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Afra Wang graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2016 with a B.A. in History and Film & Media Studies. During her college career, Wang interned with The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS), the flagship publication of the Association for Asian Studies, where she gained rich academic experience. An aspiring writer and scholar, Wang has a strong interest in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China's nationalism and American political history. She is also interested in topics such as media censorship, the interaction between media, foreign policy, social movement and public memory. Her senior thesis focuses on Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s conflicting images and the history of the Democratic Progressive Party. Currently, Wang is a freelance writer of The New York Times.

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During her time as an undergrad Erin also studied abroad in Cádiz, Spain and served as a translator/interpreter at the Villanova Law School where she worked with undocumented immigrants. These language experiences not only improved her command of the Spanish language but also demonstrated to her the connectedness between language and historical and social understanding. Erin is looking forward to utilizing her Spanish communication skills at Columbia and LSE while studying modern Latin American history.

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Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Giancarlo graduated summa cum laude in corsu honorem from Fordham University with a BA in History and Italian Studies in 2015. His bachelor’s thesis examined the political self-conceptions of Italian intellectuals Italo Calvino and Pier Paolo Pasolini during Palmiro Togliatti’s reign over the Italian Communist Party, from 1944-1964. While he didn’t spend a semester abroad, Giancarlo took two wonderful academic trips: studying in Rome during the summer of 2013, and hiking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain the following year. Theatre, photography, and sport are all other interests.

After graduating in 2015, Giancarlo spent one year teaching at Regis High School in New York. His current research interests include 20th century international history, Italo-European relations, the history of the European Union, nationalism, identity, and historical political memory, particularly as manifested in cultural media like film and literature.

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Kara grew up in New York City and graduated from Haverford College in 2013 with her B.A. with Honors in History and a minor study in Spanish. While at Haverford, Kara wrote her thesis "Young Jingoism: Edward Stratemeyer's Old Glory Series and Juvenile Literature in the Spanish-American War" on the role of adolescent literature in American expansionism in Latin America and the Philippines during the late 19th century. Additionally, Kara was captain of the Haverford College women's soccer team and ran on the track team.

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Thalia obtained a BA in History and a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures (with an emphasis on Chinese Language) from the University of Southern California in 2014. She graduated with Honors for her History degree due to writing her Senior Thesis, which focused on the creators of the comic book and the influences of their Jewish-American and immigrant-American cultures in forming this particularly American genre. After graduating, Thalia returned home to the DC area to work in the central office of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Thalia has been learning Mandarin for 16 years and she has experience working in both film and broadcast journalism.

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Emilie graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a B.A. in History. Her senior essay dealt with the role of sporting magazines in the early conservation movement in the United States, and her coursework concentrated mostly on 20th century European and American History. While in college, Emilie spent her summers studying in Hakodate, Japan, Rome, Italy and interning at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. She also spent six months studying at Cambridge University where she took courses on both empires in world history and the history of the intelligence world. A chance encounter with Japanese history her junior year convinced her to spend the year following her graduation teaching English at a middle school in the rural prefecture of Tokushima, Japan as a member of the JET Program. Her research interests include but are not limited to imperialism and colonialism and Japanese and East Asian history.