Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

Current Research Interns

nehaachaibar Neha Achaibar

Neha Achaibar is a senior International Relations and Global Studies major pursuing a certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice and Business Spanish. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in Spring 2020. Neha is currently the Diversity and Inclusion Chair for Texas Sweethearts, a Spirit Group on campus dedicated to serving the Austin community. In her free time, she enjoys travelling with her family, watching movies, and photography. After graduation she hopes to go to graduate school to pursue her passion of working with either migrant or refugee populations.

anandi_barker Anandi Barker

Anandi Barker is a junior in the College of Liberal Arts studying Government and French. She also holds memberships to the Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Jefferson Scholars Program at UT. She joined the Clark Center in the fall of 2021 as a research intern after a summer of research with the Government Department. In addition to the academic programs on campus, Anandi is involved in the Texas Orators publication organization and the French Language Club. She has published articles in the Daily Texan as an opinion columnist and in the Digitizing Politics blog which is aimed at educating the public on domestic and international affairs. In her free time, Anandi enjoys exploring coffee shops around the Austin area and spending time with friends.

 Shea Bartell

Shea Bartell is a third year student in the College of Liberal Arts pursuing a double major in Economics and Government. She joined the Clark Center as a research intern in the Fall of 2021. She also works as an Accounting Assistant at Korman Fine Jewelry and is a part of the Creative Writing Certificate Program at UT. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, going for nature walks, baking, listening to audio dramas and working on fiction writing projects.

henrybradley Henry Bradley

Henry Bradley is a freshman in the McCombs School of Business studying Business Honors. He joined the Clark Center in the spring of 2020 as a Research Intern. Henry is involved in the Honors Business Association, University of Texas Waterski Team, and YoungLife. In his free time Henry enjoys attending car shows, spending time on the lake, and going to concerts. He plans to declare his second major in accounting and obtain a Master in Professional Accounting degree through the McCombs School of Business.

 Maia Borchardt

Maia Borchardt is a junior in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in Plan II Honors and International Relations and Global Studies. She joined the Clark Center as a research intern in May 2021. Maia currently serves as co-chair of the volunteering committee in the Plan II Students' Association; she enjoys participating in community service through that organization, in addition to teaching ESL classes at El Buen Samaritano in Austin. Maia is also a member of IRG Council's campus relations committee and was the newsletter editor at The Daily Texan for a year. In her free time, Maia likes listening to 60s pop, exploring Austin, and learning more about the intersections between culture and politics.

amyburr Amy Burr

Amy Burr is a sophomore in the McCombs School of Business, pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems, a minor in Marketing, and a certificate in Forensic Science. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2019 where she began coding the policy areas of bills introduced to the Australian Parliament. She also collected data from Senate reports published under the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in order to analyze voting patterns in the Australian Senate. In addition to her work as a Research Intern, Amy works as the Human Resources Intern at RKD Group, a direct marketing and fundraising agency for nonprofits. She is involved in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Phi Chi Theta, a professional business and economics fraternity. After she graduates in the spring of 2022, Amy hopes to pursue a career in government intelligence and security. 

 Emily Cabello

Emily Cabello is a freshman in the McCombs School of Business, pursuing a degree in Marketing and certificates in Business Spanish and in Core Texts and Ideas as a Jefferson Scholar. She joined the Clark Center in the fall of 2021 as a Research Intern. In addition to her work at the Center, Emily is also involved in Spark Magazine as part of the marketing team, Alpha Phi sorority, and the Campus Environmental Center. In her free time, she loves to thrift with her friends, listen to Cage The Elephant and Artic Monkeys, try new coffee shops, and update her travel Instagram account. She plans to declare a second major in Sustainability Studies or obtain a certificate in Environment & Sustainability through the Bridging Disciplines Program.

andrescerda Andres Cerda

Andres Cerda is a recent UT graduate, having received his Bachelor of Arts in Government (with honors) and Bachelor of Journalism (with honors) in the Spring of 2021. Andres joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the Fall of 2021, after previously serving as a Research Intern during the Summer Research Internship program. Prior to his work at the Clark Center, he helped code, collect, and upload thousands of Supreme Court briefs as part of a project looking into the influence of the Solicitor General of the United States. Andres hopes to enroll in a Political Science PhD program in the near future, with his research interests being American Institutions, Judicial Politics, and American Elections.

 isaiahchancellor Isaiah Chancellor

Isaiah Chancellor is a junior in the Liberal Arts Honors program pursuing a degree in History with a minor in Government. He joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020. Isaiah is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Joint Honor Societies, Phi Alpha Theta, and the Black Student Alliance. During his sophomore year, as the Black Student Alliance Political Action Chair, Isaiah collaborated with the NAACP UT Austin Chapter to create an event where over 50 people were registered to vote in Travis County. Isaiah also served on the U.T.P.D. (University of Texas Police Department) Oversight Committee as an Undergraduate Student Representative where he contributed to the suspension of a U.T.P.D. initiative. Currently, Isaiah is the Vice-President of the Pre-Law National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. Isaiah also serves as the BIG XII Political Action Chair, where he provides oversight over all BIG-XII-member school's Political Action committee representatives. Additionally, Isaiah serves as the Director of the Black Presidents Leadership Council, charged with convening and organizing the over 40+ black student organizations on campus to advocate for black student issues on the University of Texas at Austin’s campus. After graduation, he aspires to go to law school, where he plans on specializing in either civil rights law or public interest law.

 Saabira Chaudhry

Saabira Chaudhry is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts pursuing degrees in Government and International Relations and Global Studies, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She joined the Clark Center in the fall of 2021 as a Research Intern. Prior to her involvement with the Clark Center, Saabira interned under Dr. Zeynep Somer-Topcu where she assisted in gathering data on Eastern European political party leaders. In her free time, Saabira enjoys photography, traveling, and testing new baking recipes. After graduation, Saabira plans to attend law school and pursue a career in intellectual property litigation.

grantdurow Darby Duncan

Darby Duncan is a senior International Relations and Global Studies major pursuing a certificate in Human Right and Social Justice and Government. She joined the Clark Center as a Research intern in Fall 2021. Darby is currently a volunteer coordinator for Students Expanding Austin Literacy, a service group on campus that promotes literacy in underserved schools across Austin. She has completed internships at Alhambra-U.S. Chamber, Refugee Services of Texas, and the UT Human Rights Law Clinic. In her spare time, Darby enjoys volunteering as a mentor with Refugee Services of Texas as well as hiking, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.

grantdurow Grant Durow 

Grant Durow is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts triple majoring in Plan II Honors, Government, and French Studies. He joined the Clark Center in January 2020 after taking Dr. Evans’ class on Australian Society and Politics which sparked his fascination with Australian politics and comparative politics as a whole. Grant has been involved in local politics as parliamentarian and then secretary of the University Democrats at UT in 2019, and he has undertaken additional political science research by working with Dr. Zachary Elkins for the Comparative Constitutions Project during the summer of 2021. Grant has also begun work on a government honors thesis focused on the potential influence increasing electoral competition from right-wing populist parties has on the political positioning of centrist parties and political figures. Given his fluency in French, Grant intends to specifically examine the case of Emmanuel Macron’s alleged shift to the right in response to competition from Marine Le Pen. After graduation, Grant hopes to find work in political advocacy or the nonprofit sector before pursuing his eventual goal of becoming a professor of comparative politics. In his free time, Grant loves cooking, listening to ABBA, trying out new restaurants, practicing French, and traveling to Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

khadejajaved Khadeja Javed

Khadeja Javed is a third-year Liberal Arts undergraduate student pursuing degrees in both International Relations and Global Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, with minors in Arabic and Urdu. In addition to her work as a Clark Center Research Intern, she currently serves as President of the Texas Muslim Students’ Association and is an active member of Women in Foreign Affairs, Mu Delta Alpha, and Minority Women Pursuing Law. Khadeja previously worked as an undergraduate researcher with Innovations for Peace and Development on a project concerning the influence of foreign aid flows on international trade policy. In 2017, she interned in the office of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and in 2019, she was an intern at the Pakistani Mission to the United Nations in New York. Khadeja’s interests include learning about the history of decolonization in the global South and volunteering with voter advocacy groups in migrant communities of her hometown, Beaumont, Texas. Khadeja plans to attend graduate school for public policy with a focus the international finance and development.

christopherkarouta Christopher Karouta

Chris Karouta is a senior in the Cockrell School of Engineering studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Government and French. He joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the Fall of 2020. He started organizing and coding COVID-19 news articles to study the quality and politicization of COVID-19 media coverage, and he has now begun to use Java to optimize the coding process on this project and future projects. Since coming to UT, he has been an active member and officer in Texas Theta Tau, a professional co-ed engineering fraternity, as well as Cockrell School Cares and a volunteer for a congressional campaign. In the Summer of 2021, he worked as a product marketing engineering intern with Texas Instruments, and after graduation, he plans to pursue a career in marketing or software engineering.

isabellalotrean Isabella Lotrean

Isabella Lotrean is a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts studying French Studies and International Relations and Global Studies. In the spring of 2020, Isabella joined the Clark Center as a research intern. She is a member of the International Affairs Society and Women in Foreign Affairs organizations on campus. This fall, she is planning to study abroad at Sciences Po University in Paris, France. Isabella enjoys travelling, discovering new music, and exploring Austin.

