Tine Carmeliet, Research Assistant
Born in the US but raised in Belgium, Tine obtained her Master in Laws at the University of Leuven in 2013. In law school, Tine focused on European and International Law, while performing internships at several international law firms during the summers. In an effort to broaden her understanding of Europe and its institutions beyond the legal realm, she is currently pursuing a second Master of Arts in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, where her academic focus lies on European and Eurasian Studies.
Tine’s research activities and interests revolve predominantly around the political economy of the European Union. As such, she focuses on the EU’s institutional structure, its legislative framework, and the question of enlargement vis-à-vis the Central and East European countries.
In addition to her duties as Research Assistant to Professor Justin Frosini, Tine is active as an Associate Editor of the student-run Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs.
Tine is fluent in Dutch, English, and French, and proficient in German.
Jasmina Hodzic, Sarajevo Study Trip Coordinator and Research Assistant
Originally from Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jasmina is a first-year student of International Law and Organizations at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Before coming to SAIS, she attended United World College in Mostar, and subsequently received a Bachelor’s degree in World Politics and French from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. In her junior year of college, she completed a year-long exchange at the Sciences Po University in Paris.
Jasmina’s academic and professional interests revolve around migration policy issues: in 2012 she interned at the International Organization for Migration (Sarajevo Office), and in the following year she wrote a thesis on the transnationalism of new migrant communities in the state of New York. A combination of research and field work would be an ideal career goal for her – be it in a multilateral organization or in research think-thank.
Jasmina is fluent in Bosnian, Italian, English, French, and is proficient in Spanish.
Alin Horj, Social Media Coordinator
Alin is a first-year student of Southeast Asian Studies and International Economics atJohns Hopkins SAIS, and a Romanian citizen. Prior to beginning his studies at SAIS, he worked in Thailand, France, Belgium, and the US. He has a BSc in Economics from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of Georgia State University (USA), and a BA in Economics and Management from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). He also studied at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and the Université de Versailles in France.
Alin’s research interests at SAIS include the European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Programs, particularly the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and its policies toward Southeast Asia, as well as the nexus between trade, migration, and security in Southeast Asia, and interrelated policy dynamics. His career objective is to work on foreign policy issues, particularly EU-Southeast Asian issues.
Alin is fluent in Romanian, Italian, English, and French.
Georgia-Christina (Gina) Kosmidou, Research Assistant
A Greek national, Georgia-Christina obtained her Bachelor Degree in International and European Studies from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, in 2011 and pursued an LLM in Public International Law in the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her Master’s thesis focused on the international conventions against air-hijacking and other legal measures taken in order to enhance airport and airplane security. She is fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish, speaks advanced French, and has some basic knowledge of German.
Apart from her home country, Georgia-Christina has lived in Spain and Belgium. She studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona for six months as an Erasmus exchange student and spent one year in Brussels interning at the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU and working as an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament. She has also been an intern in the Public Affairs Department of the US Consulate General of Thessaloniki and in the Center for Security Studies, an independent research center providing consulting services on security issues and drafting security plans for the Ministry of Citizen Protection. Georgia-Christina is currently a first-year Master’s student at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, where she is concentrating in Strategic Studies and pursuing a specialization in economic policy. After school she plans to take the entry exams for the Greek Foreign Service.
Laura Mojonnier, Communications Manager
As Communications Manager, Laura is in charge of maintaining this blog. Laura is a first-year master’s student at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, concentrating in International Economics and Latin American Studies. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in History and English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Before coming to SAIS, Laura spent 2.5 years as an immigration paralegal and case manager in Chicago, USA, working mostly with undocumented immigrants from Mexico and other parts of Latin America. Laura has worked as a journalist, contributing to publications including the Argentina Independent and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In addition to her time in Montreal and Chicago, she has studied in Quito, Ecuador, and lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Laura is primarily interested in the intersections of macreconomic fluctuations, economic development, and human migration. She currently serves as Managing Editor of the Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs.
Laura is fluent in English and Spanish, speaks decent French, and is currently studying Portuguese.
Franchesca Ortiz, Research Assistant
Originally from Puerto Rico, Franchesca is a first-year MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe. She served in the US Navy as an intelligence specialist for 10 years, after graduating at the top of her class from the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in 2002.
