Conrad Haessler graduated from SF State in 2006 with a M.A. in International Relations. After returning to Germany, Conrad was accepted to the German Foreign Service Academy in Berlin for training. On his first posting, he was sent to China as Officer for Cultural Affairs at the German Embassy, Beijing. After three years abroad, Conrad returned to Berlin working on European Security and Defence at the German Foreign Ministry before being transferred to a position on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Foreign Policy Team.
Margarita Gonzalez earned her B.A. in 2012 from SF State with a major in International Relations and minor in Economics. She was hired by New Ventures Mexico (NVM) even before finishing her final project. “I really didn’t expect to find a job before graduation, but the perfect position came up, I applied and was fortunate enough to get the job.” NVM is a sustainable business accelerator located in Mexico City and Margarita is in charge of measuring and following up on the performance of its 35-company portfolio.
Ashley Fumiko Dominguez is the Special Projects & Events Supervisor for Congressman Ted W. Lieu, who serves California’s 33rd Congressional District. Ashley supervises all special projects and events in the district, including the Congressional Art Competition, Service Academy Nominations, and Internships. She is responsible for events from conception through execution. Additionally she conducts outreach for the areas of Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Marina Del Rey.
Andrei Faji (B.A. ’12) is an excellent example of the diverse use an IR Degree can be put to. As a young entrepreneurial person, he started out as a business major but transferred to IR half ways through college. After graduation, Andrei travelled to the Costa Rican rainforest to live in and work for an ecologically sustainable tree-house community and rainforest conservation initiative. He is now spearheading a creative media agency in Austin, Texas.
Mariana Coelho Aires de Melo (M.A. ’17) landed an internship in Washington, D.C., just one year into her IR graduate program. Working on the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy’s project to protect the iconic Lake Titicaca on the border of Peru and Bolivia broadened her concept of what International Relations encompasses.
Veronica Lizeth Canton (B.A.,’04, M.A., ’10) is balancing a successful career in the legal field with an array of non-profit work. She is currently part of an intellectual property litigation team at Reed Smith LLP at their offices in downtown San Francisco. She is also the firm’s In-House Spanish Interpreter for Pro Bono Cases supporting a team of ten attorneys working on cases involving abused women and children.
Research interests include: Foreign Policy Analysis, Chinese Policies and Culture, Economic Development, Strategic Planning in International Relations.
Professor Miller served as a faculty member at SF State for 43 years before retiring in 2006. During his long and successful career he was the national president for the Association for Integrative Studies and the Society for International Development as well as the founding editor of Issues in Integrative Studies. He is currently serving as Mayor of the City of Brisbane in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Professor Leahy earned her B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from SF State and a Ph.D. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.
Professor Emeritus JoAnn Aviel is a former chair of the IR Department and has taught IR 550 as well as courses on Latin America and International Organization. She is currently teaching IR 432 Model United Nations in the spring semester and is faculty advisor to the Model United Nations club. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Association of San Francisco and the Advisory Board of the National Model United Nations in New York.