Sam is a senior from New York City studying International Studies and History, and has served as a staff writer in the Asia-Pacific region since 2018. Sam is a Research Assistant on a project studying day-to-day violence in the Israel-Palestine Conflict, and has a particular interest for geopolitics. In the summer of 2020, he interned for NBC’s Meet The Press With Chuck Todd, but has previous experience working for the University of Michigan’s Office of University Development. He has traveled extensively, and is also currently pursuing his pilot’s license in his free time.
Ayah is a senior from Louisville, KY double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Over the past two summers, she has interned with Human Rights Watch and the International Center for Transitional Justice, respectively. She has previously been selected to attend the US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, and presented research at Georgetown’s Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in Doha, Qatar. In MJIA, Ayah formerly served as the Regional Editor for the Middle East. Outside of school, she likes to read, travel, brunch, and come up with failed DIY projects.
Daniel is a senior from Birmingham, Michigan, pursuing a double major in economics and English. He joined the journal in his freshman year and writes for the Europe region, having served as its regional editor last year. The decade he spent living overseas in Germany influenced his interest in international affairs and motivated him to intern with the U.S. Department of State in Bern, Switzerland last summer.
Sumaya is a senior from Flint, Michigan majoring in political science and history with a minor in Russian. She is interested in the study of autocracy, particularly the effectiveness of diplomacy in amending foreign systems of governance. Since 2019 she has been a staff writer for the Europe region of MJIA and previously served as digital editor. Outside of MJIA, she serves as the Michigan Refugee Assistance Program co-president. In the past, she has interned with the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center, Congressman Kildee’s district office, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and watching/training MMA.
Director of External Affairs
Sam is a junior from New York City studying International Studies and History and writes for the Asia-Pacific region. He spent his summer working for the Office of University Development’s International Giving and Engagement team on social media engagement in East Asia. He has traveled to 23 countries across five continents (technically six, depending on whether you consider Oceania as part of Australia) and is currently working on obtaining his pilot’s license. His academic pursuits include studying U.S. foreign policy and modern history. In his free time, Sam enjoys watching historical documentaries on Netflix and playing geography games on Sporcle.
Director of Finance
Justin is a junior from Grand Blanc, Michigan, pursuing a double major in political science and German and a Ross minor in business. Over the summer, he split his time between taking online language classes with the Goethe-Institut, assisting a political science Ph.D. candidate with his research project on military adaptability in modern conflict, and interning remotely at a Congressmember’s D.C. office. In addition to writing for the journal, Justin is the President of the German Club and a Conversation Circle Facilitator with the English Language Institute. He enjoys learning about new cultures, going on runs when his hip lets him, and balling up.