Students

Hannah Litkowski

MA candidate in European Studies; BA in Global Security and Justice and French (2019)

Email: hgl3ae@virginia.edu

Biography

Hannah Litkowski will graduate in Spring 2019 with a BA in Global Security and Justice and French, and plans to write her undergraduate thesis on policy alternatives for unaccompanied migrant youth traveling through Europe. She spent Spring 2017 in Lyon, France, at Sciences Po Lyon and has interned with the US Department of State’s Population, Refugees, and Migration’s European Affairs Office as well as UNICEF’s No Lost Generation Initiative headquartered in Amman, Jordan. In addition to French, Hannah also studies Spanish and Arabic. She hopes to focus her MA studies on the European Court of Human Rights: its strengths, weaknesses, and implications for vulnerable populations.

Education

B.A University of Virginia (2019)


Aurora Lofton

MA candidate in European Studies (2018); BA in Foreign Affairs (2017)

Email: al8sf@virginia.edu

Biography

Aurora Lofton was a transfer student from Northern Virginia Community College to UVA in 2015. She recently received her B.A in Foreign Affairs, and has transitioned into the European Studies program in fall 2017. This semester she is off to Valencia, Spain, conducting research, studying, and writing her MA thesis in European Studies (under the direction of Prof. Mila Versteeg, UVA School of Law).

During J-Term 2018, Aurora interned and directly supported the work of Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond at the RIghts in Exile Programme, in Oxford, England. Her work included assisting refugees in their asylum claim process, compleing research on current and changing refugess policies, and helping the organization identify country-of-origin experts for Nigeria, Iran and Egypt. This trip was partly funded by UVA's Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.

Education

B.A University of Virginia (2017)

Research Interests

  • Refugee Policy
  • Humanitarian Accessibility
  • History and Colloquial Impact of Imperialism in Refugee Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Northern Virginia Community College Positive Community Impact Award 2013-2014 and 2014-2015;
  • Northern Virginia Community College Campus Activities Award 2013-2014
  • Northern Virginia Community College SEAL Award Recipient 2014
  • Stephanie Jean-Charles Global Community Service Travel Award 2016
  • Center of Global Health Scholar 2016
  • Quandt International Research Fund Scholar 2017

Ruting (Oliver) Yan

MA candidate in European Studies (2020); BA in Foreign Affairs (2019)

Email: ry5bm@virginia.edu

Biography

Oliver Yan attended high school in Sterling, Virginia. Prior to moving to northern Virginia, Oliver spent 11 years living in China. He will receive his BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2019 and will begin the European Studies program fall 2018. He intends to focus on European politics and society with a focus on immigration policy and regional security for his research and eventual thesis. Oliver is also an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia.