RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

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Ms. Asvatha Babu is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a second year graduate student in the International Communication program at American University's School of International Service. Her research interests include global media, social media and cyber policy. Thus far, her work on Internet governance has dealt specifically with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and multistakeholderism. Ms. Babu holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Madras, India and speaks Tamil, English and limited French. She tweets about tech news and feminism at @fireflyclass. 

 

Ms. Alma Burke is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in International Media program at American University’s School of International Service. She is also a Fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council. She served as the Public Correspondence Manager for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, where she worked alongside campaign executives to write correspondence and policy documents on behalf of President Obama and his Administration. She also served as a White House Intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Ms. Burke holds her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include global human rights and cultural and political adversities, particularly those affecting women and children.
 

Ms. Ruby Holmes is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University’s School of International Service. She was previously a Program Coordinator at Mobility International USA (MIUSA) where she assisted in planning and implementing international exchange programs for people with cross disabilities. She received a Bachelor in Arts in International Studies and a minor in African Studies from the University of Oregon, where she studied abroad in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Her research interest includes the inclusion of people with disabilities in post-conflict mediation and development, particularly women with disabilities in developing countries.   

 

Ms. Sharice Lane is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). Ms. Lane's research interests include: adaptive support strategies for child development and intellectual disabilities; shaping and implementing local, state and federal disability policies and program development; and evaluation of organizations serving persons with disabilities. Ms. Lane has extensive experience working as a speech language pathologist. She received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration and Policy at American University's School of Public Administration.

 

 

Mr. Jeff Meyer is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). He is a graduate student at American University's School of International Service pursuing a MA degree in International Economic Relations. He is also currently a Sanctions Compliance Analyst in the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Prior to this position, he interned in the Western Hemisphere Office of the Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs conducting economic research. His research interests include: the impact of economic sanctions on trade, quantifying qualitative variables, and political risk analysis.

 

 

Ms. Olivera Postic is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). Ms. Postic has significant work experience in the fields of international relations, research and education. She worked as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Economics. 

Ms. Postic’s research interests include international relations, cooperation and development. She holds master’s degrees in International Economics and Diplomacy.

 

 

Ms. Sarah Sarinana is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a first year graduate student in the Comparative & Regional Studies program at American University's School of International Service.  She has conducted research and data collection in Amman, Jordan in both Arabic and English focusing on women’s rights and techniques to raise awareness on early marriage. Ms. Sarinana holds a bachelor's degree in International Studies and Political Science from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include women’s rights, particularly in the Middle East.

 

 

Mr. Hajie Sesay is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). He is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Sustainable Development, International Policy, and Management at World Learning's SIT Graduate Institute in Washington, DC. Previously, he was a Program Assistant at the Civic Leadership Institutes at Duquesne University for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, where he assisted in residency and programming. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal and Gulu, Northern Uganda. He has also served with AmeriCorps as a Refugee and Immigrants Service Coordinator in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. His research interests include human rights and the inclusion of marginalized populations in development.

 

Mr. Montrel Tennessee is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). He is a first year graduate student in the International Development program at American University's School of International Service. His research interests include youth workforce development and disability policy. He currently works at the District of Columbia Public Schools as a Workforce Development Coordinator. His role is to connect students with disabilities to post-secondary opportunities. Mr. Tennessee holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Master of Education degree in Education Policy Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His favorite sports teams are the New York Knicks, San Francisco 49ers, and the Chicago Cubs!