Shirley Wang is a U3 student currently pursuing majors in Political Science as well as Microbiology and Immunology. Hailing from Brampton, ON., her interests lie in Asia Pacific geopolitics, American foreign policy, gender and IR, and global health. In her spare time, Shirley can be found on the volleyball court or tucked in bed with a good book.
Allegra Mendelson is a U3 student currently pursuing a double major in Economics and World Religions. She specializes in articles relating to Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar, the international refugee regime, democratization, and the interrelation of religion and politics. She is passionately averse to anything orange.
Elizabeth Hurley is in her third year at McGill, studying Political Science and Russian language. Her interests lie in political theory, development, and modern international power dynamics. Though more accustomed to North Carolina's mild weather, she refuses to let Montréal winters prevent her from enjoying spending time outdoors.
Emma Frattasio is a U2 student currently pursuing a degree in Political Science and International Development. Originally from Los Angeles, she specializes in North American politics, with a focus on social movements and collective action. She enjoys listening to true crime podcasts at double speed.
Helena is in U3 studying Political Science, Economics, and French. She specializes in Asia Pacific politics, and she is very interested in immigration policies, cybersecurity, and legislative procedures. In her spare time, she is happily sipping tea while caring for her many houseplants.
Justine Coutu is a U2 Economics and International Development student. As a Montreal native, she is particularly interested in North American politics, as well as issues surrounding development. In her free time, you'll find her baking cupcakes or watching reruns of Grey's Anatomy.
Bilal is a U4 Urban Studies major. As a third-culture kid, his interests lie across global current affairs. He is particularly passionate about multimedia content creation, and currently manages MIR's podcasts. When he is not editing multimedia content for MIR, Bilal spends his time curating his honey collection.
Albert Gunnison is a U3 Economics and Political Science student at McGill University. He originally hails from Bow, New Hampshire, and grew up in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Albert specializes in Middle Eastern and North American studies for the MIR. He enjoys playing basketball and getting involved on campus in his free time.
Angello Alcazar is a U3 student currently pursuing a degree in Sociology and Literature. An Italian-Peruvian citizen, he is passionate about cultural phenomena, social justice, and sociological issues such as stratification and the social construction of race and gender. In his spare time, Angello is usually writing stories in cafés or watching old movies with friends.
Anthony Kuan is a U3 student pursuing a degree in History and Political Science. He is interested in studying the seminal historical dynamics responsible for developing modern East Asia, and the broader role that these dynamics have had in influencing the political relationships that extend through and beyond the region.
Asma is a third year student pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Development, with a minor in German Language. She is primarily interested in Middle Eastern and North African politics. This region impassions her for its rich history, its relevance in many global contemporary topics, and for the interesting interconnection between the countries as one event in a country…
Brian McGinn is a U2 student currently pursuing a degree in urban studies. Originally from suburban America, he is particularly interested in urbanism and sustainable development in East Asia and abroad. When Brian isn't writing from MIR, you can probably find him trying to find a decent cup of coffee or in line at Soupe Café about to buy his 4th grilled cheese of the week.
Gracie is a 4th year student pursuing a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and World Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. She specializes in American and Middle Eastern politics, with a focus on Turkey. Her personal ambition is to adopt three beagles and name them Ruth, Bader, and Ginsburg.
Juliana Riverin is a U3 student currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Canadian Studies. She specializes in culture pieces that relate to the subjects of race and gender, as well as Canadian international affairs. In addition to her role as MIR Contributor Editor, she acts as a Managing Editor for Chrysalis and is a a member of the Project W.O.R.D. Advisory Board.
Maria Laura is a U1 student pursuing a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies. Originally from Argentina, Maria Laura is interested by Latin American politics, but also by Russia and the dynamics of the Syrian conflict. When she's not writing for MIR, she can be found spinning in a ballet class.
Natalie Gastevich is a U2 student pursing a degree in International Development Studies, with minors in Sociology and the Social Studies of Medicine. This is her first year as a editor for MIR. She has an avid interest in local American politics, particularly in her hometown of Chicago. Next semester Natalie will be studying in East Africa on the African Field Study Semester with McGill.
Nikita Buchko is a U3 student pursuing a degree in Political Science, Economics, and Management. He specializes in states of the former Soviet Union, especially with regards to foreign policy and political economy. Aside from writing for MIR, Nikita loves to go shopping for home decor at Winners.
Selene is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Philosophy and comes from a multicultural and multilingual background. In addition to her fields of study, she is passionate about History and Biology because of the roles they play in understanding ourselves and others.
Teresa is a U3 student studying Economics and International Development. She was born in Kenya, has lived in six different countries and speaks four languages. Her main interest lies in issues related to development, politics and economic growth in Africa and South America.
Tilila Bakrim is a 3rd year exchange student from SciencesPo Paris, majoring in history and international relations with a focus on Middle-Eastern studies. She is passionate about politics and investigation, drawing, travelling and likes watching series till 2am with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
Joy is a third year student pursuing Political Science and International Development with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Her interests lie in climate policies, immigration and IR. When she's not writing for the MIR, you'll probably find her watching spy movies or taking pictures of her dog in clothes.
Ashwin Nair is a third-year student currently majoring in Materials Engineering and minoring in Political Science. As an Indian-Canadian who grew up in Hong Kong, his areas of interest include Canadian & Quebec politics, Indian subcontinental affairs, and Hong Kong-China relations, as well as antiracism, feminism, taxation & wealth redistribution policy, and environmentalism.