Research Assistants




Courtney Kantowski is currently a senior studying Political Economy with a focus in International Trade. This past summer, she interned for an MP at the United Kingdom Parliament, where she experienced the world of Brexit first hand. She continues to have a strong interest in European trade matters, and is excited to continue learning and expanding her knowledge as a part of the BASC team!

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Tobias  Spain is a third year from Los Angeles studying Political Science and Economics. His areas of interest include international relations, political economy, and their relationship to global macroeconomic trends. Toby hopes to learn more about the politico-economic dynamics in Asia and the Pacific in his time with BASC and develop his research and analytical skills. In his free time, he loves to ski and read.

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Spencer Levitt is a 2nd-year undergraduate student majoring in political science with an emphasis in international relations.  He is interested in multinational institutions, security commitments, and developing nations.  In his free time, he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and binging Game of Thrones.

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Tianyu Qiao is a third-year student from China studies Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Her areas of interests include Sino-Arab Relations, the One Belt One Road and its implications in the Middle East, and Chinese economics and Geopolitics in East Asia. Prior to BASC, Tianyu has research experience at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an internship at Bloomberg News, Beijing. Through her training at BASC, Tianyu hopes to gain an in-depth understanding of the International Political Economy, the power dynamics in APEC and the role China plays in the region today.

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