The following students are upcoming graduates who have completed the Master of International Policy program and/or the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program. CITS is proud to support these emerging leaders as they enter their career fields.

If you are interested in learning more about these or other CITS students, please contact Dr. Justin Conrad: Justin.Conrad@uga.edu


Mennah Abdelwahab

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2022

Anticipated degree: B.A. in International Affairs, Journalism | Minors in Arabic & Law, Jurisprudence, and the State | Certificate in Global Studies | UGA

Mennah is interested in human rights and international law. Her academic research has looked into human rights education, communication, and advocacy. Through the Security Leadership Program, she gained extensive knowledge in issues of national and human security and conducted an original research project on the securitization of female protesters. Through her work with the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, Mennah has also gained experience in measuring human rights and communicating human rights data.

In addition to her academic research, Mennah also has experience in policy writing. She has worked with the Representative Spencer Frye Fellowship since 2019, and currently serves as the representative’s Public Relations Director. Mennah has also interned for the Office of the late Congressman John Lewis. In addition to these legislative experiences, she has also interned for the DOJ’s Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section, Western Judicial Circuit Public Defenders’ Office, and the J.W. Fanning Institute of Leadership Development, After graduation, she aims to pursue a career that will combine her research, policy, and legislative experiences while centering around human rights.

To learn more about Mennah, feel free to view her SPIA profile here.


Jacob Anderson

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2022

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in International Security Studies | Minor in Spanish | University of Oklahoma

Jacob is interested in culture, identity, human rights, conflict prevention and resolution, and deradicalization. He is also interested in the practical and strategic implications of various military hardware systems. He has done extensive research on integration and pluralism, as well as Latin American politics. He is interested in analyst and think tank or NGO positions.

Before coming to UGA, Jacob worked as a Project Manager at Textron Aviation- Defense, managing programs related to the T-6 Texan II fleet. While studying at UGA, he has also researched mineral security in low-carbon energy for the Carter Vickers Research Society and written about political and environmental considerations in the Americas for the Loch Johnson Society, UGA’s student foreign policy publication. He also has extensive volunteer work experience, including international service, and has spent time living and studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico. He is fluent in Spanish and has rudimentary skills in Arabic and French. He is also highly experienced with both Google and Microsoft office suites, has a working knowledge of R and Stata, and has experience doing amateur OSINT and Geolocation work.

To learn more about Jacob, feel free to view his SPIA profile here.


Duyan Beyan

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2022

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in International Affairs | Minor in Political Science | UGA

Duyan Beyan is interested in export controls, international trade and human security. While studying export controls and international trade, she particularly focused on the United States’ economic relationship with China and the many bureaus used to regulate international trade. She has done extensive work and research with the EAR, ITAR and OFAC initiatives as well as the threat of exploitation of dual-use commodities. While studying human security, her main focus was how terrorist organizations strategically target vulnerable populations such as women and children.

She has extensive experience working with underrepresented populations, as she has worked closely with a non-profit in the Athens-Clarke County community. Currently, she is completing research on healthcare disparities in developed nations while also interning for the Department of Commerce with the International Trade Administration. Duyan is interested in employment opportunities in both export controls and compliance, as well as non-profit work surrounding human development and security.


Kelly Dobso

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2022

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in International Affairs | UGA

Kelly Dobso is interested in global supply chain security risks, conflict, human security, global health, and the effects of U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. While at the University of Georgia, she has researched various topics around conflict and security, including the wars in Syria and Afghanistan, refugee policy, U.S. involvement in Guatemala during the 1900s, the effects of U.S. aid on the frequency of terrorist attacks, and the enforcement mechanisms of authoritarianism in the Middle East, specifically Lebanon and Yemen. Utilizing her Global Health minor, she has also studied the politics of China’s disease control policies for both COVID-19 and African swine fever and its effects on trade.

Kelly currently works as a Lead Research Associate for Asia at the British Standards Institute, where she researches and monitors supply chain risks for Fortune 500 companies. This job has broadened her knowledge of Asia and various issues, including labor rights violations, port congestion, drug smuggling, and the Myanmar conflict. Kelly is interested in intelligence, analyst, and researcher positions at think tanks or in the private sector.


Ben Hexamer

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2023

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in Liberal Studies | Indiana University

Ben Hexamer is interested in the evolving realm of energy security and the future of energy. While at the University of Georgia he has extensively researched policy making related to energy security, and engaged in the study of climate change as a catalyst for the worsening of the human condition, as well as other relevant fields such as global power diffusion.

Ben is presently a research assistant working with the Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) on material pertaining to the myriad of drivers and consequences of wildfires that have the capability to disproportionately affect certain regions within the United States. Prior to graduate school, Ben worked as a teaching assistant at Indiana University, and in the sales and operations division at VWR/Avantor delivering effective research products and material laboratory support at multiple Midwest and Georgia-based universities. Moving forward, Ben is interested in employment opportunities centered around the promotion of renewable energy systems and the creation of a sustainable future.

To learn more about Ben, feel free to view his SPIA profile here.


