Research Assistants


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 Spencer Levitt is a 3rd-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 fourth-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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 Lillian Gage is a senior studying Political Science in the subfield of Comparative Politics. She is interested in the political economy of gender, corporate governance, and international finance. Her favorite pastimes include doing the crossword, skiing, and hanging out with her cat, Lady Bird.

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Jazz Van Horn is a junior majoring in economics and political science and minoring in German. She is interested in international relations, politics in the Middle East, the changing international political climate, and business. In her free time, she waves the Cal flags on the field at football games and is on a quest to study in every library on campus.

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 Michelle Lee is a first-year student from South Korea pursuing a Political Science and Economics degree. She is interested in East Asian politics, the criminal justice system, and journalism. In her free time, Michelle likes to make playlists and find concert tickets, as well as run long-distances in the hills.

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Alex Kaplan is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in political science and minoring in political economy. He is interested in emerging developments and trends in geopolitics, geoeconomics, and capital markets. Outside of BASC, Alex is frequently playing tennis or watching television with friends.

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