Jay Ward (B.A. ’81) considered traditional IR careers, but opted instead to contribute to the growing field of international education. While he was deciding, he earned an M.A. in International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and tried out the private sector, but felt the pull of university life. That choice eventually brought him back to his alma mater, where he draws on his own experiences at SF State, his study abroad adventure and his classroom learning to help globalize the campus community.
Alp Tuncaci earned his B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University. When he enrolled in the IR Master’s Program, he already knew that he wanted to pursue a Ph.D. as the next step in his academic career. At SF State, Alp was chosen for the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, which allowed him to explore Ph.D. programs and better prepare for doctoral studies. The scholarship program covered application costs, travel expenses to institutions offering Ph.D.
Marcos Scauso graduated in 2012 with an M.A. in International Relations. He is now enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the Political Science Department at UC Irvine where he studies South American regional identities and teaches Cultural Anthropology to three classes of 40 students each.
"I appreciate SF State and the IR Department Faculty for being very respectful, knowing how to guide you through your studies and for showing a great deal of human understanding towards students."
Maria Scarzella Thorpe earned her degree (B.A.’10) in International Relations with a minor in Global Peace Studies, Human Rights and Justice Studies. After graduation she was accepted to the London School of Economics (LSE) where she completed the M.Sc. program China in Comparative Perspective. Maria’s desire to live in San Francisco brought her back to the City and she now works for the Asia Society Northern California in downtown San Francisco.
Suzanne Levi-Sanchez graduated with an M.A. in International Relations is 2008 and continued straight into a Ph.D. program in Political Science at Rutgers University with a focus on Iranian politics, language and culture. She just defended her dissertation, “All Institutionalization is Local,” and she is moving on to Princeton University. Suzanne’s accomplishments from the day she enrolled in the Graduate Program in IR at SF State to the present day have been truly remarkable.
Alina Koch Lawrence graduated from SF State in 2008 with a B.A. in International Relations and a concentration in International Environmental Policy. Since graduating from SF State, Alina has worked for Sempra Energy, as a consultant for the San Francisco Department on the Environment, been a Graduate Student Instructor at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, completed a project for the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, and earned a Master of Public Policy in Climate Change and Energy Policy from UC Berkeley.
Katherine Zavala earned he M.A. in International Relations in 2005. Today, she is the Program Manager of Grassroots Alliances at IDEX - an organization working to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world. Katherine was a co-founder and the first President of the Master’s student organization Master of International Relations, (MIR).
Jacqueline Ignatova graduated with a M.A. in International Relations in 2007. She received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Academic Excellence for her accomplishments at SF State. She begun her Ph.D. studies at the University of Maryland in 2008 and is currently in the final stages of her doctoral program. Jacqueline recently returned from a Fulbright Grant-funded nine-month field trip to Northern Ghana where she studied agricultural modernization. She also received the Ann G.
Noel Hartley earned a B.A. and M.A., both in International Relations, from SF State (1997) and St. John’s University-Rome, Italy (’05), respectively. Shortly after earning his B.A., Noel worked with a NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya, assisting refugees in various Sub-Saharan countries to resettle to the US. Afterwards, Noel began his career in foreign affairs as a Foreign Affairs officer at the Department of State coordinating the congressionally mandated International Religious Freedom Report for East Africa. Noel later worked as a political officer at the U.S.
SarahJean Harrison graduated from San Francisco State University in 2011 with a M.A. in International Relations. She transferred to SF State from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies where she was enrolled in the International Environmental Policy Program. SarahJean currently works at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Communications Division of the Office of Acquisitions and Assistance. Before transferring to USAID, SarahJean was a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Near Eastern Affairs/Iraq.