#ElliottProud: Camisha Johnson

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Camisha Johnson earned her MA International Affairs with a concentration in International Security Studies and Conflict Resolution from the Elliott School in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Midwestern State University in her native Texas. She previously interned with the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy to Belgium and spent Spring 2017 studying abroad at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea. An opportunity she encourages all students to take. Currently, she works as a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Committee, she was the program assistant for Community and Global Initiatives at the GWU School of Nursing. Her hobbies include trying new restaurants, traveling and a Korean boyband known as BTS.

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#IncomingElliott: Ana M. Diaz

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Ana M. Diaz will be a first-year Masters candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School this fall, concentrating in European and Eurasian studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Florida in 2019. Specifically, she is interested in migration and refugee resettlement in Europe. As a Ronald E. McNair scholar, Ana presented her research regarding the “2015 Refugee Crisis” in various conferences and served as a Junior Fellow in the Political Science department at the University of Florida. She also interned at Weiser Immigration Law Firm in where she gained experience in trial preparation and litigation practices. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and is currently learning French.

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#WeAreElliott: Yagiz Sullu

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Yagiz Sullu is a first-year graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs in the International Affairs program with a focus on development and the region of Europe/Eurasia. He finished his undergraduate education at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies majoring in International Relations with a focus on Foreign Policy, Security Studies, and Europe. He is currently interning at the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy as a research assistant intern and conducting research and policy analysis on Turkish Foreign policy. His primary research interests are Turkish and Russian politics, NATO’s security issues and international business. He likes to meet people from different cultures and willing to visit all the countries in Europe one day.

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#ElliottProud: Bradley Wiggins

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Bradley Wiggins earned her MA in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Conflict Resolution. While attending the Elliott School, she focused on the impact of armed conflict and security threats on educational systems – specifically in Africa. Bradley’s Global Capstone Project analyzed strategic considerations for harmonizing language education policy and practice in South Africa. During graduate school, Bradley first worked as an intern for Global Classrooms DC, the flagship education program of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). She then joined the U.S. Department of State as a Pathways intern, later converting into a full-time employee. Currently, Bradley works as a Program Coordinator in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of International Visitors, Near East and North Africa Branch. Before completing her graduate degree, Bradley received her BA in History and Art History from the University of South Carolina. She then served as a 2014 Teach for America corps member in Nashville, Tennessee, where she taught high school for two years. Bradley is originally from Statesboro, Georgia.

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#WeAreElliott: Ilyssa Tuttelman

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Ilyssa Tuttelman graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in History and International Studies in the Middle East in 2017. She is an M.A. International Affairs candidate concentrating in International Security Studies and the Middle East. During her time at the Elliott School, she has been a research intern at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Center for a New American Security. Currently, Ilyssa is a Research Assistant at the United States Institute of Peace and blogs for The Times of Israel.

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#ElliottProud: James R. Sullivan

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James R. Sullivan graduated with an M.A. in International Affairs. His concentrations included Global Energy & Environmental Policy, and International Security Studies. During his time at the Elliott School, James researched the ways in which climate change can lead to or intensify future conflicts, and the role renewable energy sources play in mitigating these risks. James also spent a semester studying abroad in Berlin, Germany where he completed coursework at the Freie Universiät Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. James served as an intern in the Office of the Ambassador at U.S. Embassy Berlin – where he worked closely with the then Chargé d’Affaires. James’ Global Capstone project evaluated the impact of foreign energy sector development aid on the level of globalization in developing economies, and analyzed how the best practices of past projects can be applied to the Power Africa Initiative. James holds a B.A. in German Studies and International Studies from the University of North Dakota. He is originally from Elk River, Minnesota.

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#IncomingElliott: Rogelio Cerezo

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Rogelio Cerezo is originally from Panama City, Panama. A proud immigrant and citizen of the United States, he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Economics & Security Studies from Dickinson College. He lives in Miami, Florida, where he has worked in counseling and higher education at Keiser University. Having enrolled in the M.A. in International Affairs at the Elliott School, he seeks to concentrate on security and international development issues, specifically in international education. Rogelio attributes his interest in security and international development following past experiences working in rural Panama. In his spare time, Rogelio is an avid reader, enjoys films, soccer, and even though it might be hard to believe, he is also a Marlins and Phillies fan.

What has been your most rewarding academic experience so far?

During my senior year at Dickinson College, I participated in a senior seminar, which explored global political theories. As opposed to basing our analysis of international political theories solely from western derived texts or historical interpretations, we read texts that emanated directly from the cultures we sought to analyze, which informed our understanding in a way that was respectful to each country’s unique identity. In particular, I remember this experience helped me better comprehend the political culture of countries such as India and China, which I had previously not been as exposed to as other regions of the world.

 What are you looking forward to about living in the DMV? (DC/Maryland/Virginia)

I’m looking forward to the constant exposure to intellectually stimulating conversations with people from around the country and the world, in addition to, attending lectures and conferences on a variety of topics. That being said, I also aspire to go beyond the popular monuments and tourist sites and getting to know more about DMV culture from residents and natives. I must admit a stop that will definitely be taking place will be to Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in order to try a delicious chili burger, and if I’m feeling adventurous, a milkshake too.

 What’s on your summer bucket list before coming to the Elliott School?

Well, aside from actively exploring and applying for jobs/internships in DC, I hope to catch up on my summer reads! There are a few books that I have been meaning to read for some time, such as: Enlightenment Now by Stephen Pinker, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, World Order by Henry Kissinger, and a classic and personal favorite which I haven’t read in years, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Lastly, I will definitely be watching as many World Cup soccer matches as possible!

If you could splurge on one gift for yourself, what would it be and why?

That’s an easy question! One of my bucket list items is to set foot on every continent so I would definitely say investing in a trip around the world. Especially going into a field as international affairs, I believe the best way to fully gain a global perspective is by direct exposure to the day-to-day realities of people worldwide. Only by directly embracing the beauty and the hardship of our shared human experience, can well-informed, creative, and effective international policymaking take place.

The #IncomingElliott series highlights incoming MA students and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective and current students. The views expressed by students profiled do not necessarily represent those of organizations they work for, are affiliated with, or the Elliott School of International Affairs. For more information or to submit questions, e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu.