Kristina Khederlarian


PhD Candidate and Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University

Kristina Khederlarian is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University. She holds two Masters Degrees in both International Relations and Business. Kristina currently serves as Pomona College’s Business Analyst, in their Project Management Office. She is also a Research Fellow, managing the Digital Innovation and Text Analysis Lab for the Claremont Colleges. Kristina serves as a Research Fellow for the Transresearch Consortium and is an active member of the International Studies Association. Prior to coming to the Claremont Colleges, Kristina served as a Project Manager and International Business Consultant to companies in the US, Canada and Europe. 

Young Joon Kim

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Dr. Young Joon KIM is an associate research fellow in the Northeast Asian Strategy division at Institute for National Security Strategy of Republic of Korea, and a lecturer at Yonsei University, Graduate School of International Studies. He finished his doctrate in 2013 from Claremont Graduate University, in World Politics and Methodology and holds an M.A. in International Relations from Korea University.

He is a Executive Committee Member of the Korean Association of International Studies and an Associate Editor of the Journal of East Asian Affairs. His recent publication includes " Appeasing the Fear of Abandonment in Asymmetric Alliances : The ROK-US Alliance Case.", "The Evolution of Power Transition Theory: A Critical Review." and "The Application of Agent-Based Model in Political Science." Dr. Kim's research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Inter-Korean relations, East Asian international relations, and Alliance.

Alex Nations


Master's Candidate and Research Assistant at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Alexandra Calloway-Nation is an International Trade and Economic Diplomacy graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Her research is focused on East Asian economic development and regional integration, particularly the rise of China and its influence on the region. She received her B.A. in International Development: East Asia and the Middle East from Portland State University and has studied at Tianjin Foreign Studies University.

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Saumik Paul

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Nothingham – Malaysia Campus.

Saumik Paul is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus (UNMC). Previously, he taught at the Osaka University, Japan and worked at the World Bank. Saumik is interested in cross-disciplinary research to study political economy of development, poverty, social protection and issues in labor market. He is an Internal Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade (CREDIT), a Senior Research Affiliate at the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) and holds a Research Director position at the Future Village, an NGO dedicated to empowering the poor for sustainable livelihood.

Dr. Paul received his PhD in Economics with specialization in the fields of Development Policy from Claremont University,

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Historical Events and Life-satisfaction in Transition Countries.
The Impact of Emigration on Source Country wages: Evidence from the Republic of Moldova.
A Prototype Index of Municipal Performance. In Local Self-Governance in Rural Russia Study of the Decentralization Reform.
Religion, Demography, and Conflict: An Empirical Analysis of Indian States, 1980-2000.
Communities where Poor People Prosper. In Moving out of Poverty: the Promise of Empowerment and Democracy in India.
Caste Dynamics and Mobility in Uttar Pradesh. InMoving out of Poverty: the Promise of Empowerment and Democracy in India.
Opening the Pandora's Box? Trade Liberalization and Informal Labor Growth. 
Running the Numbers on Rogue States: A Comparative Perspective? In The Worst of the Worst: Rogue and Repressive States in World Order.