Staff

NameE-mailPosition
Professor Ken Booth kob@aber.ac.uk Honoary President

Dr Jan Ruzicka

jlr@aber.ac.uk Director

Professor Andrew Linklater

adl@aber.ac.uk Associate
Dr Kamila Stullerova kas@aber.ac.uk Associate
Dr Rachel Vaughan racheljvaughan@gmail.com Associate

Professor Toni Erskine

t.erskine@adfa.edu.au

Affiliate
Dr Vincent Keating keating@sam.sdu.dk Affiliate
Professor Nicholas Wheeler n.j.wheeler@bham.ac.uk Affiliate
Jana Wattenberg jaw80@aber.ac.uk  Deputy Director 

 

Interns 2019-2020 

Hailey

Riffe

My name is Hailey Riffe, and I am an MA student in International Politics. I am fortunate enough to attend Aberystwyth University this year as the US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. I completed my undergraduate in the United States, at Queens University of Charlotte and received my BA in Communications and International Studies. Most of my undergraduate work centered around political communication and how media uses communication to adapt a specific political meaning. I will be the second member of my family to receive an education beyond the undergraduate level, and the first to do so outside of my country! I am so excited to contribute to the DDMI as an intern this year. Internships are meant to provide a hands on learning approach, and I cannot wait to immerse myself in the realm of politics and research.

Tom Fraser I am studying for an MA in International Politics, having graduated with a BA in the same subject from Aberystwyth University in 2019. As an undergraduate I was especially interested in the application of social constructivism in contemporary political economy, although my interests now include the problematisation of sovereignty in response to enivronmental degredation, emerging security issues arising within the Anthropocene, and the operationalisation of this concept within International Politics. As part of the DDMI I will be responsible for managing the website, assisting with the running of lectures, and engaging with ongoing research relating to 'blue on blue' incidents in Afghanistan. 
Karoline Helgesen

My name is Karoline Helgesen, and I am a Norwegian MA student in International Politics. I like living by the idea that no topic is boring as long as you spend some energy to build your interest in it. I therefore find it difficult to put down one or even a few academic main interests, however I have especially enjoyed doing research on immigration and integration, media and media power, and postcolonial thought and theory. I feel honoured to be part of DDMI this year, and hope to be able to contribute to the amazing project in any way I can. 

Viola Szucs I'm Viola, a third year Drama, Theatre and International Politics Student from Hungary. The best thing about growing up in Hungary is that I now speak one of the most complicated languages in the World. Unfortunately this also means that I am fully aware what is going on there politically. I am excited to be a part of  DDMI this year, and to contribute to the Institute through organising events, editing the website and developing my research skills.
Duanie Kimbirima Duanie Kimbirima is a third-year, undergraduate student of International Politics with interests in the construction of borders, the complexity of refugees and pre-colonial Angola. Her range of alternative interests also span from: Religious intervention in the use of borders for power, the erasion of Queen Njinga’s legacy, to how the agenda of diseases have been used as a method of control in 'developing' countries. Outside of her academic schedule, she enjoys literature, painting and researching ancient languages and their scriptures.  This year she will be working with the DDMI team, by ensuring communication of lectures and workshops, researching, and formulating a structured write-up for each speaker.
Fredrik Alexander Fjær Matre
I am an undergraduate student from Norway reading for a bachelor’s in International Politics and Intelligence Studies at Aberystwyth. I am honoured to be able to contribute to the DDMI through practical work, such as event photography, as well as through research. I am currently working on co-authoring an article on the DDMI’s historical involvement in environmental politics. The emphasis on my research is on interdisciplinarity, organisation and knowledge-making in environmentalism. My areas of interest include environmentalism (including environmental politics and activism), civil society activism (more broadly), and social-democratism.
Rachel Zhang
My name is Rachel Zhang. I am an MA student in International Politics. I did my undergraduate in the same subject at Fudan University in China. My academic interests are concerned with security, ethnic conflicts, geopolitics and China studies. As a DDMI intern, I'm happy to make contributions to the institute and hopefully to help with the research project  on Emancipatory Realism and Alliances and Trust-Building in International Politics.

 

Intern group 2018 - 19 back from the left: Dr Jan Ruzicka (DDMI Director), Jana Wattenberg (DDMI Deputy Director), Prof. Ken Booth (Honoary President of the DDMI), Tom Fraser and Adam Taylor. Front from the left: Monica Cronin, Charlotte DePersis, Maddalena Landi and Freya Reynolds Li. 

