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Issue Analysts

Student Issue Analysts monitor key conversations around specific issues in the media, on listservs, on campus and in the classroom. They contribute thoughtful analysis of current debates and their relevance to students in the form of blog posts, video blogs, video essays and papers featured on our website and annual student journal.

2010 Analysts cover the following issues: water, food sovereignty, climate change, oil dependence, nuclear non-proliferation, US engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq, US-Muslim relations, US foreign assistance, the international financial architecture, sexa nd justice, malaria, HIV/AIDS, women/girls and human rights.

Interested in joining our team of Issue Analysts? Contact us at opportunities@aidemocracy.coreybranstrom.com .


Catherine Bugayong | University of Washington

Catherine Bugayong studied International Studies and Economics at the University of Washington. Her academic interests include (but are not limited to) economic development in Southeast Asia and the Greek debt crisis. Read full bio and posts.

Elizabeth Con | College of Charleston

Elizabeth Con is a junior at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies (concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean) and double minoring in Spanish and Film Studies. Read full bio and posts.

Krystle Corpuz

My name is Krystle Corpuz. I graduated from Georgetown in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service. I am currently working in the Philippines with a consulting firm that pursues International Development Assistance (IDA) projects with the multi-lateral and bi-lateral international funding agencies Read full bio and posts.

Amar Diwakar

Amar graduated from the University of Westminster in London, England with a BA In International Relations & Development Studies. He was born in California and brought up primarily in the Middle East- spending the majority of his time in Oman and UAE- and enjoys the global nomadic lifestyle. Read full bio and posts.

Leo Lauzon | University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College

Leo Christian Villacortes Lauzon, 20 years old, a senior student at the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College taking up Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Major in Psychology, Minor in Political Science. I am from the Philippines. Read full bio and posts.

Marshall Kirby

Marshall is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University where he studied political science and international relations with a focus on international organizations. Read full bio and posts.

Matlab Asgar

I am a young journalist from Azerbaijan and my main aim is to develop myself by researching and writing about different topics. Education is one of the biggest power in the World and I want to get my power through education. Read full bio and posts.

Rachel Stanley | Elon College

Rachel Stanley is an undergrad at Elon University in North Carolina. Working towards a B.A. in international studies, she is interested in all things Africa, but also North-South issues and human rights in general. Read full bio and posts.

Sara Hooker | Carleton College

My name is Sara Hooker and I go to school at Carleton College, Minnesota. I am an international student here, originally Irish, but I spent most of my childhood in Southern Africa; in Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland. Read full bio and posts.

Tina Korte | St. Mary’s University

Tina Korte is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Her interest in human rights stems from her admiration for the perseverance of the human spirit and her desire to ensure that those whose rights are violated are given a voice. Read full bio and posts.


Davin Clayton | Washington University

I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and I am now a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis. I went to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology with a particular interest in chemistry, but now I am majoring in anthropology and international studies. Read full bio and posts.

Jose Reymondez

José Reymóndez is a candidate for, an M.A. candidate for a degree in International Affairs with a concentration in development. He is fascinated by the political economic issues surrounding and hopefully solutions to climate change. Read full bio and posts.

Kyle Fluegge

Kyle went to undergraduate school at the University of Michigan, getting an economics degree in 2007. He came to Ohio State University that fall to major in agricultural, environmental, and development economics in graduate school. Read full bio and posts.

Leticia Brandon | University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

I am a senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Global Health as well as a double minor in Social and Economic Justice and Anthropology Read full bio and posts.

Nadia Elkaddi | Temple University

I am a pre-medical student currently attending Temple University, pursuing a degree in bioengineering, a biology minor and a certificate of specialization in Arabic. Read full bio and posts.


Alex Hill

Currently a Community Health Worker in Detroit, Alex will begin pursuing a Masters in Public Health from Wayne State University. Now training to be an Emergency Medical Technician, Alex holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations and African Studies from Michigan State University with a specialization in International Development and Social Movements. Read full bio and posts.

April Stewart | Northwestern University

I am a junior at Northwestern University where I study Social Policy. Getting involved in the fight against HIV has become a passion of mine since high school, when I volunteered for the Minnesota AIDS Project. Since then I have worked in Tanzania, Washington DC, Chicago and New York learning and teaching about this important issue. Read full bio and posts.

