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

Past Research Interns

SnoviaMoizSnovia Moiz

Snovia Moiz is a senior International Relations and Global Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, and watching Netflix. An avid traveler, Snovia’s favorite international destinations include Spain, Morocco, and Switzerland. Snovia is currently writing a senior thesis on the factors that inhibit and encourage the political participation of Muslim women. She is passionate about social justice, human rights, and women’s rights.

taylorbuiTaylor Bui

Taylor Bui is a senior Government and International Relations and Global Studies double major, minoring in Arabic and Asian Studies with a Business Foundations Certificate. Taylor is currently writing her senior honors thesis on Vietnamese foreign policy and its balancing strategy between China and the United States over the last ten years. She also serves as a research fellow and teaching assistant for the Liberal Arts Honors Program. Taylor is passionate about international security, strategy, and alliances. After graduation, Taylor will be pursuing a career with IBM in their Summit Program, focusing on cyber security at the federal level. In her spare time, she enjoys seeing any live music show, playing pool, and eating as much cheese as possible.

insiyaazizInsiya Aziz

Insiya Aziz will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a certificate in Business and Public Policy. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the fall of 2017 and has contributed to various projects, including collecting voting data from the Australian Senate for a project that examines bipartisanship in Australian politics and collecting data for several projects focused on the High Court of Australia. In addition to her work with the Clark Center, Insiya has led the undergraduate mock trial team at UT, serving as president of the student organization that administers the team and serving as team captain three semesters running. She has traveled across the country competing in tournaments run by the American Mock Trial Association. In her three years on the team, she has worked on both civil and criminal cases and has learned a great deal about trial law and litigation. Insiya is passionate about human rights advocacy and volunteers with local organizations around Austin that focus on civil rights and legal services for minority groups. After graduation, she will attend law school to pursue her dream of becoming a trial lawyer. In her free time, Insiya loves to explore Austin, try new types of food, and follow current events.

 shannonmitchellShannon Mitchell

Shannon Mitchell is a fourth-year International Relations and Global Studies major and a member of UT’s Arabic Flagship Program. During her time at UT, she has studied the Arabic language and focused her studies on International Security and the Middle East. Shannon joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in June of 2018. Since then, she has worked on a number of projects, including collecting voting data from the Australian Senate for a project that examines bipartisanship in Australian politics and coding the policy content of bills introduced into the Australian Parliament as well as legislation enacted by the Australian Parliament. She will graduate in May and attend law school in the fall of 2019. In her free time, Shannon enjoys reading, playing soccer, and hiking.

kateKate Strickland

Kate Strickland is a senior Plan II and Government double major. She is passionate about disability rights and serves as Vice President of Disability Advocacy: Student Coalition, a student organization centered around raising disability awareness on campus. After graduation, Kate plans to attend law school in the hopes of advancing disability rights both domestically and abroad. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gaming, and spending time with her beloved cat Boots.

 ainslieAinslie Tisdale

Ainslie Tisdale is a sophomore pursuing a major in International Relations and Global Studies as well as a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.  Ainslie grew up in Maryland, in a suburb of Washington D.C., but now happily calls Austin home.  When she is not in classes, Ainslie volunteers as a refugee mentor for Arab refugees in the Austin public school district.  She is interested in human rights and global development and hopes to one day work for an international non-profit organization by conducting research and further advocating for the protection of human rights on a global scale.  When Ainslie is not studying or working, she loves to hike, eat vegan food, and make new friends with the dogs at Zilker Park.

ari_spr18Ariana Azimi

Ariana Azimi studies Government and Women’s & Gender Studies at UT-Austin. She currently works with Annie's List as the Programs intern and previously interned for Girl Scouts of Central Texas where she gained experience working in the nonprofit world. Ariana is passionate about civic engagement and enjoys being a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in Travis County. She has a passion for UT where she serves as a Undergraduate Studies student ambassador and First Year Interest Group Mentor. Along with doing research for the Clark Center, Ariana also conducts her own research as a J.J. Pickle Scholar. As a first generation American, she enjoys traveling and visiting family across the U.S. and around the world.

tamarTamar Farchy

Tamar Farchy is a junior pursuing a double major in International Relations and Government and two minors in Asian Studies and Spanish. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is passionate about foreign affairs, social justice, human rights and travel. She studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea in summer of 2014 and in Madrid, Spain in fall of 2016. One of her greatest passions is learning languages, and she is currently studying Spanish and Korean. Tamar is an active member of Texas Hillel and Central Texas Model UN and is a DJ at UT’s KVRX radio station. After graduating, she plans on attending law school with a focus on immigration law. 

lea_spr18Léa Hamdan

Léa Hamdan is a senior Government major pursuing a French minor and a Business Foundations certificate. Léa grew up in Lebanon and moved to Houston, Texas in 2008, where she developed an interest in public policy and international affairs. When she is not studying, Léa volunteers with UT ELL as a mentor for Arabic-speaking refugee children in the Austin Independent School District. She also enjoys belly dance, cooking, and camping. After graduation, Léa plans to head back to Houston to work at a law firm before applying to law school.

Harriot Park

Harriot Park is a recent graduate of UT Austin. She received a degree in Government and International Relations and Global Studies in June of 2016. She is passionate about learning and exploring the field of International Security. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Harriot spent most of her childhood in Round Rock, Texas, but attended an international high school in Xiamen, China. Harriot has since then seized opportunities to gain additional international experience. She spent a semester studying in England, which offered her new perspectives on European history and politics and allowed her to travel throughout Europe. An internship with the Korean Research Institute for Local Governments in the summer of 2015 gave Harriot practical experience studying public policy in a comparative context. As a student at UT-Austin, Harriot spent two years working in the Harry Ransom Center’s archives and manuscripts department. Beyond school and work, she loves to travel, read, follow current events, and practice yoga.  Harriot plans to attend graduate school and continue her study of public policy and international security. In addition to her work with the Clark Center, she currently works as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with American YouthWorks in Austin.