Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with three tremendously talented research assistants at Tufts University on a collaborative research project investigating the relationship between electoral outcomes and violent and nonviolent modes of contention:

Noah Cohen is an undergraduate student at Tufts University, majoring in Political Science and Psychology. After graduating high school, he spent a year living in Israel, learning about Israel’s domestic politics as well as international politics, specifically with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflict. At Tufts, he is the Vice-President of Tufts Friends of Israel and serves on the executive council for the campus branch of American Enterprise Institute. 


Sarah Koosis is a Neubauer Scholar and sophomore at Tufts University, where she is double-majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies with concentrations in International Security and Food Systems. Her interests include rule of law and food security. Sarah has interned at various NGOs with U.N. consultative status in New York City, such as the Baha’i International Community Office, and has volunteered at several farms in the New York City, Boston, and Baltimore areas. She attended Bard High School Early College, an accelerated program, graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Bard College. Sarah spent the past summer studying in a French immersion program at Annecy, France.


Kevin Kelly is a sophomore at Tufts University. He is currently studying International Relations and Chinese. Having grown up overseas and spent a semester abroad in Shanghai, China, Kevin has developed a strong interest not only in the Chinese culture but also an interest in world politics. Apart from academics, Kevin plays for the Tufts Men's Varsity Tennis Team and is a Resident Assistant.