Project Directors


Melissa Carlson Melissa Carlson is in the third year of the Political Science PhD program at U.C. Berkeley focusing on International Relations, Comparative Politics, Methods, and the Middle East. Her research interests include the impact of aid in humanitarian crisis response, migration, irregular conflict, public goods provision, and the relationship between state and non-state actors. Currently, Melissa is Project Director at BASC, and is conducting research in conjunction with the Berkeley law school on circumstances under which vulnerable migrants may forgo applying for asylum and exercising their legal rights. Previously, Melissa has conducted extensive research on how host government outsourcing of governance/public goods provision of protracted refugee populations to external actors impact state sovereignty in the Middle East. Prior to beginning her PhD at U.C. Berkeley, Melissa worked as Public Information consultant for the International Organization for Migration Iraq Mission in Amman, Jordan. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

» E-Mail: m.a.carlson “at” berkeley.edu

Sarah Lee is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on international relations, comparative politics, and methods. She is interested in foreign relations and international cooperation, authoritarian regimes, and religion and politics in the Asia-Pacific. Specifically, she has written on topics ranging from major power dynamics in the context of multilateral institutions in the Asia-Pacific, to church-state relations in China. Sarah holds an MA in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, an MA in International Relations from Peking University and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.

» E-Mail: lee.sarah “at” berkeley.edu

Andrew Reddie

Andrew Reddie is a Ph.D. student in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, specializing in international relations, public policy, and international organizations. His research interests include global institutional design, cybersecurity, and post-conflict reconstruction and development. He holds an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University and a B.A. (hons.) in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He previously served as Managing Editor at the Canadian International Council and at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC and currently performs research for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Organizations.

» E-Mail: areddie “at” berkeley.edu