Research Interns

Research interns work with the Political Violence Lab 30-40 hours per week. Current and previous research interns are listed below.



Erik Morinaga


Erik grew up on the island of Oahu, enjoying his time at the beach or in the mountains. He enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After six years of active service, he studied at Windward Community College and the University of Pennsylvania, while spending his summers wild land firefighting in Wyoming. Now he is completing his masters degree at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and looking forward to continuing his public service doing international relations work in the federal government.


Undergraduate/ Postgraduate

Kyle Anderson


Kyle ('21) is from Cypress, California. Just having finished his first year at the University of California, Irvine, he has declared majors in Political Science and International Studies with a Regional Focus in Asia and the Middle East. He is an intern for the Associated Students of the Student of the University of California, Irvine - Senate. In his free time, Kyle loves to go on hikes, visit museums, and hang out in cafes where he chooses to have free reign discussions with his friends. He is interested in pursuing law school, and ultimately, foreign policy-making with a focus on Eurasian regional development and international relations.


Cassidy Cruz


Cassidy Cruz ('19) is born in Torrance but spent most of his life in Sacramento, California. He is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego where he receive his Bachelor's Degree in International Studies - Political Science with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific. After graduation, Cassidy intends to delve into work as a policy analyst before going to grad school where he intends to focus on Indo-Pacific regional security.

Jack Jacobs

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Jack ('21) is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. At Dartmouth College, he plans to major in Environmental Studies and minor in International Studies and Russian. Outside of the Political Violence Lab, he serves as a senior editor for the Dartmouth Law Journal and a campus tour guide. He was a member of the Dickey Center for International Understanding’s Great Issues Scholars program and part of the Global Village Living Learning Community. He recently completed Dartmouth’s Russian Language Study Abroad and conducted a project on Russian energy usage. He is interested in environmental policy and its connection to foreign affairs.


Jack McLean

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Jack McLean ('21) is from Belmont, CA. At University of California Santa Barbara, he is pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Outside of the Political Violence Lab, he is the President of the UCSB Men’s Club Soccer team and a member of the Sport Club Executive Council where he helps manage the entire UCSB Sport Club budget. After college, he plans to work in public service, government, or national security. He is interested in diplomacy and international relations. In his free time, he plays soccer, enjoys the beach, and spends time with friends.

Kately Arriaga


Kately Arriaga ('19) is from Yorba Linda, California. She attended the University of California, Riverside where she graduated with a BA in Public Policy with two tracks in international/foreign policy and environmental/urban policy. At UCR, she served as the Fundraising Director for the Model United Nations team before becoming elected President in the following year. She has also been a research assistant for a professor at UCR and interned at the Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade. After interning at the Political Violence Lab, she will be working in Washington DC for a gap year while applying for her Master's in Public Policy.


Zhenya Farrington

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Zhenya Farrington ('20) is a senior at the University of California at Davis majoring in International Relations with an emphasis in Security Studies and Eastern European Politics. He concurrently studies Russian language and culture.


justin Kramer

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Justin ('21) is from Palo Alto, California. At Dartmouth, he plans to major in Government and minor in Public Policy. Outside of the PVL, Justin is a captain and chair for a Dartmouth Ultimate Frisbee team, associate editor of The Dartmouth newspaper, and President of the Random Acts of Kindness club. Justin interned at the National Disability Institute in Washington D.C., where he participated in Congressional lobbying. In his free time, Justin loves to hike in the New Hampshire wilderness, root for his hometown San Francisco Giants in baseball, and hang out with friends on the Dartmouth Green.


Marie TObia


Marie ('19) is from Lebanon but grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She attended University of California, Irvine where she graduated with honors in Political Science with a minor in International Studies while focusing on the Middle East. Outside of the Political Violence Lab, Marie loves exploring used bookstores, discovering underground music and watching international soccer. After graduation, Marie will focus on research about the Middle East before attending law school where she eventually wants to pursue a career as a human rights lawyer.