Dimitri Vallejo is a History and Political Science double-major in the Class of 2019 at Columbia. He is interested in international relations, law, and computer science. Dimitri is actively researching with the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean and has worked in restorative justice at the New York Peace Institute mediation center. Other than these professional experiences, Dimitri is currently one of six student representatives on the Undergraduate History Council, Board Member of the Political Science Students Association, Senior Editor for the Columbia Political Review, and nominated Ambassador of the Valerie Fund for children with cancer and blood disorders. He is also pursuing a thesis paper on the extent to which the European Union can be analyzed through the concept of ’empire’ while using the Delian League transformation period as a comparative study. Dimitri makes his home in Montclair, New Jersey, enjoys EDM festivals, and is the proud owner of the best labradoodle in existence.
Specialization: Ancient European & Mediterranean Studies
Majoring in Art History and French, Katherine is currently a junior in Columbia College who has served as the Business Director for CJH since May. In the past, Katherine has interned at a private equity company called Green Harbor Investments, done a marketing internship for an educational firm called Sanli, and is currently interning at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, where she have been since this summer. She has also worked as a print shop assistant for Columbia University Administrative Services and as a student caller at the Columbia student Calling Center. Besides these work experiences, she is currently involved with the Pre-Law Society, Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, and Columbia Community Outreach. In her spare time, Katherine also volunteers at the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual and trains for marathons (she has completed 12 so far).
Specialization: Art History
Ray Abruzzi is the program director for Wiley Digital Archives, digitizing archival collections from learned societies and professional organizations in STEM. Ray has been working for over a decade to make primary sources accessible to students, educators, and researchers, and has partnered with over 300 libraries, archives, and other institutions around the world. Ray has over 20 years of experience in academic publishing and his projects have brought more than 275M page-images of primary sources spanning seven centuries into view for research and education through libraries. Ray is a Junior in Columbia University’s Science and Society program, with a specialization in the history of science in Early Modern Europe. Prior to joining Wiley in 2017, Ray was vice president and publisher, at Gale | Cengage Learning. Ray lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, still plays rugby, and enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding.
Specialization: Science and Society
Katie Garcia is a Junior in Columbia College from McAllen, Texas, studying History and Political Science. She has a wide range of professional experiences that mimic her wide range of intellectual curiosities. Currently, Katie is a debate instructor for underprivileged high school students through a non-profit organization called Youth for Debate. This past summer, she worked on a search fund as a private equity analyst for Broadtree partners, and she plans to further explore her interest in business and finance next summer as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Moreover, she is also an avid writer, with works published in the Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy and the San Antonio Express News. For fun, Katie plays the French Horn in the Columbia University Wind Ensemble and hangs out at the Riverside dog park.
Specialization: Modern Middle East
Tommy Song is a junior at Columbia College studying History and Political Science. He is interested in the histories of higher education, postwar politics, and slavery in America. Tommy is part of the research team at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and has been working on a manuscript project for the Library of America for the past five months. He is also a creator and researcher of the Columbia University History Tour Project, advised by Professor Karl Jacoby of the History Department. For the past two years, Tommy has been a part of the Columbia University and Slavery Project, initiated by Professor Eric Foner. Apart from historical academia, Tommy is involved with various music groups on campus and beyond. He is a tenor in Notes and Keys, lead singer of The Horticulture, and a Recording Artist at Juice Media Korea, an indie music label based in Seoul. His latest music video can be found on YouTube and his music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and more.
Specialization: US Progressive Era
Nathan Barlow is a junior studying History in Columbia College. He is interested in intellectual and religious history. This summer he interned at Concord Commission Advance. At Columbia, he sits on the Student Governing Board. He hails from Starkville, Mississippi and enjoys alternative music.
Specialization: Intellectual History
Matthew Chagares is a member of the Columbia College class of 2022 and is studying History and Political Science. His concentration in history is in Modern European History. He is also a a board member of the Political Science Students Association. Matthew has a special interest in immigration and interned at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. In addition, he served on a working group in his home state of New Jersey to support indigent immigrants. Matthew intends to attend law school and to pursue public service.
