Current Students

Trevor Hazelwood

M.A. Candidate in European Studies (2022)

B.A. in History, University of Virginia (2020)

Trevor Hazelwood is in the process of completing his BA in History from the University of Virginia. He is also a first-year graduate student in European Studies. His areas of interest include race, nationalism, German and Chinese relations, and memory. Trevor plans to study at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany in Fall 2021. He is an intern at Jefferson’s University – The Early Life, studying the history of the University of Virginia.

Quintin Jepson

M.A. Candidate in European Studies (2022)

B.A. in History, University of Virginia (2020)

Quintin Jepson is a graduate student at the University of Virginia pursuing an Accelerated M.A. in European Studies. Quintin graduated the University of Virginia with a BA in History in 2020 and was a transfer student from North Carolina State University to the University of Virginia in 2017. Quintin is primarily interested in the history of ideology and economics and wrote his undergraduate thesis on the the United States Postal Service and Neoliberalism. Quintin was previously an intern at the Library of Congress in the Africa and Middle East division.

Skyeler Keesing

M.A. Candidate in European Studies (2022)

B.A. in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia (2020)

Skyeler Keesing is a graduate student in the European Studies program. After transferring to the University of Virginia from Virginia Tech, Skyeler earned his B.A. in Foreign Affairs. His research interests include military and political history and current events in Europe, such as the future of European military expansion or downsizing. He is also interested in learning about the ancient civilizations and groups that lived in Europe and how they have influenced the culture and society in Europe. Skyeler plans to study at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany in Fall 2021.

Marcelo Morales

M.A. Candidate in European Studies (2022)

B.A. in History and Spanish, University of Virginia (2021)

Marcelo Morales is a graduate student at the University of Virginia pursuing an Accelerated M.A. in European Studies. He is fluent in Spanish and is also pursuing two Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Spanish with a focus on Culture and Literature at the University of Virginia. His areas of academic interest include exploring Bolivia’s MAS political movement during its recent history and the rise of the campesino movement of the twentieth century. He has also conducted research on Bolivia’s immigration policy during World War II and their attempts at creating Jewish colonies to serve as safe havens and economics batteries for the country. Currently, he is interested in researching the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and how the rise of Francisco Franco shaped the monarchy and the country until recent times.

Jessica Peck

M.A. Candidate in European Studies (2021)

B.A. in Global Studies - Security and Justice, University of Virginia (2020)

Jessica Peck is a graduate student at the University of Virginia pursuing an Accelerated M.A. in European Studies. She works as the Program Assistant for the UVA Center for European Studies, as well as the Program Assistant for the UVA Center for German Studies. Her areas of academic interest include postcolonial studies and migration. She is currently researching the Humboldt-Forum, which will open in Berlin at the end of 2020. She wrote her undergraduate capstone thesis on Hungarian government discourse toward migration from 2017 to 2019. As an undergraduate, she participated in a European Union study abroad program based in Freiburg, Germany.  Jessica was previously an intern at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Central European Affairs. 

Ryan Wilson

M.A. Candidate in European Studies (2022)

B.A in Political Philosophy, Policy & Law and French, University of Virginia (2020)

Ryan Wilson is a graduate student at the University of Virginia pursuing a M.A. in European Studies. Ryan earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2020, where he double-majored in Political Philosophy, Policy & Law (PPL) and French. He was an Echols Scholar as an undergraduate at the University, and wrote a thesis on the political philosophy of Charles de Gaulle and its implications in contemporary Europe for democratic governments facing legitimacy crises. During this time, Ryan made several trips to Paris to conduct research for the project. As an M.A. candidate, he hopes to expand on this work and further pursue his interests in Western European nationalism, French language and cultural studies, as well as the comparative study of legal cultures in European states. 

Former Students

Isabella Dillon

M.A. in European Studies (2020)

B.A. in Global Development Studies and Global Affairs, University of Virginia (2019)

Isabella Dillon's areas of academic interest include international development, (French) post-colonial relations, and food security policy. As an awardee of three UVA Global Scholarships, a Jefferson Public Citizen Research Grant and a Nelson Scholars Award for Southeast Asian Affairs, she interned and conducted research with international NGOs in Senegal, Cambodia and Vietnam.  Her thesis examines the impacts of neoliberalism on Vietnamese food security and the realization of the right to adequate food through the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). Isabella's most current endeavor is working as a research assistant for the UVA Global Policy Center in coordination with Germany’s Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on forced migration.

Brigid Hanrahan

M.A. in European Studies (2020)

B.A. in History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Brigid Hanrahan is a current student in the European Studies Master’s program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2018 from Penn State University, where she studied History and Religious Studies. Her research interests include Irish history, religion in Ireland, Irish diaspora, and Ireland’s relationship to the United Kingdom. In 2019 she studied abroad at Queen’s University Belfast, where she took courses related to the public history of Belfast, Brexit, and Northern Irish politics. Brigid has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate history course at UVA on Nazi Germany. Her forthcoming thesis is entitled, “Republicanism, Religion, and Remembrance: The Dark Tourism and Public History of Irish Gaols.”

Hannah Litkowski

M.A. in European Studies (2020)

B.A. in Global Security and Justice and French, University of Virginia (2019)

Hannah Litkowski completed her B.A. degrees in Global Security and Justice and French in Spring 2019, and wrote 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 interned with the US Department of State’s Population, Refugees, and Migration’s European Affairs Office as well as UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Office in Amman, Jordan. During her time in the European Studies program, she spent a semester at Lunds Universitet in Lund, Sweden and a summer in Kraków, Poland studying Polish on a Kościuszko Foundation scholarship. The title of her thesis is: "European Enough? The Treatment of Eastern European Migrants at the European Court of Human Rights.” Hannah currently works as a Program Assistant with USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. 

Aurora lofton

M.A. in European Studies (2018)

B.A. in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia (2017)

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. In 2018, she studied abroad n 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 the 2018 J-Term, 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.

Anna Stormoen

M.A. in European Studies (2020)

B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Anthropology, University of Virginia (2018)

Anna Stormoen areas of academic interest include cultural studies, French politics and history, the role of European institutions, the preservation of cultural heritage, and diplomatic history. As part of her undergraduate studies, Anna spent the summer of 2017 studying in Lyon, France where she returned for the fall of 2019 semester as part of her M.A. studies. She has also conducted archaeological fieldwork at a medieval castle in Spain and worked as a sociological research assistant at a university in Belgium. Anna has also completed research internships with the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Department of State. While completing her thesis on the function of lieux de mémoire within the commemorative landscape of the city of Lyon, she has begun a new position with a tech startup working with data pertaining to Europe and Sub Saharan Africa

Ruting (Oliver) Yan

M.A. Candidate in European Studies 

B.A. in Foreign Affairs (2019)

Oliver Yan attended high school in Sterling, Virginia. Prior to moving to northern Virginia, Oliver spent 11 years living in China. He received his BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2019 and began 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.