 Molly McCluskey

Molly McCluskey is a second year in the College of Liberal Arts pursuing a degree in International Relations and Global Studies. She joined the Clark Center during the Fall 2021 Semester as a Research Intern. Besides her work at the Clark Center, Molly is a Student Fellow at the Center of Race and Democracy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs conducting independent research on the intersectionalities of social justice and environmentalism. In addition to her research endeavors, Molly is also an active member of Texas Spirits, TedxUT Austin, and the Texas Visual Arts Collective on campus. Molly is passionate about environmental justice regarding the environmental impact of legislative policies on BIPOC communities. Previously, Molly was an intern at Citizens’ Climate Lobby where she lobbied and communicated with U.S. Representatives at Congress regarding carbon fee and dividend legislation. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, being outdoors, and searching for the best muffin in Austin.

alejandramoldenado Alejandra Maldonado

Alejandra Maldonado is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts pursuing a degree in Government and a minor in Philosophy of Law. She is also a part of the Liberal Arts Honors Program. She joined the Clark Center in Fall 2021 as a Research Intern after taking the Human Rights and World Politics course with Dr. Evans. Alejandra is a member of the Liberal Arts Council where she serves on the College Ambassadors committee. Additionally, she is the Head Volunteer Coordinator for Student Expanding Austin Literacy, an organization that helps children from economically disadvantaged elementary schools learn how to read and, in turn, foster a love of literacy. After graduating, she plans to attend law school to become a civil rights lawyer. In her free time, Alejandra enjoys reading, running, cooking, and karaoke.

henna-mcrae Arianne Ohman

Arianne Ohman is a rising sophomore double-majoring in Plan II Honors and International Relations and Global Studies with certificates in Human Rights & Social Justice and Core Texts & Ideas as part of UT’s Jefferson Scholars Program. She joined the Clark Center as an intern in Summer 2021. Arianne is currently an undergraduate research assistant at Innovations for Peace and Development, where she codes classifications and protections of vulnerable populations in social science research. She also works as an intern at the Alhambra-U.S. Chamber and is passionate about poverty alleviation, proper governance, and protection of human rights. In her free time, Arianne enjoys hiking, loom weaving, listening to audiobooks, and travelling with her family. After graduation, Arianne hopes to attend law school and specialize in international human rights law.

angelina_ramirez Angelina Ramirez

Angelina Ramirez is a senior pursuing a BA in International Relations and Global Studies, a Business Spanish Certificate, and a Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice. She is passionate about the international human rights regime, human rights abuses in Latin America and Latinx populations, and workers' rights abuses through a human rights lens. Through her internships with the Equal Justice Center, the Human Rights Clinic at Texas Law, and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at Texas Law, Angelina has been able to step into advocacy projects on local, national, and international levels. Angelina joined the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies in April 2021, igniting her interest in research. At UT, Angelina is also an International Relations and Global Studies Council Mentor, FIG Mentor, Resident Assistant, and is passionate about being President of Minority Women Pursuing Law, a pre-law undergraduate student organization. Angelina is working towards her dream of becoming a human rights attorney in hopes of joining an organization that works with vulnerable populations who seek empowerment through the international human rights system

 Ben Romero III

Ben Romero III is a second year in the College of Liberal Arts and the McCombs School of Business pursuing dual degrees in Government and Finance. He joined the Clark Center as a research intern during the Fall semester of 2020. On campus, Ben is affiliated with LatinX Community Affairs and with the Graduate Student Assembly through the Undergraduate Mentorship Agency. After graduation, he hopes to attend law school with a focus on the intersection of business and government. In his free time, he enjoys scouring Austin for new coffee shops, practicing yoga, and learning Mandarin.

laurenschwartz Lauren Schwartz

Lauren Schwartz is a second year in the College of Liberal Arts and McCombs School of Business, pursuing degrees in International Relations and Global Studies and Finance. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the fall of 2020 after taking Dr. Evans’ class on Human Rights and World Politics. Prior to her involvement with the Clark Center, Lauren worked as a research assistant for one of her previous professor’s projects regarding the Federalist Society’s influence in the courts in the spring and summer of 2020. Lauren is also involved in Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Women in Foreign Affairs. Additionally, Lauren enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, dancing, and practicing Spanish. 

 

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