Julia Barthel is from a small town near Dresden, Germany where she pursued her B.A. in Political Science and Communication before moving to the U.S. to focus on transatlantic relations. In Washington, DC she developed a keen interest in business-government relations, migration policy, and cookie dough ice cream. She is admittedly obsessed with “to-do lists.”


Katherine Shea hails from sunny Florida before making the move to the cold land of the north, having resided in both Washington,  D.C. and Berlin, Germany. She is pursuing a dual masters’ at Georgetown in the School of Foreign Service and the McCourt School of Public Policy, where her thesis will hopefully focus on the effects of trade on foreign policy. She once had a possum as a pet, and refuses to say it was ever ugly.



Bart Bachman grew up in Mclean, Virginia – about 15 minutes away from Washington, DC. Bart holds a B.A. from Georgetown University with a major in International Politics. Bart hopes to work for a non-profit or a think-tank. When Bart was little, he wanted to be a weatherman, but a big crack of thunder outside scared him way too much, as he practiced his reporting.


Deyanira Verdejo is pursuing the M.A. in German and European Studies with a concentration in cyber security. Prior to studying at Georgetown, Deyanira worked in development for nonprofit organizations and as a research analyst at the Jones Graduate School of Business in Houston, Texas. She holds a B.A. from Rice University, where she triple majored in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics, Policy Studies, and German Studies.


Elena Volkava is a first-year student pursuing the M.A. in German and European Studies. Elena is originally from Ukraine and Belarus, focusing on Peace and Conflict Resolution and Human Rights. Other strong areas of interest for are social entrepreneurship projects and youth development. She thinks she is great in karaoke, while people tell her otherwise.



Nicole Johnson is a long time Germanophile. Nicole studied German and Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before braving the cold and heading up north to Washington, DC. Her research interests are primarily in East German history and modern refugee issues. Nicole is a vegetarian with a love of hiking, cats, and sweet tea.


Alix Lawson grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and is studying transatlantic social and economic policy at Georgetown. Prior to graduate school she spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She holds a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Communications from the Southern Connecticut State University. Alix loves soccer, her favorite team is FC København. She is also fairly sure that she has an addiction to nachos.


Max Levites is originally from Bucks County, PA, but he is slowly making his way southward. Max holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware and currently is developing a love for all things European at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His hobbies include hiking, travelling, and constantly re-watching “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”


Brent McDonnell is a second-year student pursuing the M.A. in German and European Studies. His current research focuses on the extra-parliamentary left in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, and he hopes to continue this research by pursuing a PhD in History. Brent ran for his high school track team.



Sally Hudson is a second-year student pursuing the M.A. in German and European Studies. Sally is working toward a concentration in International Business Diplomacy with a focus on topics in globalization and trade. She holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College in German and Government. Prior to attending Georgetown University, she worked as a project manager for 4 years at Morningside Translations. After years of not understanding the marzipan craze, she is now officially a converted and avid fan.


Elvia Valle grew up in a small town near Austin, Texas, which she left at the age of 15 to spend a year as an exchange student in Alsace, France. She spent a gap year in Germany, studied abroad in France again during her undergraduate studies, and just returned from spending another year studying in Austria this past summer! Elvia’s interests lie in mutual understanding and diplomacy. Elvia is passionate about foreign languages. She tends to write all of her class notes in purple ink.