Ali is a first-year Master of Global Policy Studies DC Concentration candidate, with policy interests in the role of international institutions in conflict zones and aid delivery. Prior to attending to the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Ali received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations from Texas Christian University. While earning her undergraduate degree, she worked at Dream Outside the Box, a non-profit designed to propel children in underserved communities to higher education through career-centered programming led by college student volunteers.
Bobak Reihani is a first year Masters of Public Affairs student from Missouri City, Texas. He holds a B.A. in History and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, he lived in Haifa, Israel for three and a half years, where he assisted with records management at the Baha'i World Center.and in Vladivostok, Russia for two years where he worked as an English teacher at the Far Eastern Federal University.
Brent is pursuing dual master degrees in Public Affairs and Community and Regional Planning. As a Crook Fellow, he will be working with a solid waste management non-profit in an informal settlement located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Prior to graduate school, Brent worked as a director of a solid waste management non-profit in Austin, Texas. He holds a BA in History and Government from The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in the relationships between cities, consumption, and integrated solid waste management.
Catherine Cousar is a Masters of Global Policy Student at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, specializing in international development. When not trying to keep up with her school work she writes about policy at her blog at
Charlotte Gorman is a MGPS student serving as Podcast Editor and Global Writer for the Baines Report. She graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2016 with degrees in International Relations and Modern History. She has previously held internships at the Middle East Institute and the U.S. House of Representatives. Charlotte has been studying Arabic since the experience she had living abroad in Rabat, Morocco in 2014. Her studies are focused on US foreign policy and diplomacy with a particular interest in conflict negotiation.
Conner Joyce is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of interest are intelligence and international security. Conner interned with the Department of State’s Bureau of Near East Affairs and the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar.
Conor R. Laing is a second year Master of Public Affairs student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas. He is currently an Associate Policy Analyst at Consumers Union where he works on healthcare reform. At the LBJ School, Conor studies economic, environmental, and higher education policy.
is a 2nd year Master of Public Affairs student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he specializes in the study of social and economic policy. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology in 2014.
studied economics in Barcelona and Florence. She is formerly co-spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens (2010-2011) and she has been working as a policy adviser in the European Parliament for Green MEP Raül Romeva (2011-2014). She is in her first year pursuing a master's in Public Affairs at the LBJ School in the University of Texas at Austin.
Jonah Bhide is a graduate student and serves as the Head Writer of the Global Section for the Baines Report. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, and is pursuing a Master's of Global Policy Studies at The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. His studies focus on international relations and national security policy. Upon completion of his Master's program, Jonah will attend pilot training.
Kelsey Ritchie is a graduate student interested in the intersection of nationals security and international religious freedom. She's pursuing a Masters of Global Policy Studies at The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas, and is the Graduate Assistant at the Clements Center for National Security. Kelsey is the Head Writer of the Global Section for the Baines Report.
Marcos is a 2nd year MPaff student at LBJ who previously worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer for Travis County, and is a past editor of the Baines Report. In 2010, he received his B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Philosophy from Southwestern University.
Maya Efrati graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, earning both her J.D. and her M.P.P, from the Ford School of Public Policy, in May 2016. She is currently a legal fellow with FairVote, where she works on issues related to fair representation and election law.
Patricia Hart is a dual degree student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business. Before graduate school, she was a policy analyst at the think tank New America, where she provided research and analysis on the relationship between work and wealth, developments in tax policy, and financial inclusion in the developing world. Prior to New America, Patricia worked for FairVote, a research and advocacy group focused on structural electoral reform. Her hobbies include tacos and beer.
holds a PhD from Emory’s Institute of the Liberal Arts, where he studied violence in American culture. He is currently a student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he focuses on criminal justice, poverty, and social inequality.
Ryan is a first-year GPS student and the Editor in Chief of the Baines Report. His interests at LBJ include national security, energy and the environment, and technology, and he also enjoys to write on the side. He graduated with a degree in International Studies and Political Science from Boston College in 2016. He is a Texas native but has lived in Boston, Washington D.C., Italy, and the United Arab Emirates.
Salimah Jasani is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. Prior to joining this program, Salimah taught Special Education English at the high school level for four years in Baltimore. She is the co-founder and co-host of the Point of Hue podcast, which seeks to amplify the voices of women of color creating positive social change. Her policy interests are in K-12 education policy and disability advocacy.
Timothy J. Michalak is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a bachelor of arts in history education, and he is interested in equal opportunity policy, particularly at the intersection of urban housing policy, poverty, and education. Prior to graduate school, Timothy worked as a high school social studies teacher in a Title I school and as a program supervisor for the federal Upward Bound program.