Specialization: Modern European History
My name is Izan Declet Cruz and I’m a sophomore at Columbia College. I’m majoring in Political Science and History. I’m an editor at the Columbia Journal of History, a member of the business/ outreach board at the Journal of Global Health, as well as a member of Engineers without Borders and the Roosevelt Institute at Columbia University.
Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
Ellis Feldman is a junior in Columbia College from New York City studying history and philosophy. Her area of specialization is 20thCentury American History. Currently, she works as a teaching assistant for a high school journalism course at Columbia’s Double Discovery Center. Over the summer, she served as a development intern for Bungalow Entertainment. In the future, she is interested in pursuing a career in journalism and documentary filmmaking.
Specialization: 20th Century US
Hana is a member of the class of 2022 at Columbia College hoping to study History and Neuroscience. In the past, Hana has completed internships at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Fishers, Indiana and at the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the American University in Cairo. Further, she has completed two years of research in botany at Indiana University, where her research won the Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions Award for projects that “convey intent in their research to solve a complex problem that involves social justice, environmental and economic prosperity.” She has also worked with Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks and has served as a representative on her school’s board of trustees. On campus, Hana is involved with Musical Mentors, the Columbia Neuroscience Society, and the United Nations Association. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano, reading, and visiting art museums.
Specialization: Early Modern Europe
Ali is a sophomore in Columbia College from Dubai. He studies comparative literature and middle eastern studies. He is especially interested in the literatures and cultural histories of Germany, Russia, and the Arab world. This summer, he attended Columbia’s Amman-Paris program as a DeBary Fellow, studying the history of Arab migration to Europe in the post-colonial era. Upon graduation, he hopes to enter a career in diplomacy for the United Arab Emirates.
Specialization: Middle East
Danielle Mikaelian is currently a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in English. After college, she hopes to attend law school and specialize in intellectual property law. In the past, Danielle spent two summers interning at SAGE Publications, one of the world’s largest producers of academic research journals. Particularly, Danielle is interested in the intersection of Armenian history and modern day politics. She is currently researching how gender disparities in Armenia affected the culture’s artistic presence through a program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Outside of the journal, Danielle holds executive board positions within CU Women in Law and Politics, the Residence Hall Leadership Organization, and Undergraduate Student Life. Additionally, she is a print editor for the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, as well as an associate editor for the Journal of Global Health. In her spare time, Danielle writes humorous articles for one of Columbia’s campus publications, Bwog, and enjoys attending Broadway shows and concerts.
Specialization: Middle Eastern Studies
Phoebe Newton is a senior History Major at Barnard College from Phoenix, Arizona. She is interested in the history of science, technology and medicine. This summer she did research for her senior thesis in London at the National Archives, Royal Air Force Museum, and the British Library. She hopes to write her senior thesis on British women in civil aviation during the Interwar period.
Specialization: Early Modern Europe
Hailing from Chatham, NJ, Shaan is a sophomore at Columbia College studying History and American Studies. He is an editor with the Columbia Journal of History, but in addition to his love of politics and history, Shaan is a bassist with a deep passion for music. You can hear him DJ for Columbia’s radio station WKCR on Tuesday afternoons.
Sanjay Paul is a junior in Columbia College studying American History and Economics from New Jersey. He specializes in late 19th century American politics, specifically the ways in which marginalized voices attempted to express themselves in the midst of societal inequality. Currently, he serves as an editor for the Columbia University Journal of History. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in higher education.
Specialization: US History 1865-1920
Vienna is currently a junior at Columbia College, studying Philosophy and Applied Mathematics. She was born in southeastern China, where she spent her first sixteen years before moving to the US. She is primarily interested in the intersection between history and philosophy as well as sociology (i.e., intellectual history, historical sociology, etc.). She is also fascinated by the social and cultural aspects of East Asian History in the 20th century.
Specialization: Intellectual History