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.

 emilyavard Emily Avard
Emily Avard is a third year Humanities major in the Liberal Arts Honors program with a minor in Communication Studies. Her coursework includes Business, Government, and Ethics with a focus on the nonprofit sector. Emily is passionate about bringing business, nonprofit and government together to improve corporate responsibility and social policies in order for communities to thrive under a unified approach to nurturing the human spirit. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020 after taking Dr. Evans' class on Human Rights and World Politics. Emily is also writing her thesis on analyzing the behaviors behind ethical consumerism. She is the President of Alpha Phi Sorority and a student leader in Student Mobilization. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, painting, and creative writing. After graduation, she plans to pursue her MBA and begin working in the nonprofit community.

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.

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. 

 isaiahchancellor Isaiah 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. 

Sumaya Daghestani Sumaya Daghestani
Sumaya Daghestani is a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts double-majoring in Plan II and International Relations and Global Studies with a minor in Arabic. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020, after taking the Human Rights and World Politics course with Dr. Evans. Sumaya has participated in UT's Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program where she worked on research concerning feminism in the Middle East. She is a member of Central Texas Model United Nations and Service Chair of its travelling team, TexMUN. Sumaya is also a tutor in Plan Tutoring and a Fellow at Americans for a Free Syria. She is passionate about issues of community, education, and empowerment. After graduation, Sumaya plans to attend law school with hopes to become an international human rights lawyer.

grantdurow Grant 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.

daphneegrignon Daphnee-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.

roohahagar Rooha 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.

laurenhamma Lauren Hamma

Lauren Hamma is a senior Health and Society major pursuing a minor in Government and a certificate in German. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in Spring 2020 after taking the Human Rights and World Politics course with Dr. Evans. In addition to her work as a Research Intern, Lauren is the Operations Coordinator for Camp Kesem at UT-Austin, a student leader in UT’s chapter of GlobeMed, and involved at the University Catholic Center. In Fall 2019, she studied abroad in Austria, where she taught English to middle school girls and studied international governance. Outside of school, Lauren has spent a year working as a Legal Assistant for Catholic Charities of Central Texas Immigration Legal Services. She plans to attend graduate school in Germany to obtain a Master's Degree in International Affairs and fluency in German. Lauren hopes to work in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about global health, social justice, traveling, and discovering new music. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, running, reading, and going to concerts with friends.

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.

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.

henna-mcrae Henna 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.

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. 

cynthiasun Cynthia Sun

Cynthia Sun is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in International Relations and Global Studies with a focus on Security in East Asia and minoring in Business. Cynthia joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the fall of 2020, after taking the summer Human Rights and World Politics course with Dr. Evans. She is also a research affiliate with Innovations of Peace and Development, where she codes international waste import regulations. Outside of the University of Texas, Cynthia is a Youth Executive of the organization Students for Falun Gong, which is focused on raising awareness about organ harvesting and spiritual persecution of the Buddhist meditation Falun Gong in mainland China. After graduation, she hopes to continue research in the field of Sino-American politics.

selasitagbormorales Selasi Tagbor Morales

Selasi Tagbor Morales is a third-year International Relations and Global Studies and Latin American Studies double major with a minor in French. She joined the Clark Center during the Fall 2020 semester as a Research Intern. Selasi is currently the Public Relations Chair for Texas Sunshines, a spirit group on campus dedicated to sisterhood and fighting human trafficking alongside their philanthropy, Partners Against Child Trafficking. She is also the Media Co-Director for Students Fighting Climate Change, a UT organization with the mission of achieving local environmental change, both on and off-campus. Selasi is also working for Youth Rise Texas, an Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to uplifting youth that have been harmed by criminalization and deportation so that they can heal and cultivate their communities by taking action. In her free time, she enjoys creating art, watching documentaries, and traveling with her family and friends. After graduation, she hopes to go to graduate school to further her learning in international civil rights and humanitarian efforts, specifically within Latin America. 


iuliatothezan Iulia Tothezan

Iulia Tothezan is a Liberal Arts Honors junior pursuing a degree in International Relations and Global Studies with a concentration on Middle Eastern studies, a minor in Arabic, and a certificate in Business Professional Spanish. In addition to her work as a Clark Center Research Intern, Iulia leads a research team coding Latin American corruption audits with Innovations for Peace and Development in the Government Department of UT. Iulia serves as the Liberal Arts Honors Student Council Social and Mentorship Chair and is an active member of TX Votes, Women in Foreign Affairs, and UT's Refugee Mentorship Program. In the past, she worked for Environment America as a political advocacy intern. She is passionate about refugee rights, Middle Eastern politics, and civic engagement. After leaving UT, Iulia plans on attending graduate school in refugee studies and hopes to work in human rights advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys watching history documentaries, learning about world religions, and spending time outside.

allisonwhite Allison White

Allison White is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts pursing a degree in Plan II Honors and Government, a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program, and a minor in English. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the spring of 2020. Allison was also a J.J. Pickle Undergraduate Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. Her research focused on studying the relationship between the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States in the context of the Great Broadening. She is a volunteer for Mount Nebo, a ministry that provides weekly mentoring to children in under-resourced communities. She is also a Churchill Scholar through the Program of British Studies and a member of the Plan II Pre-Law Association. After graduation in 2021, she hopes to attend law school with a focus on constitutional law. 

sydney-white Sydney 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. 

gracewidner Grace Widner

Grace Widner is a third year in Liberal Arts and Moody College of Communication pursuing degrees in both Government and Political Communication with a certificate in Business Spanish. She joined the Clark Center in the fall of 2020 after completing Dr. Evans’ course on Human Rights and World Politics. In addition to her work with the Clark Center, Grace hosts and gives tours to prospective students and their families as a student ambassador for the University of Texas. She also is a member of Texas Spirits, an honorary social, spirit, and service organization dedicated to serving the University and the greater Austin community. Grace spends much of her time volunteering with Saint Louise House where she works to provide essential services to women and children experiencing homelessness. She is passionate about criminal justice reform, improving equity and access in healthcare, environmental protection, and transformative justice. After she graduates in 2022, Grace hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in human rights litigation. In her free time, Grace enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and cooking.

 alexis-zinni Alexis Zinni

Alexis Zinni will graduate in May 2020 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice through the Bridging Disciplines Program. During her time at UT, she has been an officer in the Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development organization, worked as a research assistant for the LGBTQIA+ Studies Department, and interned for the Air Force Research Laboratories and Texas Civil Rights Project. She currently oversees 65 undergraduate and graduate students as the Student Director of the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory, which focuses on the design, construction, and operation of small satellites. Alexis is thrilled to be continuing her education at UT in the fall, when she will begin her M.S. in Orbital Mechanics and work on the climate science satellite mission, GRACE-FO, as a Graduate Research Assistant.

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