AGS Student Council
The AGS Council is a select group of undergraduates who help advise the Director about programming, curriculum, and assist by coordinating events such as career nights, activities fairs, and other mentoring opportunities.
Check out our Council members’ recent publications and research below along with their LinkedIn profiles.
AGS Student Council Members Academic Year 2016-2017
Sean Callan, Class of 2017, is studying International Comparative Studies with a Middle East Concentration and minoring in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and History. His academic passions revolve around the modern Middle East and asymmetric warfare. Sean is the president of Duke Krav Maga, an Israeli style martial art that focuses on practical self-defense and weapon disarmament. Sean is an Army ROTC Cadet, currently serving as the Battalion Executive Officer and Ranger Challenge Captain. He will be commissioning as an active duty officer upon graduation and hopes to branch Armor or Infantry.
Mark Botterill, Class of 2017, is from London, England and is majoring in history. Within history he focuses on the evolution and current state of warfare. In 2015 Mark gained campaign experience working for the Liberal Democrats in the UK election before the unprecedented Tory landslide; despite the setback, he remains fascinated with the ongoing shift to the right and far-right in the European political sphere. This past summer he conducted a research project on the declining impact of satire on modern political discourse while pursuing his passion for stand-up comedy in New York. At Duke Mark writes sketches with the comedy group Inside Joke and plays soccer in the Intermural leagues.
Hannah Barton, Class of 2017, is from Richmond, Virginia and is majoring in Public Policy and Political Science. She is passionate about working with children and studying education policy, and she is involved in a Bass Connections Research project to be implemented in the Durham Public School system. Hannah is particularly interested in international development and how advancement of social policies can promote more peaceful societies around the world. Last summer, she interned at USAID in the Office of Education in Washington, D.C.. Hannah is a campus tour guide, a middle school tutor, and an avid Duke basketball fan.
Dana Raphael, Class of 2017, is from Arlington, Virginia majoring in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies with a minor in Chinese. Dana is a columnist for the Duke Chronicle and the Duke Political Review, in addition to serving as Chief Justice of the Judiciary for Duke Student Government. Dana particularly likes to study the intersection of foreign policy and gender, with a focus on gender violence.
Adam Lemon, Class of 2017, is from outside of Spokane, WA and is dual majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Russian Language and Culture. Adam is particularly interested in military affairs, NATO, and Eastern European and Eurasian geopolitics and history. Over his summers at Duke, Adam has worked in the National Defense Center at The Heritage Foundation, in Congress for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, and has studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has participated in all three AGS International Staff Rides, including being a student leader on the D-Day Staff Ride in March of 2015. He is a recipient of the Alona E. Evans Prize in International Law for a group paper on the Bush Administration Enhanced Interrogation Program, and is a current member of the American Grand Strategy Course. On campus, Adam is also the former President of the Duke Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society, the former two-term Chair of the Duke College Republicans, and the current President of Duke Students for Richard Burr. Adam has written for the Daily Signal, Duke Campaign Stop, and the Duke Chronicle.
Tyler Coe, Class of 2017, is from Denton, NC. He has double majors in Public Policy and Political Science. His specific areas of interest include the intersection of law and ethics in national security and the effects of emerging technologies on national security. At Duke, Tyler has served as the student representative to the Duke Gardens Board of Advisors and the President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. During his freshman summer he interned at Olive Tree TV, a non-profit organization, his sophomore year at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Affairs, and junior year at a government contracting firm, SC3. Upon graduation Tyler will be returning to work full-time at SC3 and plans to pursue a career in national security and foreign policy.
Gautam Hathi, Class of 2017, is from Seattle, WA and is majoring in Computer Science. When he is not busy developing cool and useful software, he also enjoys learning about and discussing politics, policy, and international relations. Gautam is particularly interested in the intersection of technology and policy as well as the potential for technology to impact journalism. Gautam writes for the Duke Chronicle and helps to build tools for computational journalism at the Duke Reporter’s Lab.
