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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Nicole Magney, Security Studies Program

In addition to working as a teaching assistant for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Nicole Magney is a Master of Arts candidate in Security Studies at Georgetown University, with a focus in terrorism and substate violence in the Middle East and Pakistan. At Georgetown, she has been a columnist for the Georgetown Security Studies Review and published an article in the Review’s Spring 2016 journal issue on the psychology and sociology of killing. She participated in a semester exchange at St. Andrews University’s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence in Scotland, where she explored a multi-disciplinary approach to terrorism studies. Over the summer of 2016, Nicole interned with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Prior to beginning her degree, she worked at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), a DC-based nonprofit that focuses on conflict resolution and countering violent extremism in the Middle East, Pakistan, and Colombia. At ICRD, Nicole contributed to several projects, including efforts to address issues of Islamophobia within the American Evangelical community and educational reform in Saudi Arabia. She has also interned at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the National Security Archive. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in Arabic language and culture from Vassar College and studied Arabic in Amman, Jordan for an undergraduate semester.

Jason Moyer, MAGES
Jason Moyer is a second year graduate student at Georgetown University, pursuing a Master of Arts in German and European Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. During the spring 2016 semester, Jason interned for Albright Stonebridge Group in their Europe/Turkey Practice. Before pursuing his Masters, Jason was an English teacher in South Korea for 2 years. While teaching in the public school program sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Jason also volunteered with PSCORE, providing English language instruction to North Korean defectors living in Seoul. During his time living and working in Asia, he traveled to a half dozen other Asian countries. Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University, with minors in French and History. As an undergraduate, Jason completed numerous prestigious internships with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Embassy of Monaco in Washington. Jason is fluent in French, Italian, and German, and proficient in Korean.

Abigail Casey, Security Studies Program

Abigail is a second year graduate student at Georgetown University, pursuing a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She specializes in security issues in the Middle East and North Africa and has experience in both the public and private sectors, including at USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and consulting firm SBD Advisors. Prior to beginning her Master's degree, she worked on countering violent extremism and democracy promotion programs in the Arab world and Pakistan with the International Republican Institute (IRI). While at IRI, she served as a member of an international election observation mission to Tunisia for the country's presidential elections in 2014. Abigail speaks Arabic and French and has lived and worked across North Africa. She graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. 



Mortara Student Assistants

Meghan Lacy
Student Editorial Assistant

Meghan is a junior in the SFS and plans to major in Regional and Comparative Studies with a focus in Latin America. Meghan grew up in a suburban town outside of New York City, and when she is not studying, she enjoys exploring DC.




Vinitha Raj
Student Program Assistant

Vinitha is a sophomore in the SFS majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in Justice and Peace Studies. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. In her free time, she plays for Georgetown’s Pep Band.




Lev Sugarman
Student Clerical Assistant

Lev Sugarman is a sophomore in the SFS from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Security. In his free time, he enjoys discovering new music and is involved with Georgetown’s J Street U chapter.