Abraham Newman

Professor Newman received his BA in International Relations from Stanford University and his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

His research focuses on international political economy, with a special interest in global regulatory issues. He has completed a project on European global leadership in the area of data privacy and is currently working on international economic governance. His work examines the intersection of comparative political economy and international political economy, specifically how domestic institutions, through transgovernmental cooperation, shape international affairs. 

He is the author of Protectors of Privacy: Regulating Personal Data in the Global Economy (Cornell University Press: 2008) and co-editor of How Revolutionary was the Digital Revolution: National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technologies (Stanford University Press: 2006). His work has appeared in a range of journals including Governance, International Organization, and the Journal of European Public Policy.

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Moira Todd
Assistant Director

As the Assistant Director, Moira Todd manages the Mortara Center's finances, human resources, communications, and extensive event programming. In addition, she liaises with Mortara Center faculty, university departments, and broader Washington and global communities. Moira hails from Upstate NY and holds a B.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University.

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Alex Phelan
Events and Communiations Coordinator

As the Events and Communications Coordinator, Alex Phelan is involved in program administration and event programming. Alex has a B.A. in Human Rights and American Studies from Bard College and an M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She previously worked for the Bard Graduate Center, a graduate program on design history and material culture in Manhattan. After eight years in Brooklyn and a brief stint in New Orleans she is very happy to be back in the D.C. area where she grew up.

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Nik Kalyanpur

Nik Kalyanpur
Graduate Fellow

As a graduate fellow, Nik Kalyanpur helps manage the Global Governance Lab and Mortara's various visiting speaker series. He is also a PhD Candidate in the Government department where he researches the impact of legal and financial globalization on business-government relations. His work is published in the European Journal of International Relations and the Review of International Political Economy. Prior to graduate school, he received a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Brown University and worked at Harvard Business School.



Friederike KaiserFriederike Kaiser, German and European Studies Program

Friederike is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in German and European Studies and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She specializes in transatlantic trade and security and has lived and worked in Germany, Canada, and the U.S.  Prior to beginning her degree at Georgetown, Friederike worked for Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts in Key West, Florida. She also has interned in the executive office of the German Marshall Fund, a public policy organization dedicated to enhancing cooperation between the U.S. and Europe. In the summer of 2017, Friederike worked at BMW’s Washington, D.C.-based Government and External Affairs Office. Friederike speaks German and French, and is an executive board member of Georgetown Women in International Affairs.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Kirby NeunerKirby Neuner, Security Studies Program

Kirby Shea Neuner grew up in Hackettstown, NJ. After graduating from Williams College in 2015 with a B.A. in History, Kirby moved to the Washington, DC area to begin work at development firm Democracy International. During his two years with DI, Kirby participated in an international observation mission that assessed and reported on Egypt's 2015 parliamentary elections and managed multiple USAID-funded analytical projects, including a governance assessment in Haiti and conflict assessment in Senegal. He has also served on multiple NJ-based congressional campaign policy teams and written and edited for DC-based Young Professionals in Foreign Policy's online journal, Charged Affairs, and he currently coaches a youth travel baseball team out of the DC/Northern Virginia area.



Mortara Student Assistants

Sophie JacobsonSophie Jacobson
Student Assistant

Sophie is a sophomore in the SFS from Norfolk, Virginia. She is majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies with a focus on Eurasia and a minor in Turkish Studies. Outside of class, she sings in Georgetown's premier all-female a capella group, the Georgetown GraceNotes. 

Maya JamesMaya James
Student Assistant

Maya James is a sophomore in the College from Columbia, Maryland. She is majoring in Government with a focus in International Relations. In her free time, she enjoys martial arts and creative writing.




Daniel ShlayenDaniel Shlayen
Student Assistant

Daniel Shlayen is a Freshman in the SFS from Sharon, Massachusetts. He is majoring in International Politics with a minor in Russian. Outside of the classroom, he plays on the Club Basketball team and writes for The Caravel.