Aateeb Khan, Class of 2018, is undertaking a double major in Public Policy and Economics with a minor in Arabic. He is interested in intersectionalities within foreign policy, with a particular focus on the impacts of economic, religious, and international cultural values on the formulation of policy. One place where this is most evident is his fascination with the international quest for energy security and the role that energy markets play in national security policymaking. Outside of AGS, Aateeb is involved with the Duke’s MSA and works as an employee for Duke’s Outdoor Adventures program where he leads backpacking and whitewater kayaking trips. Having grown up in Richmond, VA, he is a keen foodie- a hunger-driven habit he picked up after many a paddling trip down the James River.
Blair Horner, Class of 2018, is from Los Angeles, California and studies Political Science, Economics and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in post-Cold War geopolitical trends in the Middle East and Russia, and more specifically, the role that cybersecurity and digital technology play in those trends. Blair’s on-campus passions include American Grand Strategy and the social innovation group Design for America, and he hopes to launch a start up in D.C. that brings digital solutions to national security-related pain-points.
Dejana Saric, Class of 2018, is majoring in Public Policy and Political Science, with a minor in German. Originally from the Western Balkans, Dejana has a personal interest in such areas as U.S-Russian relations, refugees, and post-conflict reconstruction. Although her studies focus primarily on international relations, Dejana is interested in a wide array of domestic policy issues as well, including criminal justice reform. This past summer she worked for the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, where she worked specifically on measures to reform juvenile justice practices in California.
Akshaya Trivedi, Class of 2018, is majoring in math and economics at Duke. A member of AGS Council since his sophomore year, his passion for grand strategy relates to his study of economics—his interests broadly relate to the intersection of these two fields, particularly in the use of economic tools in grand strategy, and in how economic interests guide national security policy. Outside of AGS, Akshaya is also involved in Duke Debate, Duke Investment Club and the Alexander Hamilton Society.
Amy Kramer, Class of 2018, is majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in US Foreign Policy. She is a Cadet in the Army ROTC program at Duke and helps facilitate the Battalion’s Living Leadership Series and annual trip to Washington DC. She is also a member of the Duke Association for Business Oriented Women and the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative. In the summer of 2016, through the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program and the American Grand Strategy Summer Fellowship Program, Amy traveled internationally to begin undergraduate thesis research on women’s empowerment in conflict resolution and post-conflict state building. While abroad, she worked for and interviewed women leaders in government, academia, and the military across nations in different stages of conflict. Since joining the AGS Council as a freshman, Amy has moderated the War College “Counter-Terrorism and Public Policy” Fellows Panel, traveled to Grenada on the 2016 AGS Staff Ride, and is currently serving as one of the student co-leaders of the AGS Staff Ride to Vietnam in January, 2017. View Amy’s article for the Duke Chronicle, “Back Diplomacy with Pressure,” here.
Aron Rimanyi, Class of 2018, is from Budapest, Hungary, and became a US citizen last October. He is an Angier B. Duke Scholar majoring in political science and economics, with a particular interest in Eastern Europe and the EU. He spent last summer working at the Hungarian National Trading House. In his free time, Aron enjoys practicing archery and speaking French. Besides co-chairing the AGS council, Aron was student leader of the staff ride to Grenada and is also involved in the Alexander Hamilton Society.
Sanjeev Dasgupta, Class of 2018.
Matthew T. King, Class of 2018, is a political science major from Richmond, Virginia. Within political science, his interests include conflict analysis, nationalism, and modernization theory. On campus, Matthew sings bass in Duke Rhythm & Blue, writes a column for The Duke Chronicle, co-chairs the AGS Council, and serves as president emeritus of YOUnite. He is also a contributing writer for The American Interest, penning analytical blog posts and the occasional in-depth feature on all things politics, religion, and economics in sub-Saharan Africa. Matthew interned as a research assistant to Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest over Summer 2016, and in Summer 2015 he was a Rhetoric Teacher at the Sunflower County Freedom Project. In Spring 2017, Matthew is planning on studying political and economic development in Cameroon. He speaks French and Spanish. View Matthew’s article for Duke Political Reveiw on “China’s New Nationalism” here.
