#ElliottProud: Laurisha Cotton

Laurisha Cotton works as a Marketer with cLabs, an international blockchain organization. She’s always believed public policy needs and marketing need strong technology and storytelling to be the most effective. At the Elliott School, she graduated from the MA European and Eurasian Studies with a focus on Documentary Film. While in school, she interned at the State Department focusing on public diplomacy.

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#ElliottProud: Mohammad T. Kushan

Mohammad T. Kushan graduated from the Elliott School in the spring of 2020 with an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy concentrating on Space Policy. His undergraduate background is in Political Science with a B.A. from UCLA. He began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Oceanic Air Traffic Controller. He and his wife moved to D.C. from the California Bay Area a couple of years ago to pursue an opportunity at FAA headquarters. He is passionate about the intersection of aviation and space and is excited about how the National Airspace System is transforming. In his downtime, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball.   

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#WeAreElliott: Chris Riehl

Chris Riehl is an International Affairs master’s student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he studies topics in international security, U.S. foreign policy, and Europe & Eurasia. He currently works at IntegrityRisk International where he conducts compliance and due diligence research on international companies and individuals. Prior to joining IRI, Chris interned at the U.S. House of Representatives, the Meridian International Center, and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana. His written work has been published by peer-reviewed journals at Columbia University, Tufts University, Johns Hopkins University, and The George Washington University. Relatedly, he is a staff writer at GW’s International Affairs Review. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2018, triple majoring in international affairs, history, and political science. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia and is from Louisville, Kentucky.

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#ElliottProud: Stessy Mezeu

Stessy Mezeu is currently a senior specialist within the Human Resources practice at Gartner. In this role, she conducts research to identify best practices solutions to HR professionals and leaders’ biggest challenges. Prior to joining Gartner, she served as senior research analyst at the National Association of Corporate Directors, where she worked on corporate governance, business, regulatory, and technology issues. She is a board member at viBe Theater Company, a New York City organization that provides girls, young women, and nonbinary youth of color with free, high-quality artistic, leadership and academic opportunities. Stessy has also held positions domestically and abroad at various organizations including the Advisory Board Company, Shane English Ningbo, and the Legal Services Corporation. She graduated from the International Affairs program at the Elliott School in 2017. She was born in Cameroon and lives in Washington, DC.

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#ElliottExpert: Celeste Arrington

Celeste Arrington is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School. She is a core faculty of the GW Institute for Korean Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. After completing her PhD at UC Berkeley in 2010, she held fellowships at Harvard and the Institute for Advanced Study before coming to GW in 2012. Her research and teaching focus on law and social change, democratic governance, social movements, the media, and comparative policy processes, with a regional focus on the Koreas and Japan. Her first book was “Accidental Activists: Victims and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea” (Cornell, 2016). She has also published in “Comparative Political Studies, Law & Society Review, Journal of East Asian Studies”, and elsewhere. Her co-edited volume, “Rights Claiming in South Korea”, is forthcoming from Cambridge. She is finishing a book about the changing role of lawyers and litigation in Korean and Japanese policymaking related to disability rights and tobacco control.

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#ElliottProud: Patrick Finley

Patrick Finley is the Deputy Director of the Human Exploration and Operations Division in the Office of International and Interagency Relations at the National Aeronautics and Aerospace Administration (NASA), where he works to support current and future civil space cooperation between the United States and countries around the world, particularly in the field of human spaceflight. He holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in History from Missouri State University. As an undergraduate, Patrick interned with the Department of State at the United States Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to joining NASA, Patrick served as a foreign affairs analyst for the Missile Defense Agency, and as an analyst and staff assistant for the Department of the Army.

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#WeAreElliott: Connor Rabb

Connor Rabb is a second-year Masters candidate in the International Science and Technology Policy program at the Elliott School, concentrating in technological innovation and competitiveness. He received his bachelor’s degrees in political science and international affairs at the University of Georgia in 2017. His last semester of undergrad was done on a UGA satellite campus in DC, where he interned for the US Senator from Georgia, Johnny Isakson. After interning for Senator Isakson, he began working full time in the Senate while beginning graduate school in the Elliott School program.

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#ElliottExpert: Jisoo M. Kim

Jisoo M. Kim is the Director of the Institute for Korean Studies and a specialist in gender and legal history of early modern Korea at the Elliott School. Her broader research interests include crime and justice, forensic medicine, history of emotions, literary representations of the law, diglossia, vernacular, and gender and sexuality. Her first book, “The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chosŏn Korea,” which received the 2017 James B. Palais Book Prize, traces the discourse of emotions in the realm of law and examines how the narrative of wŏn (冤) or the sense of being wronged played a crucial role in seeking and performing justice. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled “Sexual Desire, Gendered Subjects: Decriminalization of Adultery Law in Korean History”.

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#ElliottProud: Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid graduated during the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020 with an MA in International Development Studies and a specialization in Migration. While studying full-time at the Elliott School, she held positions at the International Organization for Migration, Save the Children US, and the Danish Refugee Council. Arriving in DC only two years ago from Kansas City, she credits the Elliott School for the network she has managed to build. Although she is currently working on the COVID-19 response at an international public health organization, she plans to resume working on migration in development and/or humanitarian contexts soon. Ellen also earned a bachelors’ degree in French from Denison University.

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#WeAreElliott: Joseph Tomczak

Joe Tomczak is a second-year graduate student in the Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) online program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is an active-duty Air Force major currently stationed in Alabama, where he attends the Air Command and Staff College. Joe graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, which included an exchange semester at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. As a special operations pilot, he flew combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, providing close air support to American and multinational ground troops. In addition to his graduate studies, Joe serves on the Student Advisory Council for the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative at the Elliott School.

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