Meet our Staff!
Sumit Ganguly is a Professor of Political Science, holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and directs the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has previously taught at James Madison College of Michigan State University, Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the University of Texas at Austin.
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Emily Tallo is a senior studying International Studies with a Certificate in Global French through SGIS and a Certificate in Applied Research and Inquiry through SPEA. Passionate about foreign affairs, Emily recently returned to Bloomington after spending seven months abroad. She interned in New Delhi this summer at the Ananta Aspen Centre after spending a semester at the Institut d’études politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. Her academic interests include South Asian regional security, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, and institutional capacity-building in fragile states. She is writing her senior thesis on counterinsurgency strategies in the disputed state of Kashmir in India. Outside of foreign affairs, Emily is passionate about women’s rights and education and enjoys seeing as much of the world as she can.
Justice Eiden is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in both International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. His academic interests include development and security in the MENA region, diplomacy and political systems. Justice joined the center in January 2016 as a program assistant and a researcher focusing on Africa and the Middle East. Outside of his work at the center, he is the News Director at WIUX, the largest student-run radio station in the country, a member of Indiana University’s Model United Nations team and a congressmen in the Indiana University Student Association.
Kieran Hatton is a junior pursuing a major in International Studies--concentrating in Diplomacy, Security, and Governance--a certificate in Applied Research and Inquiry, and a combined minor in Political Science and Economics. He received direct admission to the School of Global and International studies. He is participating in the Turkish Flagship Program, and hopes to gain a better understanding of Turkey’s role as a nation united and divided, linking Europe and the Middle East. He maintains interests in counter-terrorism, international trade law, and dual-use technology security. As a research intern, he collects news on the Middle East and aids the Center in its marketing efforts.
Erin Patterson is a sophomore Cox Research Scholar in IU’s School of Global and International Studies. Her majors are International Studies, with a concentration in Diplomacy, Security and Governance, Slavic and Eastern European Studies (Russian Language), and History with minors in Spanish and the Russian and Eastern European Institute. Her regional and research interests focus on Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In the summer of 2016, Erin received FLAS fellowship from the Department of Education to pursue her study of the Russian language in IU’s Summer Language Workshop. As a research intern in the Center, Erin focuses on security concerns in the United States, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. While not in class or working, Erin is a part of Model United Nations, a member of an international relations honors society, and a Student Ambassador for SGIS.
Mitchell Etchason is a junior simultaneously pursuing B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Studies. While at IU, his studies have largely focused on global governance, the United Nations, issues with humanitarianism, and Russian. After graduating, Mitch wants to work for the United States Foreign Service or the United Nations. He began his work for the Center in the fall of 2016 and is also involved with the university’s Model United Nations Club.
A sophomore Wells Scholar in IU's School of Global and International Studies, John McHugh is an East Asian Languages and Cultures major with minors in Central Eurasian Studies and History. His studies focus on China, with special emphasis on how the country's foreign, economic, and minority policies intersect with its evolving role in Central Asia. Through State Department Critical Language and NSLI-Y Scholarships, John has participated in language immersion programs in Suzhou and Changchun. As a Reischauer Scholar, John was selected to present his research at Stanford University on the failures of the Japanese nuclear energy bureaucracy during the Fukushima disaster. As a Research Intern for the Center on American and Global Security, he will be assisting with research regarding pressing issues in China and the region, conducting interviews with hosted scholars, and offering logistical support for the Center’s event offerings.