Billy Tsang | Rutgers University

William Tsang is a Psychology and Cognitive Science double major at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In recent years, he has had the opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS in both academic and humanitarian arenas. He is excited to be an issue analyst for HIV/AIDS and to work with AIDemocracy to empower students who can make a difference. You readers out there are encouraged to send him an email for any questions, but be sure to call him Billy! Read full bio and posts.

Binta Diallo| St. Marys College of Maryland

My name is Binta Diallo and I am a St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2010 alum. I majored in Studies of Developing Countries and International Public Policy! I am looking to go to medical school within the next few years and then work as a physician in developing countries. Global health is one of my biggest passions, it is absolutely fascinating and by increasing the involvement of students around the country and world huge differences will happen! Read full bio and posts.

Emily Kronenberger

Emily Kronenberger is currently a public health advocate and researcher specializing in addressing healthcare disparities among under-served populations, including women with disabilities and LGBTQI-identified people. Emily has worked and volunteered for various health advocacy organizations, including Youth Noise, MomsRising, and the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD). Read full bio and posts.

Enock Musungwini

Enock Musungwini is a holds a Certificate in Public Health and Health Systems management, Diploma in Nursing and BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology. He holds other various certificates related to Leadership, Interaction, Facilitation and Management. Read full bio and posts.

Gillian Rollason

I live in the UK and attend Swansea University, where I studied International Relations, Social Research (MSc) and am currently a PhD candidate, HIV/AIDS is the focus of my doctoral research. Read full bio and posts.

James Craggs |The University of Aberdeen

My name is James Craggs I’m a final year student at The University of Aberdeen in the UK reading for my Masters in Politics and International Relations. I also work within the National Health Service within the emergency services. Read full bio and posts.

Michaela Maynard

Michaela has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health from the George Washington University. Read full bio and posts.

Simone Oyekan

Simone Oyekan recently graduated with an Economics degree from the University of Surrey. Living in several different countries, from Europe to the Americas to Africa, inspired her to want to make a difference in the international community. Read full bio and posts.

Sydney Kornegay | Davidson College

A senior Political Science Major at Davidson College, Sydney Kornegay believes that issues of global health, development, and social justice are best studied outside the classroom. Read full bio and posts.

Peace & Security

Amna Amjad

Amna is from Pakistan and has recently completed her Bachelors degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences with a major in Accounting and Finance and minor in Mathematics. Read full bio and posts.

Brandon Fischer | New School

Brandon Fischer is currently working towards his Masters in International Affairs at the New School in New York City. He received his BA in International Relations and Spanish from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Read full bio and posts.

Eamon Penland |Hampden-Sydney College

My name is Eamon Penland and I am a senior Foreign Affairs Major at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. After taking classes regarding US foreign policy and learning about the Middle East, I realized the importance of staying up to date with what is going on in that region in order to make accurate and well thought out responses regarding issues taking place there. Read full bio and posts.

Gary Lubrat| Hofstra University

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I am the Director of Operations and Development for a non-profit high school student exchange company in the United States. I currently attend Hofstra University pursuing an MBA with a concentration on IT. Read full bio and posts.

Hannah Nemer | University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

I am Hannah Nemer, a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Interested in advocacy through public policy and film, I am eager to partner with Americans for Informed Democracy. Read full bio and posts.

James Robertson|University of Mississippi

I am currently studying Political Science and English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Read full bio and posts.

Jennifer Piatt|Creighton University Law School

Jennifer is currently a JD/MS candidate at Creighton University’s School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Jennifer earned a BA in Political Science, minoring in Chicano/Latino Studies and is interested in working on U.S. Policy to the Middle East. Read full bio and posts.

Jesse Puka-Beals

Hello! I am Jesse, a sophomore in high school. I do policy debate and do a lot of research on America’s military presence in Afghanistan Iraq and Japan. Read full bio and posts.

Kevin Hudnell | University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Kevin Hudnell graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a double major in Peace, War, and Defense and Public Policy Analysis. His research interests focus on relations both among Middle Eastern states and between the Middle East and the U.S., and he has traveled and studied in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. Read full bio and posts.