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

Current Research Interns

nehaachaibarNeha Achaibar

Neha Achaibar is a second year 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 co-service 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.

 naqibahashrafNaqibah Ashraf

Naqibah Ashraf is a senior majoring in Government. She started interning for the Clark Center in the spring of 2018 after taking the Human Rights and World Politics course with Dr. Evans. During her time at UT-Austin, Naqibah volunteered for the Texas Senate Committee on Education by writing legislation regarding the academic policy for the Senate College of Councils on campus. Naqibah also served as a writer for the Texas Undergraduate Law Review. She published two articles, "A Case for Abolishing Life Without Parole in the United States for Offenders of Small and Nonviolent Drug and Property Crimes" (Fall 2017) and "Expanding the Definition of Underrepresented Minority in College and Graduate School Admissions" (Spring 2018). Naqibah enjoys learning about constitutional, international, and civil rights laws and their relationship with federal and state policy. To pursue her interests, Naqibah plans to work at a law firm or conduct policy research before applying to law school. During her spare time, Naqibah likes going to parks, exercising, and having great conversations with friends during a good meal. 

henrybradleyHenry 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.

amyburrAmy 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. 

grantdurowGrant Durow 

Grant Durow is a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts triple majoring in Plan II Honors, Government, and French Studies. He joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020 after taking Dr. Evans’ class on Australian Society and Politics, which got him hooked on Australian policy issues and politics. Grant is a student leader at the Episcopal Student Center and has also been involved in local political activism. He hopes to attend law school or become a professor specializing in comparative politics. In his free time, Grant enjoys reading, cooking, trying out new restaurants, and practicing French.

isaiahchancellorIsaiah Chancellor

Isaiah Chancellor is a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts, pursuing a degree in History. He joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020. Isaiah is a member of the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males and the Black Student Alliance. In the fall of 2019, he was the Black Student Alliance’s Spotlight Member of the Week. Isaiah also participates in the Foundation Scholars Program and the University Leadership Network. After graduation, he aspires to be a Political Scientist who studies International Relations and American Politics through a futuristic lens. 

madisongishMadison Gish

Madison Gish is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts pursuing a degree in Government, a minor in Business, and a certificate in Public Policy through the Bridging Disciplines Program. Since joining the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2019, Madison has worked on projects coding the policy content of bills in the Australian Parliament and partisan voting patterns in the Australian Senate. In addition to her work for the Clark Center, Madison worked at the state capitol for two legislative sessions as a Senate Messenger and as a Legislative Intern. Madison is involved in Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity and is a member of two academic honor societies on campus. During her free time, Madison enjoys traveling, exploring Austin, and watching movies. 

daphneegrignonDaphnee-Anne Grignon 

Daphnee-Anne Grignon is a freshman in the Moody School of Communication pursuing a degree in Communication and Leadership. She joined the Clark Center in the spring of 2020 as a Research Intern. In addition to her work as an intern, Daphnee is involved in Longhorn Gaming where she is a member of a competitive video game team. In her free time, Daphnee enjoys spending time with family, watching TV, traveling, and playing the flute.

roohahagarRooha Haghar

Rooha Haghar is a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in International Relations and Global Studies. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020. Rooha is a Presidential Scholar and a first-generation college student. She is a mentor for the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program and a vocal advocate for the rights of Baha’is in Iran. She has written about her own refugee resettlement experience and published articles in The Funambulist Magazine and on the International Rescue Committee’s website. Rooha enjoys photography and aimlessly strolling through bookstores. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and work on human rights issues in the Middle East.

jeankureyamaJean Kureyama

Jean Kureyama is a junior triple major in International Relations and Global Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese), and Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in Fall 2019. Jean was the Diversity Coordinator for the Liberal Arts Council from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, she served on the council for two years. In this position, Jean sought to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and worked with the college to bring more resources to the students. Acting as the current Co-Director of the Multicultural Leadership Institute for the Students for Equity and Diversity, Jean also works to host events that bring more awareness to social issues on campus and works to create a leadership program for students interested in social justice. In addition, Jean is part of a finalist group for the President's Award for Global Learning for the East Asia Region studying the accessibility to and effect of autonomous vehicles on vulnerable populations in Tokyo. After graduation, Jean plans to attend law school with a focus on immigration law and international law. 

