Students

Dávid Bartha

Dávid Bartha is a second-year MPP student from Bonyhád, Hungary. Dávid received his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia. At the Batten School, his coursework focuses on national security issues and its implications on public policy.

Ellen Beahm

Ellen Beahm grew up in Nashville, Tennessee before attending the University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Language and Literature. She is proficient in Farsi and intends to work in international affairs, national security, or defense.

Lieutenant Aaron Brotman

Lieutenant Brotman is a native of Port Charlotte, Florida and a 2011 graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He is an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at UVA’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and teaches courses on Navigation and Naval Operations and Seamanship.

Zach Diamond

Zach Diamond is from Vienna, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a double major in Foreign Affairs and East Asian Studies. He is interested in international affairs, global governance and Chinese studies. Upon graduation, Zach hopes to join the Foreign Service.

Daniel Durgavich

Daniel Durgavich is from Annandale, Virginia, and is interested in military history and policy, as well as rhetoric and oratory. He enjoys researching the causes of war and its legal implications. Upon graduation, Daniel intends to pursue a career in the Foreign Service.

Catherine Farnsler

Catherine Farnsler is a dual citizen of the United States and Panama. She is a first-year accelerated MPP student and has previously worked for a national security contractor for the U.S. Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM). Her research interests include national security, foreign policy, and global economics.

Hannah Gavin

Hannah Gavin is an accelerated MPP student from Falls Church, Virginia. She has interned on Capitol Hill and with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as well as an international human rights institute. Her research interests include human rights, refugee and migration issues, and Middle East foreign policy.

Shinichi Hirao

Shinichi Hirao is a Lieutenant, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) and a first-year MPP student. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Tokyo and is interested in the Indo-Pacific strategy and the US–Japan alliance.

Paige Karp

Paige Karp is from Vienna, Virginia. She is majoring in Russian and East European Studies, and her research interests include international relations, national security, and humanitarian aid. Upon graduation, Paige hopes to work for a government or not-for-profit organization that provides humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations.

Shea Kearns

Shea is a second-year MPP student from Fairfax, Virginia. He earned his B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in May 2017, and has interned for a national security-related federal consulting firm in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Brian Kelley

Brian is a second-year MPP student from McLean, Virginia. He previously interned on the Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on violent crime reduction initiatives. Brain holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and hopes to serve in the U.S. military.

Molly Magoffin

Molly Magoffin is an accelerated MPP student from Purcellville, Virginia.  She is majoring in German Studies and Foreign Affairs, and is interested in refugee and migration policy. Upon graduation, she hopes to either work in national security in the U.S. or with a not-for-profit organization abroad.

Violette Nourry

Violette Nourry is from France. She graduated with honors from Sciences Po Lyon and Paris 8 University in 2018. Her research include U.S. counter-terrorism policies in the Trans-Saharan region and the cooperation between France and the U.S. on security issues.

Amanda Pickens

Amanda Pickens is a second-year MPP student interested in the intersection of law, technology, and national security. She previously interned at the Institute for the Study of War, The UVA Center for Politics, and Fidelity Investments. Amanda received her B.A. in Foreign Affairs with Distinction from UVA in 2018.

James Reed

James Reed is a first-year MPP student from Charlottesville, Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree from UVA and has worked at UVA’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. He is interested in pursuing a career in public service, particularly in the area of conflict prevention.

Raleigh Sims

Raleigh has a background in Indo-Pacific security studies with a special interest in Spanish and Mandarin. While at Luther College, he was a two-sport collegiate athlete in basketball and track and field. At the Batten School, he has taken courses on Net Assessment and Indo-Pacific Intelligence Analysis.

Seneca Tsang

Seneca Tsang is from Chesapeake, Virginia and is double-majoring in Foreign Affairs and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. She has previously worked at UVA’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy and hopes to go to law school or work for the government upon graduation.