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 Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean and has previously 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 an Honors Thesis 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
Ali is a sophomore in Columbia College from Dubai. He is a double-major in History & Comparative Literature. He is especially interested in Arab, German, Russian, and Jewish history and literature. 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: Jewish History
Hiba Ismail is a sophomore at Columbia University studying History and Political Science. She is interested in South Asian history, American history, American politics, and international relations. On campus, Hiba is a management consultant for Columbia’s chapter of 180 Degrees Consulting, the sponsorship chair of Columbia’s South Asian umbrella organization, Club Zamana, and is a board member for Columbia’s Political Science Student’s Association. This past summer, she really enjoyed working at a criminal defense law firm in Miami and hopes to pursue this career in the future. She is currently an international economics and history intern at the Council on Foreign Relations. Hiba is originally Pakistani, grew up in Dubai, UAE, and now calls Fort Lauderdale, Florida her home. In her free time, Hiba likes to travel, eat, read, and watch TV.
Specialization: 20th Century American History
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
Born and raised across the Hudson River in New Jersey, Kevin Bacallao is a junior at Columbia College who is majoring in History and concentrating in Economics. He is primarily interested in the historical development of capitalism and the politics of dissent. Kevin plans on writing a senior thesis on American capitalist political-economy in the postwar period. At the moment, the prospect of attending graduate school for history represents an intriguing option for him. In his free time, Kevin is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club and a budding enthusiast of Japanese visual culture and literature.
Specialization: Twentieth Century US History
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
Ignacio Lopez Gaffney is a first-year from New York, NY looking to study Philosophy-Economics and History. He is interested in intellectual history, US politics, and macroeconomics. He has interned for a pro bono legal clinic as a translator and a legal research assistant. Ignacio is actively working for Freakonomics Radio as a production intern. On campus, he is an editor on the Columbia Economics Review, as well as a member of the quizbowl team. In his spare time, he likes reading biographies as well as going on runs through Riverside Park.
Specialization: Modern European History or Intellectual History
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
Khadija is a sophomore in Barnard College from New Haven, Connecticut, studying history and anthropology. She is interested in the Cold War and decolonization, particularly in the political idea of the global Third World. Over the summer, she worked as a reporting intern for the New York Daily News, covering immigration and gang violence in the Bronx and Manhattan court systems. Elsewhere on campus, she writes for the Columbia Daily Spectator and teaches sex and mental health education to ninth graders for Peer Health Exchange.
Specialization: 20th Century Empire & Colonization
Sara is a junior in the class of 2020 at Columbia University School of General Studies. She is one of four Irish students participating in a new Dual Degree Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University. Having spent the first two years of this program studying European Studies in Trinity College Dublin, she is currently studying history in Columbia with a specialization in Modern Europe. She has a keen interest in the intellectual history of Europe, in particular the history of ideas in the period 1750-1820. Aside from history, she is eager to continue pursuing her study of European languages and culture which she aims to apply to a future career with the European Union. In her spare time, she trains with the Columbia triathlon team and plays club soccer.
Specialization: Modern Europe
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
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
Nathan is a junior at Columbia College studying Latin American Studies and History. Dividing his time between Brazil and the United States, Nathan finds his interests in the intersection of popular culture and the emergence of global colonialism between the 15th and 18th centuries, particularly in the context of Lusophonic identity and the nebulous identity of India/the Indies as a representation of alterity. On campus, he has been involved as Social Justice Chair for the Student Organization of Latinx (SOL), treasurer for the Veritas Forum, Outreach Director for Columbia Classical Performers (CCP), and has served as a ministry fellow for both Columbia Catholic Ministry (CCM) and Christian Union (CU). This past summer he interned at with the startup X-Billion Labs in Mumbai, India, applying his research on agent-based pedagogy in Newark, New Jersey in a South Asian context. In his spare time he dances with Ballet Folklórico, a traditional Mexican ensemble committed to raising awareness of border violence and the journey of Central American caravans seeking asylum.
Specialization: Latin America
Madisen Siegel is a freshman in Columbia College and a prospective History and Economics major. Hailing from Quogue, NY, Madisen loves living in New York City and traveling to other countries. She speaks Mandarin and French, and spent nine months living in Beijing, China before starting college. At Columbia, in addition to the Undergraduate Journal of History, she plays for the water polo team and is part of TAMID and China Israel Connection.
Specialization: Middle East
Layla Tabbal is a sophomore at Columbia College from Beirut, Lebanon majoring in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and anthropology. She is interested in postcolonial studies, the history of revolution in the Middle East, and the formation of Arab states and identity. She spent her summer in Lebanon taking Spanish classes, as she is also interested in the history of Latin America during the Cold War and plans on spending some time there in the future. She is a member of Columbia’s Students for Justice in Palestine, and hopes to continue her activism beyond Columbia. She was also a member of the Global Ambassador’s Program. Apart from her academic studies, Layla deeply enjoys music and is a pianist and choral singer. She was a soprano in Columbia’s Bach Society and is currently a piano teacher. Beyond graduation, Layla hopes to return to the Middle East and pursue a career in diplomacy or politics.
Specialization: Middle East
Harrison Voss is a junior at Columbia University studying History and Political Science. Harrison specializes in Ancient Mediterranean studies, and is particularly passionate about the nature and development of ancient political and legal systems. Along with his interests in history, Harrison is a passionate runner and writer. In 2013, he published his first novel, The Ruler of the Tailthon, a fantasy story for young adults, and in 2015 published his paper, “The Shaping of an Empire,” in The Concord Review academic journal, focusing on the relationship between geopolitics and cultural development throughout the history of the Byzantine Empire. This past summer he completed an internship at the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and will be pursuing his interest in corporate compliance next summer at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York.
Specialization: Greco-Roman History
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