 

Intern group 2016 from left: Dr Jan Ruzicka (DDMI Director), Peter Morgan, Jana Wattenberg, Nora May Engeseth, Arthur Dolling, Alain Ryan Bouwmann, Hannah Hohenstein-Flack, Professor Ken Booth and Antonius Hufnagel-Amthor

 

DDMI Staff and Interns

NameE-mailPosition
Professor Ken Booth kob@aber.ac.uk Honorary President

Dr Jan Ruzicka

jlr@aber.ac.uk Director

Professor Andrew Linklater

adl@aber.ac.uk Associate
Dr Kamila Stullerova kas@aber.ac.uk Associate
Dr Jenny Mathers zzk@aber.ac.uk Associate
Dr Rachel Vaughan racheljvaughan@gmail.com Associate

Professor Toni Erskine

t.erskine@adfa.edu.au

Affiliate
Dr Vincent Keating keating@sam.sdu.dk Affiliate
Professor Nicholas Wheeler n.j.wheeler@bham.ac.uk Affiliate
Jana Wattenberg jaw80@aber.ac.uk  Deputy Director 

 

Interns 2018-19 
Adam Taylor My name is Adam Taylor and I am the DDMI intern responsible for CMS management and material design. As a third year undergraduate, I am writing my dissertation on the genealogy of political society, alongside my studies in historical sociology and political philosophy, and most look forward to assisting in the historical and departmental scholarship within the institute.
Tom Fraser I am a third-year undergraduate studying International Politics. The academic interests I have so far pursued are intelligence and espionage history during the Cold War, and contemporary liberal state building paradigms. I am also interested in how the perceptions states hold of one another can affect their relations, and the applications of social constructivist theory in IR. As part of the DDMI I will be responsible for creating the write-ups of lectures, talks and events hosted by the DDMI, in addition to researching the history of the department alongside Adam.
Charlotte DePersis  Charlotte is an MA student in the International Politics (Specialist) program. She studied International Relations during her undergrad in California, where she focused on East Asian security and US-Sino relations. This year she will be working on the DDMI’s Alliances and Trust Building in International Politics project.
Maddalena Landi Hi all! I'm Maddalena, I'm a third year student in International Politics and I originally come from Italy. The biggest (true) stereotype that I carry with pride from my home country is that I love food, making it, eating it and thinking about it. Other than that, I have worked and volunteered for various NGOs across the globe which has given me experiences that continuously inform what I study in Aberystwyth. For the David Davies Memorial Institute I will be in charge of writing the announcments and press releases for the events that will be held trhought the year. Moreover I will be reasearching into the topic of inside attacks in Afghanistan.
Yasmine Seghir My name is Yasmine Seghir, and I am an MA student in International Politics at Aber as a US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. I completed my BA in Political Science at Vassar College this past May where I focused on decolonial and postcolonial IR, critical and poststructural theories, and African politics. I am excited to be a part of  DDMI this year, and to (hopefully) contribute to the Institute's mission for multidisciplinary approaches to IR.
Fraya Reynolds Lee I'm a Masters student in International Politics after graduating from Aberystwyth with a BA in International Politics and English Literature. My interests are in international development, food security and gender in the international. I also have strong ties to community activism in regards to environmental protection and sustainability.
Monica Cronin My name is Monica, and I'm enrolled in the Master's (Specialist) in International Politics. I did my undergraduate work in American Military History, and I'm hoping to be able to bring that experience to bear in the field of InterPol - which is all new to me! This year I'll be providing logistic support for DDMI events and helping to update its online presence - when I'm not doing that, or holed up somewhere with a stack of reading for my classes, you'll find me wandering around Aberystwyth snapping pictures of the gorgeous sunsets and getting lost on all its hidden footpaths.
Fredrik Alexander Fjær Matre I am an undergraduate student from Norway reading for a bachelor’s in International Politics and Intelligence Studies at Aberystwyth. I am honoured to be able to contribute to the DDMI in any way shape or form. I am currently working on the David Davies Books Project as well as researching the DDMI’s historical involvement in environmental politics. My areas of interest include environmentalism (including environmental politics and activism), civil society activism (more broadly), and social-democratism. 

Intern group 2018 - 19 back from the left: Tom Fraser, Jana Wattenberg (DDMI Deputy Director), Dr. Jan Ruzicka (DDMI Director), Prof. Ken Booth (Honorary President of the DDMI), Prof. John Ikenberry. Front from the left: Monica Cronin, Maddalena Landi, Fredrik Matre, Freya Reynolds Li, Yasmin Seghir and Charlotte DePersis.