Students & Alumni

Meet our MA Students in Global Governance and Human Security

Ellen Busolo holds Masters in Diplomacy from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at The University of Nairobi where she also earned a BA in Journalism and Media Studies.  She is Co-founder of a Community Based Sport Organization, Simama Africa, at Kariobangi area in Nairobi, Kenya.

Research Interests Include:

  • Diplomacy
  • Gender
  • International Sport Governance and Policy
  • Sub Saharan Africa with a focus on East Africa
Roberto “Nick” Rico

Roberto “Nick” Rico has a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, Durham.

Research Interests Include:

  • International illicit economies and their relationship with legal economies
  • Drug decriminalization and legalization regimes
  • Resource politics and resource-driven conflict
  • Latin America
Denise Muro

Denise Muro earned her MA in International Studies with a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wyoming. Her research explores policy and discourse on the integration of refugees in Germany.

Research Interests Include:

  • Refugee resettlement and integration
  • Migration and asylum policy
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Facilitating dialogue between newcomers and residents

Krystal-Gayle O'Neill is from St. Catherine, Jamaica and holds a B.Ed. (Business and Computer Studies) from the University of Technology, Jamaica, an MBA and MS in College Student Affairs (Conflict Resolution concentration) from Nova Southeastern University (Davie, Fl) and an M.Phil (Social Sciences) from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT).

Research Interests Include:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Inter/Intra group dialogues 
  • Restorative justice and mediation


Charla Burnnet

Charla M. Burnett is a Spatial Planning Fellow at SeaSketch and Founder of Refugees Welcome!, a program in the Center for Peace, Development, and Democracy. 

MA in Global Governance and Human Security, University of Massachusetts Boston 
MA in Conflict Resolution, SIT Graduate Institute 
BA in Global Studies, Michigan State University 

Research Interests Include: 

  • The use of geospatial technology and virtual and augmented reality in policy-making
  • Conflict resolution, group behavior, and multi-criteria decisionmaking analysis
  • Social movements, scaling up strategic nonviolence, and constructive/alternative institutions
  • Methods, database management, and data science
Jean-Pierre Murray

Jean-Pierre Murray holds a BA and MA in Politics and International Cooperation from the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica). He also holds a MA in International Studies from Sciences Po Bordeaux (France).

Research Interests Include:

  • Transnational Organized Crime (Drugs & Human Trafficking)
  • Securitization, Migration
  • Regional Integration
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
Anatole France R Pitroipa

Anatole France Pitroipa has earned Master's Degrees in Social Ethics from Boston College, (STL 2008); in Public Policy from Georgetown University, (MPP 2010) and in Political Science from Laval University, (MA 2015).

His research interests include:

  • Dynamics of religious extremism and the expansion of transnational violence/crime 
  • Diffusion mechanisms of terrorism/jihadism in the Sahel and across the so-called “Arc of instability” in Africa;
  • Challenges presented by religious extremism and violence to the issues of Governance and Human Security in Africa.
Safyia St. Claire

Safiya St. Clair has a Msc. in mediation studies from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Research Interests Include:

  • Restorative justice and mediation
  • The effectiveness of school-based conflict management/peer mediation programs
  • Conflict resolution for law enforcement personnel