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 of the Mortara Center for International Studies, Moira manages the daily operations of a vibrant international affairs research center with over fifty affiliated faculty, staff, and students. She executes the Mortara Director’s strategic vision, acts as his deputy, and serves as the primary point of contact for Center stakeholders. Moira manages the Mortara Center's finances, human resources, building operations, and programming including the Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows and Mortara Faculty Fellows. She also oversees the extensive communications efforts and events carried out by the Events and Communications Coordinator. Moira received her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing her Master in Professional Studies in Human Resources Management at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. Before joining Georgetown University, Moira worked as an intern on Capitol Hill, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s East Asia office, and Tufts University. Moira enjoys reading, swimming, and traveling with her family.

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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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Zachary Karabatak

Zachary Karabatak, Graduate Fellow  

As a graduate fellow, Zac Karabatak helps manage the Global Governance Lab and Mortara's various visiting speaker series. He is also a PhD student in the Government department, where he researches the impact of social and political mobilization on rebel group formation in civil wars. Zac holds an M.A. in Government from Georgetown and a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic from The Ohio State University.


Friederike Kaiser

Charles Besnard, Master’s of Science in Foreign Service

Charles is a second year student in the Global Politics and Security concentration of the
MSFS program. After completing his undergraduate studies in political science and economics at the George Washington University, Charles served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Most recently, he was a Cultural Affairs Specialist at the U.S.-Mexico binational center in Monterrey, Mexico and worked in the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources (R/PPR) at the Department of State. At Georgetown, Charles has worked for the SFS Graduate Career Center and is the president of the Big Buddies volunteer organization. He speaks French, Spanish and Mooré.

Kirby Neuner

Katarina O'Regan, Master’s of Science in Foreign Service

Katarina O'Regan is a second-year MSFS student focusing on humanitarian emergencies within the International Development concentration. She brings to MSFS a range of experiences in development and foreign policy, including roles with the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, the British Embassy in Washington's Foreign and Security Policy Group, Partners in Health in Liberia and the Gender, Women and Democracy team at the National Democratic Institute. At Georgetown, she has focused on humanitarian emergencies and has interned at Refugees International, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and with the International Organization for Migration in Kampala, Uganda. She has also served as a Junior Fellow to former Assistant Secretary of State for PRM, Professor Anne Richard, and is currently a Teaching Assistant for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. This year, Katarina is conducting research for Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy on the rollout of the United Nations' Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Studies from Fordham Univesity and hails from Germantown, MD.

 Alexis Alexis Tercero-Chacón, Master’s of Science in Foreign Service

Alexis is originally from Lynn, Massachusetts. After graduating from his undergraduate institution, he  served as a White House intern in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs where he worked on Latino-related issues. After his time in Washington, D.C., he traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala as a Fulbright Fellow where he taught at a bi-national center and learned Mayan K’iche’. Prior to his enrollment in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University, he worked at a think-tank that focused on Latin American affairs. He is currently studying international development and worked in a value-chain project on the Haitian Dominican border in 2018 with the World Bank Group. He holds a double B.A. from Boston College in political science and Romance Languages and Literature. 


Mortara Student Assistants

Sophie JacobsonVinitha Raj
Student Assistant

Vinitha is a senior in the SFS studying International Political Economy with a Spanish minor. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is a member of DPE Professional Foreign Service Sorority as well as a dancer in the South Asian charity show Rangila on campus.


Daniel ShlayenDaniel Shlayen
Student Assistant

Daniel Shlayen is a sophomore 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. 



Student Assistant Lev Sugarman

Lev Sugarman
Student Assistant

Lev Sugarman is a senior in the SFS majoring in International Politics with a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Originally from Berkeley, California, Lev is also an editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.



Student Assistant Sofia SulikowskiSofia Sulikowski
Student Assistant

Sofia is a sophomore in the MSB studying marketing and international business with a French minor. She is from Cambridge, MA and is involved in McDonough Women as well as leading a faith discussion group and pursuing an entrepreneurial venture in the health and fitness industry.