Franchesca’s first assignment was at the Joint Analysis Center (JAC) in Molesworth, UK, where she received distinction as the “2003 JAC Molesworth Junior Sailor of the Year”. During her service at JAC, she was deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey as part of Operation Northern Watch during the prelude to and beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working in the Intelligence Analysis cell. Franchesca was later assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 195 at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Ayase, Japan. In 2006, she was named the Carrier Air Wing Five Intelligence Specialist of the Year. She was then handpicked to work at the headquarters for Commander Air Wing Five and was subsequently selected for the Defense Attaché System, where she served as an Operations Assistant at the Defense Attaché Office at the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. While in Tokyo, Franchesca received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Temple University’s Japan Campus. After leaving the military, Franchesca worked as an instructor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency College in Springfield, Virginia.
Franchesca now lives with her dog Bailey, who is the unofficial SAIS Europe Class of 2014 mascot, and CCSDD’s pet intern.
Sadia Tuli, Research Assistant and Library Manager
Sadia is a fourth-year student at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna, enrolled in the “magistrale a ciclo unico” program. Her studies are focused on Constitutional and International Law. Interested in Human Rights, Sadia would like to work in an international organization committed to this field in the future. Sadia speaks Italian, English, Bangla, and a little bit of French and Spanish. Apart from studying and working for a students’ association, she loves to spend her time by reading.
Giuseppe Di Luccia, Research Assistant
Giuseppe graduated in December 2013 from Johns Hopkins SAIS, with a concentration in International Law & Organizations. After attending the military high school Nunziatella in Naples, he pursued a Master Degree in Law at University of Naples Federico II. On 13 July 2011, Giuseppe defended his graduation thesis in International Law entitled “Hegemony and International Law”.
Giuseppe is primarily interested in working in the field of security, information, and disarmament. His interest in international affairs led him to an internship at the Italian Embassy in The Hague. As a member of the delegation at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, he came into contact with the world of International Organizations. Moreover, collaborating with the Italian legal expert he honed in on the knowledge of the work of the international tribunals in The Hague.
Since September 2013, Giuseppe has been contributing to the CCSDD’s activities as research assistant. More specifically, he is focusing on the relationship between UK law and international and European law and he is also carrying out translations of the academic papers concerning a project on the Arab Spring.
Giuseppe speaks Italian, English, and French, and he is striving to learn some Russian.
Chiara Monti, Research Assistant
Originally from Bologna, Chiara is a second-year student of European Studies and International Economics at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. Highly fascinated by the interplay between economics, politics, and society, she has always maintained an interdisciplinary approach, nevertheless choosing Economics as a key tool to analyze and tackle a broad range of issues. Her current studies at SAIS build on her M.A. in Economics and her B.A. in Economics, Markets, and Institutions from the University of Bolgona. She has also been an exchange student at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and the University of California-Santa Cruz.
This is Chiara’s third year collaborating with the CCSDD. Here, she has assisted the Director in his research on the democratization process in Ghana, and she has been involved in the organization of several conferences and seminars. This summer, Chiara worked at the German Marshall Fund of the Unites States (GMF) in Brussels. At GMF, she researched the trends and frameworks of cooperation across the Atlantic as a contribution to papers of the EU-funded Atlantic’s Future project.
Chiara is mostly interested in socioeconomic policies and immigration issues.
She is fluent in Italian, English, and French, speaks some Spanish, and is currently studying German.
Adriano Remiddi, Assistant to the Director, EU & Legal Reform Summer School and Sarajevo Study Trip
Adriano has a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe from the MIREES program at the University of Bologna, where he researched post-socialist transitions and European integration, with a focus on the Balkans and Southeastern Europe. Adrian also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. In the past he has had the opportunity to conduct research and study in Slovenia, Australia, and Serbia.
Adriano joined the CCSDD in the summer of 2013, contributing to the 10th edition of the EU and Legal Reform Summer School in Igalo, Montenegro. He currently works as an Academic Tutor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies at the University of Sarajevo. Previously, he has worked for various international organizations and research centers.
Adriano is fluent in Italian, English, and Spanish, and is desperately studying to improve his Serbo-Croatian.