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Editorial Board

Brooke A. Bacigal
Brooke is a senior studying Public Policy, with a focus on conflict stabilization & peace-building. Outside of the journal, she is the President of the United Nations Association and Director of Training for the University's travelling Model United Nations team. Off campus, Brooke was invited to attend the 2019 Oxford Global Seminar on War & Peace, she has interned with the U.S. Department of State, and worked with the New York Times. She enjoys travelling to new places, watching SNL & reiterating to her friends that MJIA is not 'fake news'. 

Ayah Kutmah
Managing Editor


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 Evans
Managing Editor

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.

Zack Blumberg


Zack is a sophomore from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, studying Political Science. Over the summer, he had a job researching the rise of the populist right in Europe. When he's not writing for the journal, Zack enjoys watching sports (especially hockey and soccer), reading, shopping, eating brunch. After college, he hopes to pursue a career as a Political Science professor or political analyst. 







Samuel Rosenblum
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.





Aidan Woutas
Director of Finance
Aidan Woutas is a Sophomore from New York City pursuing a double major in Political Science and German Studies. He split this past summer between studying at the Goethe-Institut in Hamburg, Germany and working at his Congressman’s district office. In addition to the journal, Aidan is a moderator at WeListen and writes for The Michigan Daily. He is a passionate fan of Michigan sports and also enjoys following international politics, reading about new languages and cultures and scouring Netflix for new series to watch.