Carolina Ortiz is in her fifth year at UBC where she double majors in Political Science and Creative Writing. Her main interests include: Latin American politics, women’s rights, Indigenous rights, as well as ocean and marine conservation. As a Creative Writing major, Carolina is partial to writing for children and comics where she hopes to use these platforms to introduce children to political issues in a way that they can understand and relate to them. In her spare time, she enjoys being by the sea while she reads or crochets. Carolina is super excited to contribute to the 2019 edition of the JPS and is looking forward to a year filled with engaging topics and lovely people.


Kathryn Leach is in her fifth and final year at UBC, majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. Having traveled throughout her university years, Kathryn’s research interests include post-conflict regions, gender and Middle Eastern studies. Hoping to continue these studies abroad in a post-grad setting, Kathryn’s passion for activism continues to draw her towards foreign policy issues and humanitarian aid. She can be found arguing in classes across campus, cuddling with stray animals or pursuing her commitment to befriending America's sweetheart, Tom Hanks. She is thrilled to be a part of the journal for a second year and is hoping to bring an international perspective to the Journal of Political Studies.

Yueming Xing
is a fourth year major in visual arts at UBC. She will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts . Being at this university has provided her with many opportunities to work with professional artists and has also encouraged her to think critically about art. Yueming has a keen interest in Asian art history as well as digital illustration. She believes that drawing, painting, and designing patterns is really significant and powerful because it allows people to make artwork that represents their own design style and opinion towards the contemporary world. In the future, Yueming would like to pursue further study to combine art theory with literature and ultimately explore the truth about life and applying this understanding to her work.

SENIOR editors

Chrisanne Kouzas is in her fourth year at UBC, majoring in Political Science. This is her second year with the Journal. Her academic interests include international security, peace and conflict studies, feminist political thought, and environmental politics. She is particularly interested in topics relating to outer space, and political issues in sub-saharan Africa. Chrisanne is thrilled to be a Senior Editor at the Journal this year, and is excited to have the opportunity to help publish some of the best undergraduate work in political studies at UBC.

Amelie Tolvin is enjoying her second year with the Journal of Political Studies, and her fourth year as an undergraduate student at UBC. She is currently pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Russian. Her political interests include American foreign and domestic policy, security studies and conflict resolution, and the politics of Eastern European countries. After completing her undergraduate degree, Amelie intends to continue on to law school. She is very excited to return to the editorial board and is excited to see what this year brings!


Fardous Ahmed is in her 4th year of International Relations at UBC. Fardous is most interested in security studies, counterterrorism and intelligence, forensic psychology, medicine in all forms, and astropolitics. She is also Support Team Lead for the UBC Mars Colony team. When she's not busy with school or work, Fardous loves to read, watch "Rupauls Drag Race", play video games and cook different kinds of cuisine. An experienced traveler, Fardous has her mother's curiosity but her father's neuroticism, which, so far, has served her very well. After graduation, she wants to take time off of studying to work and explore other interests before returning for her Masters.

Seana Bruff is in her fourth year at UBC studying Political Science and minoring in Creative Writing. Seana believes in the power of peoples voices to enact change and is very interested in political organizing, she also hopes to move into writing for film and television with a focus on political commentary. Academically, Seana focuses on gender politics, American politics, critical theory, development in relation to economic forces, international relations and political theory. She also works with the project and events committee at the sexual assault support centre on campus. Seana is excited about the year to follow at the JPS and thrilled to be a part of the team!

Michael Engler is in his third and final year at UBC after transferring from the University of Alberta. He majors in Political Science, with a particular focus on political economy, comparative politics, and public policy. Following graduation, he hopes to pursue a Master of Public Policy program after gaining several years of experience working in government. He is interested in how policymaking connects the abstract realms of politics and economics to people's lives. In his free time Michael enjoys keeping up with quality journalism, and then getting outdoors to remind him that the world isn't all bad news. He looks forward to serving on the JPS Editorial Board this year and reading some great articles.

Kyra Graham is a fourth-year student in the Dual Degree Program, majoring in honours Political Science at UBC and in Law at Sciences Po. She loves learning about comparative politics, policy-making, and legislation, and hopes to pursue either law or a master’s degree after graduation. When she has free time, Kyra is really into making espresso, watching (and playing!) sevens rugby, and reading long fantasy series.

Saleh Ismail is a fouth-year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in African studies. He is most interested in African and Middle Eastern politics as well as international development. His passion lies with comparative politics, however, he has also taken a great interest in security studies recently. In his spare time he enjoys talking about politics as well as discussing why everyone should be a Raptors fan. He is excited to be a member of the JPS editorial board and hopes to curate an engaging and excellent journal.

Elif Kayali is a third year international student double majoring in Political Science and Economics. She is especially interested in security studies, international political and economic development, Middle Eastern studies and international law. In her free time, she likes to watch movies, learn more about film production, and read. After graduating Elif hopes to either explore international reporting or take part in global development programs. This is her first year with JPS and she is very excited to be a part of an amazing journal.

Sydney Kroes is a third year Political Science and Urban Studies student interested in urban public policy, economics, neighborhood change, and community engagement in policy and activism. While at UBC, Sydney has trained in mixed research methodologies, which include quantitative methods as well as methods less common to the discipline of Political Science, such as ethnography. Sydney is excited to bring her diverse knowledge of research methodologies to her editor position as she does with her personal research. Outside of her courses and research, Sydney can be found volunteering with community programming, at her work at the UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning, and drinking copious amounts of coffee while searching for new music to add to her Spotify playlists.

Joseph Moster is a fifth year student doing a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. His main research interests are social and political philosophy, international relations, and public policy. He also has ongoing interests in political economy, ethics, power and coercion. Outside school, he enjoys working out, watching the NFL and talking politics. He is a former UBC varsity football player, an avid connoisseur of hip hop, and businessman. Joseph is excited to contribute to the JPS editorial board and looks forward to reading many thought provoking articles.

Tanya Mozafari is a third year pursuing a major in Political Science and minor in Commerce. She is particularly fascinated by the overlap between the political and corporate world; social entrepreneurship, public policy, sustainability, and human rights are a few of her interests. She is also in a sorority on campus, Vice President of Academic Affairs for UBC PSSA, and owner of her lifestyle brand, Allbaloo. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to take a year off to work abroad, before coming back to Canada to earn either a law degree or an MBA. In her free time she is usually outdoors on a hike, immersed in a book, or binge watching documentaries on netflix.

Zack Pang is in his 5th year at UBC, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. His main areas of interest are security studies and politcal economy/development. Zack hopes to be accepted into a Master's programme in security studies next year either in Singapore or London, but his fingers are crossed. He is currently binging Designated Survivor on Netflix and recommends it to everyone.

Sara Sanabria is in the dual BA programme with Sciencespo Paris and UBC. At SciencesPo she pursued the Euro-American programme with a concentration in International Law. At UBC she double majors in Political Science and International Relations. Sara's main interests include Latin American Politics, International Law, space Law, and Indigenous rights. Sara hopes to pursue a career in International Arbitration after law school. In her spare time she likes to work out at the gym, go for long walks in the park and watch Spanish language Netflix Originals.

Veronica Stolba is a fourth year student at UBC majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society. Her particular interests within these fields include global security studies, space politics, international relations, and environmental politics and law. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends exploring the outdoors or discovering new, cozy coffee shops. She also aspires to see more of the world and is quite the foodie, as long as she doesn't have to do the cooking. She hopes to incorporate her passion for travelling with her political interests by continuing her studies or pursuing a relevant career abroad post-graduation. Veronica is thrilled to be a part of the JPS editorial board this year and is looking forward to the experience!