Editorial Team

Junior Editor Andrea Bregoli (Switzerland) is currently a Master’s student in Migration and Citizenship Studies at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He finshed his BA in International Affairs at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland with a thesis encompassing an empirical study on the cultural discrimination of refugees and asylum seekers in the Swiss labour market. He has working experience in Swiss asylum centres and in the NGO sector of educational development in Brazil and Peru. Currently part of the editorial staff of an independent newsletter reporting on the question of Palestine. Profile: linkedin.com.

Editor Anna Kuteleva (Russia) is currently based at the School of International Regional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow as a post-doctoral research fellow. Anna received her doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta (Canada) in 2019. Her research is located in a broad constructivist tradition of IR and focuses on the nexus between politics and sociocultural contexts in international relations. She is particularly interested in Chinese and Russian politics, international energy politics, and energy security. Profile: Staff - Anna Kuteleva — HSE University, (1) Anna Kuteleva (researchgate.net).

Editor David Pimenta (Portugal) is currently a PhD student in Comparative Politics at Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from ISCTE Business School, Lisbon and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with a minor in Political Science, from the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon. He is currently columnist at Público newspaper, where he writes on politics, international relations, geopolitics and history. Previously he held several management positions, namely secretary-general, product manager, media relations and management consultant in several organizations. David’s research interests include nationalisms, ethnic conflicts, geopolitics and history. His current research focuses on the ethno-nationalist dimension of European independence movements. Profile: linkedin.com.

Editor Andrew Devine (USA) is currently a PhD student in Political Science at Tulane University in New Orleans. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary East Asian Studies from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. Andrew’s research interests include authoritarian politics and foreign policy, internet governance and Chinese politics. His master’s thesis was on the evolution of internet governance and authoritarian durability in China, and his current research focus looks at this theme in the light of authoritarian diffusion. Profile: linkedin.com.

Editor Liming Ma (Hong Kong) is a research intern at Tsinghua University Center for Global Studies, and will join the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law as a full-time research assistant in December 2021. With a background in International Relations and Law, his research examines the dynamics of international law, norms, and order under different conditions and in different scenarios. Profile: linkedin.com

Editor Youstina Magdy (Egypt) is currently a Master’s student in Public Policy at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She graduated as the valedictorian of her class with a BS in Political Science at the British University in Egypt (BUE). She holds a dual degree; one from the British University in Egypt and the other from London South Bank University in the UK. Her thesis was a comparative analysis of Chinese and US discourses and practices in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. She is currently working as a teaching assistant at the political science department at BUE, researcher at the public policy hub at AUC, a national research assistant developing a report at UNICEF Egypt, and a researcher at the Egyptian Parliament. She is also a recipient of a number of fellowships, notably, Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowship (awarded by Sylff Association), and the New Generation of Social Scientists Fellowship (awarded by the Arab Council for the Social Sciences). Her research interests include international relations- particularly the US-China relations-, migration and refugees, social protection and educational policies.  Profile: linkedin.com.

Co-Editor-in-Chief Jesslene Lee (Singapore) is a teaching fellow at the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She will pursue a Masters degree at NUS in fall 2020. Her research interests include International Relations and International Political Economy, with an emphasis on the impact of rising powers on international economic governance. She has a regional focus in East Asia and has proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Her current projects revolve around the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Belt and Road Initiative. Academic profile: www.jesslenelee.com

Co-Editor-in-Chief Rafael Plancarte Escobar (Mexico) received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. From 2020 to 2022 he will carry out a postdoctoral stay at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Since 2012, he has been a professor of social sciences at the Autonomous University of Querétaro. His lines of research revolve around collective action processes, social theory, and the problems of democratization. He was a National Counselor for the Mexican Youth Institute (Imjuve) for the 2018-2020 period. In 2016, he received the "State of Querétaro Youth Prize" in recognition for his outstanding academic career. In 2019, he coordinated the Leonardo Morlino Lecture Series at the Autonomous University of Querétaro. Profile: linkedin.com.

Editorial Assistants:

Nzube Chukwuma (Nigeria) is currently a doctoral student in International Politics at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. He holds a Master of Science degree in Conflict, Peace and Strategic Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. He has worked as a Research Assistant (RA) at the office of Professor Makodi Biereenu-Nnbaugwu, Department of Political Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (Nigeria) and also, former Journal Desk Officer, Centre for Research and Propagation of African Heritage and Development, Enugu State, Nigeria. He has a background in Political Science with research interests in international politics, conflicts and peace studies, democracy, elections, violence, and human rights. Profiles: linkedin.com, researchgate.net.

Andressa Liegi Vieira Costa (Brazil) holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Lisbon. She works as Investigation Analyst at Majorel Portugal. She is also a Researcher at the Research Center on Latin American Studies (Nupesal/UFRGS, Brazil) and at the Laboratory of Media and Public Sphere Studies (LEMEP/UERJ, Brazil) on the project ‘Manchetômetro’. She completed a research internship in the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research interests include political participation, democracy, political behavior, protests, social media, and public opinion. Academic profile: researchgate.net.

Nabil Ferdaoussi (Morocco) holds a Master's Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fez, Morocco. He worked as Research Assistant (RA) at Danish Institute of International Studies, and participated in several international academic and policy engagements. Profile: linkedin.com.

Julia Jakus (USA) is a Master’s student in International Relations: Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East at the Boğaziçi University in Turkey. Previously, she studied International Studies with an emphasis in the Near East and North Africa alongside a minor in Economics at Washington College. During her gap year, she ventured to Cauca, Colombia to fulfill a non-profit photojournalistic position serving internal armed conflict victims. Julia has a research focus on Human Rights, Geopolitics, Global Political Economy, and International Relations. Currently, she works as an independent writer, editor, and researcher (http://www.jmjakus.live). She is currently writing her postgraduate thesis on how blockchain technology can be applied to nonfinancial infrastructure to aid politico-economic development and anti-corruption initiative(s).  Profile: linkedin.com.

David Keseberg (Germany) is currently a Programme Coordinator for Latin America at Kindernothilfe, an NGO focussing on promoting and strengthening children’s rights worldwide. He has a Master of Letters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction from the University of St Andrews. David’s research interests include the development of human and indigenous rights as well as political violence, with a strong focus on the state of democracy in Latin America and illicit links between organised crime and state actors. He has experience working in the NGO sector in Latin America.

Md Intekhab Alam Khan (India) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Aksum University (Ethiopia). He is a doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on conflict prevention, conflict analysis, and conflict resolution especially in reference to the conflicts in South Asia. He has a Master in Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding from Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. Intekhab’s research interests are in internal violent conflict prevention, conflicts in South Asia and the Horn of Africa, peacebuilding, and global security.

Dosol Lee (Republic of Korea) is a master student in Peace and Conflict Transformation at Center for Peace Studies of UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her research interests revolve around peace and conflict transformation, identity politics, migration and human mobility, debordering/rebordering, Korean and East Asian politics, and cooperation and politics in the Arctic.

Sarah Penteado (Brazil and Germany) is a doctoral student in International Relations at Universität Bremen in Bremen, Germany. She holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations and Social Theory from Jacobs University Bremen. Her interests are in Political Sociology, Anthropology of Development, Historical Sociology, Actor-Network Theory. Her research focus is on internationalized social policy in portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. She has experience working with human rights organizations. 

Nicasia Picciano (Italy and Germany) holds a PhD on peace- and state-building with a focus on Kosovo from the University of Flensburg (Germany), a Master in peacekeeping and security studies at the University of Roma Tre (Rome, Italy), a Master in geopolitics at the SIOI (Naples, Italy), and a BA in international and diplomatic sciences at the University l'Orientale (Naples, Italy). She has worked as a research assistant at the University of Flensburg, as a research fellow at the department of international relations and European studies, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), as a lecturer on cultural diversity, conflict management and negotiation at the Pjeter Budi College (Pristina, Kosovo), as a research fellow at the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (Pristina, Kosovo) with a project on post-war education-building in Kosovo. She is currently working for the same organization on high-level corruption in Kosovo. Her research interests deal with peacebuilding, peace and conflict, ethnic conflict, reconciliation, EU integration and the Western Balkans. She has written articles, papers and policy papers in various international outlets. Profile: linkedin.com.

Tobias Scholz (Germany) is a joint PhD student in Contemporary India Studies at both the India Institute of King’s College London and the South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Tobias holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen as well as a joint Masters degree in International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität Berlin, and Universität Potsdam. His study and research exchanges include time at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Indiana University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. He previously worked with the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and served as president of the International Association for Political Science Students from 2018 to 2020. Taking the case of India, Tobias’ current research project focuses on how cyber-related technologies transform foreign policy. Other interests include foreign policy analysis, democracy, qualitative methods, EU politics, and foreign policy of Asian states. Profiles: linkedin.com, kclpure.kcl.ac.uk, academia.edu

Kamila Suchomel (Czech Republic / USA) holds an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Anglo-American University in Prague, and a B.Sc. in International Development Studies from Mendel University in Brno. She is an independent researcher focusing on the role of communications and design in international relations and development, with especial respect to the standing of traditionally underrepresented groups. Kamila has been involved with the International Association for Political Science Students since 2016 when she became a member of its Academic Think Tank, later transitioning to the role of Editorial Assistant. At present she is based in Vancouver, Canada, where she works as Spring Activator’s Marketing Manager, focusing on impact-oriented communications. She has over a decade of experience with proofreading and editing academic texts. Profile: linkedin.com.

