, both of which he feels are driving factors in the United States’ pursuit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

Kristina Hamil attended Elmira College where she completed a BA Degree in Biology and Environmental Studies, with a specialization in the Natural Sciences.  She is finalizing her second year at the New School’s International Affairs Program with a concentration in Governance and Rights, currently drafting a thesis that documents whether alternative dispute resolution techniques (arbitration and mediation) ameliorate the resource curse, and foster economic and social progress in various jurisdictions.  Through the UNSS program, Kristina has gained an interest in security issues, and hopes to pursue an advanced degree in Security Studies.

Renata Bolotova is currently receiving her undergraduate degree on Global Studies with a minor in Chinese Studies at the Eugene Lang College.  Her area of interest is economic development and environmental sustainability with a  specific focus on water infrastructure and water management. In 2013, she successfully  completed Summer School of Multilateral Diplomacy at the United Nation Institute Of Training and Research, where she published a work titled Access to Clean Water and Sanitation is the Key to Success of the Millennium Development Goals-2015 in Africa.  Over the past year, she completed a year-long internship with hydropower energy company and is currently interning with New-York based consultancy, Economic Transformation Group (ETG).

Jessica Durovy is a second year GPIA student pursuing a dual concentration in Conflict & Security and Governance & Rights.  She is currently working on refugee resettlement project for the International Rescue Committee, originating from her studies in the UNSS program. She has lived abroad as a teacher for Peace Corps Azerbaijan in addition to working privately in South Korea.  As a result of her time in Azerbaijan, she has chosen to regionally focus her studies on Azerbaijan and its relationship with the other states the Caucuses region.   

Sebahate Shala completed a BA in Political Science and Journalism in her country of origin, Kosovo. She is finalizing her second year at The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict and Security.  She is currently drafting her final project on the recent exodus of Kosovo Albanians to Europe, as well as holding internship in the Albania Mission to the United Nations.  From the UNSS program, Sebahate has gained an interest in security issues, particularly with a focus on the conflicts in the Middle East, and hopes to extend her research works after completing the degree. Her previous experience includes works as a journalist in printed media and news agencies.

Alex Kneib is a recent graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. His area of interest is in US-Iran foreign policy and world order. Last spring, he published a work titled Iran and the International Community in the Journal of Politics and International Affairs at Ohio State University, and completed his undergraduate thesis on the progression of US-Iranian foreign policy. This past summer he completed the UNSS program and is currently interning with the National Iranian American Council in Washington, D.C.

Adam Roberts is a concurrent J.D./M.A. student at the University of Oregon with a dual focus in international law and international studies. Last summer, his work as a legal intern with an immigration court, predominantly on Convention Against Torture and Asylum claims, exposed him to the global rise in human trafficking. Adam participated in the UNSS program, which enabled him to work with the International Rescue Committee on the economic integration of refugees.  The experience enriched his understanding of displacement and migration issues, and he plans to continue in this field after graduation.

Ankit Kanhere is an international student from India, in his senior year at Eugene Lang College within the New School, majoring in Economics with politics and capitalism studies as minors. He has been following the Greek crisis for over a year, during which time he attended various lectures by guest speakers and professors at the New School to broaden and deepen his exposure to the issue.  He choose to write about this topic based on its relevance to interstate relations within the Eurozone, as well as how it relates to understanding the economic sovereignty of a nation.

Andrew Bedsole is a long time resident of New York State and is entering his last semester in the GPIA program. He did is undergraduate work at York College of Pennsylvania.  Although he focuses on human rights issues, Andrew has a wide variety of interest ranging from American politics, film and television, and a variety of different cultures particularly those on the Asian continent.

Hadley Cooper is pursuing her MS in Nonprofit Management at the New School. Her past experiences include working with migrants in Thailand and Burma in efforts to improve the status of women and education.  Prior to pursuing her studies, she took the opportunity to travel and volunteer in Austral-Asia, North Africa, Central, and South America. Her favorite place to be is the Museum of Modern Art, or a beach where she has never been before.

Michael Quiñones hails from Dayton, Ohio (home of the Wright Bros and Guided By Voices) but has made NYC his home for the past 15 or so years. After three and a half years in the New School’s GPIA, he is still looking for that elusive perfect moment to bail from his soul-crushing (yet well-paying) managing editor gig at a celebrity gossip magazine (where he has NOTHING to do with the content) and devote himself to learning how to save the world full-time—and internships! Michael is fascinated by multigenerational insurgencies and enjoys questioning the state as a political unit. He is also intrigued by the Kurdish peoples of Turkey (and had been BEFORE it was trendy), what they have shown us and what they will show us about the conflict, security and political development of stateless nations. His favorite food is currently fish tacos.

Kait Lynes was raised in the Chicago suburbs and found her way to New York City via a convoluted path through the South African NGO world, flight attending, and a bakery. Kait studies conflict and security at The New School with a focus on Europe and conflict resolution. Most importantly, she has never found a pizza that has disappointed her: Chicago, New York, or otherwise. Connect with Kait on Twitter @kait_lynes.

Ben Homer is the former Editor-in-Chief of The New Context. His career includes roles with Major League Baseball, CBS Interactive and as a member of the senior leadership team at Livestream.com. More recently he has worked with UNICEF Innovations Lab in Kosovo to implement a Citizen Science initiative using high tech sensors to monitor air pollution levels, and in Jordan and Lebanon to study innovative solutions to large scale refugee issues. Follow Ben on Twitter @ben21