Asa Royal, Class of 2019, is from St. Louis, MO. He is currently considering a dual major in statistical science and political science. On campus he chairs the Duke Chronicle’s Editorial Board. After graduation he would like to pursue further education in political science.
Sarah Sibley, Class of 2019, is a Political Science major, with minors in Statistics and Computer Science. Before heading to Duke, Sarah took a gap year to serve as a field organizer on Sen. Mark Udall’s re-election campaign before spending a semester in China and summer interning on the Hill. Sarah has worked on several Democratic campaigns, and is currently working on refining voter turnout models using Democratic field data. She hopes to attend law school and is involved in the Kenan Global Scholar program, AB Duke Scholarship, Moot Court, and Duke Political Review.
Henry Kistler, Class of 2019, is from Durham, NC. His potential majors are Public Policy and Political Science. When he is not reading, Henry enjoys cooking and learning about Russia and the Middle East. At Duke, Henry is a leader for the Outing Club and loves hiking with his friends.
James Chenyang Wang, Class of 2019, is from Nanjing, China, and is majoring in Statistics. Having lived in America for five years and the four continents of the world for at least a month, James has a curious heart for cultures and civilizations. A ruthless pragmatist and an insatiable pilgrim in pursuit of knowledge and happiness, James is particularly interested in the Asia Pacific, be it politics, poetry, or philosophy. At Duke, James is on the executive board of China Leadership Summit and the Alexander Hamilton Society. James enjoys playing soccer and tennis in his spare time.
Sabriyya Pate, Class of 2019, hails from Mclean, VA and is pursuing a double major in Public Policy Studies and History, with a minor in Political Science. Aside from the American Grand Strategy Program, Sabriyya is a Resident Assistant who writes for the Duke Chronicle, serves as the Duke Student Government Attorney General, and teaches a house course on women and international development. Sabriyya is also involved with the Duke International Relations Association, Duke’s premiere international affairs organization. Her interests lay primarily with the Middle East, U.S. geopolitical and humanitarian stakes in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa, economic and military investments in East Asia, as well as the historic basis for America’s current day foreign policy ideologies. Sabriyya has also written for the Hate Crimes Working Group.
Paul Forrester, Class of 2019, is from Charleston, SC and is majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Arabic. He is interested in the history of international relations and politics, as well as the current state of those fields. In his spare time, he likes to play trumpet and chess. Paul is also an officer in the Duke chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Duke College Republicans.
Hillary Song, Class of 2019.
Isabel Ivanescu, Class of 2020, is from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and intends to study physics and political science. She participates in Duke Debate, the Duke International Relations Association Model UN Away Team, and Moot Court, and writes for the Duke Political Review. She also does research with the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation and works at the Duke Middle East Studies Center/ Duke Islamic Studies Center.
Max Labaton, Class of 2020, is considering a major in political science, history, or public policy. He enjoys discussing politics and policy. He is especially fascinated by the intersection of history and international relations, in particular the Cold War period. Max interned on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and is a senator for Duke Student Government’s Durham & Regional Affairs committee. After graduating from Duke, he is interested in attending law school and pursuing a career in public service.
Angela Zhou, Class of 2020, is from Seattle, WA, and attended an international school in Beijing, China. Her prospective majors are Environmental Science and Public Policy. In addition to Sino-US relations, she is particularly interested in the relationship between environment and social conflicts. Angela is also involved in the Alexander Hamilton Society, Business Oriented Women, and Duke Community Consulting.
Leah Abrams, Class of 2020, is from Chapel Hill, NC, studies Public Policy, and is pursuing a minor in Spanish. She is involved in on-campus organizations focused on both domestic and foreign policy. She is the Communications Director of Duke Democrats, a member of the Alexander Hamilton Society executive board, and a columnist for both the Duke Chronicle and Duke Political Review. Leah’s main areas of focus are racial politics, the role of media in international political affairs, and current Chinese-U.S. relations.