christinalopezChristina Lopez

Christina Lopez, a senior, is double-majoring in International Relations and Global Studies and English with a certificate in Spanish for Business Professions. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in Fall 2019. A member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program, Christina serves as Editor-in-Chief for Echo Literary Magazine, an official student-run publication of the Program, and as a Writing Fellow for the Liberal Arts Honors course entitled The Idea of Liberal Arts (LAH 102H).  She also works as a consultant at the University Writing Center. Christina enjoys travelling and is passionate about education. In 2017, she taught English in an underfunded public school in Soledad, Colombia, and in 2019, Christina traveled to London to participate in the Clements Center Maymester course, “The US, The UK, and The World Order.” After graduation, she will teach high school English in Dallas, Texas as a corps member of Teach for America. Afterwards, Christina intends to attend law school with a focus on immigration law.

hennamcraeHenna McRae

Henna McRae joined the Clark Center in the spring of 2020 as a Research Intern. She will graduate in 2023 from the McCombs School of Business. Henna works as a lifeguard at the iconic Barton Springs Pool. She is also an active member of Texas Delta Gamma and Texas StuMo. After graduation, Henna plans to attend law school to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer.

alejandramoralesAlejandra Morales

Alejandra Morales is a senior double majoring in History and Government, with a Business Foundations minor. She joined the Clark Center in Spring 2018. Alejandra has worked on coding policy content of bills in the Australian Parliament. She is a counselor at Club Z, an after-school program for elementary kids. She served as a mentor at River City Youth Foundation for two years where she encouraged and motivated high school students to become the first in their families to pursue a higher education degree. During Fall 2018, she served as a computer skills instructor for low-income adults at Austin Free-Net. At UT-Austin, she’s a member of the Subiendo Longhorn Chapter, a professional student leadership organization. Alejandra is also a mentor for first-year college students. Alejandra plans to work in the education field after graduating while working to pursue a law degree and a career in education policy. During her free time, she enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and trying new foods. 

seansimonsSean Simons

Sean Simons is a senior who will graduate in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Government and a minor in History. He joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the fall of 2019 after taking Dr. Evans’ course on Human Rights and World Politics. In 2019, Sean was an Honor’s Day College Scholar. Outside of school, he is a rabid Longhorns fan and enjoys watching sports and movies, following politics, and experiencing the Austin outdoors.

serasimpsonSera Simpson

Sera Simpson joined the Clark Center in the spring of 2019 as a Research Intern. She will graduate with honors in 2021 with a major in International Relations and a minor in Philosophy. As part of her work for the Clark Center, Sera coded and researched bills in the Australian Parliament, and she currently examines voting patterns in the Australian Senate. Outside of her internship, Sera teaches yoga and interns at the Travis County District Attorney's office. She is also an active member of Students Against Cruelty to Animals and Students Fighting Climate Change. After graduation, Sera plans to attend law school to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer.

natalieweidenbachNatalie Weidenbach

Natalie Weidenbach will graduate in the spring of 2020 with a degree in International Relations and Global Studies, a minor in French, and a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. In 2019 she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ghana, during which time she studied issues concerning social justice in regard to race. Natalie is interested in topics concerning international relations and issues of security. Currently, she is applying for graduate programs in public affairs. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Natalie enjoys hiking and her time outdoors. After moving to Austin, she has discovered a passion for all things spicy and Tex-Mex.  

sydneywhiteSydney White

Sydney White is a freshman in the School of Undergraduate Studies. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020. In addition to her work for the Clark Center, Sydney is an active participant in the Texas Sunshines, a Spirit Group on campus that works with Partners Against Child Trafficking to fight human trafficking, as well as a member of two academic honor societies at UT. After she graduates, Sydney plans to work in advertising.