Lumanyano Ngcayisa is a master’s student at the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa. He holds a B.A in Governance and Political Studies and a B.A Honours in Political Science. His master’s research focuses on non-democratic political systems and economic development in East Africa. Apart from his journal publications, he also regularly publishes newspaper articles, providing political analysis on current affairs. In addition to contributing to conference papers within his field, he also works with the Academy of Multilingualism at the UFS, translating and facilitating academic learning in indigenous languages for political science students. Although he has recently joined the International Association for Political Science Students, Lumanyano is an emerging academic. He lectures political science for the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the UFS. Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lumanyanongcayisa/ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lumanyano-Ngcayisa

Karla Estephany Alvarado Romero (Mexico) holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), was Deputy Head of the Programs Department of IAPSS, where she has also been a member of the Academic Committee (2021). She was Coordinator of Research and Content Creation at the World Youth Academy (2020); completed a research stay at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas (2019); served as an operational liaison for five years at the Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (FONATUR) (2014-2018), and was a Program Officer Intern for Latin America at Young Americas Business Trust (YABT-OAS) in Panama (2016). Currently, she is an analyst at the Gender Studies Commission of the Mexican Center for International Relations (CEMERI) and a contributing writer for different organizations. Her research interests include US-China relations, North America, telecoms trade war, international trade, digitalization, e-commerce, cybersecurity, AI policies, regional studies, and gender studies. Profile: Karla Alvarado.

External Collaborators:

Ana Magdalena Figueroa (El Salvador) from San Salvador is a post-doctoral fellow at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning in São Paulo, Brazil. She received a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2018, and a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Chosun University, South Korea, in 2012. She has work experience in the private sector, government, and in NGOs. Besides serving in the Editorial Board of Politikon as Senior Editor (2017 to 2021), she is Director of the North America Geopolitical Area at journal Il Geopolitico, based in Rome, Italy. Specialist in topics such as International Migration, Latin American Studies, African Studies, International Political Economy, Social Movements, and Human Development. Congresswoman at the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador 2021-2024. Academic profiles: academia.edu, researchgate.net, latters.cnpq.br (Curriculo Lattes, Brazil).

Dana Rice (Australia) is a PhD student in Political Science and International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra. Her research interests include the Belt and Road Initiative, the Eurasian Economic Union and Sinophobia in Central Asia. She completed her BA and Honours degrees at the University of Tasmania and the European University at Saint Petersburg. Besides her involvement in IAPSS, Dana has also interned for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Tasmania and is currently an intern at the Australian Institute of International Affairs. E-mail: dana.rice@utas.edu.au; academic profile: https://cais.cass.anu.edu.au/people/dana-rice

Max Steuer (Slovakia) holds a PhD in Political Science from the Comenius University in Bratislava, an LLM from the University of Cambridge and an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest. An Assistant Professor at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Global Law School, his experience includes cooperation with several civil society organizations and participation at international projects alongside research stays in the USA (Fulbright scholarship, Washington State University), UK (University of Oxford), Sweden (Örebro University), and Germany (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, European University Viadrina). He holds memberships in several academic associations in political science and public law and his publications, some of which are the results of participation in international research projects, include several book chapters, journal articles and policy reports focusing mainly on constitutional adjudication in Central Europe, constitutionalism in the EU and freedom of expression. He served as the Head of the IAPSS Academic Department from June 2016 to May 2018 and as Editor-in-Chief of IAPSS Politikon from June 2018 to July 2021. Academic profiles: JGU, scholar.google.com, researchgate.net.

Gergana Tzvetkova (Bulgaria) is an Analyst at the Center for the Study of Democracy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She received her PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS). She graduated from the American University in Bulgaria with a double major in Political Science-International Relations and History. She holds a joint Master of Arts degree from the University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo. Gergana has an interdisciplinary academic background and her research interests include international relations, foreign policy analysis, international norms, human rights and transatlantic relations. She chaired the IAPSS Research Committee on International Relations Theory from March 2015 to June 2017. Academic profiles: linkedin.com, researchgate.net.

(Last updated: 5 October 2021)