L. Laredo Loyd

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2022

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in Psychology, Political Science | Minors in International Relations, Spanish | Texas Christian University

Laredo Loyd is interested the current state of national security with regards to nonproliferation and energy security. With a background in multidisciplinary research and strategy execution, he plans to utilize the technical aspects of energy policy, U.S. grand strategy, and contemporary deterrence gained through the MIP program to pursue a career in international diplomacy. He also has significant interest in the Eurozone and Latin America, stemming from study at the University of Granada in Spain as well as a general background in Spanish.

Laredo currently serves as a graduate research assistant for UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security, covering research topics from export control curriculums to counterterrorism. He previously worked as an analyst for the D.C.-based consulting firm TRG, and before coming to UGA he was a staff aide on the Mayor and Council Staff for the City of Fort Worth.

To learn more about Laredo, feel free to view his SPIA profile here.


Stephen Talik

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2023

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in Political Science | Minor in History | St. Mary’s University

Stephen Talik is interested in China as a security threat to both Asia and the world, and has a specific interest in the South China Sea region. He has researched and studied China as a threat to international stability, power transitions, international relations within Asia, and the strategic undertakings of the United States in that area of the world.

Stephen currently serves as a graduate student researcher for the Carter-Vickers Research Society at the University of Georgia, where he works directly with faculty members on academic papers and research. Prior to that, Stephen served as an intern in the Washington D.C. office of a member of Congress.

To learn more about Stephen, feel free to view his SPIA profile here.


Coleman Tappero

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2022

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in International Affairs | UGA

Coleman Tappero is interested in both energy policy and export controls and compliance. While at the University of Georgia, Coleman has studied both the United States energy grid, where it is heading, and how the US grid compares to other countries around the world, focusing especially on Southeast Asia’s energy grids. This research has given Coleman an understanding for global energy trends, and what can realistically be done in the energy policy arena to mitigate climate change. Coleman’s ideal job would be to work either in the private sector with a company focused on developing more energy efficient processes for various infrastructure, or with companies like Georgia Power which bring energy to millions. Additionally, Coleman would like to work in the public sector for the Department of Energy, with a similar focus on developing more energy efficient policies.

Coleman also is interested in export controls and compliance, specifically in helping further US business interests through knowledge of the control and compliance regimes. Ideally, Coleman would work in the private sector as a export controls and compliance expert, helping the company navigate export regulations; however, working for the federal and/or state department(s) of commerce (where he interned as an export compliance intern for 6 months) is also of interest.

Before pursuing his Master’s degree, Coleman was an undergraduate student studying International Affairs, and developed a love for the outdoors – working as a raft guide in Western North Carolina and hiking throughout the Southern Appalachian mountains, as well as the Pacific Northwest.


J. Bailey Wiggins

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2023

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in International Affairs, B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Russian | UGA

Bailey Wiggins is most interested in Eastern European politics, specifically those within the states of the former Soviet Union. Focusing on human security, she hopes to work to strengthen the democratic practices within the former Soviet bloc and to spread human rights practices in the region. In her time as an undergraduate, she completed the Russian Language Flagship Program, studied abroad in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and served as President of the Russian Club at the University of Georgia. In her senior year, she tutored a young Russian-speaking emigreé in English as a Second Language.

As a freshman, Bailey also had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Oxford, where she focused solely on Political Science and International Affairs. Under the instruction of her don, she studied the philosophical texts of Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates, among other foundational thinkers on the structure and responsibilities of government. Throughout the rest of her undergraduate studies, she sought to understand the relationships between these ideal structures of government, the well-being of the citizens living within them, and the policies implemented by administrative bodies.

Upon completion of her graduate studies, Bailey hopes to work to strengthen human security in the former Soviet states, whether it be from the public or private sector.

To learn more about Bailey, feel free to view her SPIA profile here.


Rebecca Wilson

Anticipated graduation: Fall 2022

Anticipated degree: Master of International Policy

Previous degree: B.A. in International Affairs | UGA

Rebecca Wilson is interested in terrorism, the Middle East, monitoring and combatting antisemitism, and the United States’ involvement in foreign governments. Rebecca hopes to work in intelligence or policy analysis.

She has been a participant of the Master of International Policy “Double Dawg” program since 2019. During her undergraduate career, she interned or studied abroad every summer. She completed the Comparative Politics and Education Maymester Study Abroad Program in Glasgow, Scotland in 2018. In the summer of 2019, she lived in Tel Aviv, Israel working as a Higher Education Caseworker at the African Refugee Development Center. Last summer, Rebecca lived on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, and interned at the American Corner within the US Consulate Ponta Delgada, directly assisting the Principal Officer. These unique experiences allowed her to explore a wide range of topics including education policy, immigration, and refugee policy, human rights, and American foreign policy. During her undergraduate career, Rebecca has been a member of the student executive board of Hillel at UGA each year and a Hebrew and Religious School Studies teacher for the past two years at Congregation Children of Israel.

To learn more about Rebecca, feel free to